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2003 Subaru Outback - Consumer Reviews

2003 Subaru Outback

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Peppy, all the bells and whistles, safe
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Campbell
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2003 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Reliably safe and very peppy!


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13 years old and going strong
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By Mike Fisher
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2003 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Audio System (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Really does great on bad roads and steering control is excellent. Visibility is also excellent.
Like all Subaru Outback's, excellent storage space very good seating space.
With current estimated value about $4000, this car's average annual depreciation is little more than $1000 per year --- pretty remarkable.
Only downside is that it has never been "great" in going uphill in the mountains (underpowered a bit).


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Made me love Subaru cars
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By Denise
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2003 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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We have enjoyed this car, bought in 2006 at 130000 miles. Now we have 284000 and it is still driving like new.


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Just a great car. 175k miles and going strong.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By BrewCar
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2003 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Owned for 10 years, now at 175k miles. It loves the rain and snow... this AWD beast is simply unstoppable no matter the weather. In the winter, I put on Blizzak WS-70's, and it just sticks to the road (snow/slush/ice, bring it!). Driver position on wet freeways is like Goldilocks, just right, and you're above the tire spray. I'm now spoiled with having seat heaters, fog lamps, and wiper defrost. Power has always been fine - I didn't buy it to be a muscle car. Only problems have been occasional oil leaks - valve cover, then oil pan seal. The brakes need changing about every 15 months, but it only takes about 20 minutes per axle and is dirt simple (yay disc brakes!!!). A bit of wind noise at freeway speeds, but some window seal restorer helps. I've now handed her off to a college bound kid without worry; I'm certain this ride has at least another 125k miles in her. My only real complaint was that I stayed with the stock speakers for the first 5 years - what a difference aftermarket makes!


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Wow, where do I start?
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By jillreyna
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2003 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I have a 2003 H6 V3.0 with just 119,000 miles on it. It is hard to put this car and "reliable" together in the same sentence, not to mention that dealers in my area do not stock many parts for it. Averaging around $450+ per simple repair, after shopping around some. I would buy any other Subaru, but any reader who finds this a good car value is welcome to make me an offer. One-owner Arizona vehicle, driven by senior person. Maintained to point of exhaustion.


Best Features

Good visibility, reasonably good interior space.


Worst Features

Improve front passenger seat comfort, reduce wind and road noise. Supply dedicated mechanic with vehicle.


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