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  • Published: 22 May 2019
  • Watch This Before Buying a Subaru, DIY and car repair with Scotty Kilmer. Subaru car review. Best Subaru car to buy. Buying a new Subaru. Buying a used Subaru. Should I buy a Subaru. Why subaru parts are expensive. Why not to buy a Subaru. The truth about owning a Subaru. Car advice. DIY car repair with Scotty Kilmer, an auto mechanic for the last 51 years.

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  • Scotty Kilmer
    Scotty Kilmer   4 months back

    Edit: I misspoke when I said v6 subarus, I meant to say flat 6, it's a boxer engine like the 4 cylinder ones

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    • Vicious Saito
      Vicious Saito  1 months back

      my friends says ,,mercedes, mazda, subaru, bmw are all trash. best cars are honda toyota kia ..he drives a volva though. what you think about saabs?

    • Eskie Man
      Eskie Man  2 months back

      @DANNY NANDKUMAR Stupid much?

    • TrevsterXShadow First video ever!!!
      TrevsterXShadow First video ever!!!  2 months back

      Thank for correcting that I was about to blow up😂

    • ysthekid
      ysthekid  2 months back

      It’s all good Mr Scotty .. normally I see them referred to as H6 engines (horizontally opposed)

    • Alan K
      Alan K  3 months back

      We just took a trip to Seattle. Subaru's are everywhere almost every other car is a Subaru. Second to Toyota in Seattle. I've never seen that anywhere in this county. There are hardly any in Phoenix where i live.

  • Henrik Lindegaard Jensen
    Henrik Lindegaard Jensen  24 hours back

    Hello Scotty, well i love your channel i follow you very much, but i think it's about time you show some of the bad things from Toyota because they excist they are not all good cars, exsampelt is Toyota have huge probems with the DPF filter ( diesel partikel ) many engines have blown off, and Toyota refuse to have any problems, so i think it's about time you show some of the bad things from Toyota also, i know they make good cars but nor all is good !

    • DrRyan82994
      DrRyan82994  1 days back

      I've been loving my subaru, easy car to work on and lots of parts because everything fits everything. They've been using the sameish parts on every car for like 25 years

      • Squiggle
        Squiggle  2 days back

        Scarcely Driven Cars = Squirrel Homes

        • MorreRacing Team
          MorreRacing Team  2 days back

          I got 93ym Legacy 200 turbo, its japanese quality at its best everything works even after allmost 30 years and around 360tkms, rust is a problem but that can be solved by welding 😂 spare parts start to be bit rare, because its old and never breaks down 😉 i love Subaru 4wd with lsd it is a beast in a winter.

          • Joshua Gernenz
            Joshua Gernenz  3 days back

            Wow a whole 18 miles away! The nearest one to me is 34 miles lol

            • tSp289
              tSp289  3 days back

              What you should look for in a Subaru: an Impreza WRX STi in blue and gold livery.

              • Dominic Fong
                Dominic Fong  4 days back

                A Subaru is only good if you are driving someone else's because you don't want to stuck with the repair bill when something goes wrong.

                • John V
                  John V  4 days back

                  I love my Subaru had a 2002 wrx now have a 07 sti love your channel

                  • νικος γιώργος

                    2:28"Lot of them(Subaru dealers)just went out of business"
                    "Not that popular out here"...
                    It's not that they're not that popular Scotty, it's just that Subaru's are that reliable!

                    • Dio Black
                      Dio Black  7 days back

                      The only bulletproof subarus are ones built before 1990.

                    • Imalsha Peiris
                      Imalsha Peiris  1 weeks back

                      Dude wtf is with you and Toyota

                      • Joe Everett
                        Joe Everett  1 weeks back

                        This guy is nuts. I wouldn't listen to a thing he says. An equivalent Toyota would cost in the low $30s not $45,000.

                        • Northern Rider
                          Northern Rider  1 weeks back

                          The subarus sti have engine problems to this day. They are total animals in snow. They have a cult following, mostly ladies who prefer the company of other ladies.🤔

                          • Spencer Yancey
                            Spencer Yancey  1 weeks back

                            Subaru advertises that it has more used vehicles stay roadwortht percentage wise than any other brand. Used ones always show they're capable of high mileage.

                            • Greg Buchan
                              Greg Buchan  1 weeks back

                              The uneducated things he says ab this car is crazy. 01 outback sedan h6 190k miles and I have driven it hard for every one of those. I’ve only done recommended maintenance. U can get parts readily available at orilleys.

                              • Thomas Falk
                                Thomas Falk  1 weeks back

                                The Toyota Highlander is not in the same class as the Subaru Forester/Outback. The Toyota RAV-4 is a class equivalent and is a couple or three thousand more expensive, not $20,000. Facts are stubborn things, but important in making comparisons.

                                • GTROO BMX
                                  GTROO BMX  1 weeks back

                                  I live in Houston I would love to meet you one day and talk about cars

                                  • j freed
                                    j freed  2 weeks back

                                    I really wish suburbs don't have terrible engine and transmission problems.

                                    What they can do on rough country back roads and in deep snow is impressive!

                                    • Crypto Man
                                      Crypto Man  2 weeks back

                                      Hey Scotty, has anyone told you that your voice and mannerisms are alot like Christopher Walken? I totally see it.

                                      • construct apex
                                        construct apex  2 weeks back

                                        I live in PA love my 09 Impreza all year round I daily it no issues with it & parts here atleast are fairly cheap

                                        • Jake
                                          Jake  2 weeks back

                                          Miss my 08 legacy 😭

                                          • Cindy Lou
                                            Cindy Lou  2 weeks back

                                            I've had my 2016 low miles CPO Crosstrek for 3 months. It died on me at a stoplight. I was able to start it back up but now I'm concerned that it could happen any time. The dealership is blowing it off. Not sure what to think, any suggestion? Nervous to drive it now

                                            • Daniel Nichols
                                              Daniel Nichols  2 weeks back

                                              Total crap. 96 Outback Sport - no issues other than ex wife got it. 99 Outback - over 200k miles zero issues. 2005 Outback XT - 150k, blew up the turbo cause I tuned it beyond what it should do- still did awesome for a LONG time. When your car gets high mileage replace all the seals on it for 2000 bucks if you don't do it yourself. If you can keep oil in a Subaru it will run forever. This guy is a lunatic.

                                              • Dale Streble
                                                Dale Streble  2 weeks back

                                                My first "nice" car was an 83 Subaru GL, which I loved and still kind of miss. Later I had a 92 Legacy. Both had an issue with leaking oil. A friend had an Outback that also leaked oil. Is this a common problem with Subarus?

                                                • Daniel Nichols
                                                  Daniel Nichols  2 weeks back

                                                  Yes, esp older ones. Around 150k you want to replace every seal on the engine; by this time it should be paid off. You might get this done for 1000 to 2000 bucks. It will then last you another 150k with no worries.

                                              • Michael Smilson
                                                Michael Smilson  2 weeks back

                                                I’ve owned 3 Subaru’s. 1994 Impreza 2009 Impreza and 2015 WRX. 1994 leaked oil like it had a BMW badge but never broke. 2009 had oil changes. 2015 is recent but very reliable so far. Regular servicing seems to help with reliability. Buy what you want

                                                • YeuLaKho
                                                  YeuLaKho  2 weeks back

                                                  Sold over 600,000 units a year is not a niche car maker anymore.

                                                  • Laura Chism
                                                    Laura Chism  2 weeks back

                                                    I have a 2008 Impreza. The check engine light came on so I took it to the dealer. It was throwing a p0420 code (Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold). They gave me a quote of above 5 grand to fix all that they said was wrong with it. Blown head gasket, needed new bushings, a couple of other things. I took it to a mechanic he told me he couldn’t see any signs of a blown head gasket but that there seemed to be some fluid leaking from the radiator. He told me to replace the radiator myself and to take it to a muffler shop and have the cat replaced. It would have cost around $950 total if I did the radiator myself and had the cat replaced at the muffler shop down the road, not bad. I asked Scotty’s opinion and he told me to dump the car. Well I can’t afford to dump it, and couldn’t put 5 grand into a car with almost 200k miles on it. I spoke to some old retired mechanics and they said 9 times out of 10 your cat is fine it’s most likely the oxygen sensors not working right. So I looked up how to replace the sensors on good old YouTube. It took 10 minutes to remove the sensors and an hour to soak them in some lemon juice to clean them. I put the clean sensors back, the light went off, I took it to a smog station and now I’ve got another two years before I have to pull my pants down for CARB. Subaru’s are great cars and inexpensive to work on as long as you do some research and the work yourself.

                                                    • Jim Hawn
                                                      Jim Hawn  2 weeks back

                                                      Today, cleared my stuff out the 97 ford escort wagon and put it in a 2006 Subaru Impreza Sport wagon. This Subaru has a 5 speed manual, 2.5 boxer eng and about 125,000 miles. Guessing a older person had it. The road i live on can drift in the winter depending upon which way the wind blows. We'll see how the Subaru does. please wish me well.

                                                      • the machinist
                                                        the machinist  6 days back

                                                        Ubstoppable, especially with winter tires, you will be amazed.

                                                    • Kristján Óskarsson
                                                      Kristján Óskarsson  3 weeks back

                                                      I have Subaru Impreza 98´ here in Iceland and it has over 300.000 km on it. They can last a long time if you maintain them well.

                                                      • supra
                                                        supra  3 weeks back

                                                        Same engine and transmission?

                                                    • Kuhaku
                                                      Kuhaku  3 weeks back

                                                      Dude, 4 cyl inline are just as old. I don't get your mentality. Now it's picking on stuff with no sens. Their Boxer were redesign from scratch last year. They are as modern as your 2019 toyota inline engine.

                                                      • steve mellos
                                                        steve mellos  3 weeks back

                                                        Anyone bashing subarus I own a 03 wrx I've had it for 7 years bought it with 130xxx when I bought it it was stock 10xxx miles later it had 300whp my car now has 238xxx all I had to do was clutch timing belt and brakes oil changes just the normal regular maintenance and my car runs perfect and it's a beast in the snow I dont get stuck I get people unstuck 🤙👍💪

                                                        • Dominic Fong
                                                          Dominic Fong  3 weeks back

                                                          I really don't find myself needing a AWD/4WD these days since any FWD vehicle has traction and stability control standard, a set of Blizzaks is as good as any head gasket busting & engine oil burning Subaru.

                                                          • Richard Dolesh
                                                            Richard Dolesh  3 weeks back

                                                            Scotty, I have watched many of your videos and appreciate your hard work and candid attitude! But, I really like your calmer, conversational tone on this Subaru video!

                                                            • highspeedtubing
                                                              highspeedtubing  3 weeks back

                                                              Honestly, I think this guy is full of crap. And irritating as well. I have owned 5 Subaru’s from model year 2000 to 2018. Legacy 2. Forester 1. WRX 2. No other car I have ever owned has given me less problems or had higher resale. I drove my 2013 Forester in 22” of snow last winter in Minnesota on All Season Radials without issue. In 157,000 miles I have only done scheduled maintenance and 2 wheel bearings. Same with the others. They have safely delivered my kids to school and my wife to work over hundreds of thousands of miles. I will buy another one even though I am not a fan of CVT’s.

                                                              • Dave thinks he knows everything

                                                                The later model H6 motors are very reliable. The non-turbo 2.5 motors have historically been the problem children with headgasket issues. The later generation EJ25 turbo motor found in the 2008+ WRX and STI should be avoided. Fun cars with one hell of a problematic motor that was never intended to be turbocharged. Spun rod bearings are common place. Avoid them.

                                                                My wife and I have owned 4 Subarus. They've all been extremely reliable...even my old 2012 WRX with the EJ25. Parts are cheap and the cars are easy to work on and maintain. Like others noted, parts bin sharing across models is abundant thus making finding parts easy and cheap, especially when ordering from online dealers at much reduced costs.

                                                                • Misty Keels
                                                                  Misty Keels  4 weeks back

                                                                  Ohio loves Subaru. No one has time to be stuck in snow.

                                                                  • Gustavo Tan
                                                                    Gustavo Tan  4 weeks back

                                                                    If you lucky you get a loaner car wich they don't have due to the amount of recalls those car have

                                                                    • Gustavo Tan
                                                                      Gustavo Tan  4 weeks back

                                                                      Subaru service no good,you have to prove that something is wrong,my came out of a dealer brand new with 12 miles and needs an aligment wich they don't want to fix they say is ok,antifreeze level went low with only 3,000 miles,gararge opener opens the door with the ignition off,subaru starlink don't work and still paying for it,when you turn the ac off still blowing cold air thru the vents and the ac is always on even if you using heat and the 2 cameras on you windshield is very dangerous if you windshield is not clean my car stop on me 3 times once on a turn very scary and i turn
                                                                      All that nonsense off for my safety
                                                                      Because the winshield have some type of film that don't come off with anything and the dealer say is fine,this is so far the worse car i own,the left side of the car is a quarter of an inch lower than the right side,steering wheel is not straight,the only thing they going to replace is the starlink unit,subaru of america have nothing to do with subaru japan i know because my girl japanese and she call them, they say and i have it on my email subaru dealers are just a franchise and they have nothing to do with them,don't make a mistake and go there you will regret this the quality control on those cars are the worse

                                                                      • Charlemagne III
                                                                        Charlemagne III  1 months back

                                                                        I feel the pain of the cost of parts. I had my driver's window switch go out, the cheapest I could find new was 150$. So I just bought a non running one for 250 and pulled it's switch and now I have a spare part for everything (everything electrical works in it excellent).

                                                                        • Mango22
                                                                          Mango22  1 months back

                                                                          The new Subaru wagons are in the same price range now as the Toyota wagon SUVs. It's crazy how much their price jumped in the past few years. Hell, there are even 40k plus Kia SUVs now.
                                                                          What a crazy world it's become. Now I understand why Scotty buys 5 year old vehicles. Makes much more sense.

                                                                          • Critter87
                                                                            Critter87  1 months back

                                                                            I’ve gotten lots of quality aftermarket parts for my Subaru from eBay and Autozone. As for the infamous head gasket issue, that’s due to poor maintenance. Skipped oil changes, coolant changes, and allowing battery corrosion to build up. As long as the engine is properly maintained, the gaskets will be just fine. Here in north Idaho where commutes are long and weather is shitty, Subarus with over 300,000 trouble-free miles are pretty common.

                                                                            • Mark P
                                                                              Mark P  1 months back

                                                                              I am buying a Subaru 2017 WRX STI suck on that

                                                                              • Dan imbriaco
                                                                                Dan imbriaco  1 months back

                                                                                your really annoying

                                                                                • Orlando Flores
                                                                                  Orlando Flores  1 months back

                                                                                  Hi Scotty, what did u think about a 5.7 Hemi engine I got a 2015 charger R/T with 32000 miles, so far other than one or two stupid sensor like the speed sensor and the sunroof motor that I just got replaced I got no problem, but you are the men I trust so tell me what did you think?
                                                                                  Thanks Scotty.

                                                                                  • Happy Cupcake
                                                                                    Happy Cupcake  1 months back

                                                                                    Subaru don't make V6 engine Scotty....

                                                                                    • Paul Kelm
                                                                                      Paul Kelm  1 months back

                                                                                      Scotty, I've enjoyed your videos over the years. I was disappointed, however, when I heard you advise people to stay away from Subarus.


                                                                                      This video's message is a nice departure from that because you do say something like if a person lives in a region that really requires taking a serious look at 4wd or all wheel drive, the Subaru has been making a good one for a long time. Which they have.


                                                                                      Over the past 4 years or so I've been doing an unscientific survey of all the Subaru drivers that I see (sometimes to the chagrin of my children) asking them what they think of their Subaru - or how they like their Subaru. The first three words out of well over 95% of the drivers are "I love it!" They then proceed to tell me all the things that they love about their Subaru. They often also share with me the number of Subarus that they've had and the number of happy Subaru drivers their are among their family and friends. There's something to this...and I think it's even more than "Love".


                                                                                      Anyway, I enjoyed your video and your advice. Thanks.

                                                                                      • Driveitsideways 1
                                                                                        Driveitsideways 1  1 weeks back

                                                                                        Paul Kelm my mechanic is a Subaru specific shop (he works on my Speed6 too) and he tells me to stay away from the WRX with the ej255 or the STi with the ej257. He’s rebuilt more of those then anything... he said if you get a n/a Impreza after 2010 headgasket issues are less common. He also said that the salt gets up into the underside of the engine and will eat gaskets out...

                                                                                    • Guillermo Lopez
                                                                                      Guillermo Lopez  1 months back

                                                                                      I love subaru the engines is like legos.