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The Outback LL Bean Rocks
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By Newly_Loyal
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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 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!


Best Features

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.


Worst Features

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.


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I love my Outback!
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By Donna
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2005 Subaru Outback Wagon 2.5i Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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I owned my Honda Accord for almost 10 years and wanted another car that I could keep that long. I researched safety, performance, reliability, value, mileage, everything. I thought I was going to get the Forester, until I drove it. Too "trucky" for me, and the dealer suggested I drive the Outback. Smooth ride, nice interior, fun to drive; I was sold. I chose the 2.5L engine for the mileage and the fact that it is a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle, at least in California. The option to shift it into Sport or Manual while climbing hills is huge and really helps the engine performance. It's nice to drive a car that you don't see every fifty feet on the road!


Best Features

The heated seats, by far. Yes, I live in San Diego. No, I can't explain it, I just love them! Also I'm very pleased with the gas mileage: the car is fun to drive and I get 28-31 mpg highway, 23 around town. The fold down split seats/cargo area are great for trips to Home Depot or the garden center.


Worst Features

Better audio system. I'd prefer deeper, richer sound; it seems lacking to me. Love the 6-CD changer though. I'd like the doors to lock automatically when the engine starts and the headlights to come on at night. Other than that, it's perfect.


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


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Have 3 Subarus in family, two 2005s - the '05 Outback with 5 speed is a wagon, SUV and sports car rolled into one. As with all my Subies, this one has almost 20k on it and no problems; great handling, superb in snow & comfortable. I am in sales and spend a lot of time in the car driving. Living in snowy winters you get the comfort as well as absolutely superior handling in all weather conditions. I trade them every 3 years or at around 40k, always buying Subies. I only consider Subies. Why change to something else when they work so well. Great looks, great handling, great reliability, comfortable and finally great value.


Best Features

AWD, handling, exterior and interior looks and features, decent mileage, heated windshield, peppie with 5 speed.


Worst Features

none come to mind.


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Life is good in the fast lane
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By Outback lover
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2005 Subaru Outback Wagon 2.5 XT Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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I told the sales guy I need a family car that will satisfy this middle age man's need for speed and style. This car is amazing - if I could custom design a car from the ground up, it wouldn't be much different than the Outback. The European manufacturers aren't my style. This car is very styling without flaunting it. Sound system is decent.


Best Features

Turbo, turbo turbo. Nice combination of comfort,style performance and practicality. 17 inch wheels are a hot look. Subaru legacy of reliability.


Worst Features

OEM tires are noisy - looking forward to replacing them. Engine vibrates quite a bit when idling - tech told me that's normal for turbo - hard to get used to. Seatbelt chime is annoying as all get out - nix it.


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update on oxygen sensor problem
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By anxious
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2005 Subaru Outback Wagon 2.5i AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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I bought this vehicle in August 2004 and initially wrote in to Edmunds about an oxygen sensor light that went off immediately after I drove the car off the lot. Following the dealership's replacement of the faulty oxygen sensor (now 7 months ago) I have not had any problems with the car and I continue to enjoy driving it.


Best Features

Standard features including AWD and of course, price.


Worst Features

The back seat is way too cramped. My two year old's feet easily rest on the side of the front seat's head rest and the limited space makes it difficult to get small children in and out of their carseats. This lack of back seat leg room appears to be a problem with the Volvo as well as pricier SUVs.


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