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.