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Subaru Outback, Wagon, SUV
#1242 of 3458 Re: thinking about buying a subaru 2007 [mrskkb]
Mar 14, 2007 (7:29 am)
I've owned a 1996 Outback Wagon, a 1999 SUS Outback and currently own a 2003 H-6 VDC Wagon. I think they were all exceptional cars and would recommend them.
The only problem I had was with the SUS at 12000 miles. There was a hairline crack in the engine block. SOA replaced the short block and gave me a loaner during the repair. The first two cars were totaled in head on collisions (not my fault!) which I walked away from with a few brusises from the air bags.
The VDC now has about 60,000 miles on it and the only things I've done are oil changes and a set of brake pads at 40,000. If you're use to Volvo and Saab I would definitely take a look at the H-6 wagons. I've found the VDC to be very comfortable, quiet and pleasant driver. I've found myself much less likely to trade off Subarus after four years than other cars I've owned, which have included Hondas, Nissans and Mazdas.
#1243 of 3458 2007 Subaru Outback ( mrskkb )
Mar 14, 2007 (9:00 am)
I bought a 2006 Outback L.L.Bean sedan and I am very pleased with it.
No problems , the car just feels right. Had 3 Volvo's since
1957,all were great cars with no problems.Traded one for the
Subaru and the 1990 740 is still in use with 168K.
I highly recommend the H-6 Outback.
#1244 of 3458 Re: thinking about buying a subaru 2007 [thallberg]
Mar 14, 2007 (9:59 am)
Yes, I will say that I very much enjoyed my 1996 Outback. It had its problems, but was a very solid and reliable car. One would expect 11 years of experience to yield a better car in every respect, but that is not what I have found. My '07 is problematic and I am very sorry that I purchased it. No problems with the drive train, but it rattles like a tin can, all of the exterior light assemblies have a severe moisture-retention problem (something Subaru apparently plans to pass off as "normal" due to the systemic and costly nature of the problem), the shift/parking boots crack like they are 30 years old, now the dash lighting comes on and off at will, and windows/doors are almost completely non-functional at temps colder than -20F (probably not something with which you will have to worry!).
If the seats were not so comfortable, I think I would really dislike this car. As it is, I certainly would not consider buying another one (07).
#1245 of 3458 Re: thinking about buying a subaru 2007 [xwesx]
Mar 15, 2007 (5:50 am)
That definitely sounds unSubaru. But I've been reading other quality control problems with the new Subies in these forums.
Hope the quality isn't going as mainstream as thier recent styling changes.
I think I'll keep my '03 until they work things out.
#1246 of 3458 Re: thinking about buying a subaru 2007 [mrskkb]
Mar 15, 2007 (7:01 am)
'98 Forester has been great since day one, I'll probably cry when I sell it (need a bigger vehicle with at least 6-7 seats).
Wife has a Legacy. Dad has an Outback. Sis has a Forester. Bro has a Legacy.
#1247 of 3458 Re: thinking about buying a subaru 2007 [mrskkb]
Mar 15, 2007 (8:44 am)
I am currently on Subaru's #4, an 03 Outback and #5, an 05 Legacy GT sedan.
#3 was a 99 Legacy GT sedan, traded at 125k for the new turbo GT. #2 was a 96 Outback wagon traded at 85k, because my wife thought the new Seamist Green color was pretty. #1 was a 92 Loyale 4wd 5-speed traded for the automatic sedan, because the dw refused to drive a standard.
All were relatively trouble-free. I expect to be trading the Outback for a new one in the next 18 months. Go for it! Rob M.
Mar 15, 2007 (1:47 pm)
For what it may be worth, I purchased an '07 Legacy about 6 weeks ago. So far, I am reasonably happy with the car. The only fly in the ointment was a problem with a squeaky clutch pedal. Subaru was decent, but not fabulous, about addressing the problem. Besides that, I'm very happy with the car (so far).
I suppose I was spoiled by my previous car (a Honda Accord) which had essentially no problems (besides parts that wore out) for 6 1/2 years. After reading the commentary here, I am bracing myself for more problems but keeping my fingers crossed.
The 4 wheel drive does rock though.
#1249 of 3458 Re: thinking about buying a subaru 2007 [mrskkb]
Mar 15, 2007 (4:21 pm)
I've had 2 Subarus - a 1979 wagon and a 2002 Outback LL Bean. They are good solid cars and give great confidence in bad weather.
I loved the AWD and the overall reliability and would buy one again.
Things I did not like (and part of the reasons I sold the 2002 last year) are these:
- they are not built for tall people. The seats have short bottom cushions and are not quite up to the comfort of a Honda seat. (Comparing LL Bean to Accord or Odyssey with leather here). No telescoping wheel (though that should be fixed in 2008 Legacys and Outbacks).
- The auto tranny at that time was a 4 speed and nothing special. It tended to not be in the right gear.
- The dealers by me were okay but generally not convenient (hours) as others.
All said and done I would consider one again but I have to say I have enjoyed the over all ownership experience of Hondas more (slightly more reliable and better dealers and better ergonomics for tall people).
But that is just me and Subarus are nice cars and a little more off the beaten path than a Honda or Toyota. That part I liked.
#1251 of 3458 Re: thinking about buying a subaru 2007 [nowakj66]
Mar 16, 2007 (11:09 am)
At least they gave the Bean models a 5 speed auto for MY2005.