The car is very rattle prone. Dealer
fixed 4 rattles with resistance. Wind
and outside noise is uncomfortable. Car
handles well in snow. Poor break angle
prevents it from doing any serious off
road. Premium sound system just doesn't
sound right - sounds kind of hollow.
All wheel drive
Redesign aerodynamics to reduce wind
noise, better accoustics in cabin,
better sound insulation, bigger gas
tank, better break angle.
After a brief fling with a terribly
made Ford Taurus, I'm back with
Subaru. Bought it three years old for
under half the new price. The wagon
seems adequately powered to me, even
with the automatic. I can haul my
recumbent bike inside, and still sneak
my six year old in the split back
seat. The handling is a real pleasure,
and the brakes are powerful. Averaging
26 mpg in rural driving. Security
system can only be disarmed by the
remote, and I can't figure out how to
AWD, Handling, Braking, Weather Radio,
lots of cargo room.
Best car I ever owned...until I found
out they rented them! Not one problem
with the car at all. Little things like
the radio controls being too small, the
back seats not reclining a bit, etc.
But, because they rent them, there are
an abundance of current model year units
on the used car lots in 6 months. Look
to chop off $10 grand in the first year
in depreciation. Quite a blow..and
something you don't expect in a Subaru.
SO, BUY A USED ONE....you can save a ton
or look at a Forester (they don't rent
them yet). I wish I would have.
STOP RENTING THEM AT HERTZ
Reclining rear seats (like the CRV)
3rd row of seats (like the taurus)
turbo at a reasonable upcharge
6 speed automatic w/tiptronic
This car was purchased for hauling
dogs, people, and anything else. It
was driven in adverse weather
conditions of E. Oregon and E.
Washington and it was unstoppable. I
concede that it was driven on open
roads and in small towns resulting in
less stress than heavy traffic.
Overall we have been pretty darn
I drove it on several road trips. It
was versitile and comfortable.
The four cylinder is probably a little
underpowered for driving in city
traffic, but for rural driving...no
Since the very beginnig we had trouble
with this vehicle. First- brakes: car
went to dealer twice ending with
complete replacmnet of rotors and
pads.Then computer needed to be
reprogrammed.After this another two
repairs of engine(crazy rpms).At the
end complete clutch replacment.What
else will I have to repair? I will
never recommend this car to anybody.