It's been really good to me
By Velella on
2003 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
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.
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.
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.