Likes

  • All feature Subarus inherently safe and effective symmetrical all-wheel drive system.
  • 6-cylinder variants offer a very appealing package.
  • Signature Subaru feel and excellent build quality.
  • Very appealing value for money across a huge range.

Dislikes

  • Ever-growing list of common reliability issues and faults.
  • 6-cylinder and Turbo variants are very thirsty.
  • Many on the used market are poorly modified and/or far beyond their best.
  • Requires regular care and attention to last.

Stuff you should know

Firstly, addressing the nomenclature, it’s worth noting that while you might know this car as a Legacy, it goes by the name Liberty in Australia. This distinction is a sign of Subaru’s respect for an esteemed Australian organisation dedicated to caring for veterans and their families, known as Legacy.

If you happen to browse the classifieds in pursuit of a 4th Generation Liberty, seeking a diverse array of trim specifications, you’re in luck. Between 2003 and 2009, Subaru introduced no less than 22 different variants of this model locally.

Internationally, particularly in Japan, there were even more variations, not to mention the Outback which, while technically considered a distinct model, it’s essentially a raised and cladded version of the Liberty wagon.

Speaking of choices, even within the core options, you can opt for either the wagon or the sedan. Furthermore, there’s a selection of five different engines (details in the technical specs), with the option of automatic or manual transmissions. In 2006, a mid-cycle update refreshed the Liberty’s appearance.

Now, how can you spot an updated Liberty? Well, think of it as Subaru’s version of the cool cat-eye makeup trend – they gave the Liberty’s headlights a sleek makeover and of course, there were also updates in terms of technology, equipment, and mechanical improvements.

Across all the various versions and powertrain options, one constant feature stands out: every Liberty boasts Subaru’s signature symmetrical all-wheel-drive system and boxer engines.

Despite the attention and excitement surrounding models like the WRX and BRZ, many view the Liberty as Subaru’s unsung hero, underrated and under-appreciated, while, in particular, the 6-cylinder variants can be considered the underappreciated gems of this underestimated range.

While the turbocharged models often steal the spotlight, there’s a consensus among enthusiasts that it’s the 6-cylinder variants that hit the sweet spot in the range. What’s more, these 6-cylinder models tend to be far more budget-friendly when it’s time to make a purchase decision.

But in terms of that purchase decision, with this generation of Liberty now a couple decades old, should you buy one? Read on.

What goes wrong

Exterior:

Specifically on the wagons, the paint on the plastic tailgate garnish and spoiler tends to deteriorate when exposed to the sun. It’s worth mentioning that when these components are removed for repainting, the panel can often break, adding to the repair complexity.

Another potential issue to be aware of across the range is the window motors, which have been known to fail. While it is possible to have them refurbished, it may be a more practical solution to replace them with new ones for improved reliability.

Additionally, problems can arise with the central locking and door lock actuators. While not a major expense to fix, these issues can be quite bothersome.

In the case of 6-speed manual models, there have been reports of reverse lights failing, with the switch being difficult to replace.

Depending on your geographical location, rust problems can emerge in various areas, including under the roof rails, beneath the scuff plates, and in front of the sill. This is something to watch out for, especially in regions with harsh weather conditions.

Another concern relates to the engine under tray, which uses soft bolts that are prone to snapping. After a few instances of this occurring, the under tray is often discarded, leaving the oil filter, exhaust manifold, and oil pan exposed.

Perhaps one of the most significant issues, especially in more performance-oriented models, is the potential for accident damage and subpar repairs. It is strongly recommended to watch our ultimate used car buyer’s guide for this model before considering a purchase, as it can potentially save you a significant amount of money.

 

Interior:

One significant concern involves the dashboard, which tends to develop cracks, peel, discolour, become shiny, and even exhibit signs of melting over time due to sun exposure and the natural aging process.

A common problem in many manual Subaru models from this era, including the Liberty, is the deterioration of shifter bushes. This can result in a loose or imprecise gear shifter. Another noteworthy quirk is the check engine light, which has a tendency to illuminate. Interestingly, some owners have found that ignoring it appears to work fine.

Issues can also arise with the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system, specifically related to the motors that control the airflow direction. These motors can fail or become stuck, making repairs a bit of a hassle.

The optional or upgraded McIntosh speakers in these cars have likely deteriorated over time and may not sound as good as they once did, necessitating replacement.

Furthermore, the coating on the door handles tends to wear off, leaving a sticky residue. Additionally, the clocks in these models can sometimes fail.

If the leather interiors haven’t been well-maintained,

Exterior:

Specifically on the wagons, the paint on the plastic tailgate garnish and spoiler tends to deteriorate when exposed to the sun. It’s worth mentioning that when these components are removed for repainting, the panel can often break, adding to the repair complexity.

Another potential issue to be aware of across the range is the window motors, which have been known to fail. While it is possible to have them refurbished, it may be a more practical solution to replace them with new ones for improved reliability.

Additionally, problems can arise with the central locking and door lock actuators. While not a major expense to fix, these issues can be quite bothersome.

In the case of 6-speed manual models, there have been reports of reverse lights failing, with the switch being difficult to replace.

Depending on your geographical location, rust problems can emerge in various areas, including under the roof rails, beneath the scuff plates, and in front of the sill. This is something to watch out for, especially in regions with harsh weather conditions.

Another concern relates to the engine under tray, which uses soft bolts that are prone to snapping. After a few instances of this occurring, the under tray is often discarded, leaving the oil filter, exhaust manifold, and oil pan exposed.

Perhaps one of the most significant issues, especially in more performance-oriented models, is the potential for accident damage and subpar repairs. It is strongly recommended to watch our ultimate used car buyer’s guide for this model before considering a purchase, as it can potentially save you a significant amount of money.

 

Interior:

One significant concern involves the dashboard, which tends to develop cracks, peel, discolour, become shiny, and even exhibit signs of melting over time due to sun exposure and the natural aging process.

A common problem in many manual Subaru models from this era, including the Liberty, is the deterioration of shifter bushes. This can result in a loose or imprecise gear shifter. Another noteworthy quirk is the check engine light, which has a tendency to illuminate. Interestingly, some owners have found that ignoring it appears to work fine.

Issues can also arise with the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system, specifically related to the motors that control the airflow direction. These motors can fail or become stuck, making repairs a bit of a hassle.

The optional or upgraded McIntosh speakers in these cars have likely deteriorated over time and may not sound as good as they once did, necessitating replacement.

Furthermore, the coating on the door handles tends to wear off, leaving a sticky residue. Additionally, the clocks in these models can sometimes fail.

If the leather interiors haven’t been well-maintained, the leather can become hardened and develop cracks. However, with proper care from the beginning, the leather should remain supple and attractive.

The steering wheel leather is another component that may show signs of wear and tear at this age. Similarly, the carpets often exhibit signs of aging over time. It’s essential for owners to be aware of these potential issues and consider proper maintenance and occasional replacements to keep their Liberty/Legacy in good condition.

 

Mechanically:

There’s a prevailing sentiment that the 4th generation Subaru Liberty/Legacy marked the end of an era for the model, and to some extent, we can understand why. Post this generation, Subaru’s once-sterling reputation for reliability has faced some challenges. However, it’s important to note that even within the 4th generation, there are certain issues worth considering.

The 4-cylinder models were equipped with versions of the EJ series engines. Notably, in Australia, there was no diesel option, which can be seen as an advantage since diesel engines can often bring their share of complications. Additionally, this generation boasts a conventional automatic transmission rather than a CVT, a choice that is advantageous considering the CVT’s well-documented reliability concerns.

Nonetheless, the EJ engine platform isn’t without its flaws. Many owners have reported head gasket leaks, often manifesting as external coolant and oil leaks, typically on the left-hand side. Oil leaks, particularly from the valve cover gaskets, can be problematic, dripping onto the exhaust and causing unpleasant odors. These leaks can also infiltrate the spark plug tubes, leading to ignition issues.

Furthermore, these models are known to encounter problems with oxygen sensors and catalytic converters. They tend to consume a significant amount of oil, necessitating regular checks and top-ups. An additional cost factor arises from the timing belt, which requires replacement every 100,000 kilometers, as do the Iridium spark plugs, making servicing relatively expensive.

In contrast, the 6-cylinder EZ30 engine offers slightly better reliability. However, it still has its share of issues, including oil leaks from valve covers, timing case gaskets, and oil cooler seals. This engine is also prone to oil consumption. While it doesn’t have a timing belt, making it somewhat lower maintenance, high-mileage or neglected examples may experience timing chain and tensioner issues, although this is not particularly common.

All models are susceptible to air conditioning compressor failures, as well as drive belt pulley and tensioner failures, which can result in shredded drive belts. In some extreme cases, this damage can extend to the timing belt cover, posing a risk to the timing belt itself.

Regarding the driveline, it generally performs adequately. Manual transmissions may suffer from the typical issue of floppy gear selectors due to worn bushes, a common problem in manual Subarus. They are also prone to leaking clutch hydraulics at this age. On the other hand, well-maintained automatic transmissions tend to be more reliable compared to the later CVT-equipped generations.

One crucial point to emphasise is the major timing belt service, required every 100,000 kilometres. It’s worth noting that many owners tend to sell their vehicles around the time when this service is due. Therefore, if you’re considering purchasing one, it’s imperative to inquire about the timing belt service history to ensure it has been properly addressed.

Exterior:

Specifically on the wagons, the paint on the plastic tailgate garnish and spoiler tends to deteriorate when exposed to the sun. It’s worth mentioning that when these components are removed for repainting, the panel can often break, adding to the repair complexity.

Another potential issue to be aware of across the range is the window motors, which have been known to fail. While it is possible to have them refurbished, it may be a more practical solution to replace them with new ones for improved reliability.

Additionally, problems can arise with the central locking and door lock actuators. While not a major expense to fix, these issues can be quite bothersome.

In the case of 6-speed manual models, there have been reports of reverse lights failing, with the switch being difficult to replace.

Depending on your geographical location, rust problems can emerge in various areas, including under the roof rails, beneath the scuff plates, and in front of the sill. This is something to watch out for, especially in regions with harsh weather conditions.

Another concern relates to the engine under tray, which uses soft bolts that are prone to snapping. After a few instances of this occurring, the under tray is often discarded, leaving the oil filter, exhaust manifold, and oil pan exposed.

Perhaps one of the most significant issues, especially in more performance-oriented models, is the potential for accident damage and subpar repairs. It is strongly recommended to watch our ultimate used car buyer’s guide for this model before considering a purchase, as it can potentially save you a significant amount of money.

 

Interior:

One significant concern involves the dashboard, which tends to develop cracks, peel, discolour, become shiny, and even exhibit signs of melting over time due to sun exposure and the natural aging process.

A common problem in many manual Subaru models from this era, including the Liberty, is the deterioration of shifter bushes. This can result in a loose or imprecise gear shifter. Another noteworthy quirk is the check engine light, which has a tendency to illuminate. Interestingly, some owners have found that ignoring it appears to work fine.

Issues can also arise with the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system, specifically related to the motors that control the airflow direction. These motors can fail or become stuck, making repairs a bit of a hassle.

The optional or upgraded McIntosh speakers in these cars have likely deteriorated over time and may not sound as good as they once did, necessitating replacement.

Furthermore, the coating on the door handles tends to wear off, leaving a sticky residue. Additionally, the clocks in these models can sometimes fail.

If the leather interiors haven’t been well-maintained, the leather can become hardened and develop cracks. However, with proper care from the beginning, the leather should remain supple and attractive.

The steering wheel leather is another component that may show signs of wear and tear at this age. Similarly, the carpets often exhibit signs of aging over time. It’s essential for owners to be aware of these potential issues and consider proper maintenance and occasional replacements to keep their Liberty/Legacy in good condition.

 

Mechanically:

There’s a prevailing sentiment that the 4th generation Subaru Liberty/Legacy marked the end of an era for the model, and to some extent, we can understand why. Post this generation, Subaru’s once-sterling reputation for reliability has faced some challenges. However, it’s important to note that even within the 4th generation, there are certain issues worth considering.

The 4-cylinder models were equipped with versions of the EJ series engines. Notably, in Australia, there was no diesel option, which can be seen as an advantage since diesel engines can often bring their share of complications. Additionally, this generation boasts a conventional automatic transmission rather than a CVT, a choice that is advantageous considering the CVT’s well-documented reliability concerns.

Nonetheless, the EJ engine platform isn’t without its flaws. Many owners have reported head gasket leaks, often manifesting as external coolant and oil leaks, typically on the left-hand side. Oil leaks, particularly from the valve cover gaskets, can be problematic, dripping onto the exhaust and causing unpleasant odors. These leaks can also infiltrate the spark plug tubes, leading to ignition issues.

Furthermore, these models are known to encounter problems with oxygen sensors and catalytic converters. They tend to consume a significant amount of oil, necessitating regular checks and top-ups. An additional cost factor arises from the timing belt, which requires replacement every 100,000 kilometers, as do the Iridium spark plugs, making servicing relatively expensive.

In contrast, the 6-cylinder EZ30 engine offers slightly better reliability. However, it still has its share of issues, including oil leaks from valve covers, timing case gaskets, and oil cooler seals. This engine is also prone to oil consumption. While it doesn’t have a timing belt, making it somewhat lower maintenance, high-mileage or neglected examples may experience timing chain and tensioner issues, although this is not particularly common.

All models are susceptible to air conditioning compressor failures, as well as drive belt pulley and tensioner failures, which can result in shredded drive belts. In some extreme cases, this damage can extend to the timing belt cover, posing a risk to the timing belt itself.

Regarding the driveline, it generally performs adequately. Manual transmissions may suffer from the typical issue of floppy gear selectors due to worn bushes, a common problem in manual Subarus. They are also prone to leaking clutch hydraulics at this age. On the other hand, well-maintained automatic transmissions tend to be more reliable compared to the later CVT-equipped generations.

One crucial point to emphasise is the major timing belt service, required every 100,000 kilometres. It’s worth noting that many owners tend to sell their vehicles around the time when this service is due. Therefore, if you’re considering purchasing one, it’s imperative to inquire about the timing belt service history to ensure it has been properly addressed.

Should you buy it?

Let us pose you a question: How passionate are you about cars?

If the idea of tinkering with your vehicle or dealing with frequent repairs doesn’t appeal to you, and your priority is practicality, reliability, and affordability, then consider purchasing a 4th generation Liberty or Legacy only if it meets the following criteria. It must have a low as possible mileage and preferably a limited number of previous owners, it must be in  impeccable condition, and have a well-documented history of flawless servicing and maintenance. However, if these conditions aren’t met, you might want to consider the reliable but admittedly less exciting Toyota Camry, known for its longevity.

On the other hand, if you’re a true car enthusiast, someone who relishes both working on their vehicle as much as driving it, and you happen to come across an exceptional example, provided you have the passion, dedication, time, and financial resources required to maintain it properly, then by all means, go for it.

However, we would suggest considering a 6-cylinder and a manual transmission instead of a turbocharged four-cylinder. The 6-cylinder offers a unique and potentially more dependable driving experience while still delivering plenty of thrills.

Opting for the 6-cylinder might also help you steer clear of some of the common tuning and modification issues often associated with the turbo variants. Additionally, 6-cylinder models tend to be more budget-friendly, leaving you with extra funds to invest in high-quality, professionally installed modifications or necessary repairs.

Let us pose you a question: How passionate are you about cars?

If the idea of tinkering with your vehicle or dealing with frequent repairs doesn’t appeal to you, and your priority is practicality, reliability, and affordability, then consider purchasing a 4th generation Liberty or Legacy only if it meets the following criteria. It must have a low as possible mileage and preferably a limited number of previous owners, it must be in  impeccable condition, and have a well-documented history of flawless servicing and maintenance. However, if these conditions aren’t met, you might want to consider the reliable but admittedly less exciting Toyota Camry, known for its longevity.

On the other hand, if you’re a true car enthusiast, someone who relishes both working on their vehicle as much as driving it, and you happen to come across an exceptional example, provided you have the passion, dedication, time, and financial resources required to maintain it properly, then by all means, go for it.

However, we would suggest considering a 6-cylinder and a manual transmission instead of a turbocharged four-cylinder. The 6-cylinder offers a unique and potentially more dependable driving experience while still delivering plenty of thrills.

Opting for the 6-cylinder might also help you steer clear of some of the common tuning and modification issues often associated with the turbo variants. Additionally, 6-cylinder models tend to be more budget-friendly, leaving you with extra funds to invest in high-quality, professionally installed modifications or necessary repairs.

Should you buy it?

Let us pose you a question: How passionate are you about cars?

If the idea of tinkering with your vehicle or dealing with frequent repairs doesn’t appeal to you, and your priority is practicality, reliability, and affordability, then consider purchasing a 4th generation Liberty or Legacy only if it meets the following criteria. It must have a low as possible mileage and preferably a limited number of previous owners, it must be in  impeccable condition, and have a well-documented history of flawless servicing and maintenance. However, if these conditions aren’t met, you might want to consider the reliable but admittedly less exciting Toyota Camry, known for its longevity.

On the other hand, if you’re a true car enthusiast, someone who relishes both working on their vehicle as much as driving it, and you happen to come across an exceptional example, provided you have the passion, dedication, time, and financial resources required to maintain it properly, then by all means, go for it.

However, we would suggest considering a 6-cylinder and a manual transmission instead of a turbocharged four-cylinder. The 6-cylinder offers a unique and potentially more dependable driving experience while still delivering plenty of thrills.

Opting for the 6-cylinder might also help you steer clear of some of the common tuning and modification issues often associated with the turbo variants. Additionally, 6-cylinder models tend to be more budget-friendly, leaving you with extra funds to invest in high-quality, professionally installed modifications or necessary repairs.

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Models, pricing & features

Subaru Liberty-1

Liberty

Price when new: $30,990 - $34,990

Price used: $2,400 - $5,800

Equipment

  • 16″ Alloy Wheels
  • 6 Speaker Stereo
  • ABS (Antilock Brakes)
  • Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Airbag – Driver
  • Airbag – Passenger
  • Body Colour – Bumpers
  • Body Colour – Door Handles
  • Body Colour – Exterior Mirrors Partial
  • Body Side Mouldings – Colour Coded
  • CD Player
  • Central Locking – Remote/Keyless
  • Coil Springs
  • Cruise Control
  • Data Dots – Part Identifiers
  • Disc Brakes Front Ventilated
  • Disc Brakes Rear Solid
  • Drive By Wire (Electronic Throttle Control)
  • EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
  • Engine Immobiliser
  • Headrests – Integrated 2nd Row
  • Independent Front Suspension
  • Independent Rear Suspension
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Metallic Finish Centre Console
  • Power Door Mirrors
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows – Front & Rear
  • Remote Boot/Hatch Release
  • Remote Fuel Lid Release
  • Seatbelt – Load Limiters 1st Row (Front)
  • Seatbelt – Pretensioners 1st Row (Front)
  • Seatbelts – Lap/Sash for 5 seats
  • Sports Seats – 1st Row (Front)
  • Tacho
  • Trim – Cloth
  • Trip Computer

MY05 update

  • Map/Reading Lamps – for 1st Row
  • Speed Dependant Wipers
  • Sunvisor – Vanity Mirror for Driver

MY09 update

  • Audio – Aux Input Socket (MP3/CD/Cassette)

Safety Pack

Price when new: $37,490 - $37,990

Price used: $2,900 - $4,800

Adds

  • Airbags – Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
  • Airbags – Head for 2nd Row Seats
  • Sunroof – Electric

MY05 update

  • Sunroof

Luxury

Price when new: $40,490

Price used: $3,400 - $5,100

Adds

  • CD Stacker – 6 disc In Dash/Cabin
  • Electric Seat – Drivers
  • Leather Trim (Incl. Seats
  • inserts)
  • Radio Cassette

Premium Pack

Price when new: $41,490 - $44,490

Price used: $3,800 - $6,700

Adds

  • Control – Electronic Stability

MY05 update

  • CD Stacker – 6 disc

MY07 update

  • Electric Seat – Drivers with Memory

GT

Price when new: $50,990 - $55,490

Price used: $4,700 - $9,700

Adds

  • Calipers – Front 2 Spot
  • Disc Brakes Rear Ventilated
  • Limited Slip Diff
  • Steering Wheel – Sports

MY05 update

  • Premium Sound System

MY07 update

  • 14 Speaker Stereo
  • Air Cond. – Climate Control 2 Zone
  • Flares Body Coloured
  • Gear Shift Paddles behind Steering Wheel
  • Headlamp Washers
  • Headlamps – Bi-Xenon (for low & high beam)
  • Headlamps – Electric Level Adjustment
  • Headlamps – High Intensity Discharge
  • Multi-function Control Screen – Colour

GT Premium Pack

Price when new: $55,990

Price used: $5,100 - $7,100

Adds

  • 13 Speaker Stereo

3.0R-B

Price when new: $51,990

Price used: $4,900 - $6,900

Adds

  • 18″ Alloy Wheels
  • Electric Seat – Passenger
  • Leather Inserts in doors
  • Leather Seats
  • Pedals – Sports
  • Suspension – Sports

3.0R

Price when new: $50,990

Price used: $4,900 - $7,800

Adds

  • Air Conditioning – Rear
  • Chrome Fog Lamp Bezels/surrounds

Luxury Series

Price when new: $32,485

Price used: $3,000 - $4,600

3.0R Spec.B

Price when new: $51,990 - $52,990

Price used: $5,000 - $8,900

2.0R

Price when new: $31,990

Price used: $2,800 - $4,800

Adds

  • Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt & Reach
  • Audio – MP3 Decoder
  • Audio Decoder – WMA
  • Brake Assist
  • Chrome Door Handles – Interior
  • Chrome Ringed Instruments
  • Cup Holders – 1st Row
  • Cup Holders – 2nd Row
  • Door Pockets – 1st row (Front)
  • Illuminated – Switch Panel (Window/ Locking)
  • Metallic Finish Door Inserts
  • Metallic Finish Instrument Surrounds
  • Metallic Finish Interior Inserts
  • Metallic Finish Steering Wheel
  • Power Steering – Speed Sensitive
  • Seat – Height Adjustable Driver

2.0R Limited

Price when new: $33,990

Price used: $3,300 - $4,800

Adds

  • Leather Seats – Partial
  • Spoiler – Rear
  • Suede Look – Interior Inserts
  • Suede Look – Seats Partial

3.0R Spec.B Blitzen

Price when new: $54,490

Price used: $5,500 - $7,400

Adds

  • Body Kit – Lower (skirts
  • F & R Aprons)
  • Chrome Grille Surround
  • Leather Seats – Embossed
  • Mesh Grille – Lower Bumper
  • Scuff Plates – Embossed or personalised

GT Tuned By STI

Price when new: $59,490 - $65,990

Price used: $6,900 - $10,800

Adds

  • Headlining – Colour
  • Spare Wheel – Full Size Alloy Wheel
  • Spoiler – Front
  • Sports Exhaust
  • Sports Gear Stick – Short Throw
  • Sports Instruments
  • Strut Brace – Front
  • Suspension – Lowered

MY07 update

  • Body Kit – F&R Spoilers
  • Skirts
  • Rear Apron
  • Decals
  • Performance Brakes
  • Tyres – High Performance/Soft Compound

GT Spec.B

Price when new: $55,990 - $56,990

Price used: $6,300 - $9,600

Heritage

Price when new: $36,490 - $37,990

Price used: $4,500 - $6,500

Adds

  • Rear Windows – Extra Dark/Privacy

Premium

Price when new: $42,780 - $42,790

Price used: $5,100 - $7,500

3.0R Premium

Price when new: $50,990 - $51,490

Price used: $6,300 - $9,000

Luxury Edition

Price when new: $32,490

Price used: $4,100 - $5,700

Heritage Luxury Edition

Price when new: $35,990

Price used: $4,800 - $6,600

Sport Edition

Price when new: $34,740

Price used: $4,200 - $5,800

Adds

  • Floor Mats
  • Mesh Grille

GT SpecB R

Price when new: $56,990

Price used: $7,900 - $9,900

Adds

  • Leather Trimmed – Centre Console
  • Leather Trimmed – Door Opener Trim
  • Paint – Black

Tech specs

Body Styles

  • 4 door Sedan
  • 5 door Wagon

Engine Specs

  • 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 101kW / 187Nm (Liberty 2003 – 2005, Luxury Series 2005)
  • 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 121kW / 226Nm (Liberty 2003 – 2007, Safety Pack 2003 – 2006, Luxury 2003 – 2004, Premium Pack 2003 – 2007)
  • 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 180kW / 310Nm (GT 2003 – 2005, GT Premium Pack 2003 – 2004)
  • 3.0 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 180kW / 297Nm (3.0R-B 2004 – 2005, 3.0R 2004 – 2007, 3.0R Spec.B 2005 – 2009, 3.0R Spec.B Blitzen 2006, 3.0R Premium 2007 – 2009)
  • 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 121kW / 187Nm (2.0R 2006 – 2007, 2.0R Limited 2006)
  • 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 200kW / 343Nm (GT Tuned By STI 2006)
  • 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 190kW / 343Nm (GT Tuned By STI 2006)
  • 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 184kW / 339Nm (GT 2006 – 2009, GT Spec.B 2006 – 2009, GT SpecB R 2009)
  • 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 194kW / 350Nm (GT Tuned By STI 2007 – 2008)
  • 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 127kW / 226Nm (Liberty 2007 – 2009, Heritage 2007 – 2009, Premium 2007 – 2009, Luxury Edition 2008, Heritage Luxury Edition 2008, Sport Edition 2008 – 2009)

Transmission

  • 5-speed Manual (Liberty, Safety Pack, GT, Luxury Series, 2.0R, 2.0R Limited, GT Tuned By STI, Heritage, Luxury Edition, Heritage Luxury Edition, Sport Edition)
  • 4-speed Sports Automatic (Liberty, Safety Pack, Luxury, Premium Pack, Luxury Series, Heritage, Premium, Luxury Edition, Heritage Luxury Edition)

Body Styles

  • 4 door Sedan
  • 5 door Wagon

Engine Specs

  • 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 101kW / 187Nm (Liberty 2003 – 2005, Luxury Series 2005)
  • 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 121kW / 226Nm (Liberty 2003 – 2007, Safety Pack 2003 – 2006, Luxury 2003 – 2004, Premium Pack 2003 – 2007)
  • 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 180kW / 310Nm (GT 2003 – 2005, GT Premium Pack 2003 – 2004)
  • 3.0 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 180kW / 297Nm (3.0R-B 2004 – 2005, 3.0R 2004 – 2007, 3.0R Spec.B 2005 – 2009, 3.0R Spec.B Blitzen 2006, 3.0R Premium 2007 – 2009)
  • 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 121kW / 187Nm (2.0R 2006 – 2007, 2.0R Limited 2006)
  • 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 200kW / 343Nm (GT Tuned By STI 2006)
  • 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 190kW / 343Nm (GT Tuned By STI 2006)
  • 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 184kW / 339Nm (GT 2006 – 2009, GT Spec.B 2006 – 2009, GT SpecB R 2009)
  • 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 194kW / 350Nm (GT Tuned By STI 2007 – 2008)
  • 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 127kW / 226Nm (Liberty 2007 – 2009, Heritage 2007 – 2009, Premium 2007 – 2009, Luxury Edition 2008, Heritage Luxury Edition 2008, Sport Edition 2008 – 2009)

Transmission

  • 5-speed Manual (Liberty, Safety Pack, GT, Luxury Series, 2.0R, 2.0R Limited, GT Tuned By STI, Heritage, Luxury Edition, Heritage Luxury Edition, Sport Edition)
  • 4-speed Sports Automatic (Liberty, Safety Pack, Luxury, Premium Pack, Luxury Series, Heritage, Premium, Luxury Edition, Heritage Luxury Edition)
  • 5-speed Sports Automatic (GT, GT Premium Pack, Premium Pack, Safety Pack, 3.0R, 3.0R Spec.B, 3.0R Spec.B Blitzen, GT Tuned By STI, GT Spec.B, 3.0R Premium, GT SpecB R)
  • 6-speed Manual (3.0R-B, 3.0R Spec.B, 3.0R Spec.B Blitzen, GT Spec.B, GT Tuned By STI, GT SpecB R)
  • 4-speed Automatic (2.0R, 2.0R Limited)

Fuel Consumption

  • 7.3 – 12.8 / 100km (Liberty, Heritage, Premium, Luxury Edition, Heritage Luxury Edition)
  • 8.2 – 15.5 / 100km (GT, GT Spec.B, GT SpecB R)
  • 8.2 – 16.2 / 100km (3.0R Spec.B, 3.0R Premium)
  • 7.1 – 12.4 / 100km (Sport Edition)

Length

  • 4665mm (4 door Sedan)
  • 4665mm – 4720mm (5 door Wagon)

Width

  • 1730mm (All Models)

Height

  • 1425mm – 1435mm (4 door Sedan)
  • 1425mm – 1475mm (5 door Wagon)

Wheelbase

  • 2670mm (All Models)

Kerb Weight

  • 1345kg – 1545kg (4 door Sedan)
  • 1380kg – 1545kg (5 door Wagon)

Towing

  • 710kg (unbraked) – 1800kg (braked) (All Models)

Ancap Ratings

  • Not tested (Liberty, Safety Pack, Luxury, Premium Pack, GT, GT Premium Pack)
  • 5 stars, tested 2003 (Liberty, Safety Pack, Luxury, Premium Pack, GT, GT Premium Pack, 3.0R-B, 3.0R, Luxury Series, 3.0R Spec.B, 2.0R, 2.0R Limited, 3.0R Spec.B Blitzen, GT Tuned By STI, GT Spec.B, Heritage, Premium, 3.0R Premium, Luxury Edition, Heritage Luxury Edition)
  • 5 stars, tested 2009 (Liberty, Sport Edition, Heritage, Premium, GT, GT Spec.B, 3.0R Premium, 3.0R Spec.B, GT SpecB R)

Body Styles

  • 4 door Sedan
  • 5 door Wagon

Engine Specs

  • 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 101kW / 187Nm (Liberty 2003 – 2005, Luxury Series 2005)
  • 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 121kW / 226Nm (Liberty 2003 – 2007, Safety Pack 2003 – 2006, Luxury 2003 – 2004, Premium Pack 2003 – 2007)
  • 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 180kW / 310Nm (GT 2003 – 2005, GT Premium Pack 2003 – 2004)
  • 3.0 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 180kW / 297Nm (3.0R-B 2004 – 2005, 3.0R 2004 – 2007, 3.0R Spec.B 2005 – 2009, 3.0R Spec.B Blitzen 2006, 3.0R Premium 2007 – 2009)
  • 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 121kW / 187Nm (2.0R 2006 – 2007, 2.0R Limited 2006)
  • 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 200kW / 343Nm (GT Tuned By STI 2006)
  • 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 190kW / 343Nm (GT Tuned By STI 2006)
  • 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 184kW / 339Nm (GT 2006 – 2009, GT Spec.B 2006 – 2009, GT SpecB R 2009)
  • 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 194kW / 350Nm (GT Tuned By STI 2007 – 2008)
  • 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 127kW / 226Nm (Liberty 2007 – 2009, Heritage 2007 – 2009, Premium 2007 – 2009, Luxury Edition 2008, Heritage Luxury Edition 2008, Sport Edition 2008 – 2009)

Transmission

  • 5-speed Manual (Liberty, Safety Pack, GT, Luxury Series, 2.0R, 2.0R Limited, GT Tuned By STI, Heritage, Luxury Edition, Heritage Luxury Edition, Sport Edition)
  • 4-speed Sports Automatic (Liberty, Safety Pack, Luxury, Premium Pack, Luxury Series, Heritage, Premium, Luxury Edition, Heritage Luxury Edition)
  • 5-speed Sports Automatic (GT, GT Premium Pack, Premium Pack, Safety Pack, 3.0R, 3.0R Spec.B, 3.0R Spec.B Blitzen, GT Tuned By STI, GT Spec.B, 3.0R Premium, GT SpecB R)
  • 6-speed Manual (3.0R-B, 3.0R Spec.B, 3.0R Spec.B Blitzen, GT Spec.B, GT Tuned By STI, GT SpecB R)
  • 4-speed Automatic (2.0R, 2.0R Limited)

Fuel Consumption

  • 7.3 – 12.8 / 100km (Liberty, Heritage, Premium, Luxury Edition, Heritage Luxury Edition)
  • 8.2 – 15.5 / 100km (GT, GT Spec.B, GT SpecB R)
  • 8.2 – 16.2 / 100km (3.0R Spec.B, 3.0R Premium)
  • 7.1 – 12.4 / 100km (Sport Edition)

Length

  • 4665mm (4 door Sedan)
  • 4665mm – 4720mm (5 door Wagon)

Width

  • 1730mm (All Models)

Height

  • 1425mm – 1435mm (4 door Sedan)
  • 1425mm – 1475mm (5 door Wagon)

Wheelbase

  • 2670mm (All Models)

Kerb Weight

  • 1345kg – 1545kg (4 door Sedan)
  • 1380kg – 1545kg (5 door Wagon)

Towing

  • 710kg (unbraked) – 1800kg (braked) (All Models)

Ancap Ratings

  • Not tested (Liberty, Safety Pack, Luxury, Premium Pack, GT, GT Premium Pack)
  • 5 stars, tested 2003 (Liberty, Safety Pack, Luxury, Premium Pack, GT, GT Premium Pack, 3.0R-B, 3.0R, Luxury Series, 3.0R Spec.B, 2.0R, 2.0R Limited, 3.0R Spec.B Blitzen, GT Tuned By STI, GT Spec.B, Heritage, Premium, 3.0R Premium, Luxury Edition, Heritage Luxury Edition)
  • 5 stars, tested 2009 (Liberty, Sport Edition, Heritage, Premium, GT, GT Spec.B, 3.0R Premium, 3.0R Spec.B, GT SpecB R)

Warranty & servicing

Warranty

  • 3 years / unlimited km (All Models)

Servicing

  • 12,500 km / 6 months (Liberty, Luxury Edition, Heritage, Heritage Luxury Edition, Premium, GT, GT Spec.B, GT Tuned By STI, 3.0R Premium, 3.0R Spec.B, Sport Edition, GT SpecB R)

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