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GREAT SEDAN
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By dfw outback
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2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R AWD 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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this car does it all. I love to drive it when my wife finally allows me to have the keys... we have two children and have taken some family trips with plenty of room for everyone. great car.


Best Features

long list of safety features. AWD. love the styling of the sedan. 250 HP H6 ENGINE...WOW !!!


Worst Features

satelite radio.


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Fragile details = big disappointment
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By Norman
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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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Advertised to have you believe that it is rugged. Because of fragile details, IT IS NOT. The paint on the plastic bumpers, wheel opening/lower door trim and the door protection strips is chipping from light bumps and dings and looks like heck particularly because of light colored paint over black plastic. Some interior plastic items are way too fragile. Two items have been replaced because of cracks or breakage and snap-in retainers for rear deck wont stay on place. Drivers seat position and adjustment is barely adequate for my 6' 2", 200# size. Anyone over 6' 0" might want to look elsewhere. Gas mileage for the 2.5L non turbo is not as good as our other car which is a '95 3.0L Maxima.


Best Features

Nice driver, great ride and good looks.


Worst Features

The details should be rugged, not so fragile.


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big bang for the buck
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By jack C.
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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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My new Outback Ltd. is extremely comfortable, with outstanding fit and finish. I chose the non turbo version although I was tempted by the power of the turbo; however with the mileage I put on a car I can save about $750 per year with the non turbo. Car is very versatile; will handle people, dogs and equipment and living in Florida it gives me a feeling of security knowing I have all wheel drive for those torrential downpours. This is my fifth Subie, but first Outback and this one is the best!


Best Features

Versatility, safety, AWD, fuel economy. I'm getting 27-30mpg.


Worst Features

Nothing.


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Subaru Outback in Aussie Outback country
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By AW
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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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Excellent design and a major improvement on the previous model. Solidly put together with a great deal of focus in reducing NVH on the ride. My Outback has the Premium package as available in Aussie, which includes leather interior, double moon roof, and the self leveling rear suspension. Better if there was a possibility to adjust the passenger seat for height.Too low at the moment. The headlamps needed to be beefed up, and I had to replace the original bulbs with the Subaru upgrade kit. It should have been upgraded at manufacturer, and not after buying the car. The steering had developed some clonking sound when going from lock to lock in parking. Requires a warranty repair.


Best Features

Subaru frameless windows, symmetrical 4 wheel drive, flat 4 engine sound, general build quality and overall finish.


Worst Features

Add a height adjustable passenger seat, make the auto gear change smoother and more responsive when moving off from a halt, add a interior light in the inside front in cars with the moon roof, fix front wheel arch mud flaps as standard - not rear only, and upgrade the headlamps.


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WHERE'S THE TORQUE?
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By ROSALIE
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2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R VDC Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Truly a great car except that there is hesitation and lack of torque. I love the styling, sound system, steering, interior (except rear leg room).


Best Features

Sound system, handling, quietness, control and great paint job.


Worst Features

Some how the torque curve should be changed to create more torque at a lower rpm, and hesitation, like turbo lag needs to be addressed.


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