2000 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Head Gasket and Sway Bar - Ouc

2000 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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Base Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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Head Gasket and Sway Bar - Ouch!
By ensoniqman on


2000 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


We bought our 2000 Subaru Outback Wagon as second owners over 4 years ago & the engine has slowing been declining since then. Great looks and reputation, but I wish we had researched the engine a little more. Head gaskets are known for blowing at under 100k miles on these Subarus, and our was no exception. The front sway bar also sheared off. Never had this problem with my Toyota or Hondas in the past. We also had an oil analysis performed by Blackstone Laboratories three years ago. Their results came in good, but that was before the gasket blew. We maintained the engine regularly with a new belt, synthetic oil, new plugs & filter.

Best Features

Sleek style, sporty drive, AWD. Upholstery and paint held up well. Runs quiet on synthetic oil.

Worst Features

Research these motors; they will blow head gaskets soon, even though properly maintained. Needs better gas mileage & factory willingness to fix a defective sway bar design. More room for people over 6' in height.
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