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By chickentoaster
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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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The first 4 years car was alright, just don't expect much in the way of gas mileage. Had to replace rear wheel bearings under the special extended warrentee. Car was so loud that I could not hear the people in the back seat at over 25 mph. Have kept all the service intervals. Dealer says the head gasket is shot and needs to be replaced, estimate $2000.00. Only 71,000 mile on the car. I've had cars with 150K+ miles with fewer major problems. Headlights burn out about 2 months. Car has a higher than average cost of ownership, intervals for regular service items seem more frequent than other manufacturers. I don't think I'll be getting another Subaru. Not the quality I expected.


Best Features

AWD is great in the snow. heated seats and front windshield defroster are great features.


Worst Features

Head gasket, wheel bearings, better headlight design, better fuel mileage, longer standard warrentee.


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Worst Car I Ever Loved
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By Pilgrim 54
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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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North western PA winters were no match for the Sube. Foot of snow; no problem. Need lots of ground clearance, fine. Need service...good luck. Yes you WILL need service. We bought ours new and sold it after 4 years. Had numorous problems with the cruise control operation. Replaced the timing belt tensioner TWICE! On the way to the dealer when we were trading it in we were having second thoughts till the check engine light came on!!


Best Features

Go anywhere ability. Fun to drive. Towing capacity. Good mileage for AWD.


Worst Features

Our experience with service was poor. Reliability was awfull. When the car worked it was great but it wasn't working often enough to be unacceptable. Unless you know the car and the dealer I would not buy one if you want to use it to get to work everyday. You will get to know the bus schedual.


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Buy One!
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By catskill lew
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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Great car all around but a bit slow up the long hills. But I consistently get about 33 mpg on the 100 mile ride back from the mountains. Had sounds from front brakes but Subaru helped me replace all the brakes after only 25,000 mi. Terrific safer fun driving in the snow storms-car kept nice and steady, passing the less fortunate cars on side of snow banks.


Best Features

Great in bad weather, the computer information and heated glass.


Worst Features

Turn signal sounds are too low. Need better way to open the rear door


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Will get another eventually
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By lewis sherman
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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Terrific car except that after about 25,000 miles I got stuck with total brake jobs because NO DEALERS could diag. noises at low speeds. My mileage - not kidding - is terrific on open roads. Always get no less than 33 mpg on the 100 mile trip from the Catskills!! Love the looks of the Forester but hate to give up the Outback.


Best Features

The gas mileage is way over the advertised amounts.


Worst Features

The turn signal sounds are too low. No entry to lift gate without the key!


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AWD is Overrated.
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By Alex
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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Really liked it at first, but after two years, I'm happy to be getting rid of it. I bought it for the cargo space and AWD. Lot's of space, very nice driving position, and comfortable front seats. However, it absolutely stinks in the snow (so much for AWD - had to buy snow tires anyway), the back seat is cramped for a car this big, it is SO underpowered, and it eats gas. Also, some interior elements are really shoddy and scratch easily (what is with the cargo cover?), and very large bumper overhang makes it almost impossible to parallel park. Lastly, after 30k miles, distinctive burning rubber smell started coming through the heat vents. Dealer could never figure out what was wrong.


Best Features

Heated seats, mirrors, and windshield wipers. Nice looking car inside and out.


Worst Features

AWD is a gimmick. Get a FWD car and buy some snow tires. You'll save fuel and power.


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