2003 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Good handling but slow

2003 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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Good handling but slow
By PH on


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


The 4 cylinder is slow, but once you get
it up to speed, it really does handle
like an Audi. Hitting gravel or sand,
the AWD can feel a bit wiggly at first -
a bit awkward in emergency handling.
A bit cramped in the front; my Civic has
more leg and headroom. Beware of
service at Santa Monica Subaru. I had
to fix an air filter problem they
caused; left the clamp loose. Why put
in a filter if you're going to let dirt
into the intake manifold? Subaru
Customer Relations is not on top of
things either.

Best Features

In comparison to SUVs, I'd say the handling is great and the fuel economy is quite good. Just for 5'11" and taller, it is quite cramped.

Worst Features

Improve with higher interval service components and products. If you have to spend $400 for fluid, brake, oil checks and an air filter debacle at Santa Monica Subaru often, something is wrong.
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