1999 Subaru Liberty RX 2.5 boxer from Australia and New Zealand
The dictionary definition of versatility
None so far; needed a new wheel bearing when I purchased it, and hasn't missed a beat since.
Just remember to change the engine oil every 80-100,000 kms, as the boxer engines tend to buildup sludge after this time.
The boxer engine is great mix of economy and power, but as a bit of a teenage hoon, I'm always looking for more.
That said, I live in a mountain area and you'll be able to corner with just about any other stock car you come across, provided it isn't a super car.
If I was selling this car to sensible driver, I would be able to tell them the car is economical, and the AWD gives you great safety in all conditions.
If I was pitching a sale to a passionate driver, I would say the car has great power for its engine size, none of which is wasted by wheel spin, and the car corners like a dream.
I wouldn't be lying in either case.
Interior wise the car is fairly spacious; my friends that are around the 6'1 mark don't complain when they have to sit in the back. The seats are comfortable for around 1 and a half trips; after a while I find myself adjusting my seating position a bit.
The stereo is good, while not great. It will suffer a bit at the higher levels, which isn't a problem if you don't take the dial past 30.
The A/C is also good; the heating is top notch, while the cold air could be colder.
Overall it is a great car, one that has me telling my friends the only other car I'll ever buy is a newer model.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th October, 2011