2003 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Improve MPG and Wind Noise
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2003 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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By Curtis Culwell on

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

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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.

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