I bought this car new and it now has
75,000 miles on it. It has required no
repairs and requires minimal
maintenance. All I've done is change
the oil and bought a set of new tires
and it still runs like new.
Very functional car. Lots of cargo
space, great on the highway, very
Vinyl on dashboard and doors is thin
and easily damaged. Don't care for the
plastic bumpers, get scratched too
I bought my stick shift Subaru in
1997. I had problems with the brakes,
the alternator (changed it once), and
the paint on the bottom of the car (it
falls off easily). While those
problems existed, I have enjoyed the
interior space and the way it performs
Great AWD- In fact, I have out
performed some of my friends large
SUV's in harsh weather conditions. The
seats and space in the car are great.
The car needs more horsepower (I think
it's coming). I also think the car had
problems because it was the second year
of the outback's existence. They were
working out the kinks.
I always wanted an outback. I live in
Cleveland and found one two hours away
in Toledo. It was a 97 limited, with
78,000 mile on, and I saved over three
grand on it. On the way home I blew a
head gasket!! The car was bought as is,
so no money from the dealer. Cost me
$2,500, changed clutch, wires, and
radiator while I was at it! Since then
no problems and I'm planning a cross
country trip. I hope they sealed it
Early troubles particularly with the
windshield having some kind of film on
it.Alternator went at 37000 miles and
was stranded. Had it replaced in New
Hampshire in middle of winter. Car
eventually had recall with alt.nator
replaced again during regular service.
Dealers not so helpful.Had front right
wheel problem at 60000. It took two
dealerships to fix some kind of bearing
problem. Was told by dealer it was good
to have replaced otherwise wheel could
FALL OFF. Oil seals went at 65000.
Overall I love the car.Unstoppable in
winter's worst. Who needs a shovel.
Has lots of dings but who cares about
looks with a Subie!
Engine reliable, spacious
interior.Durable materials well screwed
together. Nobody will steal it either.
Better engine oil seals. Leaked badly
at 65000. Expensive to repair. Better