2002 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Never Again

2002 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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Base Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual w/Weather Pkg)

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Never Again
By Rachael on


2002 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon w/Weather Pkg (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


I bought my Subaru with 40k miles on it 2 years ago, and this January it became a MONEY PIT...had a strong fuel smell and had dealer tighten plugs two times...the smell continued. I had my 60,000 tune up. Still smelled it. Found out my coolant was leaking, so I went in twice to have them put something in the car that would seal any leaks from the inside. Didn't work. Replaced my head gaskets, valve cover gaskets, the whole bit. NOW, I'm burning 1 quart of oil every two weeks, and replaced 2 wheel bearings. Heated windshield broke windshield both winters. Seats uncomfortable for long trips. LOVE THE CARGO SPACE!

Best Features

AWD, heated seats, temperature on dash, cargo space, drives like a car.

Worst Features

If newer models haven't fixed these problems, they should be fixed. They are expensive!
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