A great cruising car
Catalytic converter and O2 sensor.
Harmonic balancer (crankshaft pulley)
Dash parts cracking.
A superb car. Reasonable fuel economy and handling, and excellent reliability.
The engine is quite powerful and torquey. The handling is a little 'soft" for a press-on driver, with too much power steering assist.
Seating could be better (driver's seat doesn't go far enough back for tall people), and the interior generally looking a little tattered with age.
Interior a little dull and boring. Plastic in the dash and elsewhere is cracking due to poor local roads and sunlight.
Parts aren't cheap. The catalytic converter and O2 sensor cost nearly $AU1400 fitted. Could have gotten a custom system for the same, except these aren't easy to get in the Australian outback. It's entirely possible the converter died due to bad fuel. Other parts needed due to close contact with kangaroos at speed were also expensive.
The cupholders are fine. Australians don't carp on endlessly about them like Americans. Anyway, I'd never owned a car with them before!
Subarus hold their value well in Australia, and this is appropriate considering their European flair combined with Japanese reliability.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th June, 2001