2012 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: The good and the bad

2012 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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3.6R Limited Wagon (3.6L 6-cyl. AWD 5-speed Automatic)

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The good and the bad
By sailormex on


2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


I bought this Car new in feb of 2012. I had ordered the 4 cyl but ever came on promised delivery date. After going to the dealer to complain about the non fulfillment I drove the 4 cyl model again on hills and found it seriously underpowered, deciding to take the 6 cyl model. At first this car was great (1 month). Then I had to make an emergency lane change and almost lost control of the vehicle. After 16 months I almost lost control of this vehicle 4 times, and decided to sell before getting hurt or worse. This car is very quiet and smooth, and is great if you drive REALLY slow. The engine and tranny are the best I've ever had (I've driven Audi, VW, Mercedes, jeeps and more) the

Best Features

Suspension is horrible and dangerous on mountains and winding roads. Car rattled after 2 month a lot ( suspension and door panels. The dealer cold not fix rattle in the suspension and said it was normal. Between the rattles car and suspension and not feeling safe I sold the vehicle and went back to German vehicle. Also the moonroof broke after 3 month and 3 days of shop time. Advise: buy this car if you like to drive very slow and you be happy if you don't care about rattles. Highway driving is a challenge you always need to adjust the wheel since there is "no center" unless you drive under 65 mph you won't notice it.

Worst Features

Like: engine , transmission, radio system, sound streaming, quietness, smooth ride, soft leather feel Dislike : loose uncontrolled suspension, build quality, seats not comfortable, reliability (3 times in shop for check engine light ) Sold vehicle w 19k miles mix driving 23.1 mpg overall
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By solarwinds
on 09/02/15 11:40 AM (PDT)

Dude you seriously need a driving lesson... My 2013 2.5i Legacy climbs hills like a Goat and so does my Outback... Any large vehicle will roll due to it being top heavy... You want a performance car change the tires and struts on the outback add a sway bars lower it and take the corners tighter... My Outback handles great for a big wagon thats eats the roads and sips fuel...

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