We bought our Outback in 2002. Just a couple of warnings to would-be buyers: A.) If you have long legs try sitting in the passenger seat before buying this car. You get to taste you knees. The passenger experience rivals that of a back seat passenger in a 1971 Mustang II. B) If you live in the country, on a gravel road DO NOT buy this car. Normal 25 MPH gravel road driving destroys the Outbacks front suspension. I guess that the Outback aint built for the outback. The editors must live in big cities. C) This is certainly the most unreliable and expensive-to-maintain vehicle Ive ever owned. Every breakdown is expensive and ours breaks down often.
With Bridgestone Blizzaks it is great in the snow. We regularly plow through large snow drifts.
I bought my Subaru with 40k miles on it 2 years ago, and this January it became a MONEY PIT...had a strong fuel smell and had dealer tighten plugs two times...the smell continued. I had my 60,000 tune up. Still smelled it. Found out my coolant was leaking, so I went in twice to have them put something in the car that would seal any leaks from the inside. Didn't work. Replaced my head gaskets, valve cover gaskets, the whole bit. NOW, I'm burning 1 quart of oil every two weeks, and replaced 2 wheel bearings. Heated windshield broke windshield both winters. Seats uncomfortable for long trips. LOVE THE CARGO SPACE!
AWD, heated seats, temperature on dash, cargo space, drives like a car.
If newer models haven't fixed these problems, they should be fixed. They are expensive!
This is my first Subaru. A little
dissapointed after all the great
things I've heard. It has alot going
for it but I feel it is way overpriced
for what you get.$25k for cloth,
manual, no moonroof, no homelink, only
frt. airbags,anemic stereo, 4 cyl. w/
adequate power at best. Left front
brake started squeaking
after delivery and still
sqeaks horribly. Found out
they are notorious for squeaking and
warping. MPG has been ok but have
never gotten near the posted 27mpg
hwy, 25mpg was my best and 23mpg is my
avg. going to work and back which is
95% Hwy. I get 24mpg on the same trip
with a RX300. However,the Outback is a
practical, spacious, nice looking wgn.