2008 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Mexican big rig or PZEV OB?

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Mexican big rig or PZEV OB?
By Betty on


2008 Subaru Outback 2.5I Limited 4dr Wagon AWD w/VDC (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


This was my first Subaru. My past 2 cars were Toyotas. I thought I'd give the OB a try. First complaint is the shockingly LOUD "engine" warm up due to the PZEV. It sound like a big rig truck from Mexico! I have started to notice quite a few rattles in the passenger compartment. It inconsistently shifts on hill climbs. But, the biggest concern is the "clunk" from the rear end or transmission at slower speeds. It is at the dealer now, but I'm told they were unable to reproduce the "clunk." At 5,000 miles, a car should be a pleasure, not a concern!! Regretting my purchase!! Going back to my trusty Toyotas!!

Best Features

Heated leather seats, exterior body style, AWD, decent MPG

Worst Features

Less interior rattles, fix transmission issues, needs more power under the hood, better r-arm rest, needs usable compartment storage
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