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Good car, but...
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By Jim F
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2002 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Had this car 5 years & like it. Really like the way it hugs the road & handles curves with low center of gravity due to "pancake engine". 4 cyl engine a little lacking in "get up & go." Love the AWD; I've driven in snow and sand, NEVER put on chains. Interior comfort just OK; still find myself wanting better place to put my elbows while driving. No one wants to ride in middle of back seat. No major mechanical repairs in 5 years, but have had minor oil seepage for last couple years - not enough to drop oil level, but enough to produce burning oil smell from engine & can't find source. CHECK ENGINE & AT OIL TEMP lights keep coming on though no malfunction & no one can figure out why. Annoying.


Best Features

All Wheel Drive. Holds good amount of cargo, especially with rear seat folded down. Sporty body styling.


Worst Features

Just a few more inches in width would be nice - and I'm not a big guy. More torque for better acceleration. Wind noise can be annoying.


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I Love this car.
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By terry sillins
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2002 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I live in Pittsburgh Pa. As we all know the snow and steep hills during the winter mounths can be dangerous. Since I have been driving this AWD it is like night and day. I can always get where I want to, no matter what the weather is.


Best Features

Winter package. AWD.


Worst Features

I had to remove the center headrest to see behind the car. This is not good.


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Almost a Great Car
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By DCU
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2002 Subaru Outback Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Had the clutch "shudder" early and dealer eventually fixed it after repeated failed attempts to duplicate the problem. No problems since it was replaced. Wind noise on highway is annoying. Leg room in rear seats is too small. Mileage hasn't been up to advertised. Never gotten more than 26 mpg and usually it's only 20-22, even on highway. Great in snow, suspension and tire life are fantastic, extremely versatile, brakes are decent, winter package and amenities make this a real enjoyable car overall and I have found it reliable.


Best Features

AWD, heated leather seats, plenty of trunk room, all and all a fun and reliable car to drive.


Worst Features

More leg room in back.


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My subaru
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By seabeewife
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2002 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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This is the best car I have ever owned. Handles awesomely in the rain, snow, ice and dry pavement. I can't think of a better car I would want to own.


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Solid reliable wagon
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By Bgor
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2002 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

The LL Bean edition is a great looking station wagon. Solid drive train. Needed brakes after 40K miles, and the heated seats are lukewarm. All other mfgr promises were delivered! Great value, and the 4-wheel drive works in all weather.


Best Features

Dual moon roof. All wheel drive in snow is a pleasure.


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