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2010 liberty GT premium just cost $4000 to recondition CVT trans and torque convertor
I purchased a 2010 liberty GT premium sedan with CVT auto trans and 115000kms full service history, 1 owner for $17000 about 6 months ago. 2.5 months ago the high auto temp light came on and the car started slipping gears. $4000 I had to pay last week for a recoed trans and torque convertor with 12 month warranty or 20,000kms. A mate pulled it out and put it back in at his workshop and now the car kept throwing dozens of fault codes and running really weirdly. We replaced the battery and it became better but still threw a heap of codes. None be...ing trans or torque convertor as it did prior to the trans reco. My Mrs is loosing it at me.and due to it being a long weekend my mate (mechanic) wants to take it back to the auto guy on tuesday. I love this car but I feel like it needs to go. It had to be auto for the Mrs, but I'd only every purchase a manual Subaru. It's quite dissapointing
Purchased in December 2020 for $16,000.00.
I've always had a soft spot for early to mid 2000's Japanese Mid Sized cars and the 4th Gen Liberty is one of them. Mazda's 6, Honda's Accord Euro and Subaru's Liberty all fought in the same field, while all offering something unique. Of the trio though, the Liberty has to arguably be the best when it came to a well designed, specified and driver focused car. The design is timeless, having aged gracefully. If you're lucky enough to get the Post Facelift/updated model, you've got a bigger winner on your hands.
My 2.5i Safety Pack Manual has pr...oven a fun car to drive around. Its great around town, fun in the hills and good on the freeways/highways. The manual is a decent unit and outpaces the auto. For everyday driving, the Liberty is very comfortable. The drivers seat has lumbar support and height adjustments, while being well cushioned and bolstered. The suspension does a great job soaking up bumps and yet is firm enough when being more enthusiastic behind the wheel, or driving over our poor roads. Economy is decent, with an average around town consumption of 9.2L/100kms, getting you up to 550km to tank before the low fuel light comes on. Highway driving does fair better though, with the Liberty achieving around 8.6L/100kms pushing north of 700km to a tank. The features are nice, climate control aircon, trip computer, central locking, cruise control, glass sunroof, foglamps, 17" 5 spoke alloys and lumbar support. In addition, the Safety Pack adds majority of these items, as well as four additional airbags giving a grand total of six. ABS and EBD are also fitted standard. Power comes from the EJ25 2.5L H4, making 121kW and 226Nm of torque. Mated to a the aforementioned 5 speed manual and driven via their signature AWD system, it's a combination thats is so very unique and fun to own.
Purchased in January 2021 at Gumtree for $3,000.00.
7 Liberty's in the family
We have had 7 Liberty's in our family since 1992 (6 4Gen) I have bought my sons Liberty's as their first cars and my wife has had 4 since we first bought the 2Gen. My wife currently has a 2009 GT SpecB 2.5l - amazing vehicle that is stupid fast with 230K on the clock.
My son has a 2009 2.5l 4Gen with 240K and no major issues. The main concern is that the dash pads are now cracking and deteriorating - both have always had dash mats on them. In the 4Gen models we have always had the 2.5l motors and when the K's get up over 200K they can us...e a little oil and need checking (ask my son!) Otherwise they are reliable and pretty much bulletproof. My wife's GT Spec B is lovely to drive and corners like it is on rails. Beautiful to drive albeit a little small for me at 6'2" The ride can be a little firm but it does have sports suspension so that is expected I would highly recommend this model Subaru as a first car. Safe, secure and reliable. The first one achieved 420K with no major mechanical issue except replacing one clutch at 200K. Very good I would say.
Subaru GT Premium Wagon
I purchased new a 2014 gt wagon and still have it. It has been a great little car, now with 95k on it. Everyone that drives it cant believe how well it performs in acceleration and handle. A wee bit noisy with the low profile tyres on rough bitumen. It now steers around the windy roads of tasmania with ease. Service is not expensive and I have not had a mechanical issue yet. In the purple mode overtaking is quick and a lot safer. If I was to worry about what might go first, it would be the clutch as it pulls so hard.
OK these weren't the prettiest, but hey if you want a sleeper you don't want to draw attention.
Purchased in May 2014 for $52,500.00.
Can’t fault it, great car. Great safety features. Does not lack power. Smooth drive and good visibility.
Driving every day to and from work, using highway and freeways normally. Not bad economy. Servicing, average once a year or 12500kms. No issues as yet. For the price there’s good features.
Purchased in August 2020.
Solid car over many years
2005 bought second hand from dealer. Premium wagon. Driven on all roads and long distances. Just about to clock 375,000kms! Engine is perfect but everything Else starting to go. Suspension gone! Electric windows issues. Tailgate light always needing replacement. I dread having to get a new but the time has come. Servicing too expensive.
Best car in the world
I bought a subaru liberty in 2009. I got delivered a Subaru Liberty on the 1st April with 13km on the clock. Last Friday (31/07/2020), it ticked over half a million kilometre. Over last 11 years we travelled a lot together. The ride was and still being awesome. I have a BMW 430! convertible and ride of my liberty is no less enjoyable. I never had spent anything except normal wear and tear. Just got it polished and waxed and it looks like new again. I am so happy with this car and want to thank Subaru for delivering this little piece of gem.
Purchased in April 2009 for $36,000.00.
- Liberty 5GEN (2009-2014)
My throughts on CVT and manual trans.
Hi guys R.O.C here. I brought a used 2011 Subaru liberty 2.5i non turbo 6sp manual with 140,000 KS on the clock and it has a ej253 engine for $8000. I didn't want to get one with the automatic CVT purely because they are weak. ( In the US and AUS.. by the look of it ) I am now spending $1700 on an Exedy clutch kit (fitted) because when the car is cold and I start it, it makes a light shimming/squeeling noise when the clutch pedal is out but when I push the clutch in with my foot it goes away. ( Only happens for about 2-3 mins while it's warmin...g up and was told by mechanic it's the throwout bearing and recommended I get a clutch kit put through it. ( Clutch kit contains: fork assembly, new flywheel, new throw out bearing, crank bolt, plates, alignment tool and spigot ) The internet seems to have a lot of cases with the manual trans just like my case and there seems to be a lot of confusion about the cause and fix. Soooo... luckily For all those people that are right now going that's what my car does with a serious look on there face starring at there phone haha... I am planing on having the new clutch kit fitted to my car in the next week or too and I will post an update here and let you know if problem is fixed.. and if it comes back at any point... I will update again. But overall I love my subaru 4 out of 5 stars.
Purchased in March 2020 for $8,000.00.
Great all rounder, sleeper status
I upgraded to the Gen5 GT Premium Wagon 5 EAT (2010) from my old Gen4 3.0R-B sedan M/T.
Traveled interstate to get it as there are not many well looked-after preowned examples out there or for sale.
This car is a great all-rounder. Used in daily driving to work, weekend trips and getaways. So far I've put almost 15,000kms on it, owned for almost a year now, purchased with 110,000kms.
Problems I have had with the car are few:
-Intercooler pipe blew out and had to be replaced. This was a cheap and easy thing to fix.
-Transmission slamming gears...
Purchased in August 2019 at Carsales.com.au for $17,500.00.
Avoid this model like the plague.
The torque converter is a shocker and Subaru, unlike in the US, won't give an extended warranty with the problem. The stalling is a serious safety problem. And the cost of repairing it is in the region of $4000.
Great family car
Great car and value for money with so many features. The all wheel drive adds to the safety of the car and it has enough room to fit a family of five comfortably without compromising on the power. The semi automatic with paddle gears lets you have some fun with the 3.6 engine especially in sports mode. You really do not need any more power than this in the city or for cruising on highways
Purchased in June 2016.
Reliable and comfortable
Bought a second hand 1999 Subaru Liberty RX several years. It has always been comfortable to drive and reliable. I'm only writing this review now, as I am preparing to sell this vehicle.
It has required no major work. Leaking at the valve cover gaskets (as common on this model's engine) and a new starter had to be recently installed. Several bushings are starting to fall apart, but that is to be expected in a car of this age.
My next car will be a Subaru.
Purchased in April 2010.
Purchased 2010 Liberty GT Sedan Auto with 90k on the clock. The car has always been looked after and serviced on schedule. It's been a great car. But, now at 142K, the 5 speed auto transmission has failed (apparantly a well known fault with the GT). Not happy with Subaru, anyway there goes my plans to updgrade a new wrx.
Purchased in September 2013.
Awesome until the Torque convertor fails!
Absolutely loved this car which is a 2010 always serviced on time and then it started to stall when coming to a quick stop. Did some research and found it is a know fault with the torque convertor. Took it to subaru and they have quoted $5000 to replace. Most of that is labour. The car is hardly worth that. So it is the end of the line for our much loved libby and she will be traded in. And not for a another subaru.!!
Great until the CVT fails
My 2012 Liberty has been a fantastic car, now that the torque converter/ cvt appears to have failed, any long term economy of owning a Subaru is out the window. Subaru Australia will say how sorry they are to hear it, and act like they know nothing about this being a big problem with these cars. This is a major safety issue as the car stalls when you brake.
They will also say that American cars are different from ours; the bottom line is that when Subaru of America were faced with an identical issue they extended the drivetrain warranty to c...
Purchased at Subaru Dealers.
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SUBARU LIBERTY B5 BM/BR 3.6L EZ36D DOHC-PB 24v MPFI Flat6 191kW 5sp Auto 4dr Sedan AWD [01/09 - 12/14] Dose it have a timing belt or chain???
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I have a Subaru Liberty Heritage 2001. Can someone tell me what the 'Heritage' means? Is it more luxurious than a Liberty? I'm confused - clearly!
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|Transmission||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT)|
|Drive Type||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)|
|Wheels||18" Alloy||18" Alloy||18" Alloy||18" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||7.3 L/100km||7.3 L/100km||9.9 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||60 L||60 L||60 L||60 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.5L||4 Cylinder 2.5L||6 Cylinder 3.6L||4 Cylinder 2.5L|
|Max Power||129kW @ 5800rpm||129kW @ 5800rpm||191kW @ 6000rpm||129kW @ 5800rpm|
|Max Torque||235Nm @ 4000rpm||235Nm @ 4000rpm||350Nm @ 4400rpm||235Nm @ 4000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan||Japan||Japan||Japan|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2014||Jan 2014||Jan 2014||Jan 2017|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2017|
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