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Subaru Liberty 4GEN (2003-2009) Questions & Answers

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Hards

Hardsasked

Liberty 4GEN (2003-2009)

Hi. Looking to purchase a 2004 Subaru Liberty GT 4GEN Premium Pack. It has 150,000k on the clock, regularly serviced and appears well looked after. Any common issues with this model I should be wary of ? Thanks!

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Shameem
Shameem

My one was the base model(4cyl). I didn’t face a single issue in last twelve years. Just normal wear and tear.

Brad

Bradasked

Liberty 4GEN (2003-2009)

Does the 2007 Subaru Liberty 4GEN Auto AWD MY07 have a timing belt or timing chain?

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Brad

Bradasked

Liberty 4GEN (2003-2009)

Does the 2007 Subaru Liberty 4GEN Auto AWD MY07 have a timing belt or timing chain?

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Chris

Chrisasked

Liberty 4GEN (2003-2009)

My engine light n cruze control is stuck on just wondering how I'm able to get them off and stay off?

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smart cookie
smart cookie

Sorry I'm not a mechanic, i suggest go and see a Subaru specialist,I suggest you keep away from the main dealers. Good Luck.

Igun S

Igun Sasked

Liberty 4GEN (2003-2009)

Hi
Got a Subaru liberty 2006 2.0R manual. Been having problem with the CEL on and blinking cruise control, scanned and the error codes mentioned about the air fuel ratio. Bought the oxygen sensor on ebay denso brand posted from US in July last year. But the problem persist to the point where the car cannot accellerate when throttled, it was just stuck in 20-40 speed. Changed the maf sensor and it got better, the throttle body was cleaned too. Despite the engine occasionally hesitated ,The CEL didnt turn on again just for two weeks. Any recommendations? This is getting frustrating.

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Steven. R
Steven. R

The only thing I can think of is it might be that the air flow system might be clogged up so maybe changing the air filter right through to changing the air flow system & getting a tune on it might just fix the flow overall. I am quite a novice to this but from what I learnt when looking into getting an air pod filter for myself most of the people I spoke to said I would need a tune along with the upgrade. So maybe get your local mechanic to have a look at that otherwise a performance tuning specialist to check it out for you.
Hope this helps :)

paul

paulasked

Liberty 4GEN (2003-2009)

HI looking to by a 2006 liberty 4GEN manual AWD MY07 $11990, 111,456km on the clock. 10 months rego. Questions that need to be answered are, engine faults? common problems to look out for when buying? overall feedback on this car. any help would be much appreciated as I am test driving this car next week. Cheers

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Garry
Garry

Sorry I dont have any personal knowledge of older model libertys as Ive just bought a 2015 model. Its fantastic but hard to compare with a car nearly 10 years older. All I can suggest is that you read up on any faults or recalls on motoring forums & make sure you check its a service history. They seem very good cars as no-one wants to sell them.
garry

paul
paul

Thanks garry!

mauricek
mauricek

Hi Paul,
You will find that Subaru's are a very reliable car.Mine is a 2002 Liberty RX manual which has now done 260,00klms and is regularly serviced by my local Subaru dealer.
I have replaced the alternator and 170,000,the rubber boots on the front drive shafts at 180,00,the timing belt at 200,000 and the clutch at 240,000,mainly because the throwout race collapsed.Check that your potential purchase has had regular services because Subaru's don't like dirty oil which clogs the oilways in the upper engine and over heating tends to blow head gaskets.
Hope this helps,Paul.

Jason

Jasonasked

Liberty 4GEN (2003-2009)

Hi,just wondering if anyone has had terrible with a 2005 liberty 3.0r? Had mine for ten years and has been great,but recently having cooling system problem which I've been told is a common issue with a blown head gasket or cracked head.Very costly at $2- 3 k fix.Thanks Jay

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Daniel
Daniel

Yes, the H6 3.0l Liberty's are a very reliable unit. What happens is the larger the capacity the engine the longer it is usually going to last because the engine doesn't have to work so hard. In your case however I would be considering selling up. Spending this type of cash for a 10-year-old car seems silly, I owned a 1999 Liberty and the transmission gave up around 260,000. It could have been repaired for 2-3k and I have no doubt the car would have kept going, however when issues like this begin it usually means time to sell. To answer your question, it is a reliable engine, however it is notorious for the issues you listed (as it seems your mechanic has told you), and unless your that keen in keeping the car for another 5 years than think about selling. Again though there are two big factors to this decision, I could make a more informed opinion if. How many km's has this car driven and how hard has it been driven? Towing, heavy loads, or even off-road? Hope this helps, look forward to a reply.
Regards, Daniel

mauricek
mauricek

Hi Jason,Can't comment on the H6 engine but I had 1991 Liberty 2.5 4cylinder which blew a head gasket after 300000klms.But I have to say that that the previous owner neglected to use the correct coolant.I sold the car because the best option was a replacement engine which would have cost me more than what the car was worth.

Disgusted
Disgusted

They are very heavy on fuel and prone to a range of issues including oil consumption. But something else

4low

4lowasked

Liberty 4GEN (2003-2009)

does a 2008 subaru liberty wagon passenger window fit a 2005 subaru liberty wagon as it seem to be out by just a fraction?

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Charlie M
Charlie M

Sorry mate. I don't know.

Daniel
Daniel

I think it could... Same models.

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