I've had it now for 30,000 miles, and
have not had any problems except a
thermostat that was replaced (free
under warranty, $15 otherwise).
Excellent car, especially in winter; 5-
spd with viscous coupling is wonderful
in snow. (Highly recommended, better
than automatic). The interior and
exterior have held up very well, the
car still looks and feels new. I feel
the base Outback gives the best value
for your money in the Subaru line. If
AWD and reliability is important to
you, this is the perfect car.
(1) Viscous-coupling center diff: much
better design than other AWDs in this
(2) Incredibly useful form factor
(3) Subaru reliability
(1) More low-end torque and better
mileage (Diesel option?)
(2) Low-range gearing (as in European
(3) Flip-up rear window glass (for
carrying long items)
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