2002 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Not a reliable engine

2002 Subaru Outback Wagon - Consumer Review

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Not a reliable engine
By Baxter on


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


Don't expect this vehicle to last and last. I've had two of these and the first the engine ate itself at 125K. Head gasket blew on the highway. I thought it was a fluke so I bought another. Replaced three head gaskets in this one and the engine ate itself because of a blown head gasket at 175K. Probably spent over $3K on this problem. They go through everything but this engine has a major design flaw with their head gaskets. If your leaking oil REPLACE THE HEAD GASKET! $700 plus repair.

Best Features

Goes through all kinds of weather.

Worst Features

Fix the head gasket problem!
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