2002 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Faulty Clutch

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Faulty Clutch
By moohoggle on


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


2 months after taking delivery of this Outback, the clutch began to chatter badly in 1st gear (less than 2000 miles). My wife and I took it back to the dealer where we bought the car from 3 times, and each time they said that this is a normal condition with manual transmission Subarus. We pursued a second opinion at another Subaru dealership and they agreed, that this was indeed, not normal. We then opened a case number with Subaru Corp., and it took 8 months to re-engineer and manufacture the replacement parts (was initially told it would take 4 weeks). It's been 3 weeks since our car was fixed under warranty and for now, it's tolerable.

Best Features

Practicle vehicle size, good visibility, sound system, fuel economy (29 MPG on highway). AWD.

Worst Features

6 cylinder is a must with this car. The 4 cylinder/5 speed is a slug. Build quality below that of a 1990 Toyota Camry (previous car). Front seat comfort could be better. Front seat leg room could also be better especially when the rear seats are folded down.
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