2003 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Darn That Transmission

2003 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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

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Darn That Transmission
By duzduz on


2003 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Overall I truly loved this car. Unfortunately the window noise everyone talks about came up for me around 30,000 miles but bigger than that, the transmission! Clunky from about 56,000 miles and finally bit the dust at 140,000. Come now, that's too early. I'm a very gentle driver, never accelerate too fast, and would certainly expect a better lifetime out of such a major (and EXPENSIVE) element of the car. Sounds like this is a trend with the 03 Outback :(

Best Features

AWD, feels like a sports car, clearance.

Worst Features

headroom! I'm 6' 2" and my head grazes the roof. Transmission for obvious reasons. windows were fixed in later models. fuel economy.
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