This car has been a money pit. Head gasket blew at 58k, fortunately covered under warranty, but now at 125K am told that it needs another head gasket ($1700). According to many internet sites this has been a problem but one Subaru refuses to acknowledge. Both front wheel bearings went out to a tune of $550 each. When brakes needed to be replaced, everything had to be replaced $850. Check engine light comes on on a regular basis the same sensor has been replaced 3 times, $550. The last time check engine light came, technician said code indicated possible bad catalytic converter, $1600 to replace if needed.
Redesign the engine, it's underpowered and subject to numerous problems.
This car was an impulse buy and despite my research beforehand and then afterward, it has not been worth the money 10 times over. Check engine light is always on and off (catalytic converter), goes through a whole set of brakes and rotors in less than a year (and I am NOT driving like a maniac!), acceleration is crappy, alignment is never quite right, need I continue? Unfortunately for Subaru, this is my second and the last (I had a 1999 Forester before that which was great but no lumbar support).
I would go almost anywhere in the snow with this, and my daily commute is up and down a mountain as well as dirt roads and this car can do it no problem. Nice cloth interior, stands up to dog and general abuse very well.
Less expensive constant recurring problems. Mine has had all the recommended maintenances at a Subaru specialist and still the rear wiper motor burned out and I am on the 2nd hatchback door latch. Interior of the rear door fell out, all wiring is now exposed. (Chintzy plastic clips.)
Get a stick shift! it makes the experience of driving this car 100 times better. Automatics are boring. Be exciting. Drive a stick shift!
I love the AWD feature. I never have to worry about sliding around the road or skidding. The interior is also very nice for the year, very advanced for the time. Has everything you need, and nothing you don't, very practical.
It hurts to write this review because I am a huge fan of Subaru. The 4 cylinder engine is just way too underpowered. It was life/death trying to merge onto highways. Also, the car's mechanics were a disaster. The check engine light was on non-stop after about 10,000 miles. After about 50K mikes, the engine ignition coil failed 3 times over a 36 month period. For those who don't know, when your engine coil fails, your cylinders stop firing. Not a fun proposition when driving on major Philly highways, but at least it was still under warranty. Ultimately, the experience wasn't too bad as the manufacturer helped me locate a new Subaru and offered me $1K off. They were very helpful
AWD is fantastic on wet and snow covered roads.
Stop forcing those who'd like 6 cylinder to get 100 other upgrades.
Clutch has shudder and rotten egg
smell from day one and dealer will do
nothing about it. Blown head gasket
at 34,100 miles. Service Bulletin
says put in special conditioning
coolant to prevent leakeage. Wheel
wells quickly build up with ice in
winter conditions. When new the check
engine light resulted in 4 trips to
the dealer. Factory Firestone tires
are poor in snow.
All Wheel Drive feature and cargo area.
Design a decent clutch or drop the