This was our second outback. We bought a 3.0h6 vdc used. It was the regional Subaru rep's car and came fully loaded with everything including the McIntosh stereo. For 4 years we hauled 2 kids and a 80 lb dog all over Colorado. The car was great until it hit 100,000 miles. After that it was nonstop maintenance. A big problem was the car burned through brakes. Then the car began leaking oil. Lots of oil! The biggest problem was when we would go up a hill the vdc off light would come on then the engine would overheat. Two Subaru dealers could not find the problem. They overhauled the entire cooling system at great expense. Head gaskets were fine. We finally gave up and traded it in.
Incredible handling in bad weather. Good power vs. gas mileage. Great cargo storage especially with a cargo topper on roof. McIntosh stereo! Very safe vehicle
Purchased after extensive review of
car's in class. Came down to Forester
or Outback. Better ride and quieter
than Forester. Forester will probably
be my replacement for aging Civic.
Would have been happy with a Limited
but wife wanted power of H6. Good car,
but minor issues. Glove box hard
opening, McIntosh stereo crackels on
right channel when adjusting volume,
water leaks in from child seat strap in
rear of cargo area, has had two recalls
todate. Gas mileage is not worth the
performance in my opinion, wife
typically get high teens on a tank, I
can squeeze out low 20s with effort,
best tank 26 mpg on highway. Overall
McIntosh stereo! Heated seats on cold
mornings. Power of H6, pulled 2000 lbs
trailer at 80 mph with power to spare.
Good, quiet ride. Good interior
lighting. Holds road better than any
other car driven in poor weather
conditions, you can feel grip of all
Have the cruise control switch stay on
after the car is shut off, remembering
to turn it back on ridiculous. Better
fuel economy. Wish the seat had a
memory for two drivers. Coin storage.
Capability to put a 2" hitch on for
rear bike carrier, etc. Fix oil filter
This is my 7th Subaru, and by far the
best made and engineered of all of
them. No rattles, squeaks, grinding,
smoking as of 32000 miles. The VDC is
all about the motor, VERY smooth
throughout rev range, boxer H6 like
a "Porcha", tranmission well matched
and downshifts without hesitation. Tip-
take the spring on the muffler bypass
and reverse it, it allows full flow of
exhaust and gives you the distinct
pleasure of hearing the engine note at
all throttle settings, plus increases
the MPG and acceleration.
Did I mention the motor? This wagon is
invisible to highway patrol, with a
roof rack and the wife and kid along,
we have blown through speed traps well
in excess of #$%% and I have YET TO GET
Back seat a bit tight for the average
fast food diet american, leg room a bit
on the short side also. Subaru, please
ditch the plastic wood, if your going
to use plastic, make it look like
ANYTHING but wood.
This is my first Subaru. Great highway
cruiser, very quiet. I am puzzled by
the reviews that complain of wind
noise. Its quieter than my Jag XJR.
I've measured with a sound meter to
confirm. Reliability is good with
20,400 miles. Service has been
excellent. The one problem has been the
McIntosh stereo. We are on our third,
waiting for the fourth. The system
sounds great but reliability is awful.
I've been told that it is really a
Clarion head with McIntosh trim.
On the plus side, the AWD system is
superb, far better than the Volvo XC70
it replaces. I have been pretty amazed
at the slop, ice and snow this car can
move through safely.
Quiet highway cruiser. Great access to
all vehicle spaces. Dual
moonroof/sunroof configuration. Plastic
cladding on body sides will not show
rust in 10 years. Huge winshield washer
resevoir. Great service from dealer.
Dump the McIntosh stereo. Add a 5 speed
transmission. Allow the fog lights to
come on without having the headlights
We love this car. Plenty of room for a
family of 4. Stereo is great. Much
more power than our old Subaru. Don't
really need the moon-roofs, but the
kids think they're cool :) Had to
laugh on a recent trip to Vermont, saw
at least one in EVERY parking lot.
Can't wait for snow this winter.
More power and great handling.
Accessible for 2" hitch. We have a 4
bike carrier and can't get a 2" hitch
without an adaptor which sticks out
really far :(