Skip the 2.5...go for a stick 2.2 outbac
By amc62 on
Vehicle1996 Subaru Legacy Outback 4dr Wagon AWD
ReviewMany of the problems associated with the outback are due to the 2.5 liter engine option...1996 was the only year you could get a 2.2 with a manual in the outback. on the other hand, the car has a poor clutch (still grabs fine, just shudders and squeaks and chirps). Also, be aware that a used outback that has had mismatched tires is hard to determine until you get the characteristic transfer case binding. i have heard of miracle cures for the automatic transmission-equipped cars, but good luck with the manuals. seems you have to buy an entirely new viscous coupler to solve the problem (subaru didn't design the coupler to be serviced).
Best Featuresappearance, snow drivability.
Worst Featuresbetter AWD system and better clutch
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