I am really hot for a Subaru Outback wagon AL Bean H-6.
I had a 1979 Subaru wagon but have not had one since.
I am looking to replace the 1992 Honda Prelude I bought as a single guy with a car that is sporty, fun and my wife can drive. And has room for weekend trips and jaunts to the hardware store to fix up our new house.
How is the reliability and maintenance expense on these Legacy Outbacks? Compared to a Toyota Carry or Honda Accord. In my mind, for every car purchase I make I have to ask myself -- why am I NOT buying a Honda Accord -- my gold standard in value, reliability and low maintenance cost?
The answer for me as to why I am considering this Outback is simple -- because they offer what seems to be the best wagon out there for the $$ as far as sporting feel, reliability and durability and cost of ownership goes. Those who have owned them -- do you agree? (If Honda came out with an Accord wagon again it would be tough . . . .)
Does the AWD add expense on maintenance over and above Toyotas and Hondas?
For those who have experienced Hondas, Toyotas and Subarus -- are modern Subarus in the same class as the top Japanese makes for low cost of ownership and trouble free motoring?
I don't think you have anything to worry about with a new Outback. I've owned many Hondas, currently we own 2 Subarus, and my daughter has a '92 Prelude Si too.
I'm not aware of anyone having any problems Subaru AWD systems. Once you own a AWD vehicle, nothing else will feel as good, and certainly not as secure when the weather gets bad.
The only down side is that AWD vehicles (as a group) tend to be a tad slower than non-AWD vehicles (because they're heavier and more complex), and there may be about a 1-2 mpg penalty. That's it. Certainly nothing to worry about.
#2068 of 11746 Question about Stohlman Subaru in VA
Jul 22, 2001 (12:59 pm)
This fall I will be a first time Subaru owner.
Can anyone comment about the Service Dept at
Stohlman Subaru in Tysons Corner, VA?
I want to factory order a 2002 OB LTD
and prefer to get service at the same dealer that
sold me the car. A good service dept is important
to me, and I work within walking distance of Stohlman.
They say they will try to match Fitzgerald Auto Mall price (we'll see about that!)
Thanks in advance.
I will throw in my 2 cents. I have the OB VDC and have had 2 other Subies in the past; I also have a Toyota Supra and have owned 2 honda Accords and a prelude. All of these have been in a class about equal in reliability, but clearly above the Fords, Buicks, and Volvos that I have owned. In addition, with the H6, you don't have to worry about that damn interference timing belt; always bugged me on Hondas, but never had a problem.
Hi Chris & Chuck.
Thanks for your kind advices on filter and washer,I'll certainly follow what you'd suuggested.
What's that surprised me was that I have all 3 different sizes of "cup"metal type but none was fit! the small one was too small and the medium was too big!(but this one fit the FRAM brand that I bought)
I gonna try to find the 3 prong vise grip type..
hope can find it here.
What is the oil filter for the 2001 OB H6 engine? Is it the 3593A that the H4 uses? My owners manual does not state what the filter type is. I have the LLbean package for oil changes but will change the oil in between each scheduled change ( I always change at 3K no matter what).
Concerning wind noise, I also experience it. It is most audible at 35 to 45 MPH. It is a low range whoosh kind of sound, sort of like you hear when a house window is slighly open during high winds. There is no leak, so it isn't a seal problem. I took off the crossbars this past weekend and will assess if the noise remains. I suspect the cross bars are disturbing the airflow at that the crossbars are the source of the noise.