2003 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Wife loves it

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Wife loves it
By Leo on


2003 Subaru Outback VDC AWD Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Purchased used 1 yr old. 120K miles on the car so far. Never had mechanical problems. Wife loves it. Replaced McIntosh head unit after warranty ran out with aftermarket radio (First time replaced under warranty). Auto transmission jerks when downshifts from 2 to 1 gear at stoplight. Dealer inspected, no issues found. Average 25 MPG mixed driving. Replacing front brake pads every 20K miles. Wind noise is annoying after 65MPH even with replaced window seals. Needs more luxury features for $30K vehicle. It was my second Subaru after I loved WRX but probably will not be buying again. Better choices available for the money.

Best Features

Really quite engine, comfortable suspension, excellent reliability

Worst Features

Better transmission, outside noise isolation. Brake design, more luxury features.
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By jbritt
on 04/11/11 18:12 PM (PDT)

The AT transmission problem is common and it's more of an annoyance than any thing else. My mechanic said it's a problem with the rear clutch pac and a $600-800 fix.

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