2000 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Worst car I ever owned

2000 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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

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Worst car I ever owned
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2000 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


Within a year, the head gasket blew, damaging the radiator, and leaving me stranded in the desert. Since it was almost out of warranty, the dealer kept saying he didn't know what the problem was. As soon as the gasket was out of warranty, the dealer miraculously diagnosed the problem. Subaru covered only a small % of the nearly $2,000 bill. Other problems: catalytic converter (engine light always on); heat shield always coming loose; ball joint replaced several times; broken sway bar; 2 transmissions in 4 months; engine stills runs so hot it feels like heater is on; noisy; poor acceleration.

Best Features

Good sound system. Compass is helpful. Good cargo space.

Worst Features

What needs improvement on this car is listed in the Review section.
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