2002 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: L.L. Bean Outback aka 'my last

2002 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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

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L.L. Bean Outback aka 'my last Subaru'
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2002 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


The transmission was replaced at 20k miles and the brakes soon after (under new car warranty). Apparently the pads were replaced and the rotors turned. I was getting a lot of front end shimmy at 30k miles so the dealer decided to turn the drums again. I was just in again at 50k with the same problem and had to pay for new rotors and pads (despite having the extended warranty and the dealer knowing full well this is an on-going problem) An independent mechanic was telling me that the rotors they use on Subaru are actually too thin to be turned and he couldn't believe they turned them once no less twice! The ventilation fan has developed quite a rumble but I was told this is "normal".

Best Features

Lay-flat cargo area.

Worst Features

More substantial brakes. Improved sound proofing and more attention to quality overall.
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