by suesailor on Feb 18, 2010 Vehicle: 2001 Subaru Outback Limited AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
My '01 Legacy Outback Sedan was just diagnosed with leaking head gaskets when I had the oil changed. The car has 87k miles and is almost 9 yrs old. So I took it to my Subaru dealer in San Rafael, CA. They confirmed the head gasket problem, called Subaru headquarters, who agreed to a 100% parts and labor to install new head gaskets!! While they had the engine out they installed a timing belt ($84) and 2 drive belts ($35). I am ecstatic that they would warranty my 9-year old Subaru. Way to go! And it only took 3-1/2 days to fix.
by kk on May 3, 2008 Vehicle: 2001 Subaru Outback Limited AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
This is a fabulous car and has gotten me across the country 6 times in all sorts of weather, never letting me down. A recent outpouring of money to the head gaskets, radiator, water & fuel pump, altenator, timing belt, and thermastat has given me reserve on whether I'll purchase another.
by yardshark on Dec 8, 2006 Vehicle: 2001 Subaru Outback Limited AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
I was totally "snowed" by Subaru and others who have owned Subaru's. "Oh, they're so reliable I have 2 of them". "They're bullet-proof". So I bought a new 2001 Outback sedan for the "reliability" and the AWD for snowy weather. At just over 50,000 miles, one head gasket blew and while testing the system, they found the second one ready to go and had to replace it too. The repairman told me I wouldn't have the problem again when I told him I would not buy another if this was going to be a problem every 50,000 miles. Now at 120,000 miles, the head gaskets have once again gone out. This will be the third set of gaskets for something "bullet-proof" and "extremely reliable".
by newbury on Aug 10, 2006 Vehicle: 2001 Subaru Outback Limited AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
This car has never broken down. We use it for both local and long distance driving, and have never been disappointed by performance in the New England weather. It handles snow and rain without a hitch and has been very reliable during icy road situations (the AWD works like a champ). We love this car, and plan to keep it for a very long time! :)
by Enough on Aug 26, 2005 Vehicle: 2001 Subaru Outback Limited AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
This is my 3rd Subaru. I bought it because the first 2 were bulletproof -- no problems. We are at 77k miles now. The head gasket had to be replaced at 72k. Yes it was covered since the car had the coolant treatment. Asking around after it happened, this is now a common problem with the 2.5 engine. Now, the transmission needs to be rebuilt. According to a local transmission shop (not the dealership) 77k on this transmission is good! He often sees them with less. Often? Somewhere Subaru lost the reliability that kept me coming back. The company has refused requests to repair the vehicle. They've offered token gestures like a rebate on a new car purchase. I'm done with Subaru.
by Outbacker on Oct 28, 2004 Vehicle: 2001 Subaru Outback Limited AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
I drive this car all of the time. I
sell insurance; so I am on the road
alot. This is one smooth running car.
I will be driving over eighty without
even noticing it if I am not carefull.
i wish that it was a little bit faster
from a dead stop, but it such a good
running car on the highway. My back
does not hurt over long distances with
this car as it has with other vehicles.
I nearly always get lots of attention
when I am in this car. It is a rare
car and looks great. People of all
ages will stare at it or say something
good about it.
My first trip to Florida got me 30 MPG
on the highway when I set the cruise
at the speed limit. Great Car!
Looking for some advice - not sure if this is the right board to post this on. I recently lost my beloved 99 Outback with 195K miles on it during a bad accident. Now trying to replace it with another ...
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