My BP was pretty bad on the reliability side of things, constantly cropping up cooling, engine control, and drivetrain issues. I’d almost bought a BD with 400,000 miles that wasn’t missing a beat, but I opted for the newer car with 1/3 the mileage and it didn’t pay off. Not sure if the BD would have been any better with its first-gen EJ, but there’s something to be said for a car that starts right up with that many miles.
If I were in the market for a new car with towing capacity, it certainly wouldn’t be a Subaru. To be fair, if I were in the market for a new car, full stop, it wouldn’t be a Subaru. They’ve lost their magic in favor of conventional market appeal and CVTs. I’d pick up another Jeep most likely, but I’m looking to pick up a cash car to replace my Focus ST as a daily so I can cut a car payment and full coverage insurance out of the budget and save up for a house. I already have a pair of sports cars I plan on keeping, so I want something with 4 doors and the ability to drag those cars around as needed, all for $4000 or less.
Obviously, there are no Subaru models that meet those criteria. If I had the space, I’d consider a BP 3.0R for daily use and an old V10 Ram for moving big heavy stuff, but I can’t park 3 cars and a full size truck without pissing off my roommate, so that’s right out. Then again, altogether that would cost about 3 times my budget anyway.
My point is, my experience with Subarus has killed the notion that they’re reliable or fun enough to justify giving Fuji my money instead of saving it for literally anything else. At least (apart from spark plugs) they’re easy to work on.