The 4 cylinder is slow, but once you get
it up to speed, it really does handle
like an Audi. Hitting gravel or sand,
the AWD can feel a bit wiggly at first -
a bit awkward in emergency handling.
A bit cramped in the front; my Civic has
more leg and headroom. Beware of
service at Santa Monica Subaru. I had
to fix an air filter problem they
caused; left the clamp loose. Why put
in a filter if you're going to let dirt
into the intake manifold? Subaru
Customer Relations is not on top of
In comparison to SUVs, I'd say the
handling is great and the fuel economy
is quite good. Just for 5'11" and
taller, it is quite cramped.
Improve with higher interval service
components and products. If you have to
spend $400 for fluid, brake, oil checks
and an air filter debacle at Santa
Monica Subaru often, something is wrong.
Great new car. We test drove all the
AWD vehicles we could find under $22k.
The Subaru was the best. We got a
great deal, too. It was the loss
leader, so keep your eyes open and you
can find one under $19k. Ground
clearance and traction are both pretty
good. Gas mileage is better than
expected for an AWD. HP is fine; just
remember you're driving a wagon.
AWD. Anti-lock brakes. 16 inch
wheels. Heated seats. Roominess. All
under $19k. Great car for the money.
Way better than any SUV at the same
Wish they'd change the color of the
lower half of the body. I think most
of the 2003 models are a light gold
This is my second Subaru. Previously I
brought a used 1987 Subaru GL 4WD
wagon. I love to go camping and have 2
dogs. It had 104,000 miles on it and
when I sold it there was 155,000 miles.
The small engine was fine around the
city but lacked the oomph to pass on
trucks on up-hill 2 lane roads with the
a/c going. No major problems. I brought
a new Outback because I wanted more
power and wanted the AWD to go on some
really bad forest service roads. It's
great. The car has the power to pass
even up-hill. The ride is smooth and
comfortable. I am a lead to metal type
of driver and get 27 MPG on my
The AWD andling is great
Light up the ignition key so you don't
fumble in the dark. Larger cupholders.
Ater 1000 miles I drove from CO to MO
(875 miles). To my dismay I recorded an
average of 22 mpg fuel economy on the
highway, but the estimated fuel economy
by manufacturer was estimated at 28
mpg. I calculated the mpg by averaging
4 fuel stops through Kansas where the
roads are flat and straight. I'm an
engineer so I looked at all the
variables. My tire pressure was
perfect, there was a small cross wind
(no tail or head wind), I used the
recommended fuel, there was no load on
the car(two medium sized suitcases & no
passengers), cruise control was on,
speed was 75 mph, and outside temp was
40 degrees(i.e no air conditioner)
The interior room is plentiful for
cargo and for backseat passengers. ABS
works fine in the snow.
Improve gas mileage! Cruise control
light needed on dashboard line of sight
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