I purchased this vehicle 7 years ago and drove the heck out of it. And just like the Eveready Bunny it keeps on going 170,000 miles later, always providing ample power and handling on road and off. I can fit a 36" dog crate in the rear cargo area. Paint has held up looking a clean and shiny as the day I bought it. Mechanically, appearance and comfort have always met or exceeded my expectations. I am about to trade in for a minivan (to increase cargo space). I will miss my Outback LTD Wagon, the quality and performance, comfort and it has always been reliable!
Where do I start, great AWD from street to dirt road, heavily wet roads. Durable and attractive interior. Superb performance. I make use of all the LTD features! Safety. Great braking ability. I have been broadsided and the car protected me.
On the 2000 model the rear bench doesn't split so that a portion of the rear seat could be folded flat. However the entire seat does fold flat.
The car handles fine and looks good. We have been happy with the car until last week. We just had the car towed to the dealership because transmission would not engage when put in drive. It had been hesitating for several seconds before engaging. Dealership immediately suggested a new transmission, or a flush, which may get it operating again, but don't know for how long. We opted for flush ($400), and transmission works - for now. But still a slight hesitation after shifting into drive. From other internet sources, this may be a common problem. Dealer seemed to have seen it before. Now we plan to trade it. A shame, we were hoping to keep it for 200K miles.
Fold down rear seats 60/40. Very large cargo area.
Seats could be more comfortable. Needs a little more power.
We have had several Subarus but this one started having problems...head gasget went at 60k then again at 110k, radiator went at 110k, CV Boot replaced 2x, plus other problems..one major plus is Subaru stood behind their vehicle and covered the head gasget even when out of warranty.
We bought this car three months ago in
May 2003 with 28K miles. Obviously I
have only driven it for three months
but 5K miles have been put on. I like
the design of the car, the interior
space and winter performance were the
selling points for me. The seats are
comfy, the manual shifts nice. The
clutch is alright, not great and has
some shake, but no big deal. Brakes
are a little mushy compared to what I
am used to. Stereo is nice for a stock
unit and the headlights and foglights
are killer for seeing through the
darkest roads. I don't have any wind
noise and I have the full rack on top.
Interior room. Safety. Reliability.
All-weather comfort. Car really handles
well for a taller vehicle.....very
surprising, no body sway for quick
As usual more power. A Turbo 4 would
be nice. Something still available
under $28k with closer to 200 HP
without blowing huge coin for the
6....$33K is stiff for a soft 6.