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2002 Subaru Outback - Consumer Reviews

2002 Subaru Outback

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Subaru's are great cars
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By Steven
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Vehicle

2002 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 AWD 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

This is our first subaru with VDC. It is fantastic. The car is wonderful with the only complaint being the power band really kicks in at 4000 rpm and above, which is a bit high. Under this it is marginal for a six cylinder. It is nice to own a car that does not look like everything else on the road.


Best Features

VDC, AWD, Six cylinder. Heated seats, windshield, rear window and mirrors. Outside styling.


Worst Features

Lower the power band to 2500 RPM. The seats in this range of model years are stiff and short


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Will it run or stop
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By no longer subaru fan
on

Vehicle

2002 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

This is my second one, my 2001 I
reurned after filing a lemon law
complaint. The 2002 isn't much
better. The reliability of the car
starting is better than my 2001, but
for a brand new car should be 100%, not
75%. Had to fight the
dealership/Subaru just to get them to
believe me that this was happening on
the 2001, gave up trying for this one.
Also find that the brakes on this are
not impressive. For anti-lock brakes,
stopping distances seem to be very
long. This is even after having them
inspected. I will never purchase a
Subaru again.


Worst Features

Make car more reliable.


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Not impressed
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By AUDI
on

Vehicle

2002 Subaru Outback Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

We bought it for the AWD for VT
winters & mud season. Performs well
in the elements but not an enjoyable
ride otherwise. The clutch is
difficult and the interior seating is
small & narrow. Have had to replace
the breaks several times. Check
engine light comes on frequently.
Repairs have gotten expensive - one of
the worst cars I've owned. I miss my
Honda!!


Best Features

Great in snow & mud!, heated seats, large cargo room in the back - when seats are folded down you can fit most anything.


Worst Features

Manual transmission - very jerky & difficult to drive; Needs more head room; Windows & sunroof very noisy on interstate driving; Gas door latch on drivers side floor freezes in winter; Brakes!


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Wubaru Wagon 2002
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By haji
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Vehicle

2002 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

The car is very rattle prone. Dealer
fixed 4 rattles with resistance. Wind
and outside noise is uncomfortable. Car
handles well in snow. Poor break angle
prevents it from doing any serious off
road. Premium sound system just doesn't
sound right - sounds kind of hollow.


Best Features

All wheel drive


Worst Features

Redesign aerodynamics to reduce wind noise, better accoustics in cabin, better sound insulation, bigger gas tank, better break angle.


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I'm Back With Subaru
Performance
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Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
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Exterior Design
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By wunderkid49
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Vehicle

2002 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

After a brief fling with a terribly
made Ford Taurus, I'm back with
Subaru. Bought it three years old for
under half the new price. The wagon
seems adequately powered to me, even
with the automatic. I can haul my
recumbent bike inside, and still sneak
my six year old in the split back
seat. The handling is a real pleasure,
and the brakes are powerful. Averaging
26 mpg in rural driving. Security
system can only be disarmed by the
remote, and I can't figure out how to
disconnect it!


Best Features

AWD, Handling, Braking, Weather Radio, lots of cargo room.


Worst Features

Some way to overide the security system.


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