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2003 Subaru Outback - Consumer Reviews

2003 Subaru Outback

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13 years old and going strong
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Mike Fisher
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2003 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Audio System (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Really does great on bad roads and steering control is excellent. Visibility is also excellent.
Like all Subaru Outback's, excellent storage space very good seating space.
With current estimated value about $4000, this car's average annual depreciation is little more than $1000 per year --- pretty remarkable.
Only downside is that it has never been "great" in going uphill in the mountains (underpowered a bit).


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An appealing package
Performance
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Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
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By bgabel1260
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Vehicle

2003 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Audio System (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

The car feels like a lower-cost
Eurowagon. The boxer engine produces a
nice amount of low-end torque, sounds
great and the shifter has a nice
mechanical feel. Despite the raised
suspension the Outback is quite fun to
drive and handles surprisingly well,
though it exhibits some body roll. The
ride is comfy on regular pavement but
can be really bouncy on torn-up roads.
The AWD system is completely
transparent to the driver. The cabin
is nicely finished though
unexceptional. Seats are very
comfortable and shod in nice cloth
material. The premium audio system can
play very loud and clear, a nice
touch. Cargo room is plentiful and
easy to access.


Best Features

High engineering (AWD, rear differential, 4 channel/sensor ABS, balanced drivetrain layout, etc), good low- end torque from engine, slick manual shifter, great sounding audio system, accommodative cargo hold, nicely bolstered seats, just an all around sensible package


Worst Features

Bouncy ride, brakes can feel spongy, lots of wind noise above 75mph, takes some work to fold rear seats flat, remote key fob is very finicky, driver's window operates slowly, no head curtain airbag available, could use a 6th gear, not as finely-built and refined as a Honda or Toyota.


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Nice car
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Dutch
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Vehicle

2003 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Audio System (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

My first Subaru , and I am impressed.
Nice smooth ride, good milage.
Got the leather seats etc. paid
$ 25925. 4 cyl provides plenty of
power.


Best Features

Weather radio, seats ,


Worst Features

Inside style somewhat plain, need to update engine, with steel timing belt and 100.000 mile plugs. controls of sun roof could be improved with 2 swithes instead of one.


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