2005 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Just disappointed

2005 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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2.5i Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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Just disappointed
By Grant on


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


My first Subaru will be my last. Bought the Outback based on the Subaru reputation for being bullet proof. Far from it. Subaru must have got a bunch of bad bearings. They extended the warranty on the wheel bearings, which I replaced. The real shocker has been the clutch. Had to replace the throw-out bearing at 52k. Dealer told me to replace the flywheel and clutch plate while he was at it, or may end up paying for labor twice. $1500 later the bearing still makes a noise. Never thought I'd be spending $1500 for a clutch on a Subaru with 52K and I don't ride the clutch.

Best Features

The turbo rocks, and the car does handle quite well.

Worst Features

Buy some decent bearings.
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