2010 Subaru Outback SUV 2.5i 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
I like to keep cars as long as I can, We bought this car new thinking it would last us 10 to 15 yrs, Now I'm not so sure it will, we are about 6 yrs in and have put way to much into it to get it here. the first problem we had at about 15000 miles was the brakes, the rear pads fell out wrecking the caliper, at less than 20000, the tires were shot, uneven wear, we are now at about 92000, and on our 4th set always uneven wear, we have to have it alinged twice a year because it won't stay alinged. Have had that done by a few different shops and found one that can do it really well and seems to last the longest. Other problems the ac sucks, dealer looked at says it's ok, still sucks, poor line of sight, the rear view mirior is in the wrong place, and the roof towers block a lot, also the shocks in the rear had to be replace at 15000, now they all need replacing again, all the wheel bearings have been done, front ball joints, brake pads at least on the third or 4th set, and the list keeps going, all the brake disc, Now for the second time it had to be towed to the dealer because the ignition switch is stuck, can't wait to get that bill, and to top it off it's about time to do the belts. We are not rich and this car has been hard for us, new this car was to much money. I hope this helps other people when buying a car.
2010 Subaru Outback SUV 2.5i Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
Bought this car new off the lot and I have owned it for 1.5 years. From the very start I've had nothing but problems. Here's a list of issues: The GPS hard drive unit crapped out, entire unit replaced. Sun roof leaked twice in the first rains. Had to have new seals put in and buy a car cover. Sound system has been horrible from the start. At low volume the sound goes in and out in waves. Plastic seat casing along driver side seat kept popping off the track and then cracked. Passenger seat motor died, replaced. Check engine light keeps reappearing for gas cap (erroneously). Electronic e-break system keeps getting stuck engaged causing excessive wear. There's more but I'm out of characters.
The space in the car is amazing. Rear passengers have plenty of leg room. The inside feels enormous while the body feels like a sedan.
Even though there is a wobble/shimmy while driving straight on the freeway, the car handles corners really well, especially for a wagon.
AWD is great and drives amazing in ice and snow.
Front seats recline all the way back - awesome. Rear seats even recline a bit.
Awkward placement of automatic window buttons.
The foot heater is pretty much non-existent, works great in all other directions.
Needs better sound system (see above complaint).
Needs better visibility.
Paddle-shifters on the steering wheel are an awful idea for people who drive windy roads, they should have kept them on the shifter in the center console.
2010 Subaru Outback SUV 2.5i Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
I have owned quite a few cars in my 45 years of driving and this is one of the best. It doesn't have the element of luxury my BMW's and Mercedes have had in the past but it is far and away the most trouble free and reliable cars ever. I have had it in storage since I bought it and used it briefly in 2010 driving from West Coast to the east but through, snow, ice and tornado's and incredible winds it was effortless. A quality automobile and although I love driving Beemers I hate taking them to the shop which is a constant. Subaru does it right and the 2010 redesign was an excellent example of fine engineering, while not the fastest definitely the safest and most reliable I have owned.
Love the Bluetooth, wish I had purchased the NAV system as well wish the Satellite radio had been built in like a Toyota I had recently. Regardless love the economy of CVT, heated seats, sunroof, the rack is unique and overall the spacious interior of much larger vehicle.
Harmon Kardon is a great stereo and blows you out.
A little better fuel economy with a bit better throttle response, steering is fine but a little understeering perhaps.
Built in Satellite Option would be fantastic.