2004 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: SUV - Significantly Underpower

2004 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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SUV - Significantly Underpowered Vehicle
By Paul on


2004 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


An OK car, but nothing to get excited about. I don't notice any particular benefit to the AWD, but northern NJ has pretty tame weather. The 4 cylinder is kind of wimpy in this fairly heavy car. Disappointed by cheap plastic in the interior. First day pulled the coin tray clear off the dash. Also, there are these silly little doors in the back that don't really close over storage areas. Most annoying - after 3 years, developed a whining sound at highway speed - exactly like our 2002 Impreza. Dealer wants $492 to replace some window gizmos. I think not. Our '97 Dodge Caravan doesn't sound like this. Probably last Subaru I'll buy.

Best Features

Cruise control and horn work well.

Worst Features

Get rid of the parking light switch on the steering column. Probably every Subaru owner drains their battery at least once by turning that thing on by mistake. Glad they changed the design of the rear end in 2005. In the 2004 model, the front looks stylish and aggressive, the rear looks dorky.
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