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Very good wagon
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By Andrew
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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Fuel mileage varies depending on whether I'm driving (31 mpg) or my wife (24 mpg). No problems after 10 months of ownership. RPM at highway speeds seems high (approx. 3000 rpm at 65). This results in noticeable noise at higher speeds and lower fuel economy. Protenza RE92 tires receive poor ratings by consumers on tirerack.com. Especially for winter conditions. People who live where it snows should consider buying better tires for winter. Save the Protenzas for the summer. Stability control should be offered as an option. Although I feel the 168hp motor is adequate, Subaru should offer a 180-200hp motor in addition to the 168 and 250. Shifter is stiff in cold weather. Great car in general.


Best Features

Fuel mileage, space, safety, looks, dependability, all wheel drive.


Worst Features

200 hp motor option (something between 168 hp and 250 motor) 2) Subaru needs to offer stability control 3) possibly higher gearing for highway driving. 4) better standard tires. 5) offer a towing package. -- not much else.


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Super Value
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By hkoestner
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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Have 3 Subarus in family, two 2005s - the '05 Outback with 5 speed is a wagon, SUV and sports car rolled into one. As with all my Subies, this one has almost 20k on it and no problems; great handling, superb in snow & comfortable. I am in sales and spend a lot of time in the car driving. Living in snowy winters you get the comfort as well as absolutely superior handling in all weather conditions. I trade them every 3 years or at around 40k, always buying Subies. I only consider Subies. Why change to something else when they work so well. Great looks, great handling, great reliability, comfortable and finally great value.


Best Features

AWD, handling, exterior and interior looks and features, decent mileage, heated windshield, peppie with 5 speed.


Worst Features

none come to mind.


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spice
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By merle
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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I love my Outback. It's one of two we have; the other, a '97, is also in excellent shape and reliable. I feel very safe and secure when driving or a passenger in either Outback. Especially after a long winter!


Best Features

Heated seat lots of room All wheel drive.


Worst Features

Heated steering wheel would like to be able to open the rear side windows for more fresh ventilation - I have a dog and she travels in the very back.


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Love/Hate Relationship
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By Russ
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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I have a love hate relationship with my Outback. It has been into the dealer 9 times in six months. So far problems with the AC cycling every 15 seconds (hot to cold), defective radio, excessive rattles and squeeks in the drivers dash, coolant leaks, and the final straw, a cruise control that won't stay engaged. Performance wise, the car is great. Average 28-29 MPG highway roundtrip from Reno to Oakland and back. Handles great in deep snow and wet roads. Subaru is working the problems but I am about ready to give this one back! Must be the "one" defective Subaru. Would suggest a better stereo as the speakers are marginal at best for long drives.


Best Features

All wheel drive and fuel economy


Worst Features

Fix the cruise control problem, better stereo speakers, use better plastic on dash that won't scratch so easily, go back to old AC condenser system that doesn't cycle every 15 seconds from hot to cold.


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We Love this Car
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By Pilgrim
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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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This is our 1st Subbie and we're hooked. Heated seats, mirrors and wipers. This is a car designed for folks who live in the Great White North! Comfortable ride coupled to the security of AWD is a winning combination. The versatility of a wagon is a plus as well. Would not hesitate to recomend a test drive on a foot of freshly fallen snow!!


Best Features

AWD is the feature on which this car is built. The 5 speed manual has a slick and positive feel. The rubber mat in the cargo area is "sticky" - things don't slide around. Get the thick rubber floor mats, they keep snow/mud/sand off your carpets. For an entry level model there are many surprising extras.


Worst Features

Miss a center arm rest? Seat fabric is nice to look at but gets dirty easily. The power with the manual transmission is adequate but that's all. If you like performance I'd suggest the XT model with the turbo. Personally I'd like a sixth gear to lower cruising speed engine noise as well as increase MPG.


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