2003 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Solid and Fun

2003 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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

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


After 5 months of ownership the car already has 12500 miles. Love it. The car is quick to heat up on the cold mornings and faster to cool on the hot sunny days. I thought the MPG would be less than 27 highway, 21 city, but the 3.0 engine is definitely the way to go. Test drove everything from sedans to minivans and found the LL Bean to be the right choice for space, power, safety and fun. I know the reviews talk about the wind noise, but between the Passet, Camery, Sienna, Odessy, Saturn Vue and L series and BMW 3 series, I feel the Subura Outback LL Bean is the quietest on and off the road.

Best Features

Gas Mileage for us tree huggers, but the sound system is great.

Worst Features

To bad the dealerships aren't like Saturn's. This is now my wife's car and I'll probably get a Saturn because of the service. I like to be treated as if I can actual pay for service.
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