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Subaru Outback, Wagon, SUV
#1249 of 3393 Re: thinking about buying a subaru 2007 [mrskkb]
Mar 15, 2007 (5:21 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 3393 Re: thinking about buying a subaru 2007 [nowakj66]
Mar 16, 2007 (12:09 pm)
At least they gave the Bean models a 5 speed auto for MY2005.
#1252 of 3393 Re: thinking about buying a subaru 2007 [mrskkb]
Mar 16, 2007 (12:45 pm)
I now own my 2nd Subaru. I leased my first 1996 Outback Wagon (the first one on the lot of that new Crocodile Dundee redesign) for 24,000 miles. The only thing that went was the drivers seat heater no longer lit up.
I now own a 2001 Outback Limited Auto wagon with 110,000 miles. I beat on this with 38,000 commuter miles a year for two years. Now I work from home so it does not get as much work.
This car gets all the routine maintenance. The only sticklers:
- The brake rotors warp. Even with my new brakes I have had them smoothed a number of times.
- The auto transmission HATES to downshift unless I slam on the gas.
- I had my head gasket work done at 105,000 miles. They started to leak, but I did very well lasting that long.
Well, I live in New England so there are so many VERY LOYAL Subaru owners on the road here. And, we love to talk about them
I am holding out for my next Outback, in RED again ( I have Winestone now) with Navigation!!
#1253 of 3393 Re: thinking about buying a subaru 2007 [pathtomax]
Mar 16, 2007 (1:20 pm)
That trans is trying to save you gas.
#1254 of 3393 Thinking about buying a Subaru
Mar 16, 2007 (7:52 pm)
Faced this question about a year ago, had never owned a Subaru or 4 wheel drive. I compared a Toyota Highlander and a Forester but bought the 06 Outback and am very happy. I liked it's room and ride over the Forester. Highlander was just too expensive. Now have 16K miles and enjoy the quiet smooth ride, power (non-turbo four) is OK, getting about 24 miles per gallon on mixed driving, quality is outstanding, would definitely buy another one.
#1255 of 3393 I will not buy any more subaru
Mar 18, 2007 (8:34 am)
I bought a new subaru outback in 2002, change timing belt at 20k at 85k check engine light keep comming up, replace ignition coil twice melting wiring from the coil to spark plug, now at 135k I need to change the engine because of coolant issue
My driving style is not agressive never go over 4k rpm always between 2.5 and 3.5k 80% highway 20 city.
check this web site http://www.subaruproblems.com/
#1256 of 3393 Re: I will not buy any more subaru [npbd]
Mar 18, 2007 (12:31 pm)
Why did your timing belt get changed at 20k miles? Something isn't right here.
#1257 of 3393 Re: I will not buy any more subaru [npbd]
Mar 18, 2007 (12:33 pm)
That's a funny site. You do realize that have a picture of a car with a 2.0L engine (2002-2004 WRX) when they are talking about earlier 2.5L engines!
If you are gonna do that at least get the pic right.
#1258 of 3393 Re: I will not buy any more subaru [paisan]
Mar 18, 2007 (3:40 pm)
noisy engine in the morning. I brought back to the dealer (under guaranty) and they told me they changed (I don't know if they did it or just reajusted the belt. I did not paid for the repair) after that no more noise.