I had this subie for 9 months. It blow one head gasket. So I replaced both of them, after 700 miles it cracked a head. The head lights keep burning out. Wind noise is very loud. Its just a junkie car. Rust is coming in on the rear doors buy the seams. I wash and take care of my cars. But after 5 years and 85,000 miles its just junkie. I will never buy a sub again.
AWD is ok but the rearend wants to come around when you step on the gas.
Build a better engine. And cut the price of the parts.
I bought a 5 speed Legacy L wagon in
August 2001. I had driven a 1995
Brighton for years. I put very few
miles (3100 in almost 9 months!) on the
car as I commute by bicycle most of the
time. In many ways, the 2001 seems to
be more shoddily constructed than
my '95. The clutch is grabby, it has
an odd groan in the steering when
executing tight, low-speed maneuvers,
the paint has a lot of orange peel, the
wheels were unbalanced, the driver's
door really takes a slam to get it to
shut, and the fuel filler door is
Very smooth, supple ride. Good
handling characteristics, AWD when you
Build quality is an issue, it feels
pretty sluggish Also, compared to
our'95 Camry, the interior feels pretty
cramped. Three kid's carseats/boosters
hardly fit. I hate to say it, but I
regret buying it.
Bought this vehicle used and it has not been a great experience. Overall, the car is ok but if you are in the market for this model, go above and beyond to see if the vehicle has any oil consumption issues. My car eats oil like crazy and after researching "oil consumption subaru" I have learned I am not alone. I've switched to a thicker oil and have just learned to live with the issue. I have had several VW's and now appreciate what I had with the VR6 engine. Looking forward to seeing how this thing does in the snow, but I really don't like driving this car. Subarus can be good, but this thing is getting sold in the spring.
All Wheel Drive and 4 cylinder combination in a sedan.
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