2004 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 VDC AWD Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
I traded in my 97 Dodge Ram Pickup for this car. It was a dealer demo; had 6k on it when I got it, has 17k now. Car is awesome no problems at all. The 3.0 H-6 is a great engine, it has plenty of power to do the job and gets about 23 mpg, much better than the 13 mpg in my truck. The VDC is pretty cool; it gives you great confidence while driving. I turn it off in the snow and have some fun! The interior is great, leather heated seats and climate control plus the Macintosh stereo are all excellent. I love the wood grain trim and the sunroof is nice. It has a very comfortable ride and still performs excellent when pushed hard. As good or better than my mother's BMW 323 and girlfriend's Audi A-4.
Really like the car, great all around
vehicle. towing jet ski, hauling
stuff, going thru snow, it does it
all. However, idle problem with manual
transmission model. Car out of service
6 days in first 2 weeks of ownership !
one fuel inj replaced. Idle and
hesitation continued to be a problem.
Very disappointed in both the dealer
and Subarus willingness to sort.
all wheel drive, heated seats, engine
tranny hump not allowing right foot to
line up directly on gas pedal is
annoying. notch all around sunvisor so
easy to get fingers behind.
I love this car already; for one it can
go up my 20% grade driveway, something
my sebring convertible could not (when
covered with snow).
I don't like trucks/big suvs's and other
ugly gas guzzlers, but wanted the big
cargo. I don't think there are many cars
with such a good gas mileage yet are as
versatile. Storage is huge and roof
cargo is easy to use (i.e. no need for a
ladder to reach it).
I don't find the car performance so bad;
it's not nearly as smooth as the v6 i
had on the Sebring, but it's more
linear, power is the same at any RPM,
whereas some V6 i tried like the Mazda 6
wagon only had punch at high RPM.
Definitely more fun to drive that
similar price small suv like RAV4 or CR-V.
- Huge cargo (especially after folding
- All wheel drive
- Handling just feels great, much better
than the Sebring.
- millage compare to suv's
- decent towing.
- Utility car that doesn't drive like a
- You can fold the rear seat back 60/40
but the seat bench bottom is one piece,
so what's the use. you can't fold half
and seat somebody on the other half !
- Alarm remote clicking against ignition
area (fixed by adding longer keychain
- Slideable back seat for more back seat
room or more cargo.
2004 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 AWD 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
After 2 Foresters (that I really liked), I upgraded to the V6 Outback Sedan. It's really fun to drive, is very comfortable, and looks good too. The pick up is a little sluggish, but a world of difference better than the Foresters were.
Heated seats and mirrors, V6 engine, OnStar.
Remote trunk release, option of V6 with a manual transmission would be nice.
The only thing that I don't like is it
is hard to get in and out of the
drivers seat if you leave the seat in
the drive position. Some would find
that the power was lacking but I am
fine with it. For the size of the car
the fuel economy could be better.
Everthing else like. It is a solid car
that rides well and I have not had any
problems at all with it. It goes
anywhere and handles well and I would
buy another one when this wears out
which will be a long way down the road
the way it is built.
All wheel drive and handling. It is
comfortible to drive and ride in even
in the back seat. I can tow a small
trailer with it which it does great.