2005 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Money Pit

2005 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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

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Money Pit
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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


We have an '04 Outback Sedan, 100K miles, runs great - and an '05 Outback XT wagon 5 spd that fell apart. We just traded in the '05 wagon with 92K miles on it. Tires must be replaced in pairs and have equal tread or the car pulls hard and rides rough. Plus, it will not tow the weight Subaru claims. Replaced clutch at about 60K miles ($1000) At 92K, car needed the following: rear window wiper ($400) pwr steer pump ($600) and manual tranny ($3500). On the way to trade it in, cruise control broke and check engine light was on. Loved the car but it fell apart and was very expensive.

Best Features

All wheel drive handling, big sun roof.

Worst Features

Give 100K warranty, lower cost of parts. Headlights burn out at rate of one a month. Rate at which things break on this car is unacceptable and the cost of repairs is insane.
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