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One versatile vehicle
By ToughCar on 10/30/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

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2003 Subaru Outback Wagon AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Review

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.
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Manual Transmission Not the Best
By lancer on 10/21/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Subaru Outback Wagon AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Review

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.
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Great Vehicle!
By gosubaru on 08/04/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

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2003 Subaru Outback Wagon AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Review

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.
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Excellent Sports Wagon
By cards on 05/20/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

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2003 Subaru Outback Wagon AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Review

This car also offers a great performance even with the base, 2.5 L engine. The performance can be further improved by installing the K & N high- flow air filter instead of the factory one. I found that the K&N filter significantly improves the low-end torque. I also noticed improved a/t performance (smoother operation), but not the fuel efficiency. The latter might be due to impressive 23/30mpg (city/highway) numbers, which I already had registered right after my Outback passed the 3K miles mark. After 15K miles, this car still offers problem-free (knocking on a wood), very comfortable, and quite ride.
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Great vehicle
By JZ on 04/15/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Subaru Outback Wagon AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Bought this car used for my wife in July 2003 w/ 11k miles. We've put 13k miles on the car in 9 months and have nothing but good things to say about the vehicle. AWD and Cold Weather Package was a God send during a rough winter in NJ. AWD is fantastic in the snow - no indication of the car slipping in acceleration in deep snow. Great for my wife who isn't real comfortable driving in inclement weather. No complaints from her now! A great mix of car comform and SUV characteristics with a youthful look and feel.
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My first Subaru
By Bob R. on 03/20/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Subaru Outback Wagon AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I bought my Outback in December 2003 and have just topped 5,000 miles. Acceleration is so-so, probably hurt by the AWD. My keyfob, for whatever reasons, does not unlock my doors in certain parking lots, but this is rare. Learn how to manually disable alarm. On the positive side, car is fun to drive, engine is quiet, car turns and handles well, automatic shifts smoothly, ABS braking is good, no mechanical problems and cargo room is excellent. My gas mileage has been similar to EPA numbers.
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Outback 03
By jball3100 on 03/20/04 00:00 AM (PST)

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2003 Subaru Outback Wagon AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Great car. Doesn't get the milege that was expeted. Said 25 gets 20 city.
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Very reliable!
By tdh2112 on 02/11/04 00:00 AM (PST)

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2003 Subaru Outback Wagon AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I've had this car for a bit over a year with no problems. They say that AWD handling is sluggish. Not with this car, it handles great and has a pretty good turning radius. The base engine has plenty of get-up- and-go for me, and my previous car was a 3.1L V6. Gas mileage could be better, but with AWD, I'm not in the least surprised.
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My 6th Subaru
By davcoz on 01/30/04 00:00 AM (PST)

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2003 Subaru Outback Wagon AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I have been so impressed with the reliability and longevity of Subaru vehicles that this 2003 Outback Wagon is my sixth. The total owned by my family has now reached fourteen. I will always own a Subaru! The 2003 Outback is the best Subaru I have owned. The many new features as compared to my 1996 Outback has made this car an excellent value.
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Reliabiity, Quality, Value, and AWD
By smallblock on 01/03/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Subaru Outback Wagon AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Review

We purchased this car because of it's value. We knew it would be used in the snow and rain in the winter months and we were looking for a car that was AWD or 4 wheel drive, but it also had to be reliable. However, we didn't need or want a full SUV with a high price tag, insurance, and gasoline bills. We also wanted the ride of a car and not a truck. Moreover, our garage is built for three cars, not one car and an SUV. The Subaru just seemed to fit all of our needs from the weekly trips to COSTCO, to the weekends in Lake Tahoe we are extremely pleased with the Subaru and plan to keep it at least another 15 years.
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