My car is a 1999 Legacy Outback wagon, 5spd, 108K mi., grey/silver. I bought it at Van Bortel Subaru in Victor, NY, and would definitely buy from them again. I dislike haggling on prices, so I'm pretty much limited to buying a Saturn or a car from Van Bortel (Subarus, Fords, or whatever else is on their lots). I've owned it since October of 2001 (~70K mi.) and I have until October of 2006 to keep making payments on it.
Some maintenance/repair history:
- vibrating driver-side mirror serviced under warranty three times (never fixed, given the option of replacing entire thing for additional fee)
- heat-shield rattle/buzz serviced under warranty twice, noise still exists, given the option of having them removed for an additional fee I opted to live with the buzz
- faulty driver-side door lock switch replaced after 2nd complaint, under warranty $50
- faulty rear brake assembly replaced under partial warranty coverage $250
- brake pads to meet inspection in spring '02 (included in asseblies above)
- faulty oil pump replaced after 3rd complaint of burning oil, under warranty $50
- K&N air filter installed
- window tint installed
- car broken into summer '03, tint scratched, stereo ripped out, center console gutted, recieved $15 (after $500 deduct), hooray for comprehensive :-( I've replaced the stereo, and several of the smaller parts, but it isn't anywhere near 100% yet
- got some great & cheap snow tires from Dunn (the cheapest they had), can't recommend them enough. I'm using them for the 2nd winter now. I think their Nitrogen doesn't do anything for mileage though. I've noticed no gain whatsoever. ~$300
- faulty front brake assemblies replaced, ~$800(!)
- car wouldn't start for 3 days in a row, started up fine on 4th day. Has started fine since, I haven't done anything to fix it.
- regular ~3500mi oil changes
- exhaust is venting before catalytic converter, it sounds nice but smells horrible
- timing belt is due to be replaced (I'll be sure to have the water pump done as well)
A few pics:
I only get around 23mpg (less in the winter of course) so I wish that were better. The car is the most expensive and has had the most maintenance of any that I've owned ('93 Toyota Tercel, '86 Volvo 740 wagon), but as far as drivability is concerned though, I love the car. It would be difficult to own a non-AWD car now. I'd probably buy another when this one becomes too expensive to own (or kicks the bucket), since Subaru currently has the cheapest (and best) AWD per dollar. Hopefully they come out with an alternative fuel vehicle in my price range.