Other than the up-coming change in 2 1/2 years for the OnStar system, from analog to digital, the car has been all I have ever expected out of it and more. I have mine serviced every 2,500 miles, and if I find something wrong, I have it repaired while it is still nickel dime, before it reaches quarter half dollar condition.
Very solidly built car, evidence of very good quality control, hardly any blind spots, drives wonderful in ice and snow conditions. Engine temperature always remains stable at one area on indicator. Has never failed to start the first second since I have owned it. Plenty of room to transport anything.
I would like to see the tilt steering have a little more up and down movement as at times I am restricted by the steering wheel due to space getting in and out of the car. I am not overweight but have adapted to the tilt over the past 2 1/2 years.
Wonderful vehicle, great clearance, handling, braking, etc. Sound system with a sub is great, no need to purchase high end replacement speakers. Heats up fast in the cold weather. AWD can't be beat. Gas mileage is more like 20-22 mpg. No way you can get 26 mpg like stated by Subaru. All around a great buy worth every cent. You'd pay 10k more for anything comparable. Love it
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.