2002 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Not very reliable

2002 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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Not very reliable
By Dakota Joe on


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


We purchased our vehicle new in the summer of 2002. Except for a lack of front-seat passenger leg room it is a fairly comfortable car. Performance is good and with good snow tires it is an amazingly good winter/snowy road vehicle. Furthermore, no trim pieces have fallen off or broken and the build quality seems pretty good. Our problem has been with vehicle reliability. We live in rural North Dakota and out here vehicle breakdowns can be downright life threatening. The Outback will leave you on the side of the road and it will leave you there often. During the 4.5 years we’ve had the Subaru it has broken and undriveable at least 10 times.

Best Features

Great snowy road performance. Great dealer service. They always fix it.

Worst Features

Improve the quality of the parts. There in no excuse for a ball joint that wears out at 60,000 miles.
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