I would NOT buy a second hand Subaru
My head gasket has a small leak at the rear of the engine block.
The car is OK for a person below 6'2", but it is not made for very tall people.
The car's fit and finish is quite good.
It's very slow and cumbersome.
My wife and I bought the car, thinking it was a reliable car, but the car has developed a leak that is at the back of the head. It leaks coolant while running. I have to watch the engine temperature while driving all the time.
Subaru have been very clever about not telling the public that the MY00 series up to 2003, all would / could develop the same fault, that the gasket would fail at 170k! And I have been quoted varying prices to fix the problem. The motor DOES need to be taken out, unless you have the right tools in a workshop!
I have been quoted AUS $3,000 to $4,800 to repair, then it's apparently good for another 200k.
On a $9,000 car, I don't believe that's good enough, for a multi-billion dollar corporation like Subaru to knowingly ship a faulty product.
I have since heard from several reputable mechanics, that there were rumors in the auto industry way back in 2001 that the 2.5 EFI injection engine used by Subaru's had serious faults.
I have had one earlier model Subaru Outback (a 1992 2.0 EFI) that had no issues when I sold it. I sold it with 250K on the odometer, and the new owner was pleased.
After this experience, I will not be buying another Subaru again; over priced and overrated.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st February, 2012