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20,000 miles, 8 month review
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By occking
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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


Review

So far very pleased with the vehicle. Gas mileage has steadily improved since new. I do mostly highway driving, going from near Providence RI to Montreal every few weeks; on those trips average (actual) 26.5 to 28 mpg. Trip computer always indicated 1 to 1.5 mpg higher than actual. The front windows seem to fog up very easily however, and I haven't figured out a way yet with the heating system how to eliminate that from happening. Took quite some time to get used the the very low center armrest in the vehicle. Have an excellent place to put my XM Commander unit (satellite radio) right on the center console.


Best Features

The large sunroof, protection of plenty of air bags throughout the vehicle. excellent gas mileage for an AWD vehicle.


Worst Features

As I mentioned, center armrest is too low and you shouldn't have to purchase the extended one at dealer for additional $150. Interior color on carpets too light (I have Champagne color on outside) but there were no other choices. Radio volume not loud enough at highway speeds with sun roof open.


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Wonderful Vehicle
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By Rich Purdy
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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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We purchased this vehicle in trade for '99 Jeep Grand Cherokee Ltd with hi- preformance V8. Excellent decision! The performance exceeds expectation while quality, comfort and style are all excellent. Tested the Limited but found the sunroof too large and noisy when open. Also, preferred fabric over leather. Only disappointment is manual passenger seat. Narrowed the short list to this vehicle and the Volvo V50 T5. Clearly no comparison - XT rides, handles and outperforms in all areas. This vehicles actually overshadows our previous '01 Volvo V70 T5. Purchased vehicle over the internet (although local) and received exceptional, professional treatment along with favorable numbers.


Best Features

Turbo performance, overall styling, comfort.


Worst Features

Power passenger seat in this trim. Subaru literature indicated it was included but information is erroneous.


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1st Subaru
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By Gerard
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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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I've had my '05 Outback XT for 12K miles now. Turbo is great but there is a lag from a standstill with the automatic. Love the "manual" shifting in the mountains. Brakes could be a bit better. Nagging rattle has developed behind the dash. AWD works great in Colorado winters. Handling is awesome. Gas mileage on the highway nears 25, city is closer to 17. Trip computer regularly overrates the mileage by 1 MPG. Rear leg room is only adequate. Reliability has been excellent. Rear cup holders are small and weak.


Best Features

"Manual" shifting, styling, turbo performance (except from a standstill), heated cloth seats.


Worst Features

Better brakes, improve turbo lag, jack to plug in iPod.


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We always buy a Subaru
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By Pat Wood
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2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Subaru is a choice of our family because of it's reliability and the service at the Dealership, if needed. We feel it is one of the safest cars to drive on the open road in all kinds of weather. (Especially the western NY weather!) We have owned many Subaru's and only buy a new one because of upgrading.


Best Features

The side airbags!! The all wheel drive! It just runs so smooth.


Worst Features

I feel that there could be more passenger storage compartments...the little things get overlooked sometimes. There are really no place for CD's..not enough nooks and crannies..they have improved the cup holders, but that is about it. The cubby in the dash is useless..no place for change for tolls.


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Great Value
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By Robert
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2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R AWD 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I bought my car used with 7100 miles on the odometer. I love spirited driving. I am not totally happy with the suspension. The 8" ground clearance causes a floatiness at highway speeds and on undulating roadways. Maybe too much air is going under the car and causing lift. The interior is nicely appointed and handsome. I found the left foot rest not quite the right size or in the best position. I and am constantly moving my foot to get the most comfortable spot. The radio needs a sub woofer as standard equiptment. Car is very quiet at highway speed. Doors close with a reasurring thunk. The brakes are a little squishy. I prefer a more solid feel to the pedal pressure.


Best Features

The headlights are perfectly positioned and give the road ahead good visibility. The dash is very good looking and all the controls have a quality feel and are easy to use. Love the dash illumination at night.


Worst Features

With exorbitant gas prices I wish the car ran on regular. Firm up the suspension to reduce the floatiness. Add rear air conditioning vents.


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