by gowest2 on Feb 4, 2014 Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
So I am a died in the wool subaru fan but will make no bones about the fact that the H4 (2.5 liter models during these years and current models) have a BOATLOAD of head gasket problems. Their failure rate is very high.
I happen to be lucky enough to have the 3.0 H6.
I have just about 270k now and it still runs great and burns no oil.
I maintain it well and do all the maintenance repairs myself.
Have had no major repairs as of yet.
by machineryman on Jul 29, 2013 Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
I bought my Outback two years ago with 115,000 miles on it. In over 200 cars that I've owned I've never owned an Outback, but everyone that I talked to that had one loved it. This car ranks as one of the 3 worst cars that I've owned. It's the only car that I've owned that would break just sitting in the driveway. It's been a real money pit. With the chronic head gasket problems I'm surprised that anyone buys these. I sure wish that I had researched it before I bought. This was definately an expensive lesson learned the hard way.
by jamespeaut on Feb 27, 2013 Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Outback Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
Bought car used at 140k (as such this could reflect the previous owner's handling of it.)
Week 1: Head Gasket, Oxygen filter, timing belt, Radiator leak
Week 4: New Tires, New brakes, CV Joints, Bent Axis joint, oil leak
Current: Week 8: Headlight electrical system failure.
Paid: 4,500 for car.
Repair bill: 5000
I may have bought a bum car but I'm really not impressed with the outback--It's hardly been reliable or cost effective. Even as a temporary commuter car (I bicycle for most of my work) it's cost me a chunk of change.
I really wish I had
stuck with my old Honda CRV
Gas mileage in cities
loud noise from exterior
From what I've experienced, unreliable
Only minor changes have been made to the 2003 Subaru Outback. All models have freshened front-end styling and revised front struts. The struts feature internal rebound springs that are said to reduce body roll when cornering, as well as brake dive. In terms of features, the four-cylinder powered Outbacks gain the formerly optional All-Weather Package as standard equipment. The base Outback now has a standard CD player, and Outback Limiteds have an upgraded audio system with an in-dash six-disc CD changer. All six-cylinder Outbacks now have the OnStar communications system. Finally, the Outback H-6 3.0 VDC's premium McIntosh audio system has been fitted with an in-dash six-disc CD changer.