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No Subarus in the future for me
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By TG
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2003 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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Within 48K I have lost my AC, redone the Brakes, lost the radio, small plastic hooks and knobs break off easily and finally the Head Gasket failed. Bad Subaru! the HGs have been failing on these cars since 1976 (my 1st Subaru) after many misleading discussions with Sales/mechanics we decided to give them another chance. FAIL. don't buy a Subaru w/o looking up their reviews/complaints first.For a car with this many features you would not think that this CRITICAL part would be so consistently overlooked.


Favorite Features

AWD


Suggested Improvements

Stand behind your CAR. If obvious and well documented problems occur then help your customers out. Spend the money and build a better Head Gasket, it's not rocket science.


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By satisfied customer
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2003 Subaru Outback Limited AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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this car is very comfy but the road noise is a bit to loud. this car is very reliable. the service at carr subaru is superb because they remember your name, face and what car you have. bad exterior design and interior because the seats wear out too fast. this car is to slow, should be able to hit 130 on an open road like a maxima


Favorite Features

i loved the dashboard design, very clever idea. i also love the sun roof


Suggested Improvements

dvd player, quiet road noise, more speacial features.


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My wife's "tank" which she loves
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By Firefighterjake
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2003 Subaru Outback Limited AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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My wife is a nurse who has to drive 35 miles each way to and from work in all kinds of weather. Before she used a Nissan 4WD pick-up, which worked well, but it seemed a bit top heavy to her in the snow and was severely under-powered. She absolutely loves this Subaru as she says it powers through everything Mother Nature throws our way here in Maine. In fact she says it's a lot like driving a tank as it goes through anything with no issues. We've had no problems and honestly feel the 4-cylinders provide plenty of giddy-up and go for us.


Favorite Features

One word: reliability. OK, maybe three more words: All Wheel Drive. If you need to get from "here to there" and don't want to be left beside the road or finance your mechanic's boat payment this is a great car. Handles well. I also like the heated seats.


Suggested Improvements

It's not perfect. Road noise is notable but not obnoxiously loud. Interior and exterior design doesn't overly impress me.


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Wife loves it
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By Leo
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2003 Subaru Outback VDC AWD Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Purchased used 1 yr old. 120K miles on the car so far. Never had mechanical problems. Wife loves it. Replaced McIntosh head unit after warranty ran out with aftermarket radio (First time replaced under warranty). Auto transmission jerks when downshifts from 2 to 1 gear at stoplight. Dealer inspected, no issues found. Average 25 MPG mixed driving. Replacing front brake pads every 20K miles. Wind noise is annoying after 65MPH even with replaced window seals. Needs more luxury features for $30K vehicle. It was my second Subaru after I loved WRX but probably will not be buying again. Better choices available for the money.


Favorite Features

Really quite engine, comfortable suspension, excellent reliability


Suggested Improvements

Better transmission, outside noise isolation. Brake design, more luxury features.


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03 outback 2.5L SOHC
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By subie7
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2003 Subaru Outback Limited AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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great car very reliable recommend changing the factory head gaskets their junk and upgrade them and youll never have the problem again ik i havent other than that the tranny and engine runs great havent had any other issues with the car other than minor stuff here and their like tube seals and blown dash light 10 yrs old so i thinks shes done me good still gets me from a - z fires up EVERYTIME one lesson i learned for anyone looking to do spark plugs though only run ngk plugs and wires amazing difference


Favorite Features

heated seats, fog lights, all weather package is amazing to have and the all wheel drive is incredible in snow yes this is my second outback and is running just as strong as my last


Suggested Improvements

head gaskets and tube seals only ngk plugs and wires other than that run lucas oil stabalizer in it kept my last one going well over 250k with an automatic trans with also lucas stabalizer for trannys still ran when i sold it just wanted a newer model


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