2008 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: We Questioned next purchase an

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


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 Features

  • Outward visibility
  • Active safety
  • Rain snow traction
  • Parking aids
  • Climate control
  • Entertainment
  • Transmission
  • Electronics
  • Resale value

Worst Features

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