2003 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: A word of warning...

2003 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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Base Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 4-speed Automatic w/Premium Audio System)

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A word of warning...
By abgra on


2003 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Audio System (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


I LOVED this car when I first got it. I live in Montana, so the AWD and heated seats were perfect. However, I quickly realized this car is was a lemon. I poured thousands into this car before I finally traded it in for a Civic, only to find out the dealership forked out $3000 to fix the head gasket, water pump, timing belt (that was only a year old), air conditioner, and front brakes that I replaced a year before as well.
A local Subaru mechanic said that there is a factory defect in these and he rebuilds about three a week. If you insist on buying this car, make sure you have a Subaru specialist go over the engine with a fine-tooth comb.

Best Features

Car handles great in extreme weather. AWD, heated seats/windshield make this a great winter car.

Worst Features

Head gasket, air conditioner, transmission.. This car is rather gutless, so don't expect a lot of power.
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