"i bought this car new in 1997. it's at 160,000 miles and going strong. my mechanic said that he saw one break 300,000 - i'm hoping mine is wih me that long. no major issues, a few odd minor issues. as mentioned in another review, the "check engine" light has come on a few times with nothing found wrong. it resolved itself, apparently. also, the headlights have a feature that they turn off when the car is turned off - which is a good thing since i had a 2 month period when the lever on the dash wouldn't turn them off. again, resolved itself. weird.
i have taken this car through deep snow, mud, over roads rated 4WD with high clearance only, etc, and she keeps getting me out of trouble.
the back seat doesn't have a ton of space and i always wished for slightly bigger wheels. also, at altitude she doesn't motor up hills with authority. i like that subaru puts a slightly larger 2.5 liter engine into it's comparable cars now.
this car has been great for me and all my gear and my dog and .... i love it."
"As it approaches 180,000 miles I am still amazed by how it handles in any kind of weather and road condition. It has great acceleration in a passing situation, even on hills. Only problem seems to be "check engine" light coming on during long highway driving, but it usually goes off on its own after a few days of normal driving. Kind of loud, too. It is my second Subaru, but won't be my last."
"I love driving this car! It goes where I tell it to go without hesitation. There is mild understeer when pushed to the limit, however the AWD allows easy compensation. This car still rates high on the "bang-for-the-buck" meter. Don't hesitate if you're considering this car."