by Vito on Mar 18, 2005 Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Outback Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
Just bought this 04' Outback Limited as a leftover in 3/05. Got a super deal on it - apparently no one drives 5-speeds anymore. Subaru's are a super reliable and practical. I needed a car that was excellent in the snow but yet great on gas and roomy. I originally had a 2002 Nissan Sentra which was a great car but it was so light that it was all over the place in inclimate weather. I didn't feel like buying a 2nd car, like a little Nissan pickup. I've been a loyal Nissan customer since 1995, but the Subaru's make more sense to me. If you are considering one car that can really do it all check out any of the Subaru wagons, just not the Outbacks. The Standard Legacy wagons are probobly the best value.
by chrosb on Nov 23, 2003 Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Outback Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
BEWARE!!! Serious problems with
inability to maintain stable engine
speed when going from no throttle to
very slight throttle and back, most
noticeable in low gear, when looking
for a parking spot, for example. Also
apparent using cruise control at
freeway speeds. Results in neck-
jerking acceleration and deceleration.
Quite annoying, if not seriously
unsafe. Passengers notice and comment
on problem. Test drive carefully. We
didn't and now find that it is typical
of all Outback manual transmission
cars. Dealer says it's "normal."
Subaru commemorates 35 years of selling cars in the U.S. by offering a 35th anniversary special edition of the Outback H6-3.0 wagon, though this amounts to little more than a new alloy wheel design and a fender-mounted badge. Red Burl interior trim is new for the Outback this year, and six-cylinder models get restyled 16-inch wheels. L.L. Bean and Limited models get a new brown leather covering on the shifter handle, brake handle and steering wheel.