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Do 2015 Cvt Subaru Imprezas Have An Oil Consumption Issue?

I am considering buying a 2015 Subaru Impreza and wondering if it might suffer from excessive oil consumption. I have asked Subaru about this and they say that oil consumption has been an issue with s...

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Do You Need Or Just Appreciate Awd?

Except for maybe one car in Subaru's lineup, all their cars are AWD. Did you purchase the car for this reason or would you have considered other cars with AWD?

44 views with 13 answers (last answer 7 hours ago)

Lots Of Codes Need To Know If An Steering Angle Sensor Will Fix The Track L...

I have a 2011 subaru outback and it has all kinda of lights on... if the steering angle sensor is bad would it cause my brakelight to flash along with my Traction control light to be on? vehicle ha...

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Would You Buy A Two Years Old Or Less Car With 100,000 Miles Or More?

For the right price would you purchase a car that's no more than two years with 100,000 miles, with all the maintenance records? . You've got to assume that these are either all highway miles o...

36 views with 8 answers (last answer about a day ago)

Should You Ever Pay Cash For A Brand New Car?

I have friends who insist on paying all cash for even a $35,000 car. With financing as low as 2 percent does this make good financial sense?

17 views with 4 answers (last answer about a day ago)

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Subaru History

The Pleiades constellation, a cluster of seven stars (seven sisters), only six of which are visible to the naked eye, is where Subaru derives its six-star cluster.  But it also refers to the formation of Fuji Heavy Industries out of the merger of five Japanese companies in 1953.  The name Subaru means unity.  Originally an aircraft and aircraft parts manufacturer, the Japanese company produced its first Minicar in 1953.  Its debut in the U.S. came in 1969 with the 360 Van.  
Subaru has been producing high performance, durable wagons ever since, and though it's thrown in a few sedans and coupes along the way, it is most associated with its high-end, yet affordable all-wheel drive wagons.  Subaru was actually the first automaker to put four-wheel drive in a passenger car, back in 1972.  By the 1980s, all Subaru vehicles came with part-time or on-demand four-wheel drive, and by 1998, all-wheel drive was standard.  Its unique horizontal box or flat engine was also an innovation, and the Subaru Justy featured the first electronically continuous variable transmission.  Today, Subarus are known for high performance, with their turbo engines.
The model lineup is not extensive, but it is durable.  The BRAT was an all-terrain vehicle with an open bed, designed for a young, outdoorsy market.  It boasted the highest gas mileage at the time.  It has since been rebranded as today's Baja, a modern take on the dune buggy.  The Legacy wagon was introduced in 1990 and is still the best-selling wagon in the U.S.  The Outback version became its own standalone model in 1996, and was marketed as a more rugged version of the Legacy.  This was followed by the small Forester SUV, popular for its car-like feel, but storage versatility.  
Departing from its staid and conservative image, Subaru produced two performance or rally cars in the early 1990s, the Impreza WRX and the SVX coupe.  Both featured turbocharged engines and were entries in the rally car circuit.  The non-turbo Impreza sedan debuted in 1993 as a solid, economical compact.  In 2006, the B9 Tribeca was Subaru's first large SUV, with optional seating for seven passengers, a first for any Subaru vehicle.