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
Great in snow & mud!, heated seats,
large cargo room in the back - when
seats are folded down you can fit most
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;
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.
All wheel drive
Redesign aerodynamics to reduce wind
noise, better accoustics in cabin,
better sound insulation, bigger gas
tank, better break angle.
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
AWD, Handling, Braking, Weather Radio,
lots of cargo room.
2002 Subaru Outback VDC AWD 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
This has been without a doubt the best
car I have ever owned. It has
everything anyone could want living in
the midwest or any snow belt area. It
rides very well, and feels
comfortable, for a rugid vehical. The
McIntosh audio system is a fabulous
feature. Looks, performance and
comfort/safety. Its well rounded and
Wheels, styling, driving experience.
More leg room for the front passenger.
More head room if you have the sedan
with a moon roof.
Best car I ever owned...until I found
out they rented them! Not one problem
with the car at all. Little things like
the radio controls being too small, the
back seats not reclining a bit, etc.
But, because they rent them, there are
an abundance of current model year units
on the used car lots in 6 months. Look
to chop off $10 grand in the first year
in depreciation. Quite a blow..and
something you don't expect in a Subaru.
SO, BUY A USED ONE....you can save a ton
or look at a Forester (they don't rent
them yet). I wish I would have.
STOP RENTING THEM AT HERTZ
Reclining rear seats (like the CRV)
3rd row of seats (like the taurus)
turbo at a reasonable upcharge
6 speed automatic w/tiptronic