2002 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Faulty Clutch

2002 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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

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Faulty Clutch
By moohoggle on


2002 Subaru Outback Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


2 months after taking delivery of this
Outback, the clutch began to chatter
badly in 1st gear (less than 2000
miles). My wife and I took it back to
the dealer where we bought the car from
3 times, and each time they said that
this is a normal condition with manual
transmission Subarus. We pursued a
second opinion at another Subaru
dealership and they agreed, that this
was indeed, not normal. We then opened
a case number with Subaru Corp., and
it took 8 months to re-engineer and
manufacture the replacement parts (was
initially told it would take 4 weeks).
It's been 3 weeks since our car was
fixed under warranty and for now, it's

Best Features

Practicle vehicle size, good visibility, sound system, fuel economy (29 MPG on highway). AWD.

Worst Features

6 cylinder is a must with this car. The 4 cylinder/5 speed is a slug. Build quality below that of a 1990 Toyota Camry (previous car). Front seat comfort could be better. Front seat leg room could also be better especially when the rear seats are folded down.
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