Thoughts on the Subaru Crosstrek - Questions ( Need Scotty's Help! )


I wanted to hear your points of view on the new Subaru Crosstrek. (The Good - Bad - The Ugly!)

Hey Scotty,

Hope you are doing well. I have become a big fan lately and really enjoy your YouTube Videos and car advice. I have a dilemma that I’m hoping you can help me with, I was considering purchasing a Subaru Crosstrek.

Current Car: Is a 2000 Audi TT approaching 200,000 miles. I have a  friend that fixes it for me, he is really good - but the car is starting to cost me a small fortune to keep repairing. I’m not a mechanic ( very novice ) but I like to dabble the best that I can. I like small cars, nothing too big. I’m also a Musician, so I need something I can put my gear in for gigs.

Back Story: I owned a 84 Subaru Brat for 14 years - I loved that car. Had the seats in the back - I put a pool in the back - put a tent in the back. I used that car for everything. Got in an accident… was devastated. Found a 86’ Brat a week later, took all the parts off the 84’, fixed the body work, had the seat put in the back - and made my 86’ look exactly like my 84’. So I have a soft spot for Subaru. 

Question(s): Is the Subaru Crosstrek worth getting? Watching your videos - it would have to have a Standard Trans (knowing your thoughts on the CVT - and the Boxer Engine). Not too worried about power - it's more of a utilitarian use, and has to be reliable.

I’m just wondering if Subaru is like an old girlfriend that I should let go and move on, or are they worth a second chance?

Buy or Lease - if you think the next gen maybe be better ( 2019 - 2020 )?

Go for another type of vehicle ( your fav Toyota )?

I would really appreciate your help, and look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you so much! Keep up the great work on the videos!



Comments (4)
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dirty dan
dirty dan

I'd lease it , only time will tell since it is a new model near however I bet dollars to donuts that it will still have head gasket issues like previous Subarus

Scotty Kilmer
Scotty Kilmer


I would not buy a subaru myself, but it's a big step up from an audi money pit