Bought this car new in 2003 because of manual transmission,wagon&4wheel disc. Until 2006 this was a reasonable car for my wife to drive for errands and commute. 2006 brought out the true character, noticed the clutch slipping at 48K. Had moved, took it to a dealer in new location, need 3 part clutch and brakes, calipers and rotors for ~$4.2K. Brakes had never "chirped", pass. front rotor very thin. Subaru after much back and forth did the parts but not the labor ($2.4K) at 48,000 miles. Fast forward to 2011, front brakes rotors and calipers @ 8 K mi., and today at 88K same for rears + fluid flush because of heat damage. Called Subaru today, thanked for report. Will NOT buy Subaru again
Quality and durability is poor.
I would rank it below that of British Leyland (Triumph)
of the 1970s.
Costs of repair need to be improved. 60K suggested maintainence was in excess of $800.
Buckets need more support, 500 miles in a day is hard on the back.
Liked it alot when I bought it -but
won't do this model again. Many people
I know LOVE their Subaru- but, IMHO-
it's too much $$ for the bang. Our plan
was to buy a new car that we
can drive for many years. It's cramped
when 4 in the car- and worse if an avg
size dog comes with us. Exterior paint
stinks-chips easily. Too many blind
spots to find during test-drive. (I
didn't read the articles for testing-
beforehand.) Thought gas would be
better- 19-21 is best mileage yet.Don't
fall for the brouha-ha... I'm going
with Honda or Toyota for my next car-
We upgraded to leather seats. Love the
Better the gas mileage; improve the
pick up; loose the blind spots.