Purchased 2.5L Legacy Outback 10/09 - 156k - w/o inspection. W/in a week $1400 transfer case repair...had no AWD. Wonderful AWD now, BUT has cost $4500 past 2 yrs incl transfer case, timing belt, radiator + bi-mo. repairs. A/C has never worked. Ck eng light on constantly altho turns off by itself several days later. Recently a long-standing misfire issue became full blown problem. Car barely started making noises like a starter problem, shook horribly, probably only running on 1 cylinder. Today, it does start, runs somewhat smoothly, engine sounds odd. Blown engine? Will miss my beloved Outback. R.I.P. Now allocating my Suby repair budget to buy new car.
Such a champ in bad weather! Extremely dependable til recently.
Lived in Colorado mntns. Used studded snows.
Job required driving on treacherous, icy mountain back roads.
Sure footed car never failed me. Co-workers driving 4WD pickups did not fare so well.
Several slipped off the road...although they were very experienced 4WD folks.
I like how the car is solid and suspension isn't "mushy".
Yet the ride is good.
Comfortable car and seats. Interior in perfect cond, no rips, tears.
Dark green paint still glossy.
For a 4 cyl, zippy on major mountain highways, even passing.
Very dependable car til the misfire issue went downhill into a probable blown engine.
Since this was the first year for the Outback, it has many mechanical issues with the 2.5L engine.
My car has had just about all of them, although didn't need to replace head gasket.
It may have already been done since purchased at 156K.
Too bad first year models always seem to be a guinea pig and aren't such reliable cars.
The only improvement I'd suggest is that the mechanical issues be resolved.
I believe Subaru has proven they have with subsequent years.
I have been very satisfied with the performance of this car, even with all the problems it's had in past 2 years.
I have owned this car for only 5 months and it has been a horrible experience. Its check engine light keeps coming on. I changed master air flow, a wire, the differential, and the main computer. The car is still stalling in traffic and other most inopportune places. I bought this car for my daughter's 21 birthday and she has only driven it maybe two weeks out of owning the car. What else could it be!!!!
Love the way it handles when it works and great in the snow. Very comfortable and lots of room.
Whatever is making this car stall needs fixing. Cup holder in bad spot.
This is hands down one of the best cars on the road. I purchased one of these after I spent thousands on repairing the constant flaws of my explorer and Jimmy. I could not be happier with this car. I was so please with it that I bought another 96 LSi. My only warning is to make sure you watch your oil! My outback uses a little on freeway trips but the LSi uses it quite a bit. Also, do not be upset if you have to replace head gaskets. The Lsi had them done and the outback has been lucky so far with almost 200,000 miles (knock on wood). The AWD is great and fuel economy is pretty decent. These cars will last over 300,000 miles. Timing belts made need to be done as well. Still a great car!
AWD, handling on curves, rugged outback exterior, seat warmers!
I could not be more satisfied with acar. I bought it used with 76k miles on it, and 4 years later I have 149k and going strong. Routine maintenance issues, a gasket here and there, and an alternator, and it is still going strong! No tranny issues. Just a great car!
Look, style, reliability, comfort,
Cup holder design, leg room in front passenger seat
We purchased this car new, and have
always maintained it at the dealer.
Over the years, we have not only had
too many unexpected repairs (antenna,
alternator, compressor, engine seals,
engine seals, engine seals), but we
repeatedly get it fixed only to have
to return the next day for "final
fixes". Compared to our 95 Honda
Accord, this was so much less reliable
we will not consider another Subaru.
All wheel drive has always been good
in our snowy state (NY)