2003 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Garbage

2003 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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Base Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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By wis family on


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


At 60K the engine developed a bad knock we were told this was normal - as it got worse we had oil analysis done and it indicated there was a lot of aluminum in the oil after endless dickering with Subaru they replaced the engine - the old one had two very bad pistons and would have failed soon. We also have had many electrical problems and oil leaks at the cam seals. Also the alarm system was on and my remote battery died and I was unable to get it started until I got a new battery for the damn thing. We could go on and on about this lemon. We were Subaru fans and drove our last one almost 200K but this one has been a nightmare of epic proportions. We will NEVER buy another one.

Best Features

The horrendous wind noise at the drivers side rear view mirror

Worst Features

new engine design, visors that don't hit the rear view mirror, a security system override for when the FOB battery fails and you need to use your car, an owner manual that explains how to fold up the rear seat for cleaning, Moving the acess plate for oil changing so the oil doesn't run onto the cover
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