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    Thinking of getting a 2.0 model, (non Turbo) to run as second car. Fiesta wife uses's is reliable but its nearly 14 years old. Has anyone had one or know of any problems with them?? I'm not buying it right away, gonna have a look at them and save up the cash. Looking at a 2000-2004 model. Thanks for any info.

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    Subaru's just go on for ever - but they do require more routine maintenance than other brands - that's probably why they last so long.

    My Subaru Outback has been no more expensive to run than it's Astra mk4 predecessor, that's using a local independent workshop for the work - ah, and that's ignoring cost of petrol where there's a big difference.

    The Forester uses the Impreza platform, which itself uses an older version of the Legacy platform - the non-turbo Subaru's are very over-engineered because most components are the same as used on turbo versions and the even higher output Japanese versions.

    Subaru's can be regarded as a bit quirky so make sure your wife likes it - my wife doesn't like the idiosyncracies of mine, at least it means she never borrows it!

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    if your wife doesnt like the forrester then see if she would go for a legacy outback 2.5 in either se or sen guise
    the same prncipal as the 2.0 flat four normally aspirated - but with a bit more refinement than the forrester and a few more toys

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    Quote Originally Posted by deztroyer View Post
    if your wife doesnt like the forrester then see if she would go for a legacy outback 2.5 in either se or sen guise
    the same prncipal as the 2.0 flat four normally aspirated - but with a bit more refinement than the forrester and a few more toys
    I alos believe all, if not then most of the Legacy's are 4wd ? Always handy as a 2nd car, in the snow, or general towing - Or perhaps, the odd blast !

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    yes mate it is - does make alot of difference to the handling and driving characteristics - used ours last january to drive to devon in the snow and ice around the M25 and pulled some people out of a ditch as well - sure footed and handled well - although not as fast as the signum

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark_647 View Post
    I alos believe all, if not then most of the Legacy's are 4wd ? Always handy as a 2nd car, in the snow, or general towing - Or perhaps, the odd blast !
    Virtually all Subarus are 4wd - you'll really have to work very hard to find one of the few 2wd versions imported into the UK.

    After a front-wheel drive Vauxhall, a Subaru is very satisfying to drive because the more you apply power the more of it is channelled to the rear wheels, reducing the sideslip on the front.

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    A 4x4 has 4 wheel drive, but we all have 4 wheel braking.... It only helps with gaining grip for acceleration. When it comes to stopping you'll be in the same boat as everybody else.

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    The Legacy is great car to drive, my only negative is the
    4wd premium on the fuel consumption.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruperts Trooper View Post
    After a front-wheel drive Vauxhall, a Subaru is very satisfying to drive because the more you apply power the more of it is channelled to the rear wheels, reducing the sideslip on the front.
    How is that then? There will be a torque split front to rear, but it will be a % split that is fixed by the geartrain and not variable.

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