A rare bargain if you can find it
Very minor things... In the twelve years I have owned it, it has needed a clutch due only to abuse, a muffler and manifold gasket, valve cover gasket, tune up, a few sets of tires, brakes and a radio. The head gasket leaks a little oil but that is a common problem and not worth bothering with. The front seats are beginning to wear out a good bit so I am considering swapping them with ones from another car. The carpet is coming loose. Those are just about all the things that have went bad.
For an economy car, it is a great vehicle! It handles great, rides pretty nice, hates gas, has a lot of room to haul things when the rear seat is folded, is extremely reliable and actually a lot of fun!
My main complaints are the lack of room in the drivers seat, which is expected. Another is the price and availability of replacement parts! Rotors for it were $175 from Subaru... Luckily I found an after market set for $30. It is a pretty simple car to service though. It also is not the best car for long distance driving, as it is uncomfortable and squirrelly at high speeds, not to mention that it is screaming at 70-80 MPH.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th January, 2002