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2008 Subaru Outback - Consumer Reviews

2008 Subaru Outback

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I came back to Subaru!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Tammy P
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2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 4dr Wagon AWD w/VDC (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


Review

After having Mazda buy back my 1st CX 7 and now finally getting out from under and trading in my 2nd CX 7 with many problems, my 08 Subaru XT Limited is GREAT. I get 23 miles to the gallon and yes it takes premium but what would you expect when buying a turbo? I drove home in a snowstorm and the car handled like a dream, unlike the car I traded in. I don't know why I didn't stay with Subaru. I would definitely recommend if you are looking for an AWD buy a Subaru!


Best Features

Turbo has great pick up, AWD is phenomenal, Love the huge moon roof


Worst Features

Only problems are wind noises & whistles from mirrors


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Disappointment
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Don B.
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2008 Subaru Outback 2.5I 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


Review

Annoying things with this car. The power window makes a scraping noise when it rains. Poor gas mileage after ecm reprogramming for wvm23 recall. Seat belt doesn't retract quickly and gets stuck in door jam. Serious safety issue, Passenger air bag stays off with passenger in seat. This has been "repaired" 4 times still not working right.


Best Features

Shiftable automatic trans.


Worst Features

Manual override for air bag.


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2008 Outback Is Frustrating
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Bill R
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2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 4dr Wagon AWD w/Nav, VDC (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


Review

We traded in a 2004 Outback for a 2008,and have been disappointed by poor mileage, need for premium gas, and the worst nav system logic ever invented (partly designed by lawyers, I assume!). The nav system won't even let the passenger set a new destination while underway, it has such inane logic. The seat heater controls require you to look down at the aft end of the center console, a major distraction.


Best Features

Handling and front seats, body style


Worst Features

Scrape the factory nav system, use a Garmin! Eliminate the need for premium gas and improve the mileage. Move the seat heater controls to the forward field of view


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1st on many SUBAROO to come! love it
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By edotx1
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2008 Subaru Outback 2.5I 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


Review

Love at first sight, grow old together after test drive. Just the right performance and features for me here in TEXAS. Great cargo room, great gas mileage for a big car with 4 cylinders. Great for bike rides with friends as SAG support vehicle. VERY COOL, Cat like performance, you should see the look of other drivers on the road with all my gear mounted.


Best Features

cat like performance, TRACTION and control. cargo room, very nice solid stable ride. very nice in between comfort like an big SUV yet small like sport scar with very nice road feedback and awesome fuel economy for a wagon. I've reach 32 mpg Houston to San Antonio, 28 mpg Austin to Hou. 24 city


Worst Features

keep up the good work INDIANA USA PLANT! Growing old with this car. I smile when I drive this car.


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It is what it is
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By thebigv21
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2008 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Traded in a Ridgeline for this vehicle. Couldn't pass up the price. It came certified bumper to bumper for 100K and only had 4K miles on it. Didn't really desire a 5 spd but I do like making the 4 cyl shift when I want it to shift. It has plenty of power. I average 25-26 mpg on about 60/40 highway/city driving. Had to purchase 4 tires because it wouldn't go in the snow. Unusual for a subaru. Why would they put high performance tires on a base wagon sold in the Northeast? Car is nothing special, but it does what it is meant to do. Good second vehicle for going back and forth to work


Best Features

Mpg decent. Warranty. Paid for satellite receiver..Seems dependable. Just got a recall though on a "reprogram for the catylic converter".


Worst Features

I notice condensation in the windows during humid weather. Do not put high performance tires on an AWD vehicle sold in the northeast. Clutch pedal needs moved to the left


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