Subaru AWD vs. Volvo AWD

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Tavish Muldoon, Mar 14, 2005.

  1. Hi!

    Are there any Volvo owner out there who also have a Subaru? Or vice

    I am seeking a decent AWD car for a good price, good reliability and
    always decent cost.

    Anyone care to share any experiences?


    Tavish Muldoon, Mar 14, 2005
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  2. I have an '03 Volvo VC70, and have had 5 Subarus. IMO the Subaru is the
    better built, better performing vehicle. I can't wait for the Volvo lease
    to end so that I can get another Outback.
    Joel Schleifstein, Mar 14, 2005
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  3. Tavish Muldoon

    Hal Whelply Guest

    We have a 2001 S60 2.4T. In 4 years, 2 months, and just a bit over 57,000
    miles, we've found it a substantial, safe-feeling, comfortable car with a
    back seat that's too small, and overall maintenance and repair costs that
    are too high. However, as a total safety package, it's probably unsurpassed,
    even by Subaru (although Subaru may be getting close). My Subaru is a 2004
    Forester 2.5XT, which I've had for 18 months and about 22,000 miles. Only
    complaints: A climate control system that is not as good as the Volvo's, and
    gas mileage that's not as good as the Volvo's.

    Overall, my advice: Get the Subaru. It also will cost slightly less than the
    Volvo (depending on model, of course).

    Hal Whelply, Mar 15, 2005
  4. Tavish Muldoon

    Hal Whelply Guest

    I just had to have all four brake discs resurfaced due to some slight
    pulsation that first showed up around 18,000 miles. Service techs said there
    were blue spots from high heat. I am not that hard on brakes, though I'll
    admit to quite a bit of stop-and-go city driving. Even then, I don't race
    from one stop light to another. I never had such a problem on six Hondas.
    Over at, there seems to be some indications that
    brakes may be something of a Subaru weak spot. I don't have enough
    experience yet to say and, happily, warranty took care of this problem for
    now. Time will tell.

    For now, again, I'd still take a chance on a Subaru rather than another

    Hal Whelply, Mar 15, 2005
  5. I was glad to see Consumer Reports rate Subaru the most reliable brand, and
    include ratings for the past few years. When I saw that 01 Outbacks (i.e. mine)
    had brake problems, I googled this group and asked my dealer. Both said that
    brakes that year were squeaky, which was repairable at one stop. So as far as
    that particular CR rating for that particular goes, problem or weak spot might
    be too strong a term.
    John Rethorst, Mar 15, 2005
  6. Tavish Muldoon

    TR Guest

    I just had to have all four brake discs resurfaced due to some slight
    Based on my experience, and that of several others that I have talked to,
    "problem or weak spot" is *not* too strong a term. I also had brakes that
    pulsated in my 2001 Outback, and had to have work done of them at somewhere
    between 20,000 and 25,000 miles. The warranty took care of that. Then they
    began pulsating again, and additional work was done at 35,000 miles. I had
    to pay for that. At 50,000, they had to replace the front rotors and pads,
    which of course I had to pay for. Quite expensive. I am not hard on my
    brakes at all, and have not had this problem with other makes of cars. The
    Subaru service techs said that the brakes don't last as long as they used to
    since manufacturers were required to stop using asbestos in them. Hence the
    overheating and scoring.

    I love my Outback, and plan to get another one eventually - but I hope they
    succeed in making better and longer lasting brakes.
    TR, Mar 16, 2005
  7. Tavish Muldoon

    Fred D. Guest

    65000 miles on OEM Subaru brakes and still going. No problems here.
    Fred D., Mar 16, 2005
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