Great car. I live in New Zealand a country with all types of terrain, this grand wagon badged SUV tackles mud, snow, shallow rivers with an ability riviaing the best. Of course on road dynamics excel too. I'm unsure if many owners/admirers are aware of their off-road ability. Reliable, no motor troubles and smooth auto. 87,000km going strong. Brilliant 4WD layout. Added all-terrain tyres, plan to lift suspension 1.5"(37mm)
Under-rated off road ability, not bad on gas, total comfort and reliable
Although not designed for really hard core, they could do with a front bumper that allowed slightly steeper approach/decent angles, as this cars ability is somewhat hampered by even the current models over-hanging ones.
I am at 186,000 miles and have experienced very few problems. Automatic door lock malfunctions have recurred a number of times however. Also, don't let your drink drip or sweat too much or it messes up the neutral-start switch (under the shift console). Have replaced an oxygen sensor and speed sensor; TPS probably next.
four-wheel drive, reliability, easy to change oil.
Door lock system, perhaps easier access for spark plug changes and simple repairs.
I've always loved the Subaru's. The Outback was a change from the Legacy sedan but I was not disappointed in the performance and reliability of the 96 Legacy Outback. I've owned 4 Subarus now and would recommend the cars to anyone.
The all wheel drive and over all safety of the vehicle.
Better lighting system for the control panel where the air flow switches are.
Bought my '96 used with 48k miles on it. Now has 102k and had no repairs except regular maintenance (timing belt at 70k, oil/filter changes, one set of brake pads). The alternator was replaced as a part of a recall. Extremely reliable and ages well! The brake pads last forever, I tend to downshift when braking. Only glitch so far: the light on the climate control is out so a bit hard to adjust at night.
Sturdy and reliable. Simple.
Gas mileage about 22-25 miles per gallon. More power would be nice.