Subaru Owner's Manuals
HQ:Ebisu, Tokyo, Japan
Subaru is the carmaker division of Japanese shipping conglomerate Subaru Corporation (previously known as Fuji Heavy Industries), the twenty-second biggest maker by production worldwide in 2012.
Subaru vehicles are recognized for their use of a boxer engine layout in most cars over 1500 cc. The Symmetrical all-wheel-drive train layout was launched in 1972. The flat/boxer engine and all-wheel-drive became regular equipment for mid-size and smaller vehicles in most worldwide markets by 1996 and is now official in the most North American market.
The single exception is the BRZ, launched in 2012 via a partnership with Toyota, which uses the boxer engine but rather uses a rear-wheel-drive arrangement. Subaru also offers turbocharged variants of their passenger vehicles, such as the Impreza WRX, Legacy and Outback XT, Ascent, and earlier the Legacy GT and Forester XT.
In Occidental markets, the Subaru brand has traditionally been famous amongst a dedicated core of clients. Selling is targeted towards specific niches focused on those who want the brand's signature drive train engine, all-wheel capabilities, or affordable sports vehicle markets.
Subaru is the Japanese designation for the Pleiades star group M45, or the "Seven Sisters" (one of whom legend says is hidden – therefore only six stars in the Subaru logo).
Subaru known problems
Some of the common problems or complaints owners have about the Subaru are:
- Brake light switch flaw affects more than just the brakes
- STARLINK infotainment freezes and randomly blasts the radio volume
- Recalled Subaru cars with Takata airbag inflators
- Reliability issues related to Subaru's Lineartronic CVTs
- Issues with the new soy-derived wire coatings
- Legacy and Outback headlights burn out so fast
- Excessive oil consumption
- Dashboards issues caused by heat
- EyeSight slips asleep on the job
- Head gaskets can't seal the deal
- Corrosion problems