2003 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Like my Outback

2003 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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L.L. Bean Edition Wagon (3.0L 6-cyl. AWD 4-speed Automatic)

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Like my Outback
By J. Coulter on


2003 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


I have been really pleased with my Outback in general. The only problem I have had with driving it is going up moderate hills. A lot of my driving takes place in the lower Sierra foothills, usually less that 1200 ft, and the car seems reluctant to climb even small grades, at one point, even bucking a bit. The dealer told me I was lucky I had a 6 cylinder. and that Subarus didn't like hills. Structurally, it is made with a kind of depression in the lower part of each front door. A number of people have pointed out to me that I have been "hit." Looked that way to me too, before I realized that the car was that way on both sides.

Best Features

Like the dashboard and interior. Like its overall dependability.

Worst Features

Rev up its' hill climbing ability, and get rid of the depressions in the door.
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