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By NTB125
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2002 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Generally speaking I think it's an excellent car. Overall quality is very good. Mileage also excellent at low 20's. Great looking car as well. Nothing is perfect but my complaints are minor; such as the rear view mirror being a little in your vision field, no power port and the factory keyless entry not having an auto lock feature. Climate control seems to have a mind of its own and adjusts the fan speed when it wants to. I also have a Forester and nothing here would stop me from buying again.


Best Features

Heated seats, sound system, leather and wood steering wheel.


Worst Features

Needs a little more rear seat room. Also needs at least one power port up front.


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disappointed
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By d barrow
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2002 Subaru Outback Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Head gaskets leaking coolant and will not cover under warranty at 80,000 miles -- Subaru has recall/bulletin for same problem on on other VINs but will only cover 50% of an over $1,000 repair. Dual stage rear sunroof liner jams and won't open and won't cover this common problem. Cheap plastic rear cupholders broke and over $65 to repair. Not happy with a vehicle that is expected to run to 200,000 miles!


Best Features

AWD in a wagon with ok gas mileage.


Worst Features

Cover items that have failed due to poor design!! Make an STi version Legacy or Outback


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So far, so good
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By Sun195
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2002 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I've had this car for three years - no problems yet. Performs well in snow/wet weather. AWD is idiot-proof. Hauls a ton of stuff with seats folded down. Decent gas mileage -- 30+mpg on one recent long trip. Comfortable for longer trips. Adequate power for freeway; not too zippy around town. Short enough so that roof rack is easily accessible. I wish I would have got all-weather package w/ heated mirrors. Car has survived two minor accidents fairly well. This is the "Swiss army knife" of cars.


Best Features

AWD, cargo capacity, gas mileage, flexibility.


Worst Features

Needs more power, some problems with driver-side window sealing, fog lamps are expensive to replace, cruise control seems odd.


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Anti-Lock Brake Death Trap
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By Edward
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2002 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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The anti-lock brakes take way too long to stop the car. They are especially bad when the temperature is below freezing. Two different dealers told me there was nothing wrong with the ABS. I love everything else about the car, but I am purchasing a second car to drive in the cold Utah winters. I am planning to keep the car and drive it during the other eight months of the year. Don't let the "winter wonderland" TV commercials fool you!


Best Features

Steering, suspension, ride, interior comfort, Bridgestone Potenza tires (they lasted 55,000 miles!), paint still looks new, cabin space, SUV-like ground clearance with car-like handling.


Worst Features

Brakes! Climate control has a mind of its own. Needs all leather interior as opposed to only the darker seat surface areas.


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Love it.
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By Kent
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2002 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 AWD 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Had the H6 sedan for almost 6 months now and love it. Handles great, rides great, and fun to drive. Only issue is that my breaks squeal loudly after they get warmed up and no dealership yet can figure it out. Ugh. Other than that I am sold on my Subaru! Absolutely a great car. I drive a ton for work and I am always comfortable and never stiffen up driving long road trips.


Best Features

Cold weather package, seating comfort, handling, styling ... and on and on!


Worst Features

Trunk pop on the key fob, more interior storage spaces in the front.


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