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Best alternative to SUV
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By spokanewa
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2004 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


Review

I love this car already; for one it can
go up my 20% grade driveway, something
my sebring convertible could not (when
covered with snow).
I don't like trucks/big suvs's and other
ugly gas guzzlers, but wanted the big
cargo. I don't think there are many cars
with such a good gas mileage yet are as
versatile. Storage is huge and roof
cargo is easy to use (i.e. no need for a
ladder to reach it).
I don't find the car performance so bad;
it's not nearly as smooth as the v6 i
had on the Sebring, but it's more
linear, power is the same at any RPM,
whereas some V6 i tried like the Mazda 6
wagon only had punch at high RPM.
Definitely more fun to drive that
similar price small suv like RAV4 or CR-V.


Best Features

- Huge cargo (especially after folding seats) - All wheel drive - Handling just feels great, much better than the Sebring. - millage compare to suv's - de-icers - decent towing. - Utility car that doesn't drive like a 16 wheeler.


Worst Features

- You can fold the rear seat back 60/40 but the seat bench bottom is one piece, so what's the use. you can't fold half and seat somebody on the other half ! - Alarm remote clicking against ignition area (fixed by adding longer keychain - Slideable back seat for more back seat room or more cargo.


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My Favorite So Far
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By WendyB
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2004 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 AWD 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

After 2 Foresters (that I really liked), I upgraded to the V6 Outback Sedan. It's really fun to drive, is very comfortable, and looks good too. The pick up is a little sluggish, but a world of difference better than the Foresters were.


Best Features

Heated seats and mirrors, V6 engine, OnStar.


Worst Features

Remote trunk release, option of V6 with a manual transmission would be nice.


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By Len Kitchen
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2004 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


Review

The only thing that I don't like is it
is hard to get in and out of the
drivers seat if you leave the seat in
the drive position. Some would find
that the power was lacking but I am
fine with it. For the size of the car
the fuel economy could be better.
Everthing else like. It is a solid car
that rides well and I have not had any
problems at all with it. It goes
anywhere and handles well and I would
buy another one when this wears out
which will be a long way down the road
the way it is built.


Best Features

All wheel drive and handling. It is comfortible to drive and ride in even in the back seat. I can tow a small trailer with it which it does great.


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You gotta luv it!
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By Coloradolefty
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2004 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


Review

My first Subaru. Value per dollar
spent is the best of any car I have
owned. It is a marvelously easy car to
drive and its inclement weather
capabilities are second to none. If you
live in snow or wet weather climates,
this is the car...very stable and sure
footed on the road.


Best Features

AWD, manueverability, heated seats, weather band radio, and cargo room with rear seats down.


Worst Features

for the money...this is a slam dunk.


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AWD is necessary
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By sidekick
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2004 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 VDC AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

There is always something to improve on
the car and I am never satisfied with
what carmakers have to offer. But being
an experienced driver, the one thing is
most important - AWD. So, the choice is
instantly limited. And Outback is a
really multipurpose AWD - 3.0 engine
gives enough acceleration power, but
you can still use it on bumpy streets
and even off road.


Best Features

AWD, acceleration, safety, brakes, excellent behaviour in snow and wet conditions


Worst Features

air conditioner, menu driven navigation system is rather confusing


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