"I would recommend doing some research before buying. Actually I did before I bought it (had 115,000 miles on it) and found nothing but mostly good reviews. About 3,000 miles later, the head gasket went. Did some more digging and found the head gasket problem to be a rather common one. But I had to do something so I spent $2,000 for repairs and so-far-so-good. Otherwise it's a great little car...good mpg & cargo space.
The main thing is the wife LOVES it and hey, if Mom's happy everybody's happy!"
"While the outback is not the sportest looking car, it does have a lot of bang for the buck! The best feature of the car is the all wheel drive. The spacious room it offers while allowing the spare tire to be inside the vehicle is huge. Heated side view mirrors, heated windsheild wiper base and seats prove to be a valuable asset in snow/cold months! The 4cyc. engine is great on gas both hwy and city."