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Is it time to give up?
By CG on 12/15/09 16:15 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2001 Subaru Outback Wagon VDC AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Review

Purchased this 6 cyl. used at 60,000 miles; it now has 125,000. The engine is so much better- smoother - than in my previous 4 cyl Outback. I had hoped to run it to 150,000 or so-- it depends on how much ongoing repairs cost. An ongoing maintenance issue is that the brake discs- esp. front- have worn out fast and the rotors warp -- somewhere I heard that they were undersized for the weight/size of the engine. This year I have to replace the muffler and a rusted out rear suspension piece - pricey repairs that I hope keep it on the road another year or two. I've been able to go almost anywhere, in any weather, on rough roads or the highway-- it's been a fine car.
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Most Pleased
By carnell on 07/20/06 10:01 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Subaru Outback Wagon VDC AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Review

The two improvements that I would appreciate are; a front seat arm rest to avoid fatigue on long trips - the 10 and 2 o,clock hand positions are very tiring, and directional signal display as a flashing bar in the exterior mirrors for increased safety. Best car in my 46 years of driving.
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Good car overall
By OurLadyofPets on 05/05/05 15:57 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Subaru Outback Wagon VDC AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Review

Good vehicle, no problems other than interior design issues. I'm not crazy about the fact that you need to use high octane fuel, I assumed all economy cars used regular - oops! The seat heater toggle switch gets turned on accidentally, not so much a problem in the winter, but when it's already warm it's difficult to cool a warm seat that you are sitting on. The window switches are awkward; I'm forever opening the back windows when my intention is to open the front. The drink holders are placed too far back, the driver has to look away from the road to replace a drink in the holder. The phone charger goes off when the vehicle isn't running; I'm not crazy about that idea. Everything else is GREAT.
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My Outback
By Myrddin on 10/21/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Subaru Outback Wagon VDC AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Review

Although this car was chosen by my wife, I can say I really enjoy driving it.. It really shines when the road is slick.. Two winters have proven it's the car to have when the going gets slippery.. Mileage on long trips is has been in the 27MPG range when crusing at highway speeds.. The only drawbacks have been the placement of some controls, especially the seat heat switchs.. They are frequently turned on when you set some down between the seats.. All in all when it comes time to replace this vehicle we will get another Suberu...
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VDC at 4 years
By dgduris on 10/05/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Subaru Outback Wagon VDC AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Review

I have owned this car since new. It has given me 66k miles of uninterruped, luxurious service. While unremarkable outside, the interior frequently causes passengers to remark: "This is a Subaru? !" The leather, wood trim and 220 Watt MacIntosh Stereo are all on par with the far more expensive cars my non-snow-belt inhabiting friends drive. The recent addition of Ultra High Performance All Season Michelins has had me fall in love with the car all over again as the handling is improved to GT level and the road noise is drastically reduced. I would change only the control for the dual sunroof and add headlight washer jets to make this car perfect.
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will buy another
By snowplow on 03/22/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2001 Subaru Outback Wagon VDC AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Review

This is a great car, especially in snow country. The 6cyl has lots of pep and did well hauling a small trailer 1200 miles. Gas mileage not bad. The automatic a/c, heat system is hard to operate. Only one repair needed... door seal leaked air (wind).
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
JUMP START a Subaru and destroy the VDC
By city on 02/15/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2001 Subaru Outback Wagon VDC AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Review

The battery went down on our top of the line Subaru with VDC. It was jump started by Subaru Road Service. The warning lights remained on after it was jumped. Waited for our 1/22/04 appointment with dealer. At first service said we were warranty "lucky" because the VDC computer part cost $1,200. It was replaced. Car not returned as promised. More parts needed. It's now 1/29/04. Again car not returned as promised. Negotiated 4 days Hyundai rental for previously plan trip. Service now says repair not covered under warranty because of "outside influence". Western regional manager concurred. Filed with the State. Car sent to other dealer. Returned 2/14/04.
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super car
By scarwaf on 02/10/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2001 Subaru Outback Wagon VDC AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Review

Ilike it so much Iwould buy another one
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weak brakes
By t.ed on 10/03/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Subaru Outback Wagon VDC AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Review

Just past the 1 year mark with my vdc. overall it is fun. the engine is great- very strong and quick. handling is also great especially in bad weather. stereo sounds great although the cd player skipped and was replaced. the only downside is the brakes. backing up and applying the brakes sounds like they are falling off. a shim kit has helped alittle. the rotors needed to be ground down because they were uneven. generally they are mushy and do not instill confidence.
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