2001 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Expensive Major Repairs

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Expensive Major Repairs
By jeff on


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


Hidden recalls of clutch and head gaskets. (Done on warranty.) Second clutch and flywheel replacement after only another 30,000 miles. Independent mechanic thinks the clutch flywheel fittings and housing are not meant for this engine. Catalytic converter needed replacement. Oxygen sensor and idle needed replacement. Brake rotors needed work early on. Front bushing replacements. Maybe I just got a lemon.

Best Features

Plows through 6-8 inches of snow with no problem. Hauls any size load. Heated windshield wiper area on dash helpful in winter.

Worst Features

Don't hide the recalls until the problem occurs (we were stranded with the blown head gasket, when it could have been replaced beforehand). Redesign the clutch and flywheel assembly. Fix the engine idle and lack of engine smoothness problem.
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By joseph_barney
on 10/27/11 17:49 PM (PDT)

Yeah, You got a lemon. It happens but is not entirely a reflection of the cars true quality. lemons are unpredictable, like playing the lottery.

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