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Old 01-13-2001, 05:42 PM   #1
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Post How reliable is Subaru?

This new WRX is exciting me and I am thinking about getting one. I know they have been using that flat four setup for quite a while now. Has anyone had any major problems with their impreza?THanks!
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Old 01-13-2001, 05:44 PM   #2
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I have not had any problems. Subaru's are very reliable.
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Old 01-13-2001, 05:46 PM   #3
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No problems here have had it for about a year and have had no problems with my 2000 RS. Plus my friends family has a 95 outback and some 88 subaru and they run great.
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Old 01-13-2001, 05:50 PM   #4
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My Family has owned 6 of them and we never had one go less than 160,000 miles. Very reliable cars.
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Old 01-13-2001, 05:52 PM   #5
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Is there anything unique to the engines that would make it expensive to replace of fix that part?
Damn this board is fast in replying, I like that.
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Old 01-13-2001, 05:53 PM   #6
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WHATCHU TALKIN BOUT WILLIS?!

Of course they're reliable!!
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Old 01-13-2001, 05:54 PM   #7
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I've never had one and rarely see imprezas around.
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Old 01-13-2001, 05:55 PM   #8
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Had mine for a year plus - no problems at all.
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Old 01-13-2001, 05:55 PM   #9
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Well, I have a 98 RS, 3 years old in May, One owner.

73,200 miles, 20+ Autocross events, 3 track days, 3 ice races, 2 Chicago Winters, and my mad style of day to day driving. So far, I have replaced the following (Other than reg maint.)

Clutch & Flywheel
One set of brake pads (front only)
One fog light

Thats it, still runs like a fiend. Durable as hell.

Dan - Flyin 555
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Old 01-13-2001, 05:56 PM   #10
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There have been some issues with things like clutch chatter on a limited number of cars, and some issues with crappy dealerships, but by and large, the Subaru's are very durable cars.

If you're into doing your own maintenance and repairs, the Subaru's are *MUCH* easier to work on then any car I've ever turned a wrench on. The engineers strived to make the car very easy to maintain and replace parts on. I was able to drop the entire rear suspension on my donor RS in 20 minutes on a lift. Very, very easy to work on, if you're so inclined.
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Old 01-13-2001, 06:06 PM   #11
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Is there anything unique to the engines that would make it expensive to replace of fix that part?
Not that I'm aware of. There're alot of Subarus running around on this planet, so...
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Old 01-13-2001, 06:48 PM   #12
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Farm tractor reliability. Legendary, really.

'91 Legacy Turbo, 145,000 miles and counting.
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Old 01-13-2001, 10:53 PM   #13
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Bulletproof. Someone might get the odd Friday car, but my second Legacy (the first ate CV joints like candy, but that was cuz of the pilot ) has been rock-solid, and this car has been FLOGGED!

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Old 01-14-2001, 12:42 AM   #14
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wow, think i'll buy one!!!!!! cant be anyworse than my pos mustang!
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Old 01-15-2001, 07:50 AM   #15
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Second what everyone else said. The subaru flat 4 / flat 6 are unusual but superior engine designs. There's a reason this is the most popular engine for an aircraft conversion.

There might be little problems here and there but be prepared to run the car to 250k+ miles without the engine itself buying the farm.

cheers
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Old 01-15-2001, 08:10 AM   #16
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'98 RS.. 96,000 miles

Replaced:
Brake pads
engine (first head gaskets, then blown bottom end)
clutch/flywheel
2 exhaust manifolds

This car has been a pain in my ass, but I continue to fix it because it kicks booty when in forward motion.
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Old 01-15-2001, 08:17 AM   #17
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As reliable as they come. There are many Subarus out there which have over 200K on them and even a good amount which have 300K, or 400K. I mean, go check a junk yard out. Here around me, I can not find one Subaru in a yard with under 170K on it. And still, the cars are still ok and only have minor problems like toasted CV's or bad carbs. As long as you treat it good it will treat you good.
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Oh yeah, I have a 95 2.2L Impreza L AWD with 56,xxx miles on it now. NO PROBLEMS, just usual scheduled maintaince
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Old 01-15-2001, 08:21 AM   #18
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99 OBS. Runs and purrrs like new. Routeine maintenance is all you need to keep these cars running! These engines are used on small planes! They have to be reliable! After allone can't just park the vehicle by the road and call a tow truck if the engine fails at 20,000ft!!!
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Old 01-15-2001, 08:32 AM   #19
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I have a '98 I bought in late '97. It has 80,000 miles on it. I ran 24 Auto crosses on it last year. I did 1 year of drag racing the year before. I am pretty hard on stuff in my daily driving.

I have replaced the tranny (second gear vaporized). I replaced the clutch. This weekend I blew my rear differential (not replaced yet). Brake pads of course.

But I would not give up my car unless it was for a WRX.
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