2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 4 cylinder from North America
Beautiful car, zero reliability
At 25,000 miles, a melted wire caused the car to misfire and run very poorly.
May 2010; had the rear control arm replaced (covered under warranty).
Now it's January 2011, and the car has 43,000 miles. Took it in for routine oil change, and was told the front control arm bushings are bad, and the head gasket needs to be replaced.
I was so in love with my car up until now. I cannot believe it needs extensive repairs at such a low mileage, considering it's impeccably maintained and never misses routine servicing. I still owe $9000 on the car, and really can't afford a new one. I'm happy that Subaru USA is covering the cost, but since I live in Canada, I must pay for all warranty work up front and get reimbursed.
I thought I was buying quality Japanese workmanship, I am truly let down. I'm not sure how long the head gasket repair will last, but I'm worried just the same.
I love the car, it's fun to drive and handles well on our snowy Canadian roads, but the reliability just isn't there. I have zero confidence in Subaru, and won't make the mistake of purchasing another one. It will be a Honda or Toyota for me.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th January, 2011