1991 Subaru Liberty LX 2.2 from Australia and New Zealand
Probably the most likeable car I had ever owned
Alternator faulty at 170000. Replaced.
Diff seal leaked at 175000, causing auto fluid to leak into the diff, destroying diff gears. Diff replaced.
1800000km. Valve gear noisy on one side of the engine. Engine flushed to solve the problem.
230000. Heater hose blew. Engine overheated, causing a small crack in the cylinder head on one side.
Generally very happy with the vehicle, regardless of the problems with the engine and transmission.
The car was front wheel drive only (not AWD). Handled very well, and was quick on acceleration.
Seats and carpet had begun to wear, but interior quality was good if you compare it to some other makes.
Exterior colour was Bronze, and it was very hot in summer after being closed up outside.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd May, 2010
5th Oct 2011, 20:50
I have the same model and colour as well, with the same problems at around the same Kms. At the moment the car is overheating and I've stopped driving it. Thinking about a home job engine rebuild, but don't know if it's worth it and don't know how much it would cost. Only had the car 4 months and it has already had all these problems, so not very impressed compared to other cars I've had in the past.
20th Jun 2012, 20:14
Reality check: the car could have been hand made out of gold, but at 20 years old, NO car is going to be perfectly reliable. If you want a reliable car, try getting it in its first decade, for a change.