A fun collectors' car that never caught on
April 21, 2015
Released from 1991-1997, with only 14,000 sold in the USA and about 25,000 world-wide. This car was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro (one of the greatest designers in the last 25 years); his cars include the DeLorean, Detomaso, Ferrari, Fiat, Audi, Alpha Romeo, Lamborghini, etc.
The split window design, AWD, Boxer engine (largest size Subaru ever made in it's day: 3.3L), suede interior, Xenon lights, Airbags, etc. were premium standard features.
However, due to poor sales, high cost, automatic transmission and poor breaks, the car never caught on; especially if you compare it to it's rivals of the time: Nissan 300 and Mitsubishi 3000GT
Parts are moderately hard to find as this car did not share a platform with other Subarus. Reliability is positively on par with other Subaru vehicles (something that Subaru is famous for).
The drive is comfortable, smooth and surefooted; more like a GT car than a sports car.
Look for the following issues to be addressed:
1. updated cooling system for the transmission
2. bearings should be repacked and updated
3. air-conditioner should serviced
4. break rotors updated (heavy car that can warp the breaks if abused).
Lastly, be prepared to explain to people who ask, "what is that?"