2003 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Very Solid Car

2003 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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Very Solid Car
By Skinney on


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


This has been a great car for me, I've put on almost 100,000 miles. Now have 122,000 and the car is still running strong. I haven't had any issues except with the door/window moldings, which lead to the wind noise everyone talks about. Two were replaced by dealer, one for free after warranty ran out (thanks Subaru!), and one more that needs fixing. Transmission "pops" when it downshifs from 4th to 3rd but has not created any issues except annoyance. Mileage is not bad considering the weight of car and full time AWD. I average 18-20 for everyday driving and get from 24-26 on the highway (with the H6-3.0) and I don't drive lightly. Out performs many trucks/SUV's in 12"+ snow in the mountains.

Best Features

It's been very reliable. Versatile in all weather conditions. Good sound system. Well designed for harsh winter weather yet still fun in the sun.

Worst Features

Fix the pop in transmission when downshifting at highway speeds. Fix awful door/window moldings that create the wind noise.
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