2002 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: So-So performance, scary clutc

2002 Subaru Outback Wagon - Consumer Review

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So-So performance, scary clutch
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2002 Subaru Outback Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Shortly after purchase has problems
getting clutch into 1st/2nd gear. Bad
chattering. Tough to drive in stop and
go traffic. Clutch shudder made it
unreliable busy intersections were
getting scary. Dealer where purchased
"could not duplicate" denied any
problems. Was able to get another
dealer to replace clutch assembly. HUGE
improvement immediately but problem
began again about 12k later. New dealer
not that interested to replace again.
Worsening clutch and warranty period
approaching I traded in for an automatic
Forester. Feel like I lost $, and Had to
trade down to get rid of t

Best Features

AWD GREAT on bad roads. Nice sound system,interior, power seat & mirrors. Fairly quiet hwy ride, comfortable leather seat and driver seating position.

Worst Features

More headroom. Passenger side leg-room cramped Move heated seat controls away from in front of drink holders to avoid getting spilled on. Change auto-dim mirror, higher or slim down enough to see beneath. Creates blindspot no matter how positioned. Admit problem with this clutch.
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