Based on 346 Ratings for the 2005 - 2009 models.Review this car
By Torment Faktory on Monday, July 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 97,000overall rating 3 of 10rating details
Pros: "Does great in the ice and snow"
Cons: "Poor reliability, Autotrans models are sluggish"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Bought this car used with 32000 on the odometer. It is now at the local Subaru dealer (again), having the engine rebuilt. At 45 years old I have owned a LOT of cars in the 30 years I've been driving. I was an ASE certified mechanic for some time and definitely know my way around under the hood. This car has very easily been hands down the most expensive to maintain vehicle I have ever owned. Since I bought it I've had two major mechanical failures, first the front CV boots (both sides) failed, spewing CV grease all over the engine compartment and the catalytic converter which to this day emits a horrendous smell from the burning grease. Then at 97000 miles a (piston) rod began knocking. At this point I am looking at $6400.00 to repair the engine. I'd have just sold the thing if I didn't still owe more than $14,000 on it. Oh, and lets not forget about the fact that due to the overly sensitive transmission failure probability, you can NEVER just buy 2 new tires for this car. Unless you want to buy a new transmission, you'd better replace all 4 tires every time, and I don't even want to GUESS how much a transmission rebuild is on this car. Bought this car because I have always heard about Subaru's reputation for reliability. Suffice to say, I am NOT impressed."
18 people out of 23 found this review helpful
By Sue on Friday, June 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "reliable, comfortable"
Cons: "engine slow on long hills"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"The have made the new Outbacks larger and more like every other SUV. I particularly enjoyed the smallness of the 2008 (it fits in my tiny garage) and wonder what I will try next."
6 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By Guy and Girl on Friday, May 30, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Capable in any weather"
Cons: "mediocre fit and finish & material quality"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"A great overall vehicle to own. Fit and finish deteriorates as the miles accumulate. Engine has always rattled which gets annoying every time the engine starts up this seems due to rusted out fittings on the heat shield which is where i believe the manufacturer cuts costs. Any problems with the vehicle has been covered by warrantee: (faulty front drive shaft). A big quality issue is with the "premium" wheels; the finish deteriorates alloy oxidizes and they look terrible! have been replaced 2 times, problem still occurs. Premium radio bass rattles the doors from about 20K miles on. Other than the above problems, overall great car to own."
4 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By SoTXOutback on Thursday, May 29, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Pros: "premium features, solid All Wheel Drive"
Cons: "bad gas mileage, slow performance, weird throttle"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"My 2006 Subaru Outback has 150,000 miles and the catalytic converter is failing. Cost of ownership is too high. All maintenance has been kept up to date. Mileage is terrible. For a slow four-cylider, I can't get above 27 mpg on a very low speed, highway tank. Going 70 on a roadtrip, I get 24mpg. Cargo space is amazing but the back seats don't have enough leg room for adults or space for rear-facing baby carriers. The throttle and clutch engagement make it difficult to drive, so my wife doesn't like driving it, despite her daily driver having a manual, also. Want to know how much I like it? Although it has premium features like seat heaters and mirror defrosters, I'm going to replace it with a new car while keeping my wife's 2001 Saturn SL."
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By bobthebigboy on Tuesday, May 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,345overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "its fast"
Cons: "its old (well to me it is)"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"i love the stander AWD. It has a good sound system. we drove it from montana and back 2 times."