I am preparing to replace my 1998 Subaru Legacy L Wagon. It has only 113,000 miles on it and running smoother than ever. I had the bumper replaced after a hit-and-run earlier this year and the guy at the body shop said my car was golden. But I want to be prepared in case a situation comes up requiring a new car quickly, such as an expensive repair. I was reminded to consider this when my mechanic said a cam seal is going and a front axle boot is split (I told them to go ahead and repair these 2 items).
Since the Subaru is serving me well and Sabaru is still making new parts for it after 20 years, I would like another Subaru. I don’t really need all wheel drive but when I have been caught in crappy weather I have been thankful for it, plus I feel the price of a Subaru is reasonable. I am looking at the Impreza and have been reading reviews. Which leads me to ask for the experienced opinions of others.
Should I expect a long life of the 2018 Impreza? Consumer Reports downgraded the 2017 Impreza for reliability, probably related to 2017 being a new design. Is the 2018 built better?
Its continuous transmission seems to be meh. I suspect it will outperform my 1998 Subaru in acceleration, but should I expect the 2019 transmission to be improved?
Reasons for putting off replacing my Legacy is that it is running well, that I need the larger size until my son finishes college and money. I also don’t see a major expense coming up this year, such as timing belt (recently done).