2003 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: 2nd Subaru, might be last

2003 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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Limited Sedan (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 4-speed Automatic)

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2nd Subaru, might be last
By Tim on


2003 Subaru Outback Limited AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


My car was babied from day one. I upgraded to the Outback from a 2002 Impreza 2.5. I really enjoyed the car, until I started to notice a few sounds as I accelerated from toll booths, etc with my window still down. The dealers could never hear it. I noticed the transmission was always searching between 3rd and 4th gear. The wind noise has me going nuts. The paint has faded in different spots, and I am afraid to use the windshield wiper heater because when I replaced the cracked one, the replacements seem to have a defect with the heating element and it cracks the glass when used. I love Subarus, but my wife makes a good point when she says I need to stop buying someones bad design.

Best Features

All wheel drive, heated seats, moonroof, vehicle looks

Worst Features

more powerful climate system, better paint.
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