I bought my Subu new in 92 after 6 months of research. It had everything I wanted (AWD, A/C, ABS, auto seat belt, etc.) including a reasonable price. Prior to this car, I used to toss my cars when the ashtrays got full, but something made me want to hold on to this one. Reliable, loads of space and has been peppy for a 4 banger.
Reliability, AWD, power and canyons of space when the rear seats are down.
My car had a flaky starter and on-board computer for the warning lights. Paint on the trim flaked badly.