I am an average driver, and this car has been full of issues. First the check engine light kept coming on, and took it in about 4 times with no luck. (cant find a good Subaru dealer) After warranty was over a non Subaru mechanic found the threads to the knock sensor were striped, causing it to bounce around and get a false signal. Then at 35,000 miles the rear wheel bearing went out. There have been 2 recalls on it, a coolant additive was put in to help prevent issues with the bad head gasket design, and a rear suspension issues was the other. Now at 100,000 miles, the transmission is acting up. Should have bought a Chevy or a Ford, I never had issues like this with them.
I have owned the car for more than 7 years. It drives the same way today as it did when I bought it. I had a few company recalls on the vehicle but no major problems. The car handles great in any condition. AWD really works well in snow. I have received many compliments onthe looks and styling.
All wheel drive; moon roof; exterior color.
A little more power (H6 was introduced a year after I bought my car). More powerful brakes.
Purchased to replace 1996 Legacy GT Automatic. Loved the 5 speed feel and control. The SOHC 2.5 is more responsive and easier to maintain. We have done basically nothing to the car except maintain it in 112000 miles. The only weak area seems to be maintaining wheel alignment. We have had a ball with the car. Intend to keep it another 3 years at least.
a) 2.5 SOHC engine's torque and overall response. b)5 speed transmission's shift feel and perfect gear ratios. c)Handling d) Reliability
a) Tougher suspension requiring fewer wheel alignments. b) More front leg room for long distance comfort. c) Redesigned low-beam headlights. They are inexpensive and easy to replace but burn out anout once per year. Never the high beams.
Dummies put UGLY advertising plate
on car despite SPECIFIC instructions
not to! Otherwise nice, good service.
GT worth extra $ to me because
of sunroof, rear LSD, power extras,
upgraded sound sys. Extra bonus is
better accel. due to lower final
drive ratio. Gas mileage is fine (22 to
28) and car is very relaxed cruising at
speed. Confidence-inspiring handling,
fun to toss around in the twisties,
safe as a house, good pep but could
stand another 20-30 hp. Orig. equip.
tires so-so, better rubber makes big
difference. Also winter tires if you
see snow; they turned my car from "gets
me home in any conditions" to "whoo-hoo
it's snowing let's play!"
AWD, 50/50 center diff, steering, ride,
Fix whatever caused the front rotors to
warp twice in 50K miles, improve wind
noise around outside mirrors, tighten
up suspension control a bit, add 20
I purchased this car with great
anticipation. This car is extremely fun
to drive, looks great, and is solid on
the road. Everything was great until I
hit 60,000. Just after the warranty
expiration, I blew a head gasket. I
thought it was odd for this to happen
on such a new car, but forged ahead.
Then, not even a year later, I lost the
number 4 cylinder. I have 80,000 miles
on the car and have two major engine
repairs. I have spent $1000's in good
faith maintenance over the years and
fear the worst going forward. I really
enjoyed the car, but, sadly, I will
probably never buy another Subaru and
cannot consciencely recommend this car
The AWD is great. The look, feel and
drive are fun and attractive.
Something should be looked at as to why
the car trashes tires so quickly.