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miss my VEX !!
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By HOAMSKOOLED
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1996 Subaru SVX Coupe LSi 2dr Coupe AWD


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i was a subie guy for yrs , started with a showroom new '09 STi ..fun , but turned out to be a lemon , sold it and bought a highly modded '07 WRX (400+hp) , after a couple yrs ith that car with very few issues i was offered a stupid amount for it so i sold it and was looking for a manual forester XT or a legacy B-Spec , but in the "meantime" i found an SVX on CL with 90k miles for 1500 bux..in great shape and a slight fuel smell ..ran/drove GREAT ..so i bought and drove it 200 miles home and smell was a 2'' piece of hose by the gas tank accessible via the trunk . cheap n easy ..The fill in "Temp" vehicle became my new love and i drove it issue free for 2 yrs , besides rear wheel bearings , one of these cars Achilles's heals . my trans worked great , but wouldnt go into OD till it was warmed about 5 mins of driving (heard that was by design?) never an issue . 2 yrs into ownership the alternator died . i bought a "new" bosch alt and it was flawed and the regulator failed to regulate and fried 11 fuses and my power steering computer /AWD/Fuse block and wire harness ..was so sad ..still in great shape , sold it for 1k ..after that i bought a VW Phaeton..loved that weird limo, totaled on a deer . Now i drive a 500HP , AWD Audi RS6 (bi-turbo V8) ..of course the VEX wasnt the fastes car in the world and my RS6 is a crazy beast in comparison , but i STILL miss my SVX !!!!!! ..i long to won another some day ..and i want to swap a 5 or 6 spd in it..fairly cheap to do :)


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Excellent value & performance!
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By Chiketkd
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1996 Subaru SVX Coupe L 2dr Coupe AWD


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I have owned several different
performance vehicles - Camaro Z28,
300ZX TT and a '00 SVT Lightning. The
Subaru SVX is the best 'all around'
performance machine to ever be in my
garage. The AWD system is flawless,
cornering is flat, and unlike the other
cars I've owned, when it starts
snowing, this car begs to be driven
rather than parked. The sound of flat 6
boxer engine is intoxicating!!! I'm in
SVX heaven!


Best Features

Ital Design styling, AWD system, wide low stance, strong performance, good gas mileage.


Worst Features

No manual transmission offered & Subaru needs to bring it back!


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In love with this car!!
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By PshPlay
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1996 Subaru SVX Coupe LSi 2dr Coupe AWD


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I bought this car several years ago and
other than a couple 02 sensors, and
regular maintenance (oil changes and 50k
mile service), it's been very reliable.
I bought it because it was unique. Some
people say they think the side windows
would bother them but you really don't
notice the line. Also, it has great
visability (no blind spots). The car
handles like it's on rails and is a real
joy to drive. I'm surprised they don't
hold their value better. I've met other
SVX owners that have in excess of 250k
miles on their car and they still love
it. If you own one, you love it!


Best Features

I love that is it unique. The body style is sexy! The interior is luxurious! It's FAST. The sound system is great.


Worst Features

You have to take out the engine to work on some parts which makes it very expensive to work on. Luckily, I have a wonderful service manager at Halpert Subaru. Mel is always honest and fair and takes care of my baby.


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I am in love with this car.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By BofMouais
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1996 Subaru SVX Coupe LSi 2dr Coupe AWD


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This car’s amazing. I've had mine for 2
years and I still love it. Nobody else
has one so it’s quite an attention
getter. It performs quite well and goes
very fast. My only complaint is that
mine has had some mechanical problems,
including the transmission going out.
These repairs were expensive to fix,
and not all places will work on this
car because it's so uncommon. It
probably wouldn't have had as many
problems if I weren't so hard on the
car. I drive it daily and I’m very
rough on it.


Best Features

I love the AWD. Also, the window in window feature is unique. Even the small back windows roll down! My favorite feature is the sophisticated climate control.


Worst Features

The transmission is a problem on all SVX's. Some also have wheel-bearing problems, but I think that’s caused by frequent hard cornering. Other than that, the car is perfect.


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