2006 Subaru Liberty Wagon 2.0 Boxer from Australia and New Zealand
Poor quality Japanese car
Door & window rubber seals worn.
Engine & transmission is noisy, slow to respond, not smooth and knocking during acceleration.
Rear interior for a mid-size wagon is cramped compared to the Pulsar & Corolla.
Power window problem.
A/C is sometimes not cold.
Rear window / baggage door shocks are broken.
Rattles & squeaks.
The Subaru Liberty or Legacy in Japan & America is worse than other medium size cars from Toyota & other brands. Interior materials look cheap.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd May, 2012
15th Feb 2013, 10:08
Unfortunately with the introduction of hard plastics, so many cars rattle and squeak now. One of my cars is an earlier Corolla and still has the padded vinyl; no rattles and squeaks despite it being over 12 years old, but the Honda and Hyundai from the late 2000s, well they have more squeaks and rattles.
Subarus interiors suffer from the AWD drivetrain, meaning because the car's frame has to incorporate a centre driveshaft and rear axle drive components, the interior space is sacrificed, especially in the rear. The only way to avoid this is to make the car bigger or higher off the ground; then you end up SUV syndrome. Handling wise the Subaru's suspension is much more sophisticated than any FWD counterpart with a torsion beam rear end, which most seem to have now (another thing my older Corolla has over the newer FWD cars).
The transmission issues you're having are definitely a problem and should definitely be looked at. Unfortunately automatics are more problematic due to their complex nature, and will usually end up costing an owner more in the long run, especially someone who's a second hand buyer.