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2006 Subaru Outback

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Information shown for entry-level Wagon.

Fuel Economy:
City 20/Hwy 26/Comb 22 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.5 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: United States

2006 Subaru Outback Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 360 Ratings for the 2005 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

outback 05 car fell apart

By on Saturday, February 28, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: high maintainance

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "fell apart way too soon"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I owned this car, maintained it very well , and at 90,000 miles developed cracked head gasket, heater needed repair , seats tore, rust developed under the car and engine parts, could not maintain a realignment after several attempts, front and back end bushings tore.. The car seemed to be built so solid.. drove very tight and looked great.. seems to be so popular with a great reputation.. Now I see so many reviews just like mine.. and parts and repair are very expensive.. stay away.. I sold the car to a dealer and the trade in was a disaster... see KBB for trade to a dealer.. cant sell to an individual unless they are a mechanic.. I bought a Toyota.."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

3rd and last Subaru

By on Friday, February 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 131,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Great all weather cars , easy basic mtc."

Cons: "2.5 engines head gasket issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I currently own a 09 Outback 2.5 I. I love the driving experience best in the snow with Snow tires. I just replaced head gasket and several other items totaling $4200.Had a 06 Outback that head gaskets fail at 120k and 260k. First Subaru was a 2000 Legacy wagon that had head gaskets go at 130 and 250 k. Walked away from 1 major wreck without a scratch. Love the driving experience but due to head gaskets failing I will not be buying another Subaru. I am in outside sales covering Wi. Mn. and the Dakotas and put on about 40k a year and drive hard but always keep up on regular service."

Very expensive maintenance

By on Sunday, February 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 154,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "great in snow"

Cons: "high maintenance"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Cloth seats not well made, stain easily ie: rain drops. That is not a joke. Low beam headlamps do not last long, and very difficult to change bulbs. Wipers froze up several times in a rainstorm. Very costly to maintain, car falls apart after a few years."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Awesome and awful...

By on Thursday, February 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "price, interior, sleek look, rugged interior"

Cons: "annoying HV/AC, annoying radio, expensive repairs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I've really been a huge fan for years. My wife and I love the way the car drives,and most aspects of the design. However, in the past 2 years I've had to put more than 5k into maintenance and repairs, and it needs another 3k according to the dealer. I've never taken better care of a car before, this was my first new car. However I've had problems with the head gasket, oil leaks, and other issues that I don't fully understand. I think that many of the issues could have been avoided by having a more open sensor system. The only people who can see the full history of the electronic monitoring are dealers, and they can only see it with a special computer (not the normal one they use for free). So, when we had problems with our Subaru dealer's service, we couldn't easily take it elsewhere because of both the system and their proprietary parts. I love most of the design, but there are a few things that have really been annoying. I hate the HV/AC controls. There are two thermostats for each side of the car, and additional controls on each vent, which is overly complicating it to begin with. On top of that, the thermostats are very sensitive to how long the car has been running and the external temperature. Also, the AC runs almost continuously no matter how cold it is outside. It's just been an extra set of things to fiddle with that are overly complicated and cause dispute between my wife and I about how to keep some fresh air going though the car. I just think that the old fashioned hot/cold high/low interface is pretty close to perfect, and there's no need for fancy "smart" improvements. I also wish that the radio could scan. It stops at every single interval after a pause. So you have the disadvantage of needing to change the station one decimal at a time, without the benefit of it finding a station automatically. I was really expecting this car to easily last 10 years, and to last 15 years with care. However, it got really expensive in year 7-8"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Head gaskets and RUST kill this car!

By on Sunday, February 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 127,325

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Great resale value. People think they are durable"

Cons: "Common issues...head gaskets blow and lots of rust"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I bought this car because so many people swear by Subaru. They must not care about maintenance costs. My head gaskets blew at 90K miles and it was cheaper to buy a used engine than to make the repairs. After checking with repair shops I found that this is a VERY common problem with these cars. Then the rust behind the rear tires got so bad the car would not pass inspection. Again, VERY common. Why in the world do people love these cars. They are terrible!"

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Awesome vehicle

By on Saturday, January 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive great mileage safe!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"All the extras you would ever need! Great town and travel car! Safe! Great on ice and snow! SOOO easy to drive and handle! Love it and would recommend to young or old!"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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