I bought this car used, 35th anny. auto, pzev engine. When i bought this car i was looking for better mpg with 4wd and it brought me to this car. It was great for the first 5 months and 10k miles, the...
I bought this car used, 35th anny. auto, pzev engine. When i bought this car i was looking for better mpg with 4wd and it brought me to this car. It was great for the first 5 months and 10k miles, then;
1st: started to smell burnt anti-freeze, feared the blown head gasket, but was just clogged radiator($900, with timing belt kit replacement, 100k mile Subaru recommendation ).
2nd: back brakes(rotors and pads) upgraded to cross drilled and slotted with premium pads.
3rd: cluster gauge lights started to go out, but good tip if you hit above them on the dash, some times they come back on.
4th: back brakes again(pads and rotors), back to stock again.
5th: burnt anti-freeze smell again, no leaks, not in the oil, goes through about half a gallon a month and starts to overheat every once in a while.
6th: for a 4 cyl. car it gets worst mpg then some V6's and V8's - 21-23mpg.
7th: water leaks in some where, so the car has a musty smell.
8th: there is only 122k miles on it now.
9th: NO POWER, have to make sure there is more then enough room to get out into traffic.
10th: sounds like a diesel truck, but every subaru owner/mechanic says it sounds better than most, even have a letter from subaru about the sound and how it's ok.
so unless your a subaru mechanic i wouldn't buy this car!!
On the upside it's great in the snow, handles and rides very good