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By SeattleSub
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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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Bought new, now covered 72k miles in all conditions. I am a confirmed Subaru driver and this car has lived up to my expectations. This car gets me everywhere I want to go in any weather. The performance of the 2.5i is adequate. The 4-speed auto needs another gear and quicker response. Why did they put such poor tires on at the factory? Problems included: 1) Burning out headlight bulbs regularly. I no longer leave the headlights on all the time and the problem has gone away. 2) Wheel bearing went at 59k. I now have a 1 year old son and this model is too small in the back for the car seat and Mum. I am 6'5". I will probably buy the new model as it has much more leg and shoulder room.


Best Features

AWD traction, heated seats, headroom, versatility, reliability, running costs


Worst Features

Longer lasting headlight bulbs, more rear legroom (yeah 2010), better radio, better factory tires.


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Typical Subaru Greatness!
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By Subaroid!
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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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We bought this car in 2009. For a 2005, and it had low mileage for a 4-year old Subaru (65,000). It looks great (for a station wagon), and the build quality is typical Subaru. No problems so far at 65K. Subaru's flat 4 cylinder engine was re-designed in 2005 and is great! Quiet and smooth. Past Subarus (besides the WRX models) had poor acceleration, but this one really goes! It's very fun to drive this car. The all-wheel-drive is great! Subaru took everything good about the Outback and in 2005 made it better! Brakes- Great Steering- Great Handling- Great Features- leather, huge sunroof, performance tires, 17" wheels, turbo engine, power everything, heated seats/mirrors, AWD.


Best Features

Turbo engine, good performance and handling. Lots of cool and AWD convenient features. Subaru quality, comfortable seats. Lots of room inside for you and your stuff.


Worst Features

Bad gas mileage (average 20 or less even when driven carefully). Rough ride. Numb steering. Grabby brakes.


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Bad Catalytic converter $$
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By fino
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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I have owned many Subaru's and really loved them all except for this problem. Catalytic converter is bad and estimated replacement is $2,000 to $3,000. I have spoken to some Subaru and non Subaru mechanics and all have said this is a common problem. I am not getting any satisfaction from Subaru USA and this has turned a loyal customer into a doubter. They tried a computer fix that did not work. They blame problem on hills and high speeds. The car also had bad rear bearing that were replaced as a recall.


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Worst Subaru I've Ever Owned...
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Garandpa
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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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This is our 5th Subaru, 2 Legacy's, 1 Justy and 2 Outbacks & this car has been the worst of the bunch. On the positive side, the gas mileage is good, it runs well and the problems have not been anything serious. BUT, we've had trim pop off repeatedly, carpet come loose & handles break. In 4 years/77,000 miles, we've put in 5 headlight bulbs, all front & rear brake pads (my '88 Chevy truck had the original pads and bulbs in it when I sold it in 2004 w/130,000 miles), replaced the interior bulbs 2x, both rear wheel bearings (under warranty at least), put 3 O2 sensors in and now the car has a new whine in the rear. The nearest Subaru dealer is 50 miles away and difficult to deal with.


Best Features

Good mileage, peppy, headlights that turn off w/the ignition.


Worst Features

It would be nice to be able to lower the windows in "Acc" mode. Who needs their windshield wipers sitting w/the engine off? DRL's are too bright and are easy to confuse for headlights at night. Maybe automatic headlight's/DRL's to prevent DRL's at night?


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70,000 Update
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By Peter Chun
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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Still fun to drive but, not thrilled with dealer service which is what I hear from a lot of other Subaru owners. Had to replace tires for the second time earlier this year. Original Potenzas were lousy but, the Goodyear Eagles I replaced them with handled great. Had bearing noise problems which keep my car in the shop for a week around the 25K mark. Car started to die on me at stops earlier this year. Had to spend $360 to have valves cleaned and it runs fine now. Went on trips to Utah and Arizona the car performed great. The XT has been a good blend of performance, comfort, practicality, safety and for the most part, reliability. However, my next car will probably be a hybrid.


Best Features

Great performance, great seats on XT Limited, big sun roof and good off road traction up in the Eastern Sierras.


Worst Features

2005 didn't have an iPod connection but later models do. Not easy to add without taking apart dashboard.


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