2005 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Love/Hate Relationship

2005 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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

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Love/Hate Relationship
By Russ on


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


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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