I bought my Subaru used back in 2002 with a little over 100k miles on it, drove it to about 170k miles. It never left me stranded on the side of the road, and only required basic maintenance - water pump @ 125k, a couple CV joints, plugs and wires @ 150k, alternator and battery @ 160k. I just sold it - and made back half what I paid for it 5 years ago. Yearly, I probably spent about $300-$500 on maintenance, which is excellent for a 10-16 year old vehicle. I absolutely got my money's worth on this car - and then some.
Reliability is absolutely its best feature. Secondly, maintenance is a breeze. Everything is totally accessible from the fuel and oil filters to the belts and alternator. Third, it's a pretty enjoyable car to drive, a smooth ride, and feels much like a Honda Accord, only at a fraction of the price.
The paint job on mine was miserable, the clear coat was gone when I bought it. The cupholders are too small and poorly placed. Would be nice if back seats would fold down. And tilt steering would have been a definite bonus. Trivial inconveniences, really, but would be an improvement nonetheless.
This car has never let me down! It has fabulous handling in all weather. Has 220,000 miles and still only uses maybe 1 quart of oil per year. Had to replace struts after 180,000 miles and CV joints after 200,000 and all four brake drums. Still peppy as ever! Fan went out in the interior after 175,000. But all doors and windows still work perfectly and close well. Cloth interior still looking as good as new, very little wear. Gas mileage 26 and still holding. Automatic seat belt on passenger side went out after 175,000. Minor stuff! A fabulous car, it spoiled me! A easy car to work on and things are easy to get to.
I loved its peppy ride and the all wheel drive; I couldn't get stuck even when I tried. It was so maintenance free I am still amazed at the number of miles and I barely have to even check the oil. It handles great even up hills and still maintains its powerful ride.
I don't have but one improvement suggestion, and that would be to move the cup holders out of the way of the tape deck. It truly is a fantastically designed car.
Bought new in '92 Have put on 182000
miles. Still original clutch! Still
original exhaust system. Only work I
ever needed was axles, just replaced
struts at 179K and alternator at 181K.
I couldn't ask for more out of this
car. Engine & Trans still operate
perfectly. I've never done an easier
oil change than this car, everything is
Hill holder clutch is a fabulous
feature especially for people that are
uncomfortable with a stick. Love that
the headlights shut off with the key
and the drivers window rolls itself up!
Cupholder in bad place, obscures the
radio. The black trim flakes (painted
over chrome). Fold down backseat
would've been nice
This thing will not die, I swear. I
have 191,000 miles on it, and the
engine is running absolutly perfect.
I've changed both front CV joints, and
the transmission is getting a little
out of sync or something like that
(doesn't shift into reverse as fast as
it used to). I also love how it doesn't
have a speed limiter/speed cut out (not
naming how fast it's gone for legal
I absolutely love the hand
Emergency/Park brake. Very fun to use
for "Rallying" on gravel roads.
A little more power would be nice, but
it has a sufficient amount for a family
car of its size. Would be awesome in a
two door, because of less weight.