Subaru needs to decide whether they want to be a real car company in the U. S. or not
Very poor mileage: 18-19 city.
Interior cheapness, broken items replaced:
Seat belt clip
Arm rest compartment latch
Cargo cover end clips
Mushy brakes, skidding on wet road stripes when braking
Catalytic converter replaced
Spark plugs arcing in humid weather - all replaced
Warm-up time in cool weather excessive
20-30 pit marks on front hood from pebbles
Small round crack in windshield from a stone
Excessive wear on cloth seat covers
Despite the constant annoyances listed above, the handling and ride is smooth. It handles exceptionally in the snow. Good acceleration, even up long hills. I guess that's a trade-off for the atrocious mileage for a 4 cylinder.
I've been to 4 different service departments. 2 were a trial to deal with and all 4 were incompetent at least some of the time.
Buying the car was an experience. After the usual haggling & sale, I picked up the car. On the next day, I received a telephone call from what turned out to be the new manager of the dealership. He wanted to REDO the financing with a bank rather than with Subaru financing! He also went on to add that the entire sales force had been terminated! Three or four months later the dealership closed. Way to go, Subaru!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th May, 2008