Ummmm…the 3.0R Suby is a six cylinder normally aspirated model. IMHO, the
performance is only so-so, with 219 lb/ft of torque at a rather peaky 4200
rpm…further handicapped by a trans that wants to come out of 1st gear
before you’ve even made it across the intersection … but your mother will
never notice :-). Still a very nice car though, well built and finished,
and pretty darn reliable…those coming into our shop for other than
routine service usually having only electrical glitches to sort out but
that’s pretty common on cars these days. So far we have not seen any
internal engine problems with the 6-cylinder cars and it appears that they
may be virtually oil-leak free…a luxury seldom known by owners of the
We’ve had a couple complaints that the all wheel drive doesn’t work as
anticipated. Specifically, the front wheels seem to do all the work while
the rears are doing little more than going along for the ride…but
customers are expecting power to go “from the wheels that slip to the wheels
that grip”. Sadly, Suby tech literature is totally devoid of any testing or
diag procedure to address this and pleas to the manufacturer for advice have
From a consumer perspective, Subaru (at least Subaru of America) is much
more “pro-customer” than Jaguar seems to be. They’ve sorta hid their heads
in the sand on fixing piston and head gasket issues but are at least
willing to help customers out with repair expense after the warranty
expires…and the customer doesn’t have to beg, yell, or threaten legal
action, either :-). I’ll add that Subaru is very proactive about recalls,
too. They launch their own repair campaigns without being ordered to do so
by big brother.
A Subaru is one of those cars you can recommend to a friend or family member
with little chance of the advice coming back to haunt you :-).
If your mom was interested in high performance cars she’d find the little
turbo’d Suby WRX to be more fun than a barrel full of monkeys
Now, the Jaguar X-type. I’ve driven dozens of Subarus but only one X-type,
and that only for 10 minutes. This was a 3.0L automatic and I must say that
it felt faster than the Suby 3.0, perhaps because the torque peaks at 3000
rpm rather than 4200 rpm…although the Jag seems to suffer from the same
premature shift out of 1st gear that the Suby does…at least with the
trans in “normal” rather than “sport” mode. I was impressed at the solidity
of the car as it feels much more substantial than it looks. The steering
and cornering was impressive. The fit and finish is very good. I wish I
could’ve spent more time behind the wheel, that’s for sure.
I understand that your mom doesn’t want to be
ostentatious…but…well… if ever the was a …ahem…neutral image
car, its the Subaru. I suspect she’ll warm up to the Jaguar very easily
Be a good son and do the right thing for mom. Put her in a Jag :-). Even
moms only go around once in life.
Longview Washington USA
1988 XJS V12 CoupeFrom: “thetopdogg” email@example.com
Next weekend I will be helping carry out a very interesting
and unexpected comparion; my mother wants to replace her
2001 Subaru Outback with another AWD stationwagon.
I have driven the Subaru last year, and the 3.0R is
fantastic car; extremely high quality interior, very fast
250hp turbo-4 and very good ride and handling (made my 92
V12 VDP feel soggy and sluggish!).
The archives and FAQ will answer many queries on the XJ series…
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