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Old 01-22-2009, 11:03 AM   #1
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Subaru reliability?



Anyone have info/opinions/experience with Subaru vehicles? Specifically the2.5L 4cylinder & Legacy Wagon?
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Old 01-22-2009, 11:13 AM   #2
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I used to own a '98 Legacy Outback Wagon for a couple years. Apparently the motors are "bulletproof"... unfortunately mine wasn't. The crank output shaft was worn badly and the pulley was close to coming off (typical VW problem too). I sold the car before it got worse, and it only had 150km! I'm sure it's hit-or-miss... just look over it carefully and check for engine leaks (can get costly to repair)... it is afterall a horizontally-opposed configuration (laying down - top seals dry prematurely). Apart from the pretty terrible gas mileage (avg 12.4L/100km) uncomfortable front seats and weak motor, it was fun to offroad, useful to carry items and relatively cheap to maintain.

pics below @Mosport.. the only car to "completely" use the facility. Went offroading after my on-track session!
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Old 01-22-2009, 11:28 AM   #3
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My wife owned a 1996 Brighton Wagon. Manual, absolutely no options. Original clutch went to 290,000 kms. It was about 280,000 kms that the cam seals started leaking, even that was a cheap fix.

We bought a 2007 Forester brand new. Drove that to about 75,000 kms. Super reliable and great ride. The only thing that disappointed us was the gas mileage. It wasn't very good (9L per 100 kms). It had a ton of cargo and legroom. Very impressive for a "wagon" type vehicle.

My mother in law has a 2007 Legacy wagon and loves it. The 2007 engines are reliable. Mine had some piston slap when cold which didn't have any effect on long term durability (see 3.1L GM engine, early LS1 engine etc...)
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Old 01-22-2009, 11:35 AM   #4
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Subaru's on a general scare are fairly reliable cars, so long as you stay away from the DOHC, those have shown to have problems with the small blocks and valve slapping which has to be fixed (on the 2.5). Outside of that I mean, a car is a car, if its been maintained it will 9 out of 10 times be very reliable and require minimal fixes. Subbies are not that cheap to fix, they are no honda. Naturally being 4wd cars it has to be more expensive to fix. Is it as much as a xi bmw? no.

The main thing is, subaru's are great cars, but don't go blowing smoke and getting pissed off if you buy one and it breaks down. Do a proper search for one, drive more than 3 to get a feel for comparing one to another. If you invest the time i'm sure that you will love any subaru you buy.
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Old 01-22-2009, 11:44 AM   #5
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Old 01-22-2009, 12:25 PM   #6
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^^^lol @ engine specs.... looks like you want a post-'05
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:05 PM   #7
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So wait, other places besides North America make shit cars too?
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:51 PM   #8
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great car manufacturer. really really reliable.
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:24 PM   #9
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Thanks fellas, especially for the pics and charts I had a good look at the Saab "cousin" to the Subaru, gotta admit it looks allot better and slightly used ones are going pretty cheap.

Edit...kinda confused after looking at autotrader, is the Saab 9-3x combi truly a Subaru in fancy clothes, motor specs are very dfferent.
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:23 AM   #10
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Thanks fellas, especially for the pics and charts I had a good look at the Saab "cousin" to the Subaru, gotta admit it looks allot better and slightly used ones are going pretty cheap.

Edit...kinda confused after looking at autotrader, is the Saab 9-3x combi truly a Subaru in fancy clothes, motor specs are very dfferent.
i'd avoid Saab at all cost.
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:43 AM   #11
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I have owned about 10 Subarus in the last 6-7 years, and i have to say they are VERY reliable! They do have the headgasket problem on the 2.5L motor, and are bad with oil leaks, but other then that its a tank!!! And i do mean bulitproof! The things i did with Subarus, would have killed and other car. Gas milage is not the best for the engine size, you wont get better then 12-13L/100 on automatic AWD's...
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Old 01-23-2009, 03:22 AM   #12
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They are as Eurostyle said.
Most of my friends own or owned a Subaru and they all said exactly what he said.
The only fault that was mentioned was the occasional faulty coil.
But they all told me it was cheap to fix as there are tons of them around every scrap yard.
Consumption is above average and Timing belt is a must (huge belts by the way).
3 out of 5 went from 1.6 Imprezas to 2.0 Legacys and now have Turbo versions imprezas. the other two went from Forresters to Outback 3.0 Legacy and the other now has an Sti.
They all told me they would always stick with a Subaru but they all agreed the new Impreza is FUGLY so they are waitting for the next one.
Tons of potential in them btw(In Greece they even sell a 1.6lt Turbo with 180-200bhp)
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So wait, other places besides North America make shit cars too?
Jesus christ dude, what are you like 12 years old?

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Old 01-23-2009, 10:33 AM   #14
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Nice pics fil... that one looks like it wants to be a boat!

From what I've heard, Saab is to be avoided. Stick with the Subaru if that's what you're looking at.
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My winter beater is a 93 Impreza 2WD with 365000km. I have it for almost 4 years newer had a problem with it, its been leaking oil for a while now but the engine is just bulletproof and it wont die.
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