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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
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 326 Ratings for the 2005 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS CAR

By on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 197,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "design inside and out, great for dogs and camping"

Cons: "Manual Transmission.. I'm too old for shifting"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My ONLY complaint about this car is the manual transmission because I have a bad back and neck. It's just a little too much having to shift. Other than that, I love this car. It handles beautifully, window visibility is good. Exterior and interior is a great design. It's a SUBARU! and I love it."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

dissapointed in reliability

By on Monday, March 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 190,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

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

"we bought this car with 70000 miles and replaced the wheel bearings 3 times and both cooling fans failed at the same time. Both front axle boots cracked and leaked and they had to replace the axles to replace the boots. Now I just spent $2700.00 for new head gaskets and timing belt and one of the heads was cracked and had to be replaced. When I got it back from that repair within 2 weeks the check engine light and cruise control light came on and they said it needs a catalytic converter and several sensors for $1200.00!"

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Never getting another one.

By on Saturday, March 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 151,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
1/10

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

"I started with a 96 Subaru Outback, and when I went to buy this one I expected the same quality. I am highly disappointed as it has had problem after problem. Dealers tell me this is normal wear and it's an "old" car. No, it's not. And this is not normal. I take care of it, but this car does not take care of me. It is always disappointing me in some way, and I do not consider it reliable as it has left me stranded on the side of the road on more than one occasion."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

This is the most reliable, best car for the value

By on Sunday, February 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Good price, well maintained, one owner"

Cons: "A little body scratches but fixed with factory kit"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have owned this car since 2006. I bought it brand new and it has been my main vehicle of transportation. I love the heated seats in winter and the turn radius the interior light tan leather is still as clean and pretty as when it was bought. It is roomy, comfortable and can be down shifted for mountain driving or freeway speed. I have had no major mechanical problems and I have always kept up the regular maintenance."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

"Love. It's what makes a Subaru a Subaru"

By on Friday, February 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Everything else: handling in snow and in general"

Cons: "Reliability, head gaskets"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I think I finally understand this slogan. I love my 2008 Subaru Outback. I have wanted one for several years. I finally bought mine about 4 months ago with 82,000 miles on it. I knew that Subaru's were infamous for head gasket issues, so I purchased an extended (3rd party) warranty. Within 4 months, I started having an oil leak. Turned out to be a leaking head gasket. Luckily, Route 66 (my warranty) covered the whole thing. They were awesome. Cost around $2,000 all said and done. I was really dissapointed. 85,000 miles...blown head gasket...that's pathetic. It embarrasses me that Subaru claims reliability and claims to have fixed the problem. Well, it is officially not fixed. BUT, I love this car. I like the handling even more than I thought I would. I think for a wagon, it's pretty classy and has enough room for me and my pup. So, Love is what makes a Subaru a Subaru, because even though these cost you out the butt to fix, you still love them. Poor reliability, but I really like everything else. Not sure I would recommend it to friends or family unless they were ok with spend the money it costs to keep these going. Hey Subaru!! Fix this problem. This is embarrassing. A representative at the Subaru dealer told me, "Subaru recommends that you replace the head gaskets at 100,000 miles." Are you telling me that head gasket replacement ($2000 repair) now is routine maintanence? Emabarrassing. But, I still love it. Hope this is the last big repair I have."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great driving machine

By on Tuesday, February 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, sure footed in all conditions"

Cons: "No true cons, just a little crampt"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Little crampt I am 6' wish the drivers seat went back just another inch, great to drive otherwise reliability and sure footed on any surface are by far the defining attributes of this car! Mechanically sound never had any issues will be replaced with another Subaru in the future, solid design though like all newer vehicles not taking the home mechanic in to account short of checking fluids be prepared to purchase a few speciality tools just to do minor maintenance."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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