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" On Star " Analog To Digital
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By 2003 Subaru Outback
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2003 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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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.


Best Features

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.


Worst Features

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.


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Love it
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By Bean Owner
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2003 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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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


Best Features

Dual sunroofs, AWD, In-dash 6 CD player, 9 speaker sound, cargo room, cargo rack, ride comfort, leather seats, heated seats, basically everything.


Worst Features

Wind noise can be heard near the windows. Better mpg would be nice.


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SOLID PERFORMANCE
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By RSP
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2003 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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After two years, no problems. Runs great through the snow and bad weather.


Best Features

Stability in bad weather


Worst Features

Move clock to center, run on regular fuel.


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OUTBACK
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By DDXER
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2003 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

After two years, no problems. It is the best "snow" car I have ever driven. Tracks solid in all weather conditions. Window and mirros defoggers make driving in bad weather a breeze.


Best Features

Traction, windshield de-icer, mirror defoggers,


Worst Features

Move clock to center, smooth out 3-4 gear downshift during hill accents. Make rear DC plug more accessible.


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One versatile vehicle
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By ToughCar
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2003 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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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.


Best Features

Heated seats, mirrors, windshield deicer, outside temp, weather band, ABS, 6 CD changer, handling, reliability, comfort.


Worst Features

Improve mileage, slight wind noise at hwy speeds, entry/exit into driver's seat could be improved a bit. Improve mid-range torque.


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