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.