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2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A) 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
I love my LL Bean 2005 Outback wagon, but I'm still shocked by the gas mileage I'm getting. Highway driving is not problem, but around town I sometimes only get 16 mpg! I switched to mid-range fuel, but that doesn't help much with the price of gas these days. I would love to get another Outback, but Subaru hasn't done anything to improve mileage in the new V6's except changing to regular gas. I'm considering a Toyota hybrid for my next car.
versatility, rides like a sport sedan but is higher and easier to get in and out of, I love the wagon styling too
increase the gas mileage; consider hybrid technology
2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A) 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
We love this car. I has excellent build quality and the boxer engine is very powerful. The AWD is great in the snow; we take it skiing and it is very sure footed. The wagon is great and we can load just about anything on it with some planning. My only complaint is that it averages 18 MPG town/freeway. If you keep it to 70 MPH or below you can average 24 MPG on the freeway. We live in Southern Cal. and often exceed that. Would definitely recommend it.
AWD, wagon, quality of build.
Wished the MPG was higher but that is the price for more power.
2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A) 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
Came from a Volks Jetta VR6 wagon, surprised that the Outback gets better gas mileage then the Jetta, even though the Jetta was a smaller car and front wheel drive. All arround the Outback is good car. Feel very safe with Outback, in addition to its sturdiness. So far it is a reliable car, even though I have spent a total of $1500 on the brakes two different times.
The Outback is good looking. Very happy with stereo. Highway mileage is better then what was stated. Very comfortable interior.
The sunroof liner creaks. Door windows need a frame. The interior upholstrey could use impovement in the fit and finish. The hooks that hold the floor mats in place broke, need to improve that design.
This is an excellent car. Actually, this car does not really have any direct competition for the price. It is very comfortable and looks upscale in and out. Of course, I wish I would average better that 21 MPG, but a lot of my driving is real stop and go. The car has never had to be repaired, only its regular servicing. Perhaps it is the brochure cover green, but I always get a lot of compliments on its looks. The car has no shortage of power and it handles incredibly well.
Quality, style, size, features including a mammoth sunroof!
Telescoping steering wheel, better fuel efficiency, auto-up/down front power windows.
I saw the car on the lot and fell in love with the color (Willow Green) for starters. Thought the flared fenders and rugged looks were awesome. I took it for a ride and the seamless power from 0 to 70 was awesome. It does have a few second delay when you step on it so If you are counting on the 250 horses to make up for the close pull out in traffic, think before you put your nose out there. The huge sunroof is a bit chattery when closed and almost impossible to have open while going over 50 from the wind noise. I tried to buy a sunroof deflector from the dealer and the one listed ONLY fits the sedan, not the wagon.
Power, color,17" tires, Tiptronic, leather
Gas mileage, quieter sunroof both shut and especially while open, gear selector gates are sometimes hard to get back into park. Real antenna not in the rear window, weather radio station, thinner rear view mirror.
I have had this car for just over 9 months. This makes my 9th Subaru. Overall it's a very nice car. Front seats comfy and instrument panel are very easy on the eyes. The center instrument cluster is just to BUSY. Wait till you see it at night, I thought I was flying a jet! It wouldn't be so bad if different areas (heat, radio) were different colors. But everything is amber at night. Very confusing to find things. I'm not too happy with the automatic transmission, but I love the Sports mode! The Gas economy is terrible. I think most pick-up trucks do better. Remember high test gas ONLY.
I like the steering wheel with audio. Large sunroof very nice. Auto dimming mirror very nice. I kinda now like the idea at night I'm flying a jet! I really like driving in Sports mode.
I think the auto climate control needs a bit more work. Why does the AC come on even if it's 20 deg. outside? DUMP the automatic transmission! Anyone else notice it down shifts for no real reason?
Very well performing station wagon that has a lot of utility. 250 HP is great, smooth transmission makes for a soft ride. 19 mpg is not great but a fair deal for the performance and utility received. Tire pressure sensors are sensitive and alarm the driver somewhat early. In fall and spring when night and daytime temperatures vary more than usual, the warning light goes of frequently. All in all a great car with full time all wheel drive. Ultimate control in every weather. Nothing slips, nothing slides. Great car.
Favorite features include the well designed radio controls in the steering wheel. The storage arrangement in the rear surpasses everything in practicality. The added power outlets facilitate usage of electric stuff all over the car.
Relocate the fuel door opening latch from the driver foot area to the driver side center console (half way up the console side). Collects dirt. Change remote opening and closing to one push button operation instead of multiple pushes to open all doors. Current design is nonsense.
I have driven 30k miles, including three trips to my extreme getaway in the near arctic in winter and summer, city driving, and semi-rural around home. This car is fun to drive, feels quite safe, has plenty of cargo room, a big sunroof. If I could do it again, I would have gone up one more step to the VDC and gotten a major winter safety boost. The all-wheel drive is seamless and has gotten me out of some very slippery and rough situations in my explorations of very remote areas in all seasons. I live in a very wealthy area and I don't see any car I'd rather have!
Car has plenty of pick-up for getting on the busy expressway or passing trailers on narrow two-lane roads. All-wheel drive. I got the monotone "stealth" which I like but wish more colors offered. I like the steering wheel audio controls. Never liked sunroofs, but this one is fun, if noisier than my Audi's.
Stock tires (RE92s) are lousy and wear very quickly. You must do better Subaru. The complicated heating system distracts my eyes from the road.
We bought this car to get out of the normal SUV body style and to improve on our gas mileage from a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The improvement worked out to about 3 mpg better than the way heavier Jeep. The car drives great, I expect it to be reliable, but there are a lot of small things that were missed. The flip door space in the center of the dash just shows the lack of imagination. That was the best they could come up with for that space?
The all-wheel drive is great for handling. I love the huge sunroof and the fact that it drives so much better than the Jeep or our old RAV4, while having a lot more room.
GPS navigation! I know the 2006 has this option, but it cannot be added to the 2005. The radio controls on the steering wheel are awful. Why can you not scan through radio presets and CDs (tracks only)? The Jeep did this with a "mode" button. The climate control should be better.
Subaru is a choice of our family because of it's reliability and the service at the Dealership, if needed. We feel it is one of the safest cars to drive on the open road in all kinds of weather. (Especially the western NY weather!) We have owned many Subaru's and only buy a new one because of upgrading.
The side airbags!! The all wheel drive! It just runs so smooth.
I feel that there could be more passenger storage compartments...the little things get overlooked sometimes. There are really no place for CD's..not enough nooks and crannies..they have improved the cup holders, but that is about it. The cubby in the dash is useless..no place for change for tolls.
I love it, but its gas mileage is a joke. My last car a 2000 6 cylinder GMC Jimmy. Got ~19mpg and I am averaging less than 18 with the 6 cylinder Outback. I guess I have to go get gas even more often. Its power and handling for a wagon are excellent. Driving in the snow is a blast.
Moonroof, all wheel drive.
Bigger gas tank and a new design for the remote...every time you take it out of your pocket the doors lock or unlock. I hope they have fixed this already.
I reviewed this in October 2004 soon after buying it. After seven months, 11,000 miles a cross country (MI to AZ) move and several light off road expeditions, I still stand by my review of it, and would buy another. One caveat, though. We had a blow out on the left front tire leaving it unrepairable. Due to the wear on the tire being greater than 3/32" (4/32" on the front and 2/32" on the rear), Subaru required the tire store to replace all four tires to prevent damage to the transmission. That was quite a shock! It still doesn't strike me as reasonable that a transmission can't accommodate a 4/32" difference in the front tires. Just beware.
This car handles great, is quick, very quick when my wife isn't with me! It's comfortable, well-built, and goes off road anywhere a stock SUV will, i.e. most Forest Service roads.
C'mon Subaru! What's up with the tranny? 3/32" wear is all it can tolerate? You've got to do better than that! Also, the audio controls on the steering wheel should scan through the presets when a preset is selected, and tune when one is not. It only tunes the radio up and down. Minor issue.
A perfect vehicle for almost any occasion. Rush hour, around town, highway or back country roads. It handles superbly and responsive. If folks are aware of the notoriously short Texas Highway on-ramps then you'd appreciate this car's power. Can go from a mere coasting at 20 mph to 70 in no time. Able to move down and around country roads without fishtailing all over the road. Around town, the maneuverability and quickness is great. Only had one problem -- stereo and climate control unit failure. But the dealer serviced the car quickly and provided a loaner until car was fixed.
H6, AWD, fit and finish. Exterior and interior design and quality. Low tire pressure indicator. Handling and control. Best all-around vehicle I've bought for most situations. Except for long drives or vacations with family it is a bit on the tight side.
Delete the sunroof. Not all folks care for one. Especially us southerners. MP3, less finicky climate control. More leg room in front and back. Include cargo nets as standard equipment. Paint tends to scratch and chip easy. Factory deep-tinted windows. Improve gas mileage.
This is an amazing car. I have driven BMW's, Land Rovers, and some other top line vehicles. Standard features of the Subaru are options on cars like BMW's taking the sticker price well into the high 30's and 40's. The Subaru is an amazing quality car, with unique features. In addition, it is put together in America. I am hooked!
Performance and style. The car is like a jet off a runway.
Make the mp3 a standard feature as well as tinted windows. In addition, a subwoofer and 8 speakers would give the sound system more kick. A system similar to the limited produced in 2001 with a set of tweeters in the cargo area.
A fine car, thoughtful and energetic. Not too bad on gas and really sure footed on any surface.
Accelerates and stays where I put it.
More cavities and bins inside for 'stuff'. A bit higher up on the road.
This is my second Outback. My first a 2001 was fun to drive - handled well and made me a Subaru Believer. Alas, the flat four was not powerful enough when I needed it. Now the 2005 LL Bean is a different story. The 6 cylinder at an improved 250 horses is just what the doctor ordered. It is slow off the line, but once moving, look out. I am not into a lot of auto froo froo. The leather seats are more of a nuisance than fabric. It is a shame that the Suby execs in their (in) finite wisdom insist that the "good" engine only gets installed in the uberdeluxe models! Some of us need the real utility of a workin' wagon!
Ah the little flat 6-cylinder! And the ability to lay the back seats down without removing headrests. The sound system is excellent [no MP3's :(]. I got the subwoofer and it improves all.
The driver's seatbelt needs a better retraction tension. Taller drivers seem to get the belt latch slammed in the door. Did ya'll ever hear of MP3's? Subaru seems to have been out to recess for that class! About 1" of seat depth seems missing from the driver & passenger seats from earlier models.
This is the 7th Subaru that we have owned and is yielding the poorest miles per gallon of any. The perforated leather upholstery will now allow spilled items to penatrate the seating and prohibits easy wipe up. Still waiting for GPS to be available. Windows are not sufficiently tinted, requiring after market application. Transmission shift points allow engine to rev too high.
Transmission shift points. Go back to solid leather seats. Improve gas mileage. Tint side and overhead windows
This car is a pleasure to drive.The comfort is soft and plush but the build is tough and stable on bumps and turns.This vehicle did awesome in snow.I love the power of the 3.0 250 hp. The engine is smooth quiet and quick.
The interior layout.
None yet..still enjoying that new leather smell/
This is my 3rd Subaru. Ask anyone who's owned one and you know why we come back - they don't "break in" until they hit 100,000 miles. I traded my 99 Forester for the 05 LLBean (Pacific blue = outstanding color) because I loved the body style, power & multiple upgrades inside & out. Safety wise, I'm very happy with design and integrity plus side impact/curtain airbags which make this a car that rivals the overstated Volvo. Power is exceptional. Moving from the Forester, very capable/nimble ride w/165 horses, to 250 is unbelievable. It hugs turns better with no lean in turning & braking w/life saving acceleration. Also, I'm getting up to 22 mpg on DC beltway driving which will improve.
Power, sleek body design/color, handling, braking, safety, driver side seat positioning, moon roof, handling in snow (cannot get it to slide or lose control when "testing" in open areas), leather interior, turn signal indication on side mirrors, heated seats.
Larger side mirrors - I've been surprised too often by blind spots. Acceleration is delayed. Hit the pedal to change lanes for an opening and it takes a second or two to kick in - this is disconcerting and hard to get used to. I wish it were more instantaneous to be safer.
My dream was to own a Subaru. I went to buy a used one and couldn't resist the new 2005 LL Bean Outback. I had saved for 12 years and had a substantial down payment plus a 4 year contract. My final plan was for this to be my last car. I drove it for a month before I realized that I was putting a lot of gas in it. I started checking the mileage and realized I was getting 10 mpg average. I was devastated! I checked the mileage several times to make sure. It actually did average 10-12 mpg. I contacted Subaru. They had me bring the car in and reset the computer. I returned home and really paid attention to the mpg. Now in town, I am averaging 8 mpg. Highway mpg is 28.
I love the "look". It's comfortable to drive. It's fun. In fact I like almost everything about it except for the mileage I am getting in town. I bought the car in winter and it handles great (even in areas that are not plowed). The warm seats are a specialty for me. Love the leather seats.
Better in town mileage. Ability to shut lights off in case I want to "sneak up" on someone. I bit more drivers seat space for hefty drivers. Right arm rest (not optional). I'm not sure I like the anti-skid sound the brakes make. I thought my breaks were going out!
I have had NO problems!! I have looked all over the car and I am impressed with the workmanship. Lots of storage space in the back. Several hidden places to store things.
The power blows my mind. It is a pleasure to drive and when I want to pass it goes. I also like the sport shift.
I would like a little more storage up front.
Got rid of a year old F-150 truck with bad gas mileage, for my 2005 LL Bean Outback. This is the second one I've owned. This car handles like a dream, has room, has bells and whistles and above all is SAFE. The service department for Subaru is outstanding, no matter which one I have used. New cars are great, but eventually they need to be serviced. That's when you find out if you have made the right choice. I ride around fine when everyone else is doing the 4x4 slide in rain or ice. I also like the new style and colors, which lacked in the models before. Last but not least.... my car tells me to check the tires when they need air. WOW !
The heated seats are great. My favorite feature is the one that tells me to check my tires when they need air.
Satellite radio!!!! Can't remove front panel to install a kit or MP3 player
8 months ago, I researched & test drove all the new SUVs listing around $20,000 for my girlfriend. We finally settled on a Forester (2002). It was love at first site for her, and we both still love that car. When it came time for me to trade in my 4WD pickup, I looked at all the 2005s again, but this time I fell in love with the updated Outback. I test drove four different models, and didn't care much for the turbo-charged 2.5i engine (trans shift was funny). I ended up with a 2005 3.0 R LL Bean addition. Black monotone exterior with taupe leather inside. It looks way more classy than a Subaru is supposed to. Could have bought ANYTHING & NEVER considered Subaru before, now I really LOVE IT!
AWD Duh! And the flat 6 is killer. This car moves off the line very well . . especially in snow! Love the mute button on the steering wheel, heated seats, "mileage remaining computer", the look, handling, huge sunroof, comfortable seats/interior, access to controls, really nice to drive. Solid fun!
Make it easier to enter/exit. Mode button should navigate through presets. A navigation system would have raised the level of class. Simplify the steering console controls (signals, wipers). More leg room front & rear. cassette? Better entry lights. Quality is great, but needs tighter assembly. Great car
I had a 2002 LL Bean. My son now has it. Excellent car. The 2005 LL Bean is a great improvement. The performance, ride, comfort and styling are much better. Interior lighting, at night, is a major problem. When this model was made the moon roof was extended. A very nice feature. The problem is the interior light is much further back on the roof. The only lighting for the front of the car is the two door lights, which is not sufficient. They claimed to have (and advertised) a lighted glove box. It doesn't exist. Engine noise is louder than my previous model.
Design! Very sporty. Power is there, no question about it. Great transmission with the Sport Shift. Moon roof is big. Comfort has been improved. Power seats on both front sides is a major improvment.
Interior lighting can and should be changed. The map lights, which are incorporated into the Moon Roof controls, can be used as interior lighting as well. It's very dark when you get into the vehicle at night. The glove box should have it's own separate light not the small opening on the dash.
I love this car! This is my second subaru, first being a 95 legacy wagon. There is no comparison. See some whining about the headlights low beam... Put on your glasses or use your high beams to spot those deer... Sheesh! Those are high intensity beams folks... Highway Mileage has been higher than the 25 advertised (IF you use the cruise control!) Lots of pep and fine fit and finish. And the moonroof... Awesome! Having spent 24 hours in this car during evacuation for Hurricane Ivan, while no Large SUV, this care was comfortable and maneuverable in tight traffic.
Steering wheel audio controls, heated leather seats, auto-dim rear view mirror.. THE HEADLIGHTS!! :) Flawless cruise control... FUN to drive, great fuel economy when I behave myself. Positive comments from folks on the road. "That is a Subaru?" I love my car! DRIVE ONE!
still looking... nothing yet.
We've owned ours for two months and find it outstanding in comfort and to be a solid quality vehicle. Great interior comfort; lots of pep and a much admired purchase. But pay attention to other reviewers' comments on the headlights: How long have humans been making cars? These are a disaster on rural roads. Forget about seeing more than 20 yards ahead on curves or hills. And you'll never see deer in these headlights. If you do lots of nighttime rural driving get another car.
great comfort amenities throughout
mediocre gas mileage; poor headlights
I had a 2001 Outback VDC. It was a very good car. I did have a few minor complaints that always prevented the car from being all it should be. I just bought the 2005 LL Bean Edition Outback and it now qualifies as EXCELLENT! The performance has been greatly improved, the ammenities are what you would expect from a $32000 vehicle, and the design (interior and exterior) is up there with the best from Europe. And it handles much, much better than a comparably equipped VW or Audi or Volvo...all of which cost significantly more. Overall, while not inexpensive, a great value!!!!
Interior is beautiful and comfortable. Great Moonroof. Incredible handling and performance.
Would love a little better fuel economy. Auto UP, as well as DOWN, for driver's power window ( or better yet, all windows?) would be a nice addition. And add that feature to the remote.
With the H6 boxer, it has plenty of power for driving around town and highway. We bought it to have a comfortable, reliable, around-town car that could go off-road. We couldn't afford a VW Touareg V8. Other cars driven were Toyota 4Runner, Honda Pilot and Acura MDX. The Outback was easier to live with than the 4Runner (too rough in-town), nicer than the Pilot (disappointing finish inside for a Honda), and was a virtual tie with the Acura MDX. The Outback felt more spacious than the Acura while behind the wheel.
Smooth H6 engine power. 8.5 inches of ground clearance, good looks, comfortable leather interior.
A mode on the up/down arrows on the steering wheel stereo controls that goes through the preset stations - they only go to the next station on the dial! Can't think of anything else, the car is that good!
Just returned from a 1500 mile trip. It was a joy to drive. The ride was very comfortable with no outside noise. It has a lot of power and with the 5 speed transmission I got 25.8 mpg.
My poor nissan pickup truck is getting lonely. I can't get enough of the outback. Comfy, quick, knockout to look at. Subaru has truly out done themselves. We have the L.L.Bean Edition with the boxer 6...wooooohoooo. And having a bit of a growl when you stomp on the gas kinds feels good too. Only complaint is no memory seats. Small small price to pay. Fantastic value.Kudos to Subaru for taking the next step to making the perfect car.
Stereo, Seats, and that acceleration. woooohoooo.
Memory seats..but who realy cares.
Just completed a 1200 mile roundtrip that involved interstate highway, two- lane road, and off-road driving. Thoroughly impressed by the overall performance and the highway mileage of better than 25 MPG. After looking and test driving a Jeep Gran Cherokee, Honda Pilot, and an Acura MDX. We decided on the Outback LL Bean, because it represented the best value for our dollar, plus it's fun to drive!
Momo steering wheel, AWD, dual climate zone A/C-Heating, leather seats, and the huge sunroof. Love the H-6 engine performance.
Nothing yet, it's been a great car all- around.
Ride/handling is superb,like riding on velvet covered rails. Power is ample, even w/ A/C on, to pass on the turnpike or climb a steep hill. Excellent controls for air, dash lights, wipers, etc. The radio is awesome but the steering wheel arrows move you to the next station, not the next preset, as I've had in the past. The sunroof opens real deep, and with the windows open, it is like riding in a convertible. Over all, it is the ride that makes the best impression.
The ride, handling, sunroof, and radio.
Could use 6" more in width, and 6" more in the back seat.
a fine looking car, a fine, fun driving car. i had previously had a 2000 Outback that i was very happy with..and this car is all that and more. more power, more luxury, more toys.
250 HP H6 engine
a better radio, with the weather station and cassette player it had before...and a few more storage areas in the driver area...what can i say, i have a lot of stuff and i like it all in it's own little place.
Drives like an Audi with 2/3 of the price.
Kick A... Boxer Engine.
Front Seat Memory settings.(My wife is shorter then me and we all want to drive this one now)
My fourth Subie, also had Audi A4 and Pathfinder. This is probably the best car on America's roads. Fast, high, safe, great handling, much improved interior and exterior. Cruises down the highway, a delight on twisty hills, superb moderate off-road. Monotone is very sharp looking, a stealth Subie with much of the over badgeing gone. Unconfusing controls. Girlfriend loves the dual climate controls. Awesome sunroof. New 5speed auto transmission is much smoother. The six flies. Very safe feeling. Best car out there.
Powerful engine. Much improved interior. Love the audio controls on wheel. Excellent clearence. Superb new 5speed auto. Handles like an Audi on steroids. Great safety features.
Better tires. More monotone colors. More functional armrest. Nothing is perfect, but this comes close. Wouldn't it be truely amazing if Subaru offered a slick hybrid.
Coming out of our SUV we looked at, and drove several cars. I passed on my chance forthe Infiniti G35x so my wife could have her wagon, so far we not been disapointed. And, the 2005 Outback seems to turn more heads than I would have thought possible.
Interior features, dash, wheel, seats,etc. H6 engine is good balance of torgue/power with just a hint of exhaust note. AWD that is on full time. Subaru reliabilty. Plain tired of spending $40 to $50 for SUV's that spend to much time in the shop. riding in the back seat.
H6 in the Legacy. Different mix on the options. More solid color options for the outback.