Originally Posted by Minjin
I'd say you guys are a bit biased. I've worked on dozens of examples of most of the brands out there and Subaru is about middle of the road. Not as bad as some but not as good as some.
edit: oh and I would MUCH rather work on an inline engine than a flat engine
Thanks for chiming in! When you say you'd rather work on an inline engine, what specifically? I think for plugs, headwork, etc. they are great. As far as transmission/transaxle goes, I hate transversely mounted inlines because the transmission is under the subframe and hard to get to for me. Dropping the trans on a Subaru is pretty easy, similar to dropping one on an old V8 or even a newer V6/V8.
I'll be the first to admit that changing the plugs on a flat motor is way more work than on an inline. And, having twice as many cams/valve covers/heads as an inline means twice as many seals/opportunities for leaks.
The other thing I like about Subaru as compared to other brands I've worked on is that there aren't a LOT of specialty tools (think of the special sockets to get brake calipers off on GM trucks, for instance), and they use common sizes - 10mm, 12mm, 14mm, 17mm, 19mm. I was working on this Saturn and there was a 7mm bolt on the same part as a 8mm bolt. I don't get why they couldn't have used an 8mm where the 7mm was, it was just for securing an electrical connector!