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Lucy, my 2006 Tuned By STi Liberty GT
Dream car, made with care.
When Driving my 06 TBSTI, I know I'm wrapped in safety. She's spacious, comfortable, makes decent power, good on fuel and when maintained, will last for ages.
With the right child seat configuration, you can also fit 3 across. I also know, without kids seats, you can lay the rear seats down, and fit a 2seater couch in.
My Lucy has been tuned to make it more fuel efficient with an increase of power. Being 11 years old, she is getting on. But, I won't be selling her any time soon. She is my dream.
Excellent Car. Happy to be back in a Japanese vehicle!
Switched from a 3 year old VW which had been a reliability nightmare. The Liberty lacks the refinement of the (admittedly much more expensive) Passat however is a much better car overall. AWD feels like it's glued to the road. The 2.5L engine is a little slow off the line but performs well in the mid-rev range when the CVT gets to work. CVT takes getting used to but it is better than the DSG. Fuel economy isn't great around town, but that's fairly common with most Subarus. Cabin is comfortable. Go for the ivory seats if you don't have kids to w...reck them. Has been generally reliable. A battery required replacement very early on after it died (car left for 10 days) and wouldn't take charge again. It was frustrating to jump it, have it die, jump it again, take it to the dealer who said it was fine, have it die again (at 6pm in the rain at Bunnings)... but it was eventually replaced with a new battery and has been fine so far. This is our second Subaru and won't be the last, however they really need to improve customer service at the dealers (and at head office) and extend the service schedule to 12 months.
Best shaped Liberty Sedan Ever
This is a brilliant car. It's my wife's car and has 178K on the clock still running strong, great engine power, smooth ride, great AWS, ABS and general steering. For an old 2.5 Litre box engine, it really goes with great torque!
Never had the head off, has front end steering replaced, original suspension so the costs have extremely low for the fifteen years we have had the car. Bit hungry on the fuel by today's standards at 10 litres/100km but what a ride. The Heritage has all leather and that is still all like new as well. Probably last of ...the old school Japanese solid build with #1 QA control. The usual 170K slight oil leaks around rocker cover and head but apart from that no other issues. What a great machine. Best sleek sports like design that looks good even by today's standards. This car would be an excellent buy for a young mechanic that could rebuild the engine and then just drive it for another 100K
Nice smooth old car but the maintenance is crap!
Bought this liberty with 164,000km on the clock. Overall it was a great car drove smooth for its age and had a full service history, but needed lots of work to keep it running efficiently and chewed fuel.
-smooth power steering (better than some new cars!)
-hardly worn tyres out as it drove so smooth and suspension was still working efficiently (coils and shocks all OEM for 20 year old car working fine)
-nice and spacious maybe 6 foot people in the back might be cramped if the driver and front passenger is 6 foot but I wouldn'...
Good car.. Great road grip
Good value for money. You get almost everything that a European car offers but at an affordable price and with reliable Japanese engineering. The all wheel drive by Subaru is great and the new look is very good. It is bit more efficient than the Toyota aurion I had before this car.
The only thing I am not very impressed by is the CVT engine. It is ok but not great though it's very smooth.
I will however definitely recommend this car. I am also a Subaru fan now :)
Lacking in power but overall a good driving experience
We first purchased our 2002 GX Liberty in October 2015, kind of on a whim as we needed another car ASAP due to our previous one being written off and apart from needing to get a new set of tyres for it since purchase it hasn't been a bad car at all, it's the 2.0 litre AWD version.
Reasonable fuel economy
Good interior space for 4 adults
Nice sized boot
Can be expensive for parts
Servicing through Subaru is VERY EXPENSIVE hence I avoid going to them ...
Good Value for Money
2.5i sedan has good fuel economy around town and on the freeway. Good balance between exterior size and interior space. Well finished inside and out. Feels solid. Handles well. Boot capacity only slightly smaller than Commodore sedan but much easier to park with its lighter steering. Would have liked daytime driving lights to come on automatically. Digital clock display is small and hard to read. Could be bigger and better placed closer to driving position say on info screen. Need to take eyes off road for too long to find it and read the time....Dual zone climate control good. Very good safety features with eyesight and lane departure warming beeps. Seats comfortable but would have liked electric seat adjustment plus tilt front up or down as per Commodore. USB outlet hard to get at particularly on the dark.
A great car
Very comfortable, power to burn and surprisingly very good fuel economy(6.5ltr 100km) on the open road and averaging 8.4ltr 100km overall. Eyesight safety system is fantastic and has already saved us from an accident. Good boot size and rear legroom but rear head height is a bit tight. Rear suspension was a little spongy but this problem was fixed by Subaru pronto and at no cost. All wheel drive gives great confidence and predictability on twisty roads. It produces a bit of road noise at higher speeds but is not unbearable and is probably related to the tyre type.
We have owned a 2002 Subaru Liberty RX for 3 years.It has the 2.5 litre single OHC engine with a 5 speed manual gearbox.It had 170000Klms on it.It now has 250000Klms on the clock and apart from regular 12000 klm services at the local Subaru dealer, the only repairs it has had are the rubber boots on the front drive shafts replaced, a replacement timing belt fitted and a clutch replaced.It is now on it's third set of tyres.
A great car to drive, handles very well in wet or dry conditions, comfortable seats .It runs well on 95 unleaded and I f...
Liberty GT is an Outstanding SLEEPER!
The Liberty GT is a dream to drive! Couldn't have asked for more!
Handling: Wonderful and predictive, throw it into a corner at 90km/h and it simply pushes through, grip is class leading with the Bridgestone Potenza RE003's as can be expected with Subaru's AWD system.
Performance: Best part about the car, 0-100km run of 4.9 seconds, 195kw and power that will thrill anyone. The power is just amazing, torque is always there and the pull from 3000rpm is just amazing! Fuel economy is around 12l/100km in the city, so for what it is and the ...power numbers efficiency is great! 6 speed manual too is a dream, why buy an automatic for such a sporty car when there's such a brilliant manual available. Interior: In short nice, soft leather and logically placed controls are easy to reach. The navigation system and infotainment could be improved, but overall very happy, it is a luxurious interior for the price point, very very well put together and comfortable as ever! The McIntosh 10 speaker stereo is brilliant lovely treble, could be louder with a bit more bass but quality speakers that outrun some brands audio systems including BMW and Lexus. One of the best. Exterior: Some may not like the exterior as it's boxy and slab, but I quite like it, ours is the Galaxy Blue Silica Metallic and it's a gem of a colour and in my opinion the best colour out of the pick. The wheels could be better, black would suit nicer, but still match the car fine. Overall extremely happy with the car, looking forward to getting many more years out of the car!
2010 Subaru Liberty, we bought a Lemon....
I was an avid lover of the Subaru until recently. My 5yr old 2010 Subaru Liberty, it was recently serviced at a Subaru Service Center only 9 days later it blows a head gasket and now the torque converters need replacing due to the continued stalling problem that has developed so much so that it is unsafe to drive. This car has caused us nothing but problems and the Customer service we received from Subaru Australia is appalling. I question their Customer Promise and slogan 'All for the driver" I have now been without my car for over a month. I am told the NEW Subaru Liberty's have an improved torque converter as a result of the number of problems in earlier models. This does not help me.
Subaru Liberty GT Premium
I have Subaru Liberty GT Premium 2010 Satnav MY11. Bought it brand new. One word to describe it: UNREAL. Very happy with it. If you want High Performance car that can double as a family wagon, than you just found the right car. Dependable 2.5 L Boxer engine with TURBO means insane amount of power and quick response to throttle. Safety rivals that of Volvo - 5 star rating on safety. Has all thinkable and unthinkable controls to keep all 4 wheels on a ground at all times. I never lost control of it, even at speeds over 240 km/h it handles OK. It ...has great street appeal, good manoeuvrability, good usability. It is not too big, not too small - just right. I was surprised how inexpensive maintenance was at Subaru - roughly the same as Ford Falcon I had before. Although I am mechanic myself I do service at Subaru first 3 years (Novated lease). Nothing ever got broken. Just drives. I found Air-conditioning is not very effective, just OK. It is because of the locations of outlets - they been shifted aside off center console - sacrifice made to position beautiful large colour Satnav screen. This is my 8th car and it is the best car I have ever had. Everybody is jealous of it - that is for sure. It was described often as an expensive, luxurious oversized WRX for adult kids. Lots of power and quick response to throttle 1. Air-conditioning is not very effective, just OK. 2. Expensive to fill up use RON 98 petrol
Luxury and good on fuel
Very cumfy and smooth drive.large interior and trank.very good on fuel efficiency.but the annoying thing about its rattle noise and can't fold rear seat which is really upsetting...other then great car..
2005 Subaru Liberty - 9 years of ownership review
There's not a bunch of reviews out there from long term owners of this vehicle so I thought I would give a review of the car from an owners point of view. I bought this car new from United Subaru on West Terrace (now Jarvis Subaru) and hence owned it for 9 years.
Engine; this car runs the 2.5L boxer engine. Absolute peach of a motor. The torque starts real low and pulls in a very linear fashion all the way to red line. Fuel economy is excellent, I get around 8.6l/100km around the city and around 7.0l/100km on rural roads.
Specs have the power...
Great quality built, stylish wagon. MY06 2.5l. Automatic
As a mechanic I'm picky with what I buy but you can't go past the reliability and all round performance. Stylish for a wagon. With the back seats down you can fit half a house in it. I bought a 11/05 but MY06 premium pack in pearl white with black leather seats (easy wipe clean when you have kids) in February 2010 from the original owner who paid $45,000 for the premium pack new and I paid $21,750 for it 4 years later. It had 72,000kms on it at the time and now has 135,000kms on it and it has taken the family on holidays up and down Australia o...n roads you wouldn't think possible without a proper 4WD and apart from servicing it I.e oil changes and timing belt kit (obviously myself being a mechanic) I can say that next to nothing goes wrong with these. I have lots of customers with these and other subaru's and apart from regular servicing I don't have to do much. Due to the extra ground clearance over the liberty you will be surprised what sort of shoddy pot holed country roads they will make it down and I regularly get 7.2l per 100kms on the highway and 9.5-10l per 100km around town. Simple engines to work on but the 4 speed auto box isn't the smoothest (they never were) and the 5 speed auto box in the 6cyl is better. As a mechanic I get to see/drive and fix every make and it may sound biased but I chose a subaru outback for my wife for a reason. Smooth drive, quality build, safe 5 star NCAP rating, good looks (not like the current model), great leather seats although the plastics do scratch easily, great economy and the 2.5l 4 cyl engines are pretty bullet proof as long as you change the oil regularly with a quality 10w30 or 15w40 grade. Buy a low km 03-08 model and you won't be disappointed and take that from an honest mechanic who owns one. Stylish, comfortable, reliable, luxury, economical Interior plastics scratch easily, 4 speed auto box isn't the smoothest but is reliable
2011 GT Wagon since new. Handling and performance is perfect, especially around corners. I can't fault the car. The interior has all the creature comforts you could wish for. My only complaint is the turbo lag or lack of throttle response around 1200rpm. It's a bit annoying when you're in traffic. I added a body kit and sports grill, tow bar and tinted windows. The new appearance is a head turner.
2010 Subaru Liberty Sport - Excellent
My 2010 Liberty is a sporty and classy middle sized sedan that offers excellent comfort, reliability and most importantly performance. With constant All-Wheel Drive in place which handles all conditions, and many other safety features, it is rated at a 5/5 Safety rating. This car offers vast leg room, many useful features and variability. The Sat-Nav and Blue Tooth operations work well, and the sound operating system out performs many competitors. The xenon headlights provide excellent eyesight for the driver, and the dual climate control work...s a treat. It could go on further, but in essence this car is sporty and sleek in design, and stands out of from the crowd for all the right reasons. I would highly recommend this car type and its manufacturer for future consideration in the purchase of a new car. Performance, reliability, comfort, design and brand. Despite the good looking metallic paint, blemishes are easy to make and cleanliness is hard to maintain.
2.0 petrol 2005. great car with tons of space and awd for safety. great handling with plenty of feel and grip. nice interior, cruise control is great as is dual zone air-con and a large amount of storage space in the compartments. the engine is a little weak and the car requires more frequent servicing then other alternatives, fuel economy is ok but the engine needs to be worked a little harder then some so this can impact your mpg if you like to get a hurry on. all in all a great tourer and more then capable of having some fun along the way.
space, interior, dual zone climate, awd, handling.
weak engine, high service costs.
Not one problem
2.5i sedan purchased new in 2007 and covered 65,000 km. The car drives better now than when new, smooth, quiet and handles beautifully, and I have only had regular services plus replaced tyres once, with no problems at all. Also still looks new inside and classier than many new cars that have lots of plastic trim. Downsides - petrol economy around town is not too flash compared to newer cars, although not bad on the open road. Main problem is that rear seats can't be folded down so even though the boot is large there are restrictions with longer loads.
Smooth, still feels classy, excellent handling, tours well. 4wd for those wet weather days.
Rear seats don't fold. A little thirsty.
Love the Liberty
I have the 2005 3.0 litre automatic Subaru Liberty sports wagon, silver in colour. It has beautiful beige leather seats and a large electric sunroof. It has all the little luxuries a car should have (electric windows, electric seat adjustment, cup holders, reverse sensors, great sound system, cruise control etc) and the power and performance needed to use on the roads legally! Can easily get 600kms from a tank (highway driving). Great build quality, we were looking at getting a same year model Range Rover, and the build quility was terrible and...plasticy, but we come across the Liberty and fell in love with everything about it! It looks great, plenty of power when you put the foot down, fuel efficient, excellent standard sound system, excellent steering and performance in both wet and dry conditions(potenza tyres), safe car. It's going to get me a speeding ticket if I'm not careful!
Questions & Answers
Hi My Subaru 2010 liberty exiga my11 odo 230K kms has recently had an issue as when I accelerate it, randomly feel jerky, slipped one or two beats then driving back to normal. Searching on Google NRMA shows me there are 9 reasons causing similar issue like that. So far i replaced 4x spark plugs but the issue unsorted. Please kindly advise me what to do next step. Many thanks. James
Hi @ DJA, We recommend getting in touch with your nearest or preferred Subaru service centre. The service team will be able to assist you further through an inspection and diagnosis of your Liberty Exiga. Please use this link to get in touch with one of our service centres today. The Subaru Team. http://bit.ly/2WZZ8yv
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!
If i were to buy parts from a 2001 suburu liberty 2.5rx for a 2002 model would they fit? Ill need everything for the front right/tire. Steering rod wishbone. Tire pushed back into the wheel well in full lock.
Hi @ jordan s, Simply use this link to locate your nearest or preferred Subaru parts and accessories retailer and our friendly parts team will be able to help you further. The Subaru Team. http://bit.ly/2WZZ8yv
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