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2001 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Mixed review
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By paul
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2001 Subaru Outback Wagon Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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While this car is great in snow and rock solid in a driving rain it has been a maintenance nightmare. We think it was built late on a Friday afternoon. Within hours of taking delivery the car wouldn't start. Bad fuel injectors. Within two months, bad brake rotors. Driver's door has never closed correctly without slamming it. New clutch within 24K miles... told Subaru clutches don't last long (wife asked if we they could install a Honda clutch instead - our accord clutch lasted until 75K....). Another new clutch at 45K. Blown tranny at 102K and now blown head gasket at 105K. We're done with Subaru.


Best Features

AWD, heated seats, weather band radio.


Worst Features

See above for list of problems.


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Great Car
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By Len
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2001 Subaru Outback Wagon L.L. Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Other than a very poor heated seat button location the car is great. This car when new would be overpriced but used is a great value.


Best Features

4 wheel drive.


Worst Features

Heated seat buttons. Dash cup holder poor location. No fade out interior lighting.


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Expensive repair, lousy mpg
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By Pdx Ower
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2001 Subaru Outback Wagon L.L. Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Try 17-19 mpg in mixed driving even on non-ethanol gas which is only 6 months a year around here. I get 25 mpg on an open highway on cruise control on good gas. My experience has been tire blowout at 25K miles, an expensive fuel injector around 30k miles, the cargo area interior cover before 30k miles, the serpentine belt at 40k miles, and the very expensive leaking valve gasket at 50k miles. Altogether, I have experienced higher than usual repair incidence of very expensive repairs, and long before they are due for normal maintenance. There were two recall notices, also.


Best Features

The safety features. The power to easily pass others at highway speeds. The sound system. The AWD control.


Worst Features

Larger cup holders. Sturdier cup holder for back seat.


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My First and Last
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By Larry
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2001 Subaru Outback Wagon AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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By 68k, replaced wiper interrupt unit, power steering pump, alternator, steering rack, and motor mounts. My first Subaru, purchased with 46k miles, and it will be my last. Very expensive to maintain.


Best Features

AWD.


Worst Features

Reliability, cost of maintenance, dealer support (very bad with 2 dealers).


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By carnell
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2001 Subaru Outback Wagon VDC AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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The two improvements that I would appreciate are; a front seat arm rest to avoid fatigue on long trips - the 10 and 2 o,clock hand positions are very tiring, and directional signal display as a flashing bar in the exterior mirrors for increased safety. Best car in my 46 years of driving.


Best Features

Smooth automatic shifting, acceleration and braking.


Worst Features

As detailed in review above.


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