looking for a new car to replace the crashed frontera - long story and insurance are still being pursued.
looking at a few subarus to replace the "4x4" with a more car like vehicle but still with the ability/robustness to get out of my road and not get trashed by the road all year round and the winter snow also. . - Not having 4x4 is not an option i dont care how godlike your driving is.
got my eye on a couple of foresters which appeal due to their more utilitarian running gear when compared with the legacy's which seem to have all the electric gubbins at the same age and be lower ground clearance
looking at 2006 ish 2.0 GS models with between 120-140000 miles on the clock. Generally looking for single or 2 owner vehicles with good service history - would prefer an auto but not fussed either way got a couple of both on my hitlist.
what i need to know is what to look out for on a test drive of a flat 4 - are there any telltales of expensive repairs coming up handling quirks or drivetrain noises/clunks - outside of those found on normal cars , are there any horrible jobs on a subaru?
finally to those that have lived with em what are parts prices like - wheel bearings , suspension , electrical service items , cam belt changes , exhausts.
(ps i know 2.5s are cheaper but the tax on them is 475 a year)