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Old 1 Feb 2010, 06:12 (Ref:2623443)   #1
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Calling all Subaru owners...

I'm on the verge of buying a car, which will probably be a late 90s/early 00s Subaru (not an Impreza though). I'd like to hear your thoughts on their reliabilty and usefulness, if you have owned one, or know someone who has one.

Any feedback will be greatly appreciated
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Old 2 Feb 2010, 19:13 (Ref:2625166)   #2
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If it's not an Impreza I'm guessing you're talking Liberty (Legacy in non-Aus markets).

Depends what you're looking at really. If it's relatively unmodified and has a full service history (ideally dealer for at least the first three years or so) then you should have an absolutely bulletproof car that will be ultra reliable and will go on and on for ever.

Be wary of Japanese imports with little history, especially modified GTs/Turbos.

If you can stretch to a 2004/5 model year Liberty then do - it's a huge improvement on the previous model.

If you're looking at standard models rather than the performance GTs and B4s, the 2.0 is a more reliable unit long term than the 2.5 quad cam.

Much of the same applies if you're looking at a Forester.

I'm on my 7th Subaru, one for each star in the badge.
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Old 6 Feb 2010, 12:31 (Ref:2627829)   #3
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I have an 02 plate Impreza Gx wagon 2.0 litre (non turbo), its on 90k miles now and we have only had any real issues worth mentioning in last 6 months, rear wheelbearing gone, quite common at that millage and a nightmare to remove (seized hub bolt)
A new wideband Lambda sensor was also required due to excessive thirst and failing the mot emmisions test.
A rear strut spring pan also rotted through.. I've welded it for a quick fix and will keep an eye on it to see how it holds up.
One of the front dampers is also getting a bit tired but all these parts are consumer parts and replacements are to be expected at that age/millage as with all cars.

I also opened the passenger door one morning during the big freeze to be greeted by a fully grown rat on the passenger seat!. I got rid of it and haven't had a problem since but how it got in is a mystery.

My partner lost it on black ice on christmas day, she spun backwards into a ditch hitting a bank, I had to tow it out with a tractor due to it being grounded and expected a lot of panel damage and a bent rear suspension arms but was amazed to find it nearly 100% unscathed with just a minor scratch on the front bumper.

Very tough, well bolted together but not designed for ease of access for DIY mechanics, ie the whole front light unit has to be removed just to change a side light bulb.
A bit on the heavy side, not very quick and a bit gutsy due to the extra weight of the 4wd system but very dependable, very stable and obviously great traction if a bit dull, uninvolving to drive with the vague steering, but then it is just a family car after all.

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Old 6 Mar 2010, 05:01 (Ref:2645933)   #4
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For anyone interested- today I put a deposit on a 2002 Subaru Forester! I'll put some pics up once I pick it up on Wednesday/Thursday for all to see
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Cheers garc- It has full service history, all done by a Subaru dealer, it's a 'Limited' model Forester, good load of features, nice lot of hidey-holes in the cabin, I'm just not sure if it's got the 2.0 or the 2.5L engine- I read somewhere they upgraded the engine to the 2.5 in 2002, but I also saw a spec sheet online that had it listed as a 2.0.

Unfortunately I forgot to check which it had when I was looking through the owner's manual today
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In the US, Foresters have the stigma of cars being owned by butch lesbians, same with the Outback.
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I drive something you cant legally own til you're over the age of 22.
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I'm on my 2nd legacy 2.5 Na manual estate, 2003 and late 2004 now, superb all round car, not the most economical, but good fun to drive, a great family car, a great workhorse and a fab race/tow vehicle
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In the US, Foresters have the stigma of cars being owned by butch lesbians, same with the Outback.
Whereas in the UK all the butch lesbians drive Jeeps.
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Where are the pics then? Or you 1st showing it to all your shee.... I mean girlfriends? :P
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In the US, Foresters have the stigma of cars being owned by butch lesbians, same with the Outback.


That's my mates Forester, and he's definately not a butch lesbian

Clearly there is some sort of developmental gap between US Forester owners and Aussie Forester owners.

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Where are the pics then? Or you 1st showing it to all your shee.... I mean girlfriends? :P
I haven't picked it up yet (wow that sounded wrong)... I'm getting it tomorrow or Thursday.
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