2000 SUBARU LIBERTY GX (AWD)
OWNER RATING 7 /10
  • Very reliable, confidence-inspiring handling, good quality
  • Gutless 2.0 engine, fuel consumption, slightly cramped inside
PRICE N/A
ANCAP RATING N/A

by Matthew Dalziel

We had an auto GX wagon from new for 10 years and coming from a lemon of a Renault this was a revelation. In that time it never let us down, apart from having to replace the dead battery and water filling the in brake lights (didn’t affect the operation of the lights.)

Subaru’s AWD system is terrific. The grip that you get around corners, combined with good steering makes the Liberty a great car to drive. With the 15-inch steel wheels it was also very comfortable, too.

We frequently tested our Liberty’s off-road capability, driving in snow and some reasonably tough dirt roads in the Victorian Alps. It’s fair to say that it went further off the bitumen than most SUVs; the lack of ground clearance being the only thing letting it down – a Forester solves that.

Inside, the Liberty has a reasonable amount of room in the front, although the back is best suited to children before they hit a growth spurt. The interior was of great quality and had a good level of kit for the time, including dual airbags and cruise control.

The biggest drawback of our Liberty was the 2-litre boxer engine. Combined with the heavier wagon and the 4 speed auto, 92kW just wasn’t enough. It really had to be worked to keep up with traffic, especially with a full load. This pushed up fuel consumption and around town we got 13L/100km.

The Liberty of this age makes a safe and reliable first car and an excellent car for a small family on a budget. However I find it very hard to recommend the GX model, especially with an auto. An RX or a Heritage is an excellent option for around the same price now with more features and a better 2.5-litre engine.



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2000 SUBARU LIBERTY GX (AWD) Review
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Subaru Liberty Specs

GX (AWD) : 2.0L MULTI POINT F/INJ - 4 SP AUTOMATIC - UNLEADED PETROL - 4D SEDAN
Car Details
Make
SUBARU
Model
LIBERTY
Variant
GX (AWD)
Series
MY00
Year
2000
Body Type
4D SEDAN
Seats
5
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
2.0L
Cylinders
INLINE 4
Max. Torque
184Nm @  3600rpm
Max. Power
92kW @  5600rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
67.4W/kg
Bore & Stroke
92x75mm
Compression Ratio
10.0
Valve Gear
SINGLE OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
4 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive Type
ALL WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
4.111
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
64
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
9.6L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1365
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1415mm
Length
4605mm
Width
1695mm
Ground Clearance
155mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:1200  Unbrake:500
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
10.6
Front Rim Size
6.0Jx15
Rear Rim Size
6.0Jx15
Front Tyres
195/60 R15
Rear Tyres
195/60 R15
Wheel Base
2650
Front Track
1460
Rear Track
1460
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC
Standard Features
Comfort
Air Conditioning
Driver
Adjustable Steering Wheel - Tilt & Telescopic, Cruise Control, Power Steering
Entertainment
Radio CD with 6 Speakers
Exterior
Power Mirrors
Interior
Cloth Trim, Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking
Security
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Exterior
Metallic Paint
Other
Service Interval
6 months /  12.5,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
8-I-10
Country of Origin
JAPAN