One of the advantages local auto repair shops offer over specialized dealers is that the technicians have the knowledge to work on vehicles from more than one automaker. But many shops also specialize in a few makes and get to know them very well. For us, one of those makes is Subaru. Whether you currently own a Subaru or are considering making your next car a Subaru, here are five things you should know about the brand:
- Subarus Perform Well in Varied Conditions
Subaru vehicles are known for their impressive performance in adverse driving conditions, and that applies even to some models with relatively low profiles. The Crosstrek, Outback, Legacy and Imprezza were all on Forbes’ most recent list of best picks for snow (and since there were only 14 cars on the list, Subarus made up 29% of the suggestions), but they perform equally well on hills or in the mud.
- Subaru Repair Costs Are Relatively Low
Subaru repair costs tend to be lower than those for more exotic imports. Subaru vehicles need the maintenance that all cars do, so you’ll need to do your brake pad changes, oil changes and fluid checks (a recent survey showed that 18% of the cars inspected had low or contaminated brake fluid, and 15% had low or contaminated power steering fluid, in case you’re having trouble working up the motivation to get your routine maintenance done), but you’re less likely to face engine and transmission problems, the two most expensive types of repair in the United States. When they are needed, Subaru repairs tend to be affordable as long as you go to a Subaru repair shop with experienced technicians, since they’ll probably be able to diagnose and fix the problem quickly.
- Subarus Tend to Last for the Long Haul
Subaru says its internal research shows that about 96% of Subarus less than 12 years old are still being driven. It’s hard to confirm that exact claim, but the general idea that Subaru vehicles last a long time has been established by other outlets, too. Last year, Consumer Reports included both the Outback and the Legacy on its list of cars most likely to last 200,000 miles — that’s two Subarus on a list of 10.
- Subaru Owners Are Incredibly Loyal
No doubt due to the factors already mentioned, Subaru enjoys a near-legendary status among the people who buy its cars. In 2012, for example, the automaker had a 50.4% loyalty rate. It would be tough to find a stronger endorsement than the fact that more than half of Subaru owners decide to buy another Subaru.
- Subaru Is Environmentally Aware
If driving green is important to you, you should know that a Subaru Plant located in Lafayette, IN, was the first of its kind to achieve zero landfill status. In addition, 97.3%, on average, of a Subaru is made from recyclable materials, which reduces the future toll on landfills.
Have you owned a Subaru? If so, what did you experience regarding Subaru repair costs and overall reliability? Share your thoughts in the comments.