2005 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Reliable??

2005 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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

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By chickentoaster on


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


The first 4 years car was alright, just don't expect much in the way of gas mileage. Had to replace rear wheel bearings under the special extended warrentee. Car was so loud that I could not hear the people in the back seat at over 25 mph. Have kept all the service intervals. Dealer says the head gasket is shot and needs to be replaced, estimate $2000.00. Only 71,000 mile on the car. I've had cars with 150K+ miles with fewer major problems. Headlights burn out about 2 months. Car has a higher than average cost of ownership, intervals for regular service items seem more frequent than other manufacturers. I don't think I'll be getting another Subaru. Not the quality I expected.

Best Features

AWD is great in the snow. heated seats and front windshield defroster are great features.

Worst Features

Head gasket, wheel bearings, better headlight design, better fuel mileage, longer standard warrentee.
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