2002 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: AVOID the manual transmission
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2002 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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Base Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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AVOID the manual transmission
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2002 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

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Within 3 months of the purchase date the car developed a severe case of clutch "chatter" in first gear. It was like pulling teeth to get Subaru America to authorize replacement of the clutch and that only happened because the dealer mechanic agreed that the clutch was bad during a test drive! Within 2 months, the new clutch started to go bad. With this many reported problems with the clutch you would think Subaru America would issue a recall. Wishful thinking on my part!

Favorite Features

Good styling.

Suggested Improvements

AWFUL clutch design, poor gas mileage, underpowered, and a lot of wind noise.
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