1999 Subaru Forester L 2.5 from North America
Well, it's been better than the Nissan Pulsar
The car started out by chewing up expensive tires. I now buy the cheapest I can find with the highest treadwear rating.
The clock stopped working. If you know how to solder, take it out and solder the components back on that have fallen off the circuit board (I found 3). They have a serious 'cold solder' problem. Mine worked after re-soldering.
The heat shield started rattling early on, and still rattles after several attempts to fix it.
I have a nasty oil leak from what looks to be the rear seal.
The ride has been rough since I bought it. Just noticed oil leaking from the rear strut. Bought new ones, not installed yet.
The knock sensor had to be replaced for the engine check light.
The radio knobs are now malfunctioning, can't adjust the volume without fighting with it.
Other than the problems I've had with the car, it's been great.
I'm at 160,000+ miles and still haven't had to replace the rear brake shoes; the rear brakes must not be working either.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 16th August, 2007