"I've wanted a Subaru for awhile now - and my first foray into the brand was via the Impreza. Let me say up front, that there are a lot of things to love about this car. It has pretty good performance (compared to the other models I've driven), and is definitely safe.
But there were multiple recalls, and a major problem (that should have been a recall but was settled out of court) that resulted in my dropping $1000 on the car - AFTER I fought Subaru for the other 75% of that cost. I'm sure recalls are part of owning any car, but it's definitely driven down my overall happiness with my experience. And after finding out my short block had to be rebuilt for an issue that should have been taken care of immediately after its discovery? I stopped feeling the love.
I'll definitely look at Subarus when I'm ready for my next car, because they're still good cars - but now I'll be shopping a variety of cars, and I won't let brand ideology cloud my judgement. "