2002 Subaru Liberty B3 RX premium 2.5 boxer from Australia and New Zealand
Nice car, but will be expensive to maintain
I have had the car for about 1 month. I sometimes hear a screeching sound when I let the clutch out in first gear. I inquired about the problem and I was told that a part in the clutch mechanism may have to be replaced if the noise gets worse. The clutch is not under warranty, as it is a wearable part like brake pads and tyres.
The alloy wheels are nice, but are fitted with 205x16x50 tyres, which cost I'm told $165 to replace. I just hope I don't hit a pothole as they are low profile.
I decided to jack up the car after I bought it to check the brake pads, and found it very difficult to get the jack under the car because of the low ground clearance.
I doubt if I would be able to do much towards servicing the vehicle except to change the engine oil, and oil and air filters. To check the power steering fluid alone, I will need to remove part of the air filter intake.
Regardless of the previous comments, I find the car great to drive, comfortable, handles incredibly well and is well appointed with such things as cruise control, climate controlled air conditioning, good sound system, large boot and more than enough power for quick acceleration if needed.
I like the body shape, and the body kit and rear spoiler.
Leather steering wheel and gear knob are nice also.
A bit disappointed that the rear seats don't fold forward like the old '91 Liberty I had before it, as that was handy to carry long items in the boot.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th April, 2010