Just say no to Subaru!
Timing belt tensioner failed at 34,000 miles and was replaced under warranty.
Incessant detonation (pinging) of the engine with all grades of fuel except premium.
Air conditioning improperly serviced at manufacture and was almost 12 ounces shy of full.
Front brakes worn out at 42,000 miles.
Head gasket blew at 77,000 miles requiring complete engine removal to repair ($2000 dollars). Oil pump and cam seals also discovered to be leaking during this procedure.
I am very unhappy with my first and only Subaru purchase. Numerous trips to the dealer with only some problems resolved was a waste of time and money.
The car, while comfortable on the road and handles well, is seriously underpowered and has abysmal brakes. If it were not for being my wife's car I would have gotten rid of it much sooner.
The factory paint on the hood and roof was also trashed after only a few years with hand washing and waxing. There were multiple cracks and pits in the coating surface which requires repainting-professional buffing only minimized them. I live in the state of Georgia and the car has never seen a salt environment!
I am an aircraft mechanic by trade and take my vehicle maintenance very seriously. In 25 plus years of multiple vehicle ownership I have never witnessed a car so poorly executed. For a MSRP of $29K this wagon should have been far better.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th November, 2006