I bought this car with 65K and had to
put a miminum of $1500/year to keep
running! MINE HAS 100K NOW. Multiple
failures and trust me, YOU CAN'T FIX
THEM YOURSELF! You can't even change
sparkplugs without a special tool.
DON'T BUY THIS PIECE OF JUNK! My short
list of repairs: window switch $250,
oil pump $1000, DASH LIGHTS $250, rear
hatch stuck $150, starter $400,
alternator $400, FINNALY transfer case
seals $1500! I did all dealership
visits thinking I would prevent
breakdowns but I WAS WRONG! I'M
SELLING. ANYONE WANT TO BUY?
4 WHEEL DRIVE
GUTLESS ENGINE, VERY UNRELIABLE, VERY
EXPENSIVE TO FIX! DON'T BUY IT.
Very reliable and safe car. Good
stability, even in unfaborable weather
conditions. Manteinance in not quite
expensive and Subaru dealers are usually
fast and reliable. Integrity is not
greatly affected by weather but for a
few pieces like the gas stay of the rear
gate which may become rusty. Nice
traction in snowy and/or icy roads.
Subaru has had alternator replaced,
light bulbs in dash burned out and
extremely expensive to replace. No
thought given by Subaru to
maintainability. Paint job thin and not
durable. Second set of tires, still
losing air pressure (since day one, up
to 3 lbs per week per tire).I assume
issues are with the factory rims. Oil
leaks here and there requiring
seal/gasket replacement. Not up to par
with Toyota or Honda in my 30 years of
car ownership experience. Still driving
my 89 Camry All-Trac with 186K miles
and aside from routine maintenence,
have spent less in repairs than I have
on the 96 Outback.
Great AWD, handles well, love the
heated seats and mirrors, and factory
roof rack. Perfect size for hauling
boating gear, dog, fishing gear. Looks
Subaru has to start building a better
quality car. Needs to Design for
Assembly and Design for
Maintainability. If Honda comes out
with an Accord AWD wagon, or Toyota
comes out with an AWD Camry or Corolla
wagon, many of us will defect
Our Subaru is reliable & sturdy.
Excellent car in cold wether or heat.
Very durable and stable, excellent road
handling & pick up.
Ours has heated mirrors & seats. Fold
down seats & rear cover. We like the
interior layout. Seating seems stiff
after long drives.
Rear seats 1/3 o\portion fold down or
whole seat. Heated mirrors & seats. All
electric, great stereo system, all
wheel driver, great excelleration &
We think front seats need to be
improved. They seem hard after long
drives. A softer type material may help.