2002 Subaru Liberty GX AWD 2.0 litre petrol


Great reliability; shame about the prices for parts


Since purchasing the car in late 2015 after our previous car was written off, the only things we have needed to get for the Liberty are as follows:

New battery.

4x new tires.

Rear struts for suspension, and getting front ones before next WOF/pink slip in December.

General Comments:

So we purchased the car in October 2015 after our Falcon was written off due to an accident I had with my father in law. My wife saw the Liberty on the internet, took a look at the yard and picked it up the next morning.

Overall it's not too bad to drive, although at times is somewhat underpowered, especially when travelling up hills and windy roads, although I will admit that it is very sure of itself with good rubber between the car and road.

Comfort isn't too bad over a long distance (400KM), and fuel economy isn't bad either considering the engine size relative to the weight and size of the car.

Being a Subaru, servicing can be somewhat on the steep side, but if you find a decent local mechanic rather than going to the dealership, it's worth saving the hassle, as for a simple job the dealer wanted to charge me $350 and I got it locally for $120, so a huge saving in that regard.

My wife now loves her Liberty and says that she would purchase another one in a heartbeat... it's quite reliable, and when you have long travels to get much of anywhere in NSW, reliability is the one thing you want over anything else.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2016

2002 Subaru Liberty RX 2.5L


Awesome little sporty car


I had to put a new clutch in as soon as I bought it... It runs hot with the air conditioning on. And it uses a lot of water daily. Unsure why.

General Comments:

I love it. I love the shape, the power, the comfort. It's a fantastic little car. Best decision was to buy it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2016

16th May 2016, 22:00

Sounds like a blown head gasket, apparently common on the 2.5L.

16th May 2016, 23:16

I wouldn't drive your car around much if I were you until you find out why you are losing water/coolant! To me the symptoms (internal water leak and overheating) sound like you have a blown head gasket or cracked head, which is very bad news. Known to happen on the 2.5 boxer if I am not mistaken. If this is the case, then the car won't last long if you run it with water or coolant in the engine oil!

17th Feb 2019, 08:59

Yes, my 2006 2.5 had oil seeping from head gaskets! Apparently according to mechanic, a relatively common fault with that series motor! Maybe the early ones are similar! That was at around 150,000k. If ignored, I daresay water leaking from heads would be next! Still great cars!

2002 Subaru Liberty B3 RX premium 2.5 boxer


Nice car, but will be expensive to maintain


I have had the car for about 1 month. I sometimes hear a screeching sound when I let the clutch out in first gear. I inquired about the problem and I was told that a part in the clutch mechanism may have to be replaced if the noise gets worse. The clutch is not under warranty, as it is a wearable part like brake pads and tyres.

The alloy wheels are nice, but are fitted with 205x16x50 tyres, which cost I'm told $165 to replace. I just hope I don't hit a pothole as they are low profile.

I decided to jack up the car after I bought it to check the brake pads, and found it very difficult to get the jack under the car because of the low ground clearance.

I doubt if I would be able to do much towards servicing the vehicle except to change the engine oil, and oil and air filters. To check the power steering fluid alone, I will need to remove part of the air filter intake.

General Comments:

Regardless of the previous comments, I find the car great to drive, comfortable, handles incredibly well and is well appointed with such things as cruise control, climate controlled air conditioning, good sound system, large boot and more than enough power for quick acceleration if needed.

I like the body shape, and the body kit and rear spoiler.

Leather steering wheel and gear knob are nice also.

A bit disappointed that the rear seats don't fold forward like the old '91 Liberty I had before it, as that was handy to carry long items in the boot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2010