Almost bulletproof, but sube dealers suk
By bcnyc on
Vehicle1997 Subaru Legacy Brighton 4dr Wagon AWD
ReviewMy 3rd Sube wagon. Subes are great in NYC, where weaker cars have very short lifespans (accidents, dings, theft, bad roads, etc). Alt dead @ 50K. OEM shocks died @ 35k. Clutch wore out @ 100k. Heater lights never worked. Timing belt & water pump replaced @ 70K. Nothing else replaced. Oil every 4k, plugs every 15k. Now @ 140k miles, expecting head gasket blowout any day. Will probably get a Forester. Dealers very bad for service, especially w/women - when wife brings car to shop, they always find long list of problems, all bogus. She just repeats "oil change only." Check Engine light a joke. All my Subes had it, yet they all passed emissions.
Best Features4WD, simplicity, reliability. Perfect size/cost. Almost anyone can perform basic repairs and maintenance. Bottom line – if you have a local repair guy you trust, these are great cars.
Worst FeaturesBetter service. Better head gasket reliability. Stronger air conditioner. What's up with the hardware? All 5+ yr old Subes have at least one door lock or electric window that doesn't work.
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