Pros: "Great car, fun to drive, reliable, good gas mileag"
Cons: "Head gasket repair, burns oil"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"This is a very versatile car. I've been the only owner, love driving a stick shift. We had a major repair at 90k (head gasket) but other than that and regular maintenance, it's been a great car. Very reliable, handles well in the snow, not so great on ice but what car is, really? It burned a quart of oil every 1500 miles until recently. Not sure what changed that, I haven't changed anything. Even the head gasket repair didn't fix the oil burning. But this is a solid, reliable car, fun to drive, handles well. Gets surprisingly good gas mileage for an all wheel drive vehicle."
"There is nothing reliable about this generation of Subaru cars. This car has been well maintained and has only 75,000 miles. Trouble with oil sending switch, front drive shafts, rear wheel bearings, coil pack, and oil leaks. Needs new valve cover "O" ring gaskets or a new head gasket.
These are all common problems. Check the internet before you purchase."
Pros: "Nice looking, good for camping, decent MPG"
Cons: "Expensive to maintain, mechanical issues"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"I purchased the car used (16,000 miles) and am now up around 155,000. This car continues to have very expensive issues. While I do not pamper the car, I do not use it for serious offroad, just a long commute and camping summers. I won't list ALL the issues the car has had, but currently I'm looking at a head gasket leak, apparently very common in this car, which will run me close to $2,900. The general service for this car is also VERY expensive, I have a minimum of one $800 service/year based on mileage alone in addition to regular service (which I am good at maintaining).
Maybe I just got a lemon, but after years of GM cars (Chevys and Saturn) without issues like this and much more affordable repairs I cannot see why this car is ranked so highly. Yes, it is a fun car to drive and its good for camping looks great, but beyond that I am surprised why this car is ranked so highly by CR and other car evaluators."
"Very disappointed - this was supposed to be my 200k car. Only half way there and have major problems.
Clutch and Head Gasket replaced at 66k
3 Wheel bearings replaced between 66k and 100k
Needs new muffler at 90k = $1000
Rear Brake Lines failed at 100k - not covered under recall for brake lines.
Only pro is it is GREAT in snow."
"This car has a gas pedal that literally hurts my ankle, leg and back. I know others personally, and I read online that I am not the only one with this complaint.
The material of the seats is odd and shows every single stain and mark.
I have made every adjustment possible to the wheel and seat of the vehicle. I have even tried pillows, etc.
Custom seat covers are so expensive and the non-custom would not stay in place."