"Paid 3 times the current Blue Book 2 years ago @ 91,000 mi. - great for about 4 mo. Then problems: head gaskets (Sub. mech. said typical for Sub. but newer metal ones better) - $2,499.99 @ Sub. Dealer. Typical Sub. knock & still not running right -- oxy. sensor, power steer, alternator, cat. converter, & on & on- $1,500.00 @ dealership. Now invested approx. $10,000.00. Yes, older vehicle but maint. records, condition outside & inside & engine - all visible areas clean w/very little wear visible, low milage. Would have been happy with price I paid if it ran "like a Subaru should".Too much invested in purchase price to quit; after first $2500.00 would never recoupe investment; OK if runs like it should but NOT. Too late to quit now. Disabled w/limited income at the time so new car not an option. Subaru's highly recommended for dependability, etc. Understand the normal wear & tear, reg. maint. & parts, etc. Maybe I just got a lemon but most of the high end repairs were 'typical Subaru issues' per an experienced Subaru mechanic. Love the ride, love it in the snow, love it when it runs well. Head gasket issues would be a concern when deciding if I would purchase another. Way too low milage to have these particular problems *Have a '79 Chev. Rally Sport which I drove daily for 10 years and had it in the shop once - for a new ignition. Tough act to follow - not very good in the snow though! If headgasket issues (which I understand were addressed with metal ones), big ticket repairs were addressed I would def. purchase a new one. Somewhat leary though; think dealership should have acknowledged that a 2001 might not be worth investing that kind of $$$.$$$ Might just happen in 2017 and it will still likely be another Outback!"
"We maintained this vehicle meticulously ( Regular Dealer level service intervals), oil, brakes, belts, hoses...etc. Then out of the blue at 103000 miles the head gaskets blew. Will never buy another Subaru!"
Pros: "driving in snow, refinement, gas mileage, fun"
Cons: "road/wind noise, slow"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"More capable off road than any modern crossover, yet still as refined and comfortable on road as any sedan. 23 mpg average from the 4 cyl automatic. Leather seating an sunroof are nice options. 200,000 miles without a single problme"
"We have had this manual transmission wagon from the factory and have never needed a major repair, despite brutal winter conditions in some years,also quite a few cross country trips.Because of the various conditions in which we drive, and that we had a teen driver when we got it, we especially appreciate the all-wheel drive. Also the roof rack. I'd buy the same car again when this one gives up, and would pay for a nicer interior and would hope to have some of the newer amenities such as Bluetooth interface and navigation.Husband insists on manual transmission, however."
"We bought ours new in 2001 and it's still going strong. When home, it's parked in the garage. Scheduled maintenance and oil changes have been biggest expenses. It is only in the last 2 years I've had to put in a tiny bit more money than normal, but not worth giving it up. I am assure by many I know who also have this model that is will go 250k on one engine, no problem. It handles fabulous, is very safe, and always feels like it's gripping the road. The worst part of the vehicle? They tend to be loud. I am not sure if it's the body structure and lack of sound insulation, but it's not a quiet ride. But it's not horrible either. And if you are someone who takes good care of your vehicles (maintains as recommended) you will have no problems. Perfect if you have kids and pets, or just an active lifestyle (biking, kayaking, trail running, etc.) And a GREAT dog car! LOVE this car. Will be sad when I finally break down and buy a new car -- but have to say -- won't be anytime soon."