2002 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: So-So performance, scary clutc

2002 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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

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So-So performance, scary clutch
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2002 Subaru Outback Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Shortly after purchase has problems getting clutch into 1st/2nd gear. Bad chattering. Tough to drive in stop and go traffic. Clutch shudder made it unreliable busy intersections were getting scary. Dealer where purchased "could not duplicate" denied any problems. Was able to get another dealer to replace clutch assembly. HUGE improvement immediately but problem began again about 12k later. New dealer not that interested to replace again. Worsening clutch and warranty period approaching I traded in for an automatic Forester. Feel like I lost $, and Had to trade down to get rid of t

Best Features

AWD GREAT on bad roads. Nice sound system,interior, power seat & mirrors. Fairly quiet hwy ride, comfortable leather seat and driver seating position.

Worst Features

More headroom. Passenger side leg-room cramped Move heated seat controls away from in front of drink holders to avoid getting spilled on. Change auto-dim mirror, higher or slim down enough to see beneath. Creates blindspot no matter how positioned. Admit problem with this clutch.
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