2001 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Stick Shift Problems

2001 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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

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Stick Shift Problems
By sewerwitch on


2001 Subaru Outback Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Limited Wagon has lots of room and a
great auto to drive on Vermont ski
trips. But - we had to replace the
clutch at 28000 miles and again at
52000 miles. At first we thought it was
my wifes driving (but she had driven
stick shift cars for many years)now we
think it is a design flaw. Plus when
reving the engine to drive up an
incline a horrible smell would enter
the cabin. A transmission seal leak??

Best Features

Great in snow - (AWD & ground clearance) and could put six foot skis behind front row seats.

Worst Features

Needs a heavy duty clutch for manual transmission. Also seat heater switches always being turned on accidentally.
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