2005 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: 70,000 Update
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2005 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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2.5i Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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70,000 Update
By Peter Chun on

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

Review

Still fun to drive but, not thrilled with dealer service which is what I hear from a lot of other Subaru owners. Had to replace tires for the second time earlier this year. Original Potenzas were lousy but, the Goodyear Eagles I replaced them with handled great. Had bearing noise problems which keep my car in the shop for a week around the 25K mark. Car started to die on me at stops earlier this year. Had to spend $360 to have valves cleaned and it runs fine now. Went on trips to Utah and Arizona the car performed great. The XT has been a good blend of performance, comfort, practicality, safety and for the most part, reliability. However, my next car will probably be a hybrid.

Favorite Features

Great performance, great seats on XT Limited, big sun roof and good off road traction up in the Eastern Sierras.

Suggested Improvements

2005 didn't have an iPod connection but later models do. Not easy to add without taking apart dashboard.
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