1999 Subaru Outback 2.5 DOHC from North America
Japanese tank. A very safe car
Built like a tank. Only owned it for a short time, but while I had it, very reliable.
Was hit by a drunk (he backed into me hard enough to push my car back with locked brakes), who then rammed it when I tried to stop him from running away. He was driving a 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4. I followed him while talking to 911 till he bailed and ran when the police appeared, leaving the truck behind. The truck had more extensive damage than my Subaru did, his front end was half gone and the Outback had a quarter panel caved in 2 inches, a broken back window and taillight. The hatch still worked. This was despite the truck hitting above the bumper and frame structure. The front end of the Subaru sustained no major damage at all; the only evidence of him hitting me was the 2" square mark left from his receiver hitch (my car was white).
So, just putting it out there that Subarus really are among the safest, strongest cars in the world.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th May, 2013