We bought our Outback '03 in Nov '02.
We needed a good AWD for tough winters
in northern NJ and boy does the Outback
handle winter! Reliability has been
spotless so far - odo 23K. Mix driving
averages us about 23 MPG. We were
considering an SUV but are happy we got
the Subaru instead. It handles very
well in clear and inclement weather.
Comfortable on long rides as well -
took it down to NC and upto NH. We love
this car and plan on keeping it for a
long time. If you're looking for the
most value for your money, I doubt
there's anything better out there.
Very pleased with ride quality, interior, and
comfort with a long drive. Biggest annoyance
was with the manual transmission. Subaru
has rigged the transmission to abruptly cut off
when the gas pedal is released even at
moderate cruising speeds. I took this to the
dealer and the service rep commented that he
had seen several complaints with this. It is
something you can learn to live with, but it
can be a nuisance especially if stuck in traffic.
Roomy, suprisingly sporty, nice cruise control
and quiet for long trips.
I traded in a 2002 Honda CRV for a 2003
Outback Wagon. I love the Outback, we
now own two of them (2001 and 2003).
The CRV handled horribly, was loud, had
worse gas mileage and had the most
uncomfortable driver seat I have ever
experienced. The Subaru handles like a
sports car compared to the CRV, and is
much more comfortable.