2001 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Last Subaru I'll own

2001 Subaru Outback Sedan - Consumer Review

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2001 Subaru Outback Limited AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


This is my 3rd Subaru. I bought it because the first 2 were bulletproof -- no problems. We are at 77k miles now. The head gasket had to be replaced at 72k. Yes it was covered since the car had the coolant treatment. Asking around after it happened, this is now a common problem with the 2.5 engine. Now, the transmission needs to be rebuilt. According to a local transmission shop (not the dealership) 77k on this transmission is good! He often sees them with less. Often? Somewhere Subaru lost the reliability that kept me coming back. The company has refused requests to repair the vehicle. They've offered token gestures like a rebate on a new car purchase. I'm done with Subaru.

Best Features

Looks good sitting still. Good thing, since if you drive it, you'll have to fix it.

Worst Features

RELIABILITY! The old Subarus would run to 200k miles without problems. NOT NOW!
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