2007 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Beware high altitude driving

2007 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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

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Beware high altitude driving
By denver5357 on


2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Bought our 2.5i wagon a month ago. Good value for the money but I have stumbled upon an existing problem which is apparently being kept quiet. We live in Colorado, and our brand new Subaru starts slowly in cold temps and barely started when we have gone into the mountains (9000+ feet of altitude). This seems to be a common problem around here, though I haven't read of it anywhere. The programming parameters for the car's electronics somehow don't properly take into account the effect of altitude. Mountain owners (say the dealer) have trouble starting Outbacks all the time. Called Subaru of America and was assigned a case number. This should have been fixed years ago. New battery had no effect.

Best Features

AWD, nice features for the money inside, like the rugged styling (apparently going away in 2008!).

Worst Features

Fix the slow/no start up problem; this is a car made for mountain snow - why won't it start there? Wider (not longer) leg room in driver seat.
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