2005 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Station wagons can be fun

2005 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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

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Station wagons can be fun
By Bill on


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


I went from a 2004 outback base to this turbocharged outback. Let me say this, I deliver newspapers for a living. So the car needs to be reliable. I will say that the car has been really good so far. Gas mileage isn't the greatest, but then again a lot of starts and stops and riding the clutch too. The car is fast only when you let the rpms run to about 6300 rpms to shift it takes off. For the money you can't go wrong but sadly Subaru dropped the turbo outback for 2010 now it looks like a big SUV. Driving this car everyday is fun, love the turn signals on the side view mirrors. Subaru only made a few of these cars every year if you can get a chance to own one grab it.

Best Features

Turbo with AWD awesome - you can actually steer with the throttle. The sunroof, big with a lot of different positions. MOMO shift knob is just right. Plenty of room in the back. Great in the snow and ice, was very pleased over the winter months. Turn signals on the side view mirrors.

Worst Features

Replaced the clutch around 52k. Put another Subaru clutch in it - won't put another one in it. Clutch is very easy to burn up and have smoke coming out from the hood. Brakes aren't the greatest for a car that goes fast aftermarket rotors and pads are way better. Turbo lag at low rpms.
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