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Better quality than my Jeep
Pros: 4 doors plus pickup bed
Cons: rear view -- blocked by rear headrestsThis car has had no major problems (except for replacing the rear differential - covered under warranty) since I bought it. The tires are still like new and I just replaced the brakes at 71,000 miles. No other problems - great value.
Subaru Brat, Best allround 4x4
Pros: Price, roofwindows, 4x4
Cons: They had to extend the back 20 cm for taxreasons in my country.This review is specifically for the Subaru Brat (MV, Targa, Brumby, Pickup) which was one of the best allround 4x4 pickup trucks. It looked a bit like El Camino, but was much more stylish, with double roofwings as windows. And since it wasn't full crammed with difficult to service modules and stuff, You could easily repair and customize it the way You wanted. One guy in Australia even put a turbo on his Brumby. And it was very affordable even though it was 4x4 and a beautiful car. I loved it so much that I still have two of them (1990's model). Sadly, Subaru no longer makes it.
Pros: Car like ride
Cons: 0-60 times
Advice: Overall great buyConsidering that this is a utility car, the overall performance, handling and braking were really above average. This is a tight and solid car and is worth the money. It is reliable and does meet the needs that I have had through out the last two years.
Pros: FUNCTIONAL USE OF THE VEH/AWD
Cons: LACK OF POWER
Advice: MAKE SURE YOU TEST DRIVE THIS VEH, YOU WILL BE SURPRISEDI HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH THIS VEHICLE. IN THE CITY OR ON THE COUNTRY ROAD IT PERFORMS WELL.THE MILEAGE AVERAGE 22/25.FREEWAY PASSING FALLS SHORT. THE4CYC LACKS POWER IN MOUNTAIN DRIVING. MAJOR COMPLAINT .A VERY FUNCTIOAL CAR/SMALLPICK UP.THE AWD IS THE BEST MADE OF ANY OF THE SUVS.
Pros: The use of a pick-up without owning a truck.
Cons: Rear blind spot
Advice: Do not pay more than $1000 over invoiceFirst highway trip 28MPG (Odometer at 390 miles on end of trip). Poor rear view visibility, large blind spot from tinted rear windows, pilar connecting body to pick-up bed, and rear seat head rest. The 4-spd automatic is responsive from a stopping position, less so at near highway speeds. Left turns on a dry road at a fast 25mph while on cruise control are excellent. Climbing a steep long hill from a stopping position, the engine revs to a maximum 4500 on first and second gear before cruising at speed limit of 45MPH in third at about 3000. Seats are confortable for long trips, drivers seat lumbar support is excellent, doors slam quiet, with back seat folded down exposes cargo nets (an option) the vertical one holds 5 full plastic grocery bags ( a paper bag would be impossible to load into this strechable net, ask for plastic at the grocer), the flat net lays flat in front of the vertical and is not as practical. If the vertical net had some way holding/hooking it open to load items it would have been a good idea. Power Moon roof is noisier than other cars in the full open position at greater than 30mph. This needs an adjustment/redesign to prevent the front flat from moving too high up ( when it is moved down by hand wind noise is reduced significantly.