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I have a 2010 GT Premium Liberty , owned from new and have now done 107,000 kilometers .
Regularly serviced, the only issue a front left shocker replaced under warranty, probably due to rural roads after the floods!
The original set of Potenza tyres did 97000 kilometers so even at $500 a tyre I stuck with the Potenzas
Fuel consumption on hwy runs about 8.9 l/ 100kls, put the foot down and it flies in sport# good for 200 kph, if it was legal to do that of course!
Looks, not the prettiest and very Toyotaiss, but with STI grill looks better
Power, handling safety grip in wet build quality
Looks could obe better, see what they did with the BRZ!
Quality and practical for good price
I research products to death before purchasing, I was looking at Audi A4, VW Golf, Mazda 6 and the Subaru Liberty wagon Heritage.
The Subaru became my choice as it was practical (space for camping gear) and my family.
It is rock solid on the road with excellent grip, the all wheel drive Audi was $90k!
The quality is second to none for a reasonable price, plus Subaru hold good resale value.
After 4 years owning the car, I only have one criticism that the drivers seat is bit firm, the car is perfect
Fuel economy City driving I get 9.2L/100 and the best run was 6L/100 being very gentle on the throttle.
Handling, space, quality, reliability and price
A firm drivers seat
2.0 2003 Subaru Liberty
My 2003 Liberty is the best and most reliable car on the road with only 180k on the clock and only a clutch change. It has performed better than I expected, at only 101kw it can still take a Falcon or Commodore on the road.
I am very surprised with the performance for such a small engine and fuel econemy.
I recommend Subaru as a family car or for fun.
Don't forget some of the parts can be $$$, but at the end of the day its quality that lasts for a long time.
Parts can be expensive, but pretty well priced.
A very comfortable car to drive. Very safe and reliable. A pleasure for the driver and passengers. Roomy with some very comfortable seats. Air conditioning is very good. You will finfd that this car is very economical especially on the open road. You will get up to 780km per tank. Tank being 60 litres in size.
Everything is easy to reach from the driving position.
It handles very well on the road and the brakes will stop it safely and quickly. This car is value for money and you will find that it is not that expensive to have this car serviced, and it will give you many years of reliable motoring.
I went from owning Japanese cars to European makes and have come back due to the improvements in quality (besides the price advantage). I will keep this one for as long as possible as the new ones are damn ugly!! .
I bought a 2007 build GT model that was 2 1/2 years old, and have been very impressed (now 10 months later). Build quality is high, although not quite up to the standard of the Audi A4 Wagon I owned previously (minor issues only). Fantastic air-conditioning! So very COLD! Excellent highway cruiser. Awesome power from that turbocharg...
I have really loved this car, the first car that still feels good to steer after driving of my brothers MX-5.
I drove a current model Outback with 3,000km and it didn't feel any different from my one that now has 86,000km, getting back into mine felt every bit as tight.
I would happily recommend a Subaru to anyone who is happy with the width of the back seat.
Go for the 2.5 if you can.
Wish I'd bought the Outback for the extra ride height- I haven't really taken it off road as a consequence of saving $6k by getting the Liberty.
I bought m...
Wont buy subaru again
Bought a 2011 year subaru liberty wagon, start hearing cracking noise from front and rear, squeaky noise from windows, dealer fixed windows issues after I reported, but never be able to fix cracking noise completely, I can still hear it from rear of the car. Guess what, the front cracking noise is because the weldered joint was broken. what a joke. hope the car won't fall apart when I drive, 1 years passed, contact Subaru Australia, no answer yet. its not your baby, do you care?
Comfortable to drive
Defect parts or weldered joints used inside the car, cracking noise not completely fixed after a year
We bought our Liberty twelve months ago. It was under a year old and we have had no problems with it at all. It is a great family car. We can fit two carseats comfortably and another child between the seats if we need to. I love the anchor points in the roof so that boot space isn't compromised. Can easily fit a big pram in the boot and the shopping.
Good looking vehicle, feels nice to drive, large boot space, good foot room for taller drivers/passengers, carseat anchor points in roof so intrusion into boot space, very easy controls for cruise,...
A very nice pice of work, known as the Japanese BMW which says a lot. The new stronger 2.5l engine has a nice exhaust note. Pity Subaru hasnt mated the engine with a 5 speed auto, it needs it. Passenger seat does not lift, my wife is short and she cont see over the bulkhead
Great driving car, well built very safe and just the right size now that the kids have gone. Love the 6-disc MP3 player
Not much: the ignition key digs holes in my pocket, why does Subaru copy VW and make the key retractible? Why o why a 4-speed autonmatic box?
What a car! I would upgrade but theres no reason to, even with 170,000kms this car looks, smells and almost runs like new. New or used, I highly recommend this car!
2005 2.5i sedan- I have done 170,000kms and it still runs like a dream, have not had to replace anything mechanicaly and fuel consuption is great on the highway, about 8ltrs per 100kms! Smooth handling, hugs the road like nothing else, a very fun but super safe car.
Is expensive to service and repair. Top dash lights have gone completely and the fly wheel in the clutch needs replacing (this was a fault in this model) fabric seats mark easily but clean well. Not much leg room in the back.
My review is specifically for the 3.0 RB. This is a fabulous vehicle, with strong smooth engine, close ratio STI 6 speed manual gearbox. For a performance vehicle, it was surprisingly easy on both brakes and tyres. Sadly paint isn't a Subaru strong point and after 4 years the paint looked a little tired. Superb Air cond ( even on a black car), great opitronic instruments ..... It could have been an amazing car, with better steering feel, and split fold rear seat.
Strong Passive and Active Safety, Turbine like flat 6, Firm Bilstein suspension, outstanding Mcintosh Stereo, Great Airconditioning
Paint doesn't wear well, no rear folding seat, steering feel worse than the best europeans, poor fuel economy, Subaru dealers
Great value for money, luxury car with the sport performance is something I was looking for a long time. Leather interior and slick exterior completes the image of the car. Tuned by STI (Subaru Tecnica International) makes the ride externally pleasant on any road in any weather condition. Strongly recommend Subaru Liberty GT 2.0 - the best car on market in that price range!
Extremely comfortable, luxury interior, slick exterior, great performance of Turbo engine.
Didn't find any!
A great car that offers a combination of sedate family looks yet houses one hell of a roaring monster under the hood. A great drivers car and it's AWD capabilities should never be underestimated. It really does stick to the road. If you ever crashed this car... It must have been your fault. "ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE" would do as this vehicle is up there with the best for superior road handling.
As per the previous review there is so much to write about this car. I will attempt to tickle the technical side of peoples interest. Mine is a GT Liberty w...
This is my second Turbo Subaru and my first Liberty. It is very functional, stylish, safe, has unbelievable grip in wet. Dont bother with cumbersome SUV's as they are not as safe and general handling is cumbersome and poor, would recommend this to anyone as the no.1 pick for a mid-size wagon or a gfor rowing family.
Liberty 2.5GT: Build Quality, Stereo, Handling, Massive Sunroof, Style, Chassis Grip, Safety, Engine Performance great when revved -Almost everything.
Needs more mid range power,better economy and better paint quality.
This was the second Liberty I owned. I think they are a great car, particularly any model with the leather seats. Resale value has been stellar. I would have bought again but don't like the new styling.
Styling, fit and finish, resale
Engine (weak), pricing
I did 100,000k's in a 2litre GT and found it to be an unremarkable, lacklustre but practical vehicle. Running through the gears (ie on boost) it is a strong performer, but in gear turbo lag is noticeable despite the small turbo. The 2litre Turbo is the pick of the GTs, the 2.5litre is a disappointment - less power, less torque, more weight - uses more petrol but is more emissions friendly. Go figure! The Sti versions are disappointing - a lot of bling and compromised performance due to weight and larger rims. Insurance on the Sti models is...very difficult to justify considering the dubious nature of the bolt on mods. Smooth ride, AWD handling. Build quality. Head gasket issues on the 2.5 have been resolved from 2003 onwards. Twin turbo issues of the pre 2003 B4 have been resolved with the superior single turbo set up on the GT. The GT is a confused car. In MY04-MY08 guise it gets the performance engine but wallowy KYB suspension. Steering is vague and loose (even worse than my B5 Audi S4). Passenger gets no electric seat (driver only). Interior lighting is poor. Best seen as an attempt at a grand tourer. Does not build peak torque at 2400rpm. Dyno testing has proven otherwise. Magazine testing has not managed to replicate the 5speed manual's 5.8 second sprint to 100 that Subaru advertise either. Auto GT is lardy (on par with a manual RB).
We've had our 2007 Liberty for 6 months and we're really happy with it. The 2007 update gave the interior a nicer finish and we really like the look of the car. I'd probably go for the 2.5 if I had my time again, the auto transmission holds first gear too long to get the most revs out of the engine and I reckon the 2.5 would have a bit more pull, but we don't regret buying a Liberty at all.
Looks great, drives well, big cargo area, nice interior
Auto transmission doesn't match well to the 2 litre engine. Could have more legroom in the rear seat.
This is a great car. You would have to spend at least another $30K to match anything like the 3.0RB in performance and luxury. The 6 speed manual is fun to drive - even in traffic. Insurance is a lot cheaper than the GT. You would not be dissapointed.
Performance, handling, comfort, quality, styling - everything.
Small Boot (Sedan) and there is no fold down/split rear seat.
Great car. Go and take one for a test drive and you will be impressed. It is really good on fuel too.
Very stylish, smooth ride, interior is comfortable and looks great. Is a wonderful family car and the boot fits a pram and you still have a lot of room for shopping, etc. I was a bit hesitant about buying the car because of servicing costs and the like, but I was wrong, it is well worth buying and we love our Subaru. We love the leather interior and the drivers seat is electronic with 2 positions in memory. This comes in handy. I'd highly recommend buying this car. We love ours.
Would have liked bluetooth connectivity as standard.
Now we have 3 subaru's in the family
Overall the car is awesome we have had the original subaru in the family since 2002, it's been a very reliable car, I'd definitely recommend a subaru liberty to anyone. Even our mechanic says hardly anything goes wrong with them.
We've even bought a subaru outback as a new car. :)
3rd subaru in the family September 20th 2017 Update: we bought a second hand liberty sedan: an Awesome all wheel drive car
The subaru liberty sedan uses a 2l boxer engine, the horizontal position of the engine ensures a lower centre of gravity and helps st...abilise the engine weight within the front of the car. The all wheel drive works well in all driving conditions, it has ensured that I haven't lost grip in even the most treacherous of city conditions, I have also taken it to the snow without any hassles. very reliable car, hardly anything goes wrong with them, they keep going and going. expensive parts but at least they last.
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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