2002 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: So long, Subaru

2002 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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

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So long, Subaru
By Tsquared on


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


This was my second Outback, my first being a '96 5 speed manual I traded for the '02 4 speed automatic. I wish I had held on to my '96. The '02 quality did not seem to be as good and was disappointing. Most recently, the engine sporadically idled poorly or hesitated on acceleration--even on the Interstate. My biggest concern was a leaking head gasket, which is apparently a common problem on 1999-2002 models and there was a recall for some--not all (Google "Outback head gasket"). The "fix" involved adding a conditioner to the coolant to seal the leak. Seems like a stop-gap to me. Between the head gasket and the sporadic acceleration problem I decided to it was time to trade.

Best Features

AWD, Winter Package (heated seats, heated mirrors, etc.).

Worst Features

Improve quality. Deal with head gasket problem. Make car wider to accommodate a larger back seat that can handle three child seats.
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