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2005 Subaru Outback Wagon - Consumer Reviews

2005 Subaru Outback Wagon

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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)


Review

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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great turbo
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By michael
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2005 Subaru Outback Wagon 2.5 XT AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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This is a terrific car much more responsive than the 6 cylinder. Wanted to get the Limited, but am too tall for the sunroof. Why does a nice interior require a sunroof? Great handling for a car with this much ground clearance. Good job, Subaru.


Best Features

Acceleration, handling, visibility.


Worst Features

Leather w/o sunroof, more convenient radio dial controls, a little more rear legroom.


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Turn off the Alarm Please!
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By E. Knight
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2005 Subaru Outback Wagon 2.5i AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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For a first time new car buyer, the Subaru Outback is great! The only thing I don't like is the seatbelt safety bell rings constantly when the car is running and you are not even in the car. The alarm goes off when no one is in the passenger seat because it was kicked back too far. The drivers seat even went off when I was driving down the highway and buckled up. That was scary! The other thing was that the rubber molding in the rear wheel well fell off. It needs more behind the seats pockets for holding goodies. The glove box never shuts on the first try.


Best Features

I love the heated seats and titanium design. Overall I am very pleased. It even made it through a hail storm with no dents! Good stereo too.


Worst Features

Turn off the safety bell after 5 rings. More seat storage pockets. Bigger glove box or redesign of one. Better fuel economy.


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Very good wagon
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By Andrew
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2005 Subaru Outback Wagon 2.5i AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Fuel mileage varies depending on whether I'm driving (31 mpg) or my wife (24 mpg). No problems after 10 months of ownership. RPM at highway speeds seems high (approx. 3000 rpm at 65). This results in noticeable noise at higher speeds and lower fuel economy. Protenza RE92 tires receive poor ratings by consumers on tirerack.com. Especially for winter conditions. People who live where it snows should consider buying better tires for winter. Save the Protenzas for the summer. Stability control should be offered as an option. Although I feel the 168hp motor is adequate, Subaru should offer a 180-200hp motor in addition to the 168 and 250. Shifter is stiff in cold weather. Great car in general.


Best Features

Fuel mileage, space, safety, looks, dependability, all wheel drive.


Worst Features

200 hp motor option (something between 168 hp and 250 motor) 2) Subaru needs to offer stability control 3) possibly higher gearing for highway driving. 4) better standard tires. 5) offer a towing package. -- not much else.


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6 Months of Love.
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By Luv our RU
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2005 Subaru Outback Wagon 2.5i AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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My wife and I bought this car back in November of '04. She traded her Saturn, which was great car for us. You always have buyer's remorse on a major purchase. We did not have that here! We have had our car for 6 months now and absolutely love the overall quality, ride, and comfort of our Subaru. I would totally recommend this car to anyone looking for a wagon. We looked at CR-V and Passat (wagon & sedan). We made the absolute right decision.


Best Features

Heated Seats! This will be must from now on. Trip computer is nice feature. Fold down seats for greater cargo. Quality of the ride, especially on the highway. Overall we love this car!


Worst Features

Needs a little more pick up in base model with automatic. If no improvement in power, then car needs to get better milage on highway. We get about 22 city and 27 highway. Better power outlet placement.


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