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2003 Subaru Outback

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So so....
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
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Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By d.c.meyers
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Vehicle

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


Review

Bought this used, with 9500 miles... the dealer failed to ensure proper alignment.. back in it went... biggest disappointment, the mileage, averaging about 20mpg, on PREMIUM gas... I was not forewarned that this 2.5l '4' would knock like crazy without higher octane gas... otherwise I would NOT have purchased... also had major piston repair, thank god for the extended warranty, almost 1800 bucks of damage... note that the car has been meticulously cared for...


Favorite Features

all wheel drive, relatively comfortable ride at all speeds... good steering feel..


Suggested Improvements

improved body integrity, finally subaru has gotten the message in losing the frameless windows... I've had repairs to the front 2 windows due to excessive wind noise and infiltration.... ugh!!!


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Improve MPG and Wind Noise
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Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
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By Curtis Culwell
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Vehicle

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


Review

I purchased my Subaru used in 2004. I have been extremely pleased with its handling and performance. However, its mileage is abysmal. I got a SCAN II computer and began hypermiling last April, and started to see decent numbers (30-31+) but with a lot of effort. Then I noticed winter temps and (I've read) winter fuel mix REALLY brought numbers down, to around 23+. Also that wind noise is a nuisance. By just tapping the switch a bit I've achieved prompt, temporary relief. Buy this car for snow and ice, but for warmer climes, a lighter FWD car might be better.


Favorite Features

Performance, fun to drive.


Suggested Improvements

Improve MPG


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2nd Subaru, might be last
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Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
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Exterior Design
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By Tim
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Vehicle

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


Review

My car was babied from day one. I upgraded to the Outback from a 2002 Impreza 2.5. I really enjoyed the car, until I started to notice a few sounds as I accelerated from toll booths, etc with my window still down. The dealers could never hear it. I noticed the transmission was always searching between 3rd and 4th gear. The wind noise has me going nuts. The paint has faded in different spots, and I am afraid to use the windshield wiper heater because when I replaced the cracked one, the replacements seem to have a defect with the heating element and it cracks the glass when used. I love Subarus, but my wife makes a good point when she says I need to stop buying someones bad design.


Favorite Features

All wheel drive, heated seats, moonroof, vehicle looks


Suggested Improvements

more powerful climate system, better paint.


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It's been really good to me
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
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Exterior Design
Build Quality
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By Velella
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Vehicle

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


Review

I am at 167,000 miles with synthetic oil and it is still clear and engine is going strong. Average 22 MPG in Los Angeles with mixed freeway and street and some offroad. Only failure was an air conditioning hose. Michelin Hydroedge replacements went 105,000 miles. The interior shows little wear and leather seats are still in great shape. Put on new tires and intend to keep it going until it dies... and then I might rebuild the motor and keep on.


Favorite Features

Solid reliability with a car that can go almost anywhere in comfort and safety with decent mileage. Not a race car but not a slug either.


Suggested Improvements

Transmission, while reliable seems to chase the right gear too often. I find myself using the manual option to downshift as to be in the best gear for the conditions.


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High mileage, still runs like new
Performance
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Fun To Drive
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Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Snow shredder
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Vehicle

2003 Subaru Outback VDC AWD Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

No major mechanical problems. Routine stuff like brake calipers and pads but nothing major. Still is rock solid, lots of power (V6), great in the snow, slush and rain and fun to drive. Presently have goodyear assurance tripletred tires and recommend them on this car. All in all, still love the car.


Favorite Features

All wheel drive with ESC, wood steering wheel, it just looks good.


Suggested Improvements

Siding on the doors is kind of strange,looks a bit like there is a dent, but it is the design


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