Had a 2000 Outback, liked it so well, I bought a 2008 Outback Wagon 5 spd man trans. It has 1,522 miles and just started this engine racing thing. When you shift thru from 1st to 5th gear it seems as though the gas is sticking causing RPMs to go up when you let off the accelerator. Sometimes when you downshift, the engine races like the accelerator is sticking. Took it to the dealer, he called Subaru Techline but before he could finish telling them what was wrong they said it was normal operation. We find that hard to believe. Racing past 2000rpms when the clutch is pressed and no foot on the accelerator doesn't seem normal to us.
Good smooth ride. Excellent handling. Quiet. Basically same quality as the 2000. Comfortable seats. Handled great in last snow storm. (prior to engine racing however!)
Needs more storage. No coin holder, and ashtray is useless. Needs better designed glove compartment no room. Doors seem a little lighter than the 2000. Controls right in front of gear shift so you have to reach in front of the shift to operate controls. Jack for charger not conveniently accessible.