haha, most people don't even realize the amount of crazy shit that goes into designing something like a car or an engine.
those subaru 6's scare me for real, i'm sure its not much worse than a regular EJ but that timing drive is so complex
still better than some of the crazy v8 audi shit i've seen on forums
you gotta remember though, that subaru engine is good for 300k plus miles without replacing that timing belt or anything really. I owned one with 320k that still ran pretty ok-ish despite being run on regular gas and getting absolutely zero maintenance. I've seen a few of them with 1/2 million. I cant defend every design decision subaru made (especially on the ez30's!) but i think generally they do a pretty good job of optimizing reliability and ease of service, a lot of their parts are backwards compatable and interchange between variants, and they tend to use higher end subcomponent parts from Aisin, delphi, etc.
i just rebuilt my '98 outback wagon this winter, heads, valves, full top end gaskets, redid the subframe and entire front suspension. need to do wheel bearings still and struts and it will be as good as a 20 year old/ 270k mile car can get. I like them, the are pretty easy to work on and i love how they handle and drive. Good for the snow out here in the country, skiddin' logs, hauling mopeds, hauling kids. If you gotta drive a car, its my favorite... gonna try to keep this one alive until i can buy an electric AWD hatchy/wagony/crossovery thing that ticks all the boxes... maybe something like an AWD prius plug-in?