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Blown Engine @ 5,000 Miles
Pros: Handling & brakes are superb
Cons: Engine blew 2 pistons at 5k , required a complete rebuild not covered by warranty because I changed the muffler.Love the car , love the handling - BUT - its not really a $35K car - its a $45K car after you have replaced the engine. Anyone thinking of buying an Sti needs to search Google before and key in 'ringland failure'. A massive disapointment overall after many years of supporting Suabru.
Pros: sport wagan style
Cons: gas mileageVery dependable and safe car. Only wish the AWD could be switched off to get better gas mileage
Cons: Blown engine at 5,000 milesOne of the reasons anyone buys a car like this is for performance - 305bhp never looked so good! The car has 4 doors , a decent trunk and 'its a Subaru' - which I thought meant reliable. 1000 miles to run it in , so take it easy. Then service and oil change - after this 4,000 miles of brilliant driving. The problem is - thats all you get. After just over 5K the pistons (#2 & #4) blow. The cost - $5,000+. Subaru is in denial , and the press have not picked up the story. The internet is littered with owners that have had to deal with this - almost exactly as above. Should be / could be a great car. But $5K more on list makes a BMW 335i very attractive!
Pros: The handling
Cons: everything but the handlingDon't get me wrong, this car is a lot of fun to drive. However, considering the price, the quality is very poor. There are a lot of squeaks, the paint scratches extremely easily, I've had problems with the fuel door. The overall interior materials are cheap. The metal is cheap. The car feels cheap.
Our First Subaru - Best Car Yet
Pros: Riding in the Car, Well desinged suspension!
Cons: Radio controls, the actual system sound is superSo much thought went into this vehicle, from design, dashboard detail, ride and comfort, great drive control, excellent power, but VERY low on noise, beautiful interior, spacious, it just goes on and on, the sound systems, once you read the directions for use, is actually spectacular, could use a little more user friendliness in that realm, and the fact that this little car is so solidly built, super 18' wheels...We'll my wife and I would love to meet the designers and thank them personally for this car! Couldn't have designed one better for us. Perfect!
I adore my new Subaru
Pros: The way it clings to the road when it drives! It is SO fun to drive!
Cons: Gas mileage could be better.I recently purchased a new Subaru Outback Sport, trading in an old truck that was really having issues. This car has a smooth ride and is zippy and fun to drive. It turns corners on a dime and for a small car has lots of room on the interior. The only thing I don't really like about it is the gas mileage. It really doesn't get the best mileage for a small car, but I guess that is the trade-off for the AWD, which I know I'll be glad to have come winter with its ice and snow. I looked at lots of cars and drove quite a few. This little Subaru was the only one in it size class that felt solid and sturdy.
Pros: Toss up: auto-dimming mirror with compass or remote start
Cons: Basic sound system is a joke. Needs sport exhaust--can barely hear revs for precise down-shifting.
Advice: Be prepared to drive like a saint or pay the piper. The hood scoop might as well be a flag.Caution: when you're driving a WRX, remember to breathe. Love, love, love. Owning a WRX leads to what I call the WRX sneer--the destorting effect of an ear-splitting grin at high accelleration. It's an AWD 265hp turbo wagon that corners like a go-cart--the perfect car for a New England woman in the music business. Great cargo space/rear seating arrangement that hauls five grownups with decent head and leg room or about a dozen djembes, or three cellos, or ten guitar cases or, with 60/40 split seats, any combination of all these. I happily do a lot of the driving :) for about any event...anywhere. A high speed hairpin corner is easy--just downshift and hit the gas--with AWD, that turbo digs in like a cutting pony. More power would just be silly--so the STI is for gearheads if you ask me. My friend who drives a Porsche felt the need to defend his car after driving my WRX. 'Nuf said. He did win a single point from me about transmissions. The WRX 5-speed is geared well, but it feels a bit primitive and slow to me. Hope it breaks in a bit smoother. An overdrive or some kind of 'Highway' gear would be quiet enough for any kind of music even with a performance exhaust, and very green too. Since Subaru is synonymous with New England, the auto climate should have a 'Parka' setting. Picky, picky. This is a nimble, exciting sports car. It has a remarkable safety record, legendary road worthiness, is actually affordable, comfortable, and offers solid resale value because it's a Subaru.