1999 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.2 gasoline from North America
Fun to drive, expensive to repair, reliability?
Both rear wheel bearings had to be replaced at only 45000 miles. This is a known problem with the Impreza and Forester which are assembled on the same chassis. Unfortunately the repair was not covered by warranty, dealer cost quoted at $300 per side, but managed to get a former Subaru mechanic turned garage owner to do it for only $300 in total. This common fault with these vehicles and may be due to a defective wheel bearing design. The replacement bearings are of a newer "needle/roller" design.
Handling is great, performance in winter conditions also good.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 8th May, 2003