Used 2008 Subaru Outback

2008 Subaru Outback
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2008 Subaru Outback

Pros

  • Fine ride and handling balance, enjoyable power delivery from XT Limited's turbocharged engine, excellent build and materials quality, sure-footed in snowy or light off-roading conditions, outstanding crash test scores.

Cons

  • Tight backseat for a midsize car, automatic transmissions sap performance, stability control not available on lower trim levels.

Used 2008 Subaru Outback for Sale

Subaru Outback 2008 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition 4dr Wagon AWD w/VDC (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
38,118 miles
Used 2008
Subaru Outback
3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition
List$12,421
Est.Loan: $254/mo
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Subaru Outback 2008 2.5I 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
93,411 miles
Used 2008
Subaru Outback
2.5I
IM Autohaus
20.1 mi away
List$7,488
Est.Loan: $153/mo
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Subaru Outback 2008 2.5I 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
117,283 miles
Used 2008
Subaru Outback
2.5I
List$8,000
Est.Loan: $164/mo
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Subaru Outback 2008 2.5I 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
144,464 miles
Used 2008
Subaru Outback
2.5I
List$6,199
Est.Loan: $127/mo
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Subaru Outback 2008 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
138,462 miles
Used 2008
Subaru Outback
Base
List$7,900
Est.Loan: $162/mo
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Subaru Outback 2008 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
137,630 miles
Used 2008
Subaru Outback
Base
List$6,495
Est.Loan: $133/mo
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Subaru Outback 2008 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
126,057 miles
Used 2008
Subaru Outback
Base
Star Cars
47.3 mi away
List$6,500
Est.Loan: $133/mo
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Subaru Outback 2008 2.5I 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
92,240 miles
Used 2008
Subaru Outback
2.5I
List$7,990
Est.Loan: $163/mo
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Subaru Outback 2008 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
129,221 miles
Used 2008
Subaru Outback
Base
Mazari Motors
53.9 mi away
List$5,995
Est.Loan: $123/mo
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$165 Below Market
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**2008 SUBARU OUTBACK**ALL-WHEEL DRIVE**2.5L 4 CYLINDER ENGINE**26 MPG**POWER WINDOWS/LOCKS/MIRRORS**REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY**CRUISE CONTROL**TILT STEERING WHEEL**AM/FM/CD** - Air Conditioning| Climate Control| Cruise Control| Power Steering| Power Windows| Power Door Locks| Power Mirrors| Roof Rack| Clock| Tilt Steering Wheel| Telescoping Steering Wheel| Driver Airbag| Passenger Airbag| Side Airbags| Keyless Entry| Security System| Traction Control| Rear Defogger| Fog Lights| Intermittent Wipers| AM/FM| CD Player| Anti-Theft| Cloth Interior Surface| 115V Power Outlet| 12v Power Outlet| Aux. Audio Input| Body Side Moldings| Carpeted Floor Mats| Center Arm Rest| Center Console| Child Proof Door Locks| Compass And Temperature Display| Compass And Temperature Display| Cup Holders| Daytime Running Lights| Overhead Console| PCM| Power Brakes| Premium Alloy Wheels| Premium Sound| Premium Wheels| Rear Spoiler| Rear Spoiler| Rear Wipers| Side Curtain Airbags| Tire Pressure Monitor| Vanity Mirrors - Contact Sales Department at 540-898-5555 or sales@mazarimotors.com for more information. -
Subaru Outback 2008
80,484 miles
Used 2008
Subaru Outback
2.5I Ltd L.L.Bean Edition
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Subaru Outback 2008 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition 4dr Wagon AWD w/VDC (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
117,000 miles
Used 2008
Subaru Outback
3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition
Carplex
18.9 mi away
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Subaru Outback 2008
92,639 miles
Used 2008
Subaru Outback
2.5I Ltd L.L.Bean Edition
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Subaru Outback 2008 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
118,385 miles
Used 2008
Subaru Outback
Base
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Subaru Outback 2008 2.5I 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
84,684 miles
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Subaru Outback
2.5I
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Subaru Outback 2008 2.5I 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
149,311 miles
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Subaru Outback
2.5I
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Subaru Outback 2008
140,189 miles
Used 2008
Subaru Outback
2.5 XT Limited
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Although still a good choice for smaller families seeking an all-weather wagon with strong crash test scores and polished performance, the 2008 Subaru Outback loses ground to roomier crossovers that offer better overall value.

vehicle overview

With its too-cute commercials featuring Paul Hogan a distant memory, the Subaru Outback is left to get by on its own merits. But not to worry, mate, this old gal has been holding up much better than Mr. Crocodile Dundee's acting career.

Starting out in the mid-'90s as a interim measure for Subaru to grab some of the then-rapidly growing SUV segment, the early Outback was essentially a toughened-up version of the Legacy wagon. Two-tone paint, a raised suspension, all-wheel drive and beefy tires gave the proper "go-anywhere" look.

TV commercials showed the Subaru Outback deftly zipping through twisty, muddy trails, with midsize SUVs left struggling in its wake. This "stopgap" vehicle carved out a niche of its own, serving those who wanted a measure of all-terrain capacity without the needless bulk, clumsy handling and dismal fuel mileage of a traditional SUV.

Today's Subaru Outback has dropped the awkward SUV styling cues of yesteryear and now embraces its midsize wagon body. In fact, for 2008, Subaru has discontinued the Outback sedan. As the Legacy and Outback are essentially the same car, it simplifies things. Want a sedan? Look at the Legacy line. Looking for a wagon? Then consider the Outback offerings.

Although there are three available engines, our favorite is the powerful yet smooth turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-4, which is available only on the XT Limited trim. Standard on this trim is Subaru's SI-Drive system, which allows the driver to tailor engine performance for economy or performance by choosing from three modes -- Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp. We've found that the Intelligent mode makes for sluggish response, while the Sport Sharp mode provides rapid yet smooth response to throttle inputs.

Firm suspension tuning along with responsive steering and the grip afforded by the all-wheel-drive system give the Outback a nimble feel through the turns while still providing a comfy highway ride. On the downside, rear-seat room is tight compared to those of rival wagons and crossover SUVs.

We still like the idea of the Outback, as it does indeed offer a likable compromise of wagon and SUV attributes. However, with crossovers such as the Mazda CX-7 or Toyota Highlander offering more room and power, the 2008 Subaru Outback just isn't the value it once was. And if you don't need the Outback's nearly 9 inches of ground clearance, you might also consider other wagons, namely the all-wheel-drive versions of the Volkswagen Passat and Dodge Magnum.

Trim levels & features

The 2008 Subaru Outback comes only in a midsize wagon body style with increased ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive. Instead of offering a dizzying amount of option packages like some other carmakers, Subaru offers a dizzying amount of trim levels. For the 2008 Outback, there are no less than seven trims: base, 2.5i, 2.5i L.L. Bean, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Limited L.L. Bean, XT Limited and 3.0 R L.L. Bean.

Standard equipment on the base trim includes 16-inch steel wheels, roof rails, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a satellite radio-ready audio system with CD player and an MP3 player jack, keyless entry, an outside temperature display, and full power accessories. The 2.5i adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a limited-slip rear differential, roof-rail crossbars, heated exterior mirrors, deicing wipers, a power driver seat and front-seat heaters. The 2.5 L.L. Bean is a little more upscale and features dual-zone automatic climate control, an in-dash CD changer, a navigation system and specialized floor mats. The 2.5i Limited drops the nav system, but adds a double-panel sunroof and leather upholstery. Spring for the 2.5i Limited L.L. Bean, and, as you'd guess, you get all of the above features as standard.

The Subaru Outback XT Limited and 3.0 R L.L. Bean models feature more powerful engines, but are equipped basically the same, meaning loaded, with the exception of a navigation system, which is optional. The XT Limited has a dark interior with faux aluminum interior trim and red electroluminescent gauges, while the 3.0 R has faux wood accents complemented by a real mahogany/leather steering wheel.

2008 Highlights

For the 2008 Subaru Outback, the sedan version is dropped, a few new standard features (including tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel and an auxiliary audio jack) and updated instrument panel debut and a minor face-lift updates the front and rear ends.

Performance & mpg

Every 2008 Subaru Outback trim features all-wheel drive. All the 2.5i models are powered by a 2.5-liter, horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine rated for 175 hp and 169 pound-feet of torque. Base and 2.5i models can be equipped with either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic; 2.5i Limited and L.L. Bean models are automatic only.

The Outback XT Limited boasts a potent turbocharged version of the 2.5-liter engine good for 243 hp and 241 lb-ft of torque. It's available with the five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic. The luxury-themed 3.0 R L.L. Bean features a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. Known as the H6, this engine is capable of 245 hp and 215 lb-ft of torque, and is matched solely to the automatic transmission.

Safety

Antilock brakes, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and anti-whiplash front head restraints are standard on every 2008 Subaru Outback. Stability control is available on all trims except the base and 2.5i. In NHTSA crash tests, the Outback earned a perfect five stars across the board for its protection in frontal- and side-impact collisions.

Driving

Something of a cross between a billy goat and a luxury sedan, the 2008 Subaru Outback provides sure-footed composure on trails and snowy roads while keeping its occupants comfy. The base engine is just adequate while the turbo four and H6 provide rapid acceleration and stronger passing and merging performance. Unfortunately, the Outback's automatic transmissions still leave much to be desired, as they sap power by upshifting too early. Automatic-equipped XT Limited and 3.0 R L.L. Bean models fare a little better in this regard, as their SI-Drive system offers the Sport Sharp mode that quickens throttle response and delays upshifts.

Interior

The Outback's cabin has an uncluttered and classy ambience thanks to simple controls, tasteful faux wood and aluminum accents and high build quality. Seat comfort is generally good, though adults may find the backseat tight on legroom and shoulder room compared to roomier wagons and crossovers. Car seats are easy to install, as that rear seat is broad and flat. With the rear seats up there is 33.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity, flip them down and 66 cubic feet are available.


Top consumer reviews

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experiences1,01/29/2014
This 2008 subie is my 3rd subaru experience. I was reluctant to leave a review because I have been told I am too critical so you be the judge. 1998 subaru was very noisy engine wise other than that a head gasket failure at 135000 miles 2001 subaru brakes once every other year at the dealer. Coolent leaks at the heads of the engine maintained by conditioner. 2008 Head gasket leaks at 68000 miles needed replacing. wire harness broke to tail lights. Noisy catalytic converters replaced but they left off the shielding. replaced under recall which is good. 75000 miles has a skip. plugs and wires. 7/30/16 96000-113000 owner replaced timing belt and tension pulleys, coolant water pump and timing belt, oil pump seals , cam shaft seals as normal maintenance items. valve cover gaskets Wheel bearings x3 as they were noisy. dealer replaced one air bag and another takata air bag is due under warranty control arm bushings and front and rear sway bar links. intermediate pipe and resonator with seals (noisy) Still drives and handles great. has not left us stranded yet. that is good. brakes hold up well. 1/31/17 120000 update. wire harness at rear gate wire broke again (first time was at 70000 and just ordered a new harness (rear gate Cord) from subaru lost back up lights and antenna wires the remaining wires insulation is cracking and just opted for new. Drives and runs great 23 mpg normal city milage. Just purchased new 2017 Outback Limited My wife drove most everything in this price range and insisted on a Subaru.
Best Wagon for $30K
VDC_Scooby,05/06/2008
The Outback handles great in every day driving around town or on the highway. Steering is light and responsive. The Outback's 3.0R engine delivers plenty of refined power with a hint of growl. The transmission delivers that power unobtrusively. I normally leave SI drive in Intelligent mode but when necessary "sport sharp" mode (S#) provides that extra punch. The Outback's raised ride height means more suspension travel (take that speed bumps!) and it has a smooth ride over rough surfaces. I think the Outback looks the part of a luxury wagon. The interior is upscale and comparable to my 2004 Passat. The materials feel substantial and fit and finish are excellent. Braking is very sure.
My first and last Subaru.
Alan Christenson,10/27/2015
We bought this car used in 2010 with 17,000 miles on it. It was a great car until it hit about 70,000 when it started having regular repair issues that really shouldn't happen. I fully expect to do maintenance on any vehicle for parts that wear out, but these problems are something different entirely. First it was the head gasket problem that most of these have, that came to just under $2,000 for repair (known issue that should have been covered by Subaru). Over the last three years I had problems with the ground wire in the radio that I had "fixed" three different times until it went out entirely and I had to have the radio head unit replaced for $500. The wires in the rear lift gate began breaking about a year ago causing my tail lights to go out. This is apparently a common issue as well and is very dangerous (no tail lights at night) and should have been recalled. That was $400 to replace. My catalytic converter is going out now and apparently it has been recalled in some states, but not in mine so it's going to cost me another $1,000. I also have problems in the passenger airbag light/switch that the dealership is telling me will be another $350 to fix. A little research on the internet tells me that it is bad soldering on a circuit board (another common enough problem that it can be found on youtube). Like I said, I gladly pay for regular maintenance and parts on a vehicle but these things are not "normal" problems and seem to be regular occurrences on Subarus. Tack on to this substantially decreased winter mileage (I expect some, but not 15%-18%), and I can't see myself purchasing another Subaru. Sure, you can probably pass them on to your children when you upgrade to a new one (just like the commercials show), but you're going to spend a lot of money to keep it that long and you'll be saddling them with something that appears to require regular, expensive repairs.
Transmission blown at 4,200 miles
John Kasperowicz,09/18/2007
I have owned many Subaru models in the past years. This new 2008 Outback will be my last. The transmission blew out at 4,200 miles and left me stranded. I think that the new transmission selection of different modes might have contributed to failure. This new feature is more of a gimmick than a useful option. Ride of car is not good, very jarring over small potholes or minor dips in road. Way too much road noise. Leather quality of seat not very good for 32k car. Overall, car is not worth the money and quality of parts and the interior is lower than previous models.
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Features & Specs

MPG
20 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
170 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
20 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
170 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
170 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
170 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

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Used 2008 Subaru Outback Overview

The Used 2008 Subaru Outback is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 2.5I 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M), 2.5I 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M), 2.5I Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 2.5I Limited 4dr Wagon AWD w/VDC (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 2.5I L.L.Bean Edition 4dr Wagon AWD w/Nav, VDC (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 2.5I L.L.Bean Edition 4dr Wagon AWD w/Nav (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 2.5 XT Limited 4dr Wagon AWD w/VDC (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5A), 2.5I Ltd L.L.Bean Edition 4dr Wagon AWD w/Nav (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 2.5I Ltd L.L.Bean Edition 4dr Wagon AWD w/Nav, VDC (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition 4dr Wagon AWD w/VDC (3.0L 6cyl 5A), 2.5 XT Limited 4dr Wagon AWD w/Nav, VDC (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5A), 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition 4dr Wagon AWD w/Nav, VDC (3.0L 6cyl 5A), and 2.5 XT Limited 4dr Wagon AWD w/VDC (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M).

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Save up to $220 on one of 9 Used 2008 Subaru Outback for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $5,995 as of09/23/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from1 to 5 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2008 Subaru Outback trim styles:

  • The Used 2008 Subaru Outback 2.5I is priced between $6,199 and$8,000 with odometer readings between 92240 and144464 miles.
  • The Used 2008 Subaru Outback Base is priced between $5,995 and$7,900 with odometer readings between 126057 and138462 miles.
  • The Used 2008 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition is priced between $12,421 and$12,421 with odometer readings between 38118 and38118 miles.

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