2003 Subaru Liberty Premium 2.5i from Australia and New Zealand


An amazing pice of engineering, can't stop grinning :-)


I wish the 2000 RX Liberty I traded for this one was as good, then, they wouldn't have anywhere to improve. A faultless car, why waste money on a 2wd BMW 3 series for the wank value of a badge and 20k price difference for a far lesser car???

General Comments:

The first service at 1200 km was free.

I drove the car about 1600 km to another state and back for work starting with about 700 klm on the clock, she ran like a dream, hi speed stability at 220 km/h was like a rock, handling in heavy downpour of rain caused only a slight drop in speed, still cornered in the wet like it was dry. This is the third Subaru I have owned. I'm blown away with the improvements and performance gains made by the Subaru engineers. Awesome gearbox (auto). Magic engine, car handles like it now weighs half the weight of the previous model, I owned a 2000 Liberty RX before this one. I simply cannot rave enough about it. It's great to have headlights that work in the dark now, my only whine about the 2000 RX.

I'm now seriously waiting for the 3.0iR six cylinder model to be made available in Australia. Japan, Europe and US all get them, but not us???

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2004

25th Mar 2004, 02:30

Shoulda just got the GT then, d'oh.

10th Jun 2004, 22:41

"Shoulda just got the GT then, d'oh."

Just to comment on the above, I would also love the GT, but ultimately it comes down to dollars. I look forward to test driving a 2.5i Premium auto sedan later this year and if it is as good as I expect then it will be my first Subaru. My '88 Telstar can go to another owner :)

20th Jul 2004, 03:24

I have a 3.0 outback and I think that there is a lot of difference between the 4 and the 6. However, I think it just doesn't feel as fast in the 6. If you look at the 0-100 times, the 6 is up there with a VT commodore, but the 4 is quite a way off the mark. The 6 only really comes on song after 4500 rpm.

Would love to have gotten the B4, but needed a wagon.

7th May 2005, 00:28

The Liberty 3.0R is MUCH better that the 2.5. Speedwise and power and the Mac sound is magic.