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2000 Subaru Outback

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Never Another Subaru
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By Tom
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2000 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


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This car has been a money pit. Head gasket blew at 58k, fortunately covered under warranty, but now at 125K am told that it needs another head gasket ($1700). According to many internet sites this has been a problem but one Subaru refuses to acknowledge. Both front wheel bearings went out to a tune of $550 each. When brakes needed to be replaced, everything had to be replaced $850. Check engine light comes on on a regular basis the same sensor has been replaced 3 times, $550. The last time check engine light came, technician said code indicated possible bad catalytic converter, $1600 to replace if needed.


Favorite Features

AWD.


Suggested Improvements

Redesign the engine, it's underpowered and subject to numerous problems.


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AWD Kicks!
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By kalliday
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2000 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


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This car was an impulse buy and despite my research beforehand and then afterward, it has not been worth the money 10 times over. Check engine light is always on and off (catalytic converter), goes through a whole set of brakes and rotors in less than a year (and I am NOT driving like a maniac!), acceleration is crappy, alignment is never quite right, need I continue? Unfortunately for Subaru, this is my second and the last (I had a 1999 Forester before that which was great but no lumbar support).


Favorite Features

I would go almost anywhere in the snow with this, and my daily commute is up and down a mountain as well as dirt roads and this car can do it no problem. Nice cloth interior, stands up to dog and general abuse very well.


Suggested Improvements

Less expensive constant recurring problems. Mine has had all the recommended maintenances at a Subaru specialist and still the rear wiper motor burned out and I am on the 2nd hatchback door latch. Interior of the rear door fell out, all wiring is now exposed. (Chintzy plastic clips.)


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Great gas mileage even on snowy VT roads
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By Travis
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2000 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


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Get a stick shift! it makes the experience of driving this car 100 times better. Automatics are boring. Be exciting. Drive a stick shift!


Favorite Features

I love the AWD feature. I never have to worry about sliding around the road or skidding. The interior is also very nice for the year, very advanced for the time. Has everything you need, and nothing you don't, very practical.


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By nredant1
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2000 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


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It hurts to write this review because I am a huge fan of Subaru. The 4 cylinder engine is just way too underpowered. It was life/death trying to merge onto highways. Also, the car's mechanics were a disaster. The check engine light was on non-stop after about 10,000 miles. After about 50K mikes, the engine ignition coil failed 3 times over a 36 month period. For those who don't know, when your engine coil fails, your cylinders stop firing. Not a fun proposition when driving on major Philly highways, but at least it was still under warranty. Ultimately, the experience wasn't too bad as the manufacturer helped me locate a new Subaru and offered me $1K off. They were very helpful


Favorite Features

AWD is fantastic on wet and snow covered roads.


Suggested Improvements

Stop forcing those who'd like 6 cylinder to get 100 other upgrades.


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Bad Clutch and blown head gasket
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By Bob Rian
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2000 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


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Clutch has shudder and rotten egg smell from day one and dealer will do nothing about it. Blown head gasket at 34,100 miles. Service Bulletin says put in special conditioning coolant to prevent leakeage. Wheel wells quickly build up with ice in winter conditions. When new the check engine light resulted in 4 trips to the dealer. Factory Firestone tires are poor in snow.


Favorite Features

All Wheel Drive feature and cargo area.


Suggested Improvements

Design a decent clutch or drop the manual transmission.


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