Top Subaru Wagon For: Legacy

2013 Subaru Outback

2013 Subaru Outback

$10000

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

26 Jul

N/A

20 Jul

The new 2013 Outback handles more like a sedan than even the 2010-2012 Legacy.

20 Jul

We then found out that the Code that indicated those were a problem also was the code for a transmission issue.

22 Jun

CVT transmission broke at 110,000 miles.

17 Mar

Hope to sell it before the engine or transmission blows up.

30 Jul

If you do not manually slip the transmission to neutral the car stalls.

30 Jun

The second transmission went out on the highway in the middle of a road trip and the dealership in Tallahassee took care of me.

3 Apr

Now that I have the car up to snuff, I find it to be a very comfortable daily driver I put new Struts Shocks Transmission fluid Serpentine belt Spark plugs Power steering fluid Brake fluid on the car doing the work myself.

24 Mar

151k miles and transmission broke down.

26 Feb

CVT transmission is proving problemmatic.

4 Sep

and the repair requires a completely new transmission.

18 Aug

Neither transmission got 100,000 miles, the engine only got about 60000.

20 Jul

We had a few other minor issues and I have to mention that the road noise vs. the car stereo was a big loser.

13 Jul

Other issues include bad wheel bearings, seized brake calipers, repeated repairs for a rattling front sway bar, overheating CVT, the list goes on.

21 Oct

Cons: Road noise is above average.

16 Nov

Actually the whole car is kind of noisy especially on the highway.

1 Sep

A bit more wind noise showing up around the outside mirrors too.

31 Jul

Road noise and wind noise also plagued this car.

25 May

Several of the plastic interior parts have come off and there is a rattle in the exhaust (several of my previous Subarus also had that problem).

2 Dec

Road noise is the worst problem,

9 Oct

Beyond that, I love the added legroom and space inside (I carry two segways plus 5 people, no problem), the radio sounds amazing, and there's so much less road and wind noise compared with my prior 2003 Outback.

9 Aug

Seriously, The noise level with the windows closed is terrible.

30 Jul

This is a known issue for the Subaru CVT and Subaru extended the warranty on the tranny to 100K.

18 Aug

N/A

2 May

Subaru warranties aren't worth the paper they are written on.

20 Apr

Just after warranty expired, the rear view camera and the sound display stopped working.

29 Jan

But, as soon as the 5 year power train warranty has expired, we will be looking to trade for a BIG SUV - couldn't be much worse, if any.

3 Aug

Since the power train warranty covers only 60,000 miles (they must know something) the dealership said it would cost me $8500 to fix.

22 Jun

Should have been recalled.

25 Oct

When it reached 115,000 it failed and now will cost me $5000 to repair.

18 Aug

N/A

21 Jul

This left many customers with faulty transmission problems.

2 Feb

2013 had factory engine and transmission problems, failed to mention it,

10 Jan

The passengers seat belt clasp failed at 3-3/4 years. Expensive.

13 Jul

Other issues include bad wheel bearings, seized brake calipers, repeated repairs for a rattling front sway bar, overheating CVT, the list goes on.

3 Apr

Now that I have the car up to snuff, I find it to be a very comfortable daily driver I put new Struts Shocks Transmission fluid Serpentine belt Spark plugs Power steering fluid Brake fluid on the car doing the work myself.

21 Feb

Maintenance costs have been minimal so far, with only brake and rotor replacement and scheduled maintenance.

1 Sep

I had to replace the rear brakes at 42,000 and the fronts at 57,000 with mostly highway driving.

26 Jul

N/A

28 Dec

N/A

14 Mar

Steering not as tight as it should be, mushy brakes, noisy tranny, seriously over rated gas milage, and extremely fussy blue tooth.

25 Feb

The other issue is a very noticeable "clunk" noise when releasing the brake pedal when at a complete stop.

2010 Subaru Impreza

2010 Subaru Impreza

$7252

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

30 Oct

No regrets in adding this power monster to my growing Subaru fleet (the 5th Subaru I've owned); it compliments my 2005 Legacy GT sedan perfectly.

1 Feb

Drove lots of cars to compare; '10 GTI, '10 Legacy 2.5GT, '10 A3, etc and ended up with my 2nd WRX.

30 Mar

A non critical issue I haven't bothered to fix because I've already spent thousands of dollars on includes auxiliary input and electrical input failure (even after getting the wiring harness fixed.

2 Sep

Those who complain about the stereo when using a MP3 player need to learn that AUX jacks means the volume is controlled on the device!

20 Apr

Stock stereo should have an AUX input for iPods - lame!

8 Jul

Besides this, I constantly had electrical issues (radio not working for periods of time, car not starting randomly) and a couple times where the car would flood itself with gas on trips where I drove over 100miles without stopping.

10 Mar

The radio is ok. Set the treble lower like 1 and the bass at 3 and it'll sound better.

12 Nov

The radio is extremely sub-par,

5 Nov

Cheap radio---10 speakers, if you can find them--Probably the worst sounding radio one will ever find in any automobile.

8 Jul

Besides this, I constantly had electrical issues (radio not working for periods of time, car not starting randomly) and a couple times where the car would flood itself with gas on trips where I drove over 100miles without stopping.

10 Mar

The radio is ok. Set the treble lower like 1 and the bass at 3 and it'll sound better.

12 Nov

The radio is extremely sub-par,

5 Nov

Cheap radio---10 speakers, if you can find them--Probably the worst sounding radio one will ever find in any automobile.

2010 Subaru Outback

2010 Subaru Outback

$6925

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

3 Jan

Just recently handed over my 97 Legacy GT Wagon over to the kid.

11 Dec

The 2010 Outback/Legacy is the closest to a main stream vehicle Subaru has built.

21 Oct

Cons: Road noise is above average.

16 Nov

Actually the whole car is kind of noisy especially on the highway.

25 May

Several of the plastic interior parts have come off and there is a rattle in the exhaust (several of my previous Subarus also had that problem).

25 Aug

What a great ride. Aside from regular maintenance, I can't recall doing any other repairs, other than having to fix a rattle in the undercarriage (just replaced a couple bolts.)

22 Feb

The third time was the scariest- I was driving on the interstate going 75 mph when the engine made a rattling noise and cut off.

20 Nov

Constantly having to clamp loose heat shields from rattling.

11 Jan

Had some issues with rattle in roof liner up near the sunroof, front passenger door.

5 Jan

3 recalls, stalling with A/C on full, squeaky seats, under powered engine, can't find door unlock

17 Nov

N/A

11 Jun

However, I thought once I got a new car all that engine noise would stop.

3 Apr

Now that I have the car up to snuff, I find it to be a very comfortable daily driver I put new Struts Shocks Transmission fluid Serpentine belt Spark plugs Power steering fluid Brake fluid on the car doing the work myself.

21 Feb

Maintenance costs have been minimal so far, with only brake and rotor replacement and scheduled maintenance.

26 Dec

It has the longest lasting brakes of any car I've ever owned, as long as your mechanic uses strictly Subaru parts; my current set is going on 70K, and still has 30% left on the pads.

20 Jul

In the 4 months we owned it, the brake calipers literally fell apart, the engine mounts went bad, the torque converter failed twice, and the engine started drinking anti-freeze.

24 Jul

N/A

7 Apr

Again at low speed, just when you let the foot off the brake, the car inches forward at about RPM of 650.

19 Oct

I love the CVT transmission and the paddle wheel shifters on the steering wheel for holding me back down the mountains w/o wearing out the brakes.

13 Apr

N/A

5 Apr

Some think the electronic parking brake weird. Like the CVT, new may seem strange,

1 Mar

Constant issues with brake pedal make a clunking noise after your foot comes off.

11 Jan

Another issue now surfaced after the custom installed the ambient light package, now the switch for the vent on the passenger side is stuck in the open position.

5 Jan

3 recalls, stalling with A/C on full, squeaky seats, under powered engine, can't find door unlock

24 Apr

N/A

13 Apr

N/A

6 Apr

The new interior size is a plus; I'm not a fan of the exterior design with the "lifted" look

14 Mar

Hard for heater to warm feet, fan very noisy and interior controls difficult to see in the dark.

23 Feb

When the fan is turned up the noise is deafening and still no heat on feet.

19 Jan

The heater system is taking some getting used to, comes on way hot even when set to 72 or less.

4 Jan

However, once the temperature dipped below 30, the problems surfaced.

17 Dec

It's not fun to drive, it feels underpowered, hard to park, heating system still needs improvement.

22 Jun

Should have been recalled.

25 Oct

When it reached 115,000 it failed and now will cost me $5000 to repair.

18 Aug

N/A

21 Jul

This left many customers with faulty transmission problems.

10 Jan

The passengers seat belt clasp failed at 3-3/4 years. Expensive.

25 Aug

What a great ride. Aside from regular maintenance, I can't recall doing any other repairs, other than having to fix a rattle in the undercarriage (just replaced a couple bolts.)

20 Jul

In the 4 months we owned it, the brake calipers literally fell apart, the engine mounts went bad, the torque converter failed twice, and the engine started drinking anti-freeze.

19 Dec

Both dealer and 3rd party vehicle service contract holder did their best to avoid any assistance in dealing with the dreaded Subaru head gasket failure brought on by weak dealer maintenance before the sale, shortly after I got the car home.

29 Sep

Multiple recalls in the 9 months I've owned it and taken in for service 3 times to address stalling issue.

19 Aug

After two different dealers attempted and failed at the repair (it leaks primarily during pressure washes,

3 Apr

And my tires are nothing special--just some thin cheap little things that came on it when I bought it used.

24 Jul

N/A

4 Jul

but it doesn't have ANY handling issues and comes with same crappy Continental tires.

6 Jul

Car is sure footed in winter weather, and the only time I couldn't move (on the stock tires) was trying to climb a steep driveway with 6-8" of snow already on the pavement.

20 Mar

Made my decision to purchase after getting my BMW out of winter storage, became exhausted from the pounding of those run flat tires, just terrible.

1 Mar

One tire had a problem and would not steer right, pulled me off the road and I about lost it.

1 Feb

Tires bounce a little (not terrible) and feel like they are over inflated or made of a cheap single ply rubber.

27 Sep

I have had a little road noise from the back tires

2008 Subaru Outback

2008 Subaru Outback

$5575

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

3 Feb

This replaced a 98 Legacy wagon and is an incredible improvement especially the interior.

10 Nov

but this Outback can take the corners as well as the Legacy did and has a softer ride.

24 Aug

TEMPERATURE LIGHT AND RATTLE IN REAR AXLE

26 Jul

It has started to rattle in the dashboard.

29 Jan

Noisy catalytic converters replaced

12 Dec

The paint quality was thin and there were rattles in the dash that shouldn't have been there for a young car.

30 Mar

The power window makes a scraping noise when it rains.

10 Oct

My car is less than 2 years old & only has 8000 miles on it, the rattling noise while driving is very disturbing and annoying.

2 Mar

button holding that and the carpet down, and mine had a horrible squeak.

21 Nov

I have started to notice quite a few rattles in the passenger compartment.

3 Aug

The rattles started one week after my purchase.

25 Jul

Sometimes the sunroof rattles - not all the time.

13 Apr

Like a welded heat shield above the exhaust pipe that resonates at certain rpm's and threatens to loosen your teeth fillings and drown out the sound of the radio.

27 Oct

Over the last three years I had problems with the ground wire in the radio that I had "fixed" three different times until it went out entirely and I had to have the radio head unit replaced for $500.

29 Jan

wire harness at rear gate wire broke again (first time was at 70000 and just ordered a new harness (rear gate Cord) from subaru lost back up lights and antenna wires the remaining wires insulation is cracking and just opted for new.

26 Apr

I am also experiencing an electrical problem, the radio display and wipers will cut out randomly.

27 Oct

This is apparently a common issue as well and is very dangerous (no tail lights at night) and should have been recalled.

29 Jan

1998 subaru was very noisy engine wise other than that a head gasket failure at 135000 miles 2001 subaru brakes once every other year at the dealer.

27 Sep

suspension bushings are a common failure

22 Nov

Our problems: -Air conditioning failure at less than 1,000 miles; repaired in a few days.

2007 Subaru Outback

2007 Subaru Outback

$5475

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

21 Feb

I also own a 1999 Subaru Legacy Outback which I couldn't be happier with its reliability and handling in the northeast winters.

18 Jan

It's noisy, has uncomfortable seats(poor thigh support outside of drivers seat) and a terrible design of the cargo roof rails that doesn't allow for a secure attachment of crossbars or a wide spread of the cross bars.

27 Jun

The noise continues, & Dealer states this noise is common with 2011 Outbacks.

5 Mar

Noisy interior and rear hatch door rattling (even after several dealer attempts to repair).

1 Dec

Two months driving and no problems except the lift gate rattled over bumps.

10 Nov

Some wind noise is present.

6 Oct

The rear hatch started rattling after only 600 miles took it back to the dealer who fixed it.

12 Jan

The one and only complaint I have concerning this Subaru Outback is the rear seat (in the 07’ body style anyway) is somewhat of a tight fit as far as legroom is concerned; especially for an adult person!

20 Oct

I do find the rear leg room lacking when the front seats are pushed all the way back

12 Oct

Rear seats are tight – I am 6’1” and do not have enough leg room.

2005 Subaru Outback

2005 Subaru Outback

$4661

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

7 Feb

With the snow we have had in New England it is a great car to own, glad I did not go for the Legacy which was cheaper after the 3 feet we got in Jan.

5 Apr

The brakes and struts need to replaced way too often, I've had to replace all 4 bearings at least once and I've got another making noise already.

21 May

Some minor rattles from the dash, depending on the temperature.

23 Feb

It blows headlights constantly and has a horrible squeak in the dash.

23 Feb

The windshield rattles unless papers are pushed down between the glass and dash, even after one windshield replacement.

27 Nov

noises at low speeds.

15 Oct

$1500 later the bearing still makes a noise.

29 Jun

but more road noise and lost at least 2 mpg.

4 Dec

There is steady wind noise on the driver's side.

6 Aug

The huge sunroof is a bit chattery when closed and almost impossible to have open while going over 50 from the wind noise.

16 Sep

Continue to have issues with noise and vibration in front drivetrain.

9 Aug

Headlights burn out constantly, rear window no longer goes up and down, trunk leaks in the rain.

5 Apr

Headlights burn out after about 9 months at best.

6 Feb

When the ABS light came on I took it to the dealer and they couldn't diagnose it (they failed to mention I need to leave the car running with the light on to diagnose..so they said).

27 Jan

For some weird reason headlight bulbs don't last as long as you would expect.

23 Feb

It blows headlights constantly and has a horrible squeak in the dash.

31 Jan

Other than the CV boot and headlight bulbs no other issues.

19 Nov

Problems included: 1) Burning out headlight bulbs regularly.

23 Jul

N/A

16 Mar

Headlights burned out twice.

20 Jan

On the way to the dealer when we were trading it in we were having second thoughts till the check engine light came on! !

19 Nov

I now have a 1 year old son and this model is too small in the back for the car seat and Mum.

11 Apr

I decided to trade in my gas guzzling truck for a smaller car with better gas milage.

4 Dec

The rear window is high, angled and small and makes parking and backing up difficult.

8 Sep

Seats are very uncomfortable and back seat is way too small.

3 Jan

This is smaller inside (almost tight - tough to impossible to take more than 3 golfing), inside design just a 4, the MPG is a major disappointment- 23-25, the ride is stiff, little to no driving feel or fun, all-wheel is good

18 Aug

Rear cup holders are small and weak.

8 May

The front seats are too hard and a little too small.

22 Mar

With a rather small gas tank, cruising range is only about 270 miles before you have to fill up again.

10 Jan

however interior space of front seats somehow feels small comparing to our 2000 Prelude.

7 Jan

The front seats are too small, hard and narrow with bolsters that are too hard.

7 Sep

However, it absolutely stinks in the snow (so much for AWD - had to buy snow tires anyway), the back seat is cramped for a car this big, it is SO underpowered, and it eats gas.

8 Sep

Seats are very uncomfortable and back seat is way too small.

4 Feb

The only drawback is the back seat - my two sons are 6 foot 4 so they are just a little squeezed for leg room unless the front seats are pushed forward

11 Jan

Also, there is inadequate room in the back seat.

7 Jan

The back seat is too hard with no thigh support.

1 Dec

The second problem is that the front seats are so low the rear seat passengers can't get their toes under the seats so it is uncomfortable for an adult to sit in the back seat.

7 Jan

The brake support system has to be fully replaced.

2 Apr

N/A

5 Apr

The brakes and struts need to replaced way too often, I've had to replace all 4 bearings at least once and I've got another making noise already.

23 Jul

N/A

21 Dec

but Subaru helped me replace all the brakes after only 25,000 mi.

29 May

even though I have spent a total of $1500 on the brakes two different times.

18 Aug

Brakes could be a bit better.

12 Aug

The brakes are a little squishy.

8 May

Brakes are not powerful enough, can be scary at times.

2004 Subaru Outback

2004 Subaru Outback

$4047

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

11 Apr

I plan soon to trade this car for sedan (no longer have need of wagon), will likely be Subaru Legacy; great value for price, and the reliability and performance have me sold.

21 Nov

After a simple repair of replacing new return hose and HP line washer the noises were gone.

5 Dec

It has developed an odd clicking noise

18 May

The road noise is bad, let's just be honest.

3 Sep

Most annoying - after 3 years, developed a whining sound at highway speed - exactly like our 2002 Impreza.

10 Oct

Great build quality, no squeaks, rattles, or other unanticipated problems after 43,000 miles.

19 Mar

Some wind noise over 60MPH.

13 Feb

Just keeps on ticking.

23 Jan

The fuel tank was too small and the car seemed excessively noisy.

27 Dec

Interior wind noise is driving me crazy.

27 Dec

I DISLIKE THE NOISE LEVEL IN THE CABIN AT HIGHER SPEEDS.

2003 Subaru Outback

2003 Subaru Outback

$3385

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

21 Jan

The old car was an LLBean Legacy Outback with leather interior.

3 Jan

There is wind noise, it was really bad when I first got it

21 Nov

After a simple repair of replacing new return hose and HP line washer the noises were gone.

12 Sep

A bit of wind noise at freeway speeds,

27 Feb

I really wish I had stuck with my old Honda CRV Cons: Gas mileage in cities loud noise from exterior Bumpy ride From what I've experienced, unreliable

16 Aug

Wind noise is annoying after 65MPH even with replaced window seals.

31 Oct

Wind noise has been a constant irritation & I can't read stereo settings on bright days due to glare.

18 Jul

Cons: wind noise (only if you want to drive above 80, and then I guess it's a good thing, it keeps you alert).

27 Dec

Also that wind noise is a nuisance.

20 Dec

The wind noise has me going nuts.

24 Jul

Wind noise was an issue, common problem, he tweaked the front window corner piece with screw driver.

21 Jan

I took Sirius radio off there because it's seriously not worth the money.

27 Jun

Within 48K I have lost my AC, redone the Brakes, lost the radio, small plastic hooks and knobs break off easily and finally the Head Gasket failed.

25 Jun

1st the Air conditioner dropped to about 10% output, then the Brakes needed a complete remake, rotors pads fluid, all went bad, then the radio, and now after only 40K the Head Gasket is leaking.

30 Jun

The wind noise is to the point where you have to turn the radio up.

21 Jan

I took Sirius radio off there because it's seriously not worth the money.

27 Jun

Within 48K I have lost my AC, redone the Brakes, lost the radio, small plastic hooks and knobs break off easily and finally the Head Gasket failed.

25 Jun

1st the Air conditioner dropped to about 10% output, then the Brakes needed a complete remake, rotors pads fluid, all went bad, then the radio, and now after only 40K the Head Gasket is leaking.

30 Jun

The wind noise is to the point where you have to turn the radio up.

3 Jan

My short list of cons: Not very fuel efficient,

24 Aug

This car also will keep it’s value The only major downfalls of this car are that it has poor fuel economy and head gasket issues .

27 Feb

I really wish I had stuck with my old Honda CRV Cons: Gas mileage in cities loud noise from exterior Bumpy ride From what I've experienced, unreliable

31 Oct

In spite of having routine maintenance, this 6 year old car has had a long history of expensive repair, gets poor mileage & requires more expensive gas.

18 Jul

Did oil change myself, fuel filter only changed a couple a times, transmission fluid drained twice, Serp belt went at 100K.

30 Jun

but to tell you the truth, it got awful gas mileage.

28 May

At 75,000, a fuel injector had to be replaced.

21 Oct

Subaru has rigged the transmission to abruptly cut off when the gas pedal is released even at moderate cruising speeds.

4 Aug

The CRV handled horribly, was loud, had worse gas mileage and had the most uncomfortable driver seat I have ever experienced.

11 Feb

Gas mileage could be better,

29 Mar

N/A

16 Jan

At 100K I've had to do several repairs that would be expensive if you had to pay labor--AC hose, steering rack and CV boots.

25 Jun

1st the Air conditioner dropped to about 10% output, then the Brakes needed a complete remake, rotors pads fluid, all went bad, then the radio, and now after only 40K the Head Gasket is leaking.

20 Dec

The paint has faded in different spots, and I am afraid to use the windshield wiper heater because when I replaced the cracked one, the replacements seem to have a defect with the heating element and it cracks the glass when used.

5 Mar

but lacked the oomph to pass on trucks on up-hill 2 lane roads with the a/c going.

4 Feb

N/A

2003 Subaru Impreza

2003 Subaru Impreza

$4985

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

12 Mar

Wagon space compared to the Subaru Legacy is tiny.

28 Sep

The interior could be a bit nicer, the transmission a little smoother and the exterior takes a little getting used to (I love it though!).

12 Jun

I had reservations about another one because it was VERY noisy, the shift linkage was awful and the clutch worked best parked.

7 Jan

A few weird things: Gears are straight cut (shifting isn't as smooth as most); I get a weird hum at 60MPH (Subaru doesn't know what it is); and coolant -- you go through it like crazy, due to turbos.

30 Dec

It's a little cramped inside (I'm 6'3"), and seriously needs a 6 speed trans,

1 Sep

The transmission at time sounds clunky

25 Jun

Also, the transmission is not that smooth at times.

6 Jun

The steering isn't always there to help you with agressive turns, shifting can be missed when pushed a bit more agressively and it is already showing signs of wear.

26 Feb

I felt it should have had a shorter 1st gear with a transmission spanning 6 gears

2 Dec

but it is comming quickly i dont think it is all that bad shifting, no rain yet but it will be comming and it will be no problem i am sure.

13 Aug

The clutch chatters at times during the first two or three shifts (intermittent)

2002 Subaru Outback

2002 Subaru Outback

$3349

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

9 Nov

I had a 94 legacy wagon that took me all the way over the 300k mark, so with the proper care and routine maintenance, I have no doubt this car will be a car I can love to love for many more years.

28 Jun

My wife has a new Subaru Legacy sedan, and whenever she or my daugther take my car, they always remark on how much better my Outback handles, and how smooth it is.

21 Nov

After a simple repair of replacing new return hose and HP line washer the noises were gone.

25 Jul

One of the ujoints developed an annoying little squeak.

21 Jun

Wind noise is annoying.

15 Feb

The wind noise can be fixed with a fairly simple repair (the frameless windows are at fault).

17 Jan

My only complaint would be wind noise on the drivers side only.

26 Jun

Wind noise is terrible, and the seats are uncomfortable for long drives, with limited leg room if you are taller than 5'7.

9 Jun

With the exception of the lack of interior legroom front and rear, wind noise and engine issues, this is a good car ;).

2 Feb

Also replaced the pistons at 122K because originals had seized rings and were so noisy I couldn't hear myself think on a cold day.

19 May

2) The wind noise from the front driver window.

8 Feb

We have had minimal wind noise from the window, no big deal!

1 Aug

A big problem was the car burned through brakes.

3 Jan

Slow to accelerate and brake, uncomfortable back seat.

27 Dec

The anti-lock brakes take way too long to stop the car.

22 Dec

Only issue is that my breaks squeal loudly after they get warmed up and no dealership yet can figure it out. Ugh.

5 Oct

The transmission was replaced at 20k miles and the brakes soon after (under new car warranty).

15 Sep

Also find that the brakes on this are not impressive.

19 Aug

Have had to replace the breaks several times.

23 Jul

Poor break angle prevents it from doing any serious off road.

15 Nov

N/A

28 Oct

Outback wagon with 36000, has had two brake jobs, repeated problems with wind noise, problems with 'check engine' sensor system with light coming on repeatedly, twisted gasket in rear wagon window.

21 Nov

I was amazed by its performance given the price I paid, only $1500, because of some issues with power steering noises.

19 May

It only has 60k miles and just in the last year it has cost me 3k for a head gasket replacement which still leaks coolant and oil, another 2k for miscellaneous engine and other parts that are breaking constantly.

25 Jul

But it's the very limited VDT/VDC model and that trans is very hard to find used, and it's certainly not in a price range I want to pay.

18 Jul

I thought no big deal that a hose needed to be replaced or clamp tightened.

26 Oct

even though I wasn't yet leaking coolant, Subaru agreed to pay for 1/2 cost including head gaskets, water pump, and seals.

5 Feb

B) If you live in the country, on a gravel road DO NOT buy this car.

17 Jun

Shame on Subaru for not fixing known problems - (head gasket and fuel stink in cold weather), I would not recommend it nor will I buy one again.

28 May

The transmission leaked and cost $2k to fix, the belt broke at least twice, belt pulleys had to be replaced twice, and the A/C compressor died.

29 Apr

These cars don't spend much time in the shop

8 Feb

We have had minimal wind noise from the window, no big deal!

26 Oct

Soon after warranty expired, the same problem.

20 Sep

The fact that it was engine overheating and it is theoretically has a warranty for 5 years or 60,000 did not change the fact that I paid for the changing of relays and electrical components on the engine ($400).

7 Jan

Head gaskets leaking coolant and will not cover under warranty at 80,000 miles -- Subaru has recall/bulletin for same problem on on other VINs

5 Oct

N/A

25 Jul

If I could get a trans for it , i would.

26 Jun

The engine had to be replaced at 90,000, the clutch went at 110,000, as did the entire transmission.

28 May

The transmission leaked and cost $2k to fix, the belt broke at least twice, belt pulleys had to be replaced twice, and the A/C compressor died.

5 Oct

The transmission was replaced at 20k miles and the brakes soon after (under new car warranty).

28 Mar

Engine knocks when cold, acceleration & transmission are sluggish, gas mileage is mediocre.

28 Apr

My wife and I took it back to the dealer where we bought the car from 3 times, and each time they said that this is a normal condition with manual transmission Subarus.

13 May

Its just too bad that it doesn't have a better Automatic transmission.

2002 Subaru Impreza

2002 Subaru Impreza

$4346

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

20 Jun

But our legacy outback is a much, much better car.

16 Jul

My aunt has a '98 Legacy Outback & loves it, never drove in snow before buying her car, now can't keep her off the road.

4 Feb

The WRX is a huge improvement in speed and handling from my departed Infiniti G20t and our existing Legacy GT.

8 Jan

With bike rack, there is no noticeable change in noise or drag, minimal changes with the cargo box.

22 Nov

The engine noise was very loud.

6 Sep

The driver side seat belt squeaks every time you move even an inch.

25 Apr

What I didn't like was the engine noise I started hearing about 2 years into ownership.

14 Mar

The windows squeak, paint is too thin, had the defective fuel rail system replaced (twice) and the engine blew at 119K.

9 May

Over the last year, it has developed a couple of small rattles and the driver's window regulator needs replacing (has nearly 100k miles).

13 Jul

My biggest complaint about my 2 and a half year old WRX is that the front windows squeak when powering the windows down.

21 Oct

Fuel economy is less than stellar, there are some rattles that can be fixed, the window may squeak when rolling it down/up and the floor mats refuse to stay in place.

27 Feb

N/A

27 Jun

It had problems with everything from the suspension (5 times), ECU, exhaust, windows, interior falling apart, fan rattling.

4 Jan

Major repairs include the clutch at 84K miles, the slave cylinder at 102K miles, and leaks in the A/C system at 109K miles.

28 Oct

Had trouble with A/C compressor - replaced this summer (after 11 years of service).

28 Jul

It's been extremely reliable until recently when at 92,000 miles I've had to replace the transmission and the air conditioner compressor.

19 Mar

For the next 9 months in and out the shop for over heating problems.

21 Oct

It has some small quirks, at idle the heater doesn't work really well, the A/C compressor kicking in is a little harsh in traffic.

27 Feb

N/A

19 Jul

The “head-scratchers” are: 1) warm air from the foot duct with the A/C on bilevel setting?

27 Jun

It had problems with everything from the suspension (5 times), ECU, exhaust, windows, interior falling apart, fan rattling.

5 Mar

but paint is still poor quality, Windshield wiper blades freeze, inadequate heating system, poor design of rear window washer spray head, steering wheel not aligned parallel when driving straight.

22 Apr

however the A/C tends to bog down the engine a bit.

8 Jan

I elected to replace the trans at 200k because the syncronizers were failing (I highly suspect it was due to increased power from my mods).

28 Jul

It's been extremely reliable until recently when at 92,000 miles I've had to replace the transmission and the air conditioner compressor.

7 Mar

Seems a little low mileage, well maybe a lot low, to be having problems with a transmission.

16 Jun

Now, the transmission needs to be fix, again.

14 Feb

My husband recently found out that there is a glitch in the transmission in the 2002 models that makes it go bad around 50K miles.

2 Nov

Only problem I have is the manual transmition reverse gear is a bit clunky.

18 Jul

The only major item that I do not like about the car is the transmission.

20 Jul

The shift action is fairly poor stock,

18 Apr

I love this car, it feels a little sluggish with the automatic transmission at low speed,

11 Mar

Also, the manual transmission is not as smooth as I would like & finding reverse is fuff sometimses.

25 Jul

however, in not even two years I have had to replace the alternator, water pump, clutch, brakes, rear struts, and front left cv joint.

22 Aug

Ad teens, rain and a sharp turn , his friend made the mistake of hitting his breaks going into the turn, causing hydroplaning.

8 Jan

Front brake discs and pads might need more frequent replacement since there is only minimal braking effort from the rear drums,

1 Aug

I've had to replace the brakes (pads & rotors) at 68k, accessory belts at 70k, and a set of tires at 60k.

6 Mar

With 92,000 I've replaced the brakes just once on the front and back.

8 Aug

I’ve had a couple problems -- front brakes had issues after 18k,

20 Feb

Stock brakes and clutchare only fair.

27 Feb

N/A

20 Jul

The brakes could be better, however.

29 Apr

N/A

22 Oct

I’ve kept up with the maintenance, so she’s had no issues other than the engine light coming on from time to time.

25 Jul

Still to be repaired is the AC and three issues that are causing the check engine light to come on, one being a misfire.

13 Sep

The thing you need to remember with this car is that the stock tune is garbage and often leads to check engine lights.

22 Nov

There is no trunk light.

4 Mar

Dislikes: no light in the trunk, not a lot of room

27 Apr

The only problem I have had with this car was the check engine light came on once.

18 Sep

fog lights is once again kinda cheap.

24 Apr

Car feels bogged down at low rpm's and I find myself revving the engine at stop lights.

9 Apr

I spent over $8,000 on make-overs included JDM HID headlights, carbon-fiber hood, and Zero- Sports bodykit/Wing, and women still don't buy it.

2001 Subaru Outback

2001 Subaru Outback

$3110

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

5 Aug

While the Outback has been a vast improvement over my '93 Legacy, I've gone through way too many brakes, worn through lots of (higher quality) tires.

19 Mar

Had some minor issues--alternator, brake calipers, 3 new back windows (long story)

23 Dec

I purchased this one at 112K miles, currently over 160K and other than front brakes & tires, I haven't spent a dime!!

16 Dec

An ongoing maintenance issue is that the brake discs- esp.

24 Jun

Brakes seem to wear out quickly and then there were the head gaskets to be replaced.

21 Apr

N/A

8 Feb

Only faults were two recalls and brakes had to be done before their time

16 Sep

Brakes sre noisy and vibrate too soon in their life.

3 Oct

the only downside is the brakes.

1 Sep

The brakes on the Outback squeaks and have warped, an unexpected extra expense.

5 Apr

poor clutch, shuttering breaks, underpowered (significantly at low rpm's, can barely climb steep grades), squeaks, squeals from day one.

28 Sep

At around 75,000 miles it required a $2000 Catalytic Converter, at 120,000 it required a head gasket and head rebuild, at 125,00 the transmission took a dump, and now, it has had a wire short out in the dash which melted all of the wires.

30 Aug

The engine's power is adequate under normal driving with the transmission keeping the revs down to heep fuel economy up.

1 Jul

but I prefer the manual transmission that isn't offered with the 6-cylinder anyway.

8 Apr

The previous owners had to buy head gaskets (80k) and a 5 spd transmission overhaul at 110k; shortly after purchase (at 114k) I had to replace front wheel bearings, and shortly after that the clutch started to chatter (had been replaced at 80k).

27 Aug

Now, the transmission needs to be rebuilt.

5 Aug

Am now having transmission problems.

9 Sep

A transmission seal leak? ?

6 Sep

The only mechanical complaint I have to date is that the auto trans shift lever binds when shifting from park into gear.

4 Oct

My only real complaint is with the transmission.

21 Nov

After a simple repair of replacing new return hose and HP line washer the noises were gone.

8 Apr

High wind noise at highway speeds.

16 Nov

Little wind noise does get in (especially around window seals) and rear differential whines a bit at around 70mph,

5 Oct

The recent addition of Ultra High Performance All Season Michelins has had me fall in love with the car all over again as the handling is improved to GT level and the road noise is drastically reduced.

22 Jan

but it has been to back to the shop FIVE times in one year for strange noises, rattles, broken fan, and now a CHECK ENGINE light.

16 Sep

Brakes sre noisy and vibrate too soon in their life.

18 Aug

Tires are a bit noisy - I will not put the same ones on when I replace them.

26 Jul

but doesn't help the trany/clutch problems, MPG and engine noise level.

5 Apr

We had a wind noise which was corrected by glueing the molding around the windshield.

1 Sep

The brakes on the Outback squeaks and have warped, an unexpected extra expense.

8 Jul

Few minor repairs like o2 sensor and knock sensor,

24 Jun

The check engine light has been on more that it's been off: O2 sensors, catalytic converter, knock sensor have all been replaced and yet the light is still on.

17 Jan

But after three, yes THREE radiator replacements, 2 head gaskets and several costly sensor replacements, I'm ready to be rid of this car.

18 Sep

It was over heating and the repair shop installed a new radiator for $500 and then two days later the car over heats and blew out the head gaskets.

5 Aug

Plus, like me, the car seems to be losing spunk as it ages; I now have to turn off the A/C to maintain speed on climbs.

5 May

The seat heater toggle switch gets turned on accidentally, not so much a problem in the winter,

19 Feb

My only majior complaint is that the air conditioning isn't cool enough.

22 Mar

The automatic a/c, heat system is hard to operate.

22 Jan

but it has been to back to the shop FIVE times in one year for strange noises, rattles, broken fan, and now a CHECK ENGINE light.

2000 Subaru Legacy

2000 Subaru Legacy

$2467

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

8 May

DON"T BUY A LEGACY!

4 Apr

The gearing makes the 165 hp legacy GT feel quick and responsive.

10 Aug

Very solid car (heavier and stronger than the previous legacy models (switched styles in 2000).

26 Dec

The AWD is rock solid, and cars like the VW passat, Audi A4 and Volvo charge $1000.00's when comparing with Legacy GT.

29 Apr

Good car, better priced than some; the Legacy upgrade in 2000 was excellent.

28 Jun

Had to replace them and the engine that warped due to overheating (the thermometer never showed signs of overheating).

13 Jul

The only glitch has been an engine knock sensor that malfunctioned at 70,000 miles and had to be replaced.

27 May

Every winter the engine smells like gas as the metal fuel rail contracts.

20 Feb

The engine is very sluggish needs a few extra hp.

25 Jan

First the check engine light kept coming on, and took it in about 4 times with no luck.

12 Jul

Spark plugs and wires replaced, had a engine hesitation problem with old ones.

17 Feb

although I agree that the engine runs too fast at higher speeds.

10 Nov

I have 80,000 miles on the car and have two major engine repairs.

29 Apr

Better engine appreciated, as it's still a bit underpowered,

9 Sep

These Subarus are known for transmission issues.

28 Jun

The tranny is starting to go - won't shift into D (at 150K m).

25 Jan

Now at 100,000 miles, the transmission is acting up.

29 Feb

However, I have already had to have the transmission replaced ($5,000 item at 49,000 miles), head gasgets, brakes, heat shield, the moon roof leaked into the interior light.

27 May

AWD costs $10K more from VW/Audi, plus their reliability is the pits and you have to let the tranny shift for you (on the Passat 4motion)!

9 Sep

even though I live in Wisconsin, the HOME of the rust bucket, It only has minor rust around the wheel wells.

25 Jan

Then at 35,000 miles the rear wheel bearing went out.

1 Dec

There isn't enough room to put pillow without hitting the steering wheel.

18 Apr

Mileage isn't bad for all wheel drive.

9 Sep

update- The tranny sensor was not the entire problem.

13 Jul

The only glitch has been an engine knock sensor that malfunctioned at 70,000 miles and had to be replaced.

1996 Subaru Legacy

1996 Subaru Legacy

$16495

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

12 Oct

but I was not disappointed in the performance and reliability of the 96 Legacy Outback.

18 Aug

Subaru Legacy LS sedan with AWD - the best car I ever owned!

10 Feb

I LOVE the looks, size and idea of the legacy,

8 Oct

I had to replace a couple hundred dollar exhaust system items, including 1 that finally stopped the steady yellow light on the dashboard.

25 Nov

Ck eng light on constantly altho turns off by itself several days later.

18 Jul

The check engine light has been on since I got the car (the previous owner said it was because of an oil leak) and the gas mileage is comparable to a half ton Dodge pick-up truck,

22 Jan

Only glitch so far: the light on the climate control is out so a bit hard to adjust at night.

18 Feb

Dash lights have failed bit by bit.

1 Oct

My short list of repairs: window switch $250, oil pump $1000, DASH LIGHTS $250, rear hatch stuck $150, starter $400, alternator $400, FINNALY transfer case seals $1500!

12 Jul

A never ending source of annoying repairs from instrument cluster lights to alternators to whell bearings, axles, tie-rod ends, and Catalytic converters!.

23 Nov

Subaru has had alternator replaced, light bulbs in dash burned out and extremely expensive to replace.

2 Feb

The gas mileage is poor at best.And Lately the engine light is on continuously.

25 Nov

Car barely started making noises like a starter problem, shook horribly, probably only running on 1 cylinder.

20 Apr

Less valve noise than the old Sub's.

14 Aug

On again, off again pinging coming from underneath and squeaking from the passenger side wheels.

9 May

on the other hand, the car has a poor clutch (still grabs fine, just shudders and squeaks and chirps).

3 Feb

While I have been fairly attentive to "normal" service intervals, I would be remiss to say that this car owes me nothing!!

30 May

Only one major servicing in 7 years- and that includes this past terrible winter.

9 May

seems you have to buy an entirely new viscous coupler to solve the problem (subaru didn't design the coupler to be serviced).

3 Nov

Service expensive, parts expensive, fuel economy is poor for the power.