2001 Subaru Outback 2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - Descent, not great
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2001 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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Descent, not great
By talldude on

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2001 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

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A solid performer in snow and enough backseat room for child seats, the 2 main reasons we bought this. We bought private party, single owner with receipts. The previous owners had to buy head gaskets (80k) and a 5 spd transmission overhaul at 110k; shortly after purchase (at 114k) I had to replace front wheel bearings, and shortly after that the clutch started to chatter (had been replaced at 80k). High wind noise at highway speeds. The car is too heavy and the engine works too hard most of the time. With the exception of excellent traction control, this is a very average car in all other respects. I wish Subie would build small light AWD cars again, that's what they do best.

Favorite Features

Traction control!

Suggested Improvements

Lighten the car up 500 pounds, stronger clutch, smoother 5 speed, fix the head gaskets, this should have been a recall!
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