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smooth yet tough
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By crusin' texas
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2005 Subaru Outback Wagon 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

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.


Best Features

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.


Worst Features

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.


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By Jody
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2005 Subaru Outback Wagon 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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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!


Best Features

Performance and style. The car is like a jet off a runway.


Worst Features

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.


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Review of '05 Outback Limited
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By Brian Lynch
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2005 Subaru Outback Wagon 2.5i Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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Was very happy with my '01 Outback which I put 155,000 miles on before trading in with a value of $5,000. Purchased a '05 Limited that has a much upgraded interior, better ergonomics, better sight lines, more power (better torque curve even with 2.5 base engine) and better fuel economy. Great value and an excellent alternative to an SUV (even though this model now falls into this class, it's a car and handles like one thankfully).


Best Features

Haulability.


Worst Features

More power for base engine. Offer a hybrid version or diesel.


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myBMW wagon
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By Evan
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2005 Subaru Outback Wagon 3.0 R VDC Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Instead of hitting the brake in a turn you hit the gas. The 4 wheel drive and way the transmission delivers power rocket the car through any turn. There is no body lean to speak of. It takes all the road imperfections and runs right through them. Nice driver's car. Looked at an Acura TL and this handled better, much tighter turning radius, and 3 times the cargo space. The BMW with equivalent horsepower was way out of my price range. Go for it. I got $1,000 under invoice. They have hidden incentives to the dealer in the form of contests.


Best Features

Steering, and I normally drive a Miata.


Worst Features

Bigger exhaust system.


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Turbo Wagon? Yeah baby!
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By Docthrock
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2005 Subaru Outback Wagon 2.5 XT Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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This is a significant improvement over the '01 model. Ride, handling, performance, quietness, appointments, comfort all a big step up in quality and value. Subaru really put some thought into the redesign of the Outback. This car is not just a utilitarian vehicle (AWD & wagon) anymore, but a real contender with any car in it's price range.


Best Features

Think of the turbo lag as the afterburner kicking in. Man, this car rocks! It handles beautifully. At the same time, casual driving is sedate, refined and just tremendously better than previous model wagons.


Worst Features

Needs a Turbo 6! Gauge lighting too bright, arm rest too low, brake handle too high, lumbar in seat too narrow, automatic zone comfort control not flexible enough, funky looking rear spoiler, tilt wheel is a bit lame (still).


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