Started with burning oil way to quickly. Repair people stated that this was common in Subaru's.
Seats are very uncomfortable, lose their support quickly if they had any.
Airbags blow out defectively, drivers side came out fine, passengers side only partly. This was after taping someone at a stop light. 5-10 MPR at most. Dealership was a major problem to work with.
Rust is a problem underneath, making it hard to fix and expensive.
Exhaust was replaced a few times.
Engine was replaced a year after a got it.
Struts, rotors, and usual brake stuff all replaced and not cheap.
This may be a lemon, but other Subaru owners seem to have similar problems. I have spent at least a $1,000 a year (more in the first couple of years).
Dealership people were very unhelpful. When the airbags came out they said it was a defect and past warranty so they would not do any thing about it. When my insurance call them they said the there was no proof that I hit anyone and so it should not be covered. This went on for months until the American Roadside Safety people call Subaru and then Subaru magically found where I must have tapped the other car.
The car cost me so much money in the beginning (the rebuilt engine) that I could imagine getting rid of it, I would never make the money back. My friends with Subaru's (at least 3 others) say the same thing about theirs.
Gas mileage is not good and the new ones are even worse.
They are tough solid cars, good in the winter.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th July, 2005