By Sorin on
2003 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
I bought it brand new and now I have 140.000 on it. Drives like the first day. Have not had ANY engine/transmission problems. Wasted money on extended warranty. Did oil change myself, fuel filter only changed a couple a times, transmission fluid drained twice, Serp belt went at 100K. Changed spark plugs (major pain, buried deep) at 100K, looked like new. VERY reliable in all kinds of weather. Cons: wind noise (only if you want to drive above 80, and then I guess it's a good thing, it keeps you alert). Not enough leg room. Those who think a 6 cylinder will accelerate faster forget about it, it doesn't, because it's heavier. It is friendly, though, once you get to know it.
This car can take you anywhere with the proper tires. I have had no problems with hydroplaning, drives great in snow. No car is good on ice.
The AC temperature sensor is located too close to the McIntosh sound system that tends to get hot.