1996 Subaru Outback Reviews from North America

1996 Subaru Outback LX 2.2L

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.2L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired102000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carNissan Altima

Summary:

I wish I could drive it forever!

Faults:

Usual maintenance, brakes etc. Changed the timing belt at 102,000 miles as a precaution, although there were no problems with the car at the time.

General Comments:

Car is almost 17 years old, and it runs like new.

Have had other Subarus; all are THE BEST in snow. Love the "winter package" with heated seats, mirrors.

Have gone through knee high snow like it wasn't there, and the car tracks beautifully.

Cargo space is much bigger than it looks, and I have gotten a lot of stuff back there.

Safety. A friend rolled her Outback 4 times down an embankment, and came away with only a bruised thigh.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th December, 2012

1996 Subaru Outback Legacy 2.5 gas

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.5 gas Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 miles
Most recent distance238000 miles
Previous carSubaru Legacy

Summary:

Great to own a Subaru

Faults:

In 2007 I bought a 1996 Legacy Outback with 200,000 miles. Had a minor problem with a caliper that was sticking.

Regular oil changes and this baby will go far beyond 300,000 miles. There is no rust and the interior is worn, but very good considering the mileage.

I've never driven anything other than a Subaru. Every Subaru I've ever owned has gone beyond 250,000 miles. And the last one died because my husband met with a drunk driver. He lived because Subaru has an excellent safety record and he lived. Subaru vehicles are the best, and I love them.

General Comments:

The car performs as needed, and is always reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd October, 2009

1996 Subaru Outback Legacy 2.5L

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.5L Automatic
Distance when acquired116000 miles
Most recent distance193000 miles

Summary:

Avoid the model years known for head gasket problems; otherwise a great car

Faults:

Head gasket blown at 193,000 miles.

Replaced brake pads and lines.

General Comments:

Bought the car a few years ago for $4000. Head gasket just blew at 193,000 miles. From reading here, it looks like I got lucky. Not interested in spending half the cost of the car to get the head gaskets replaced. Probably be something else in another couple of months, it's reached the point of diminishing returns.

I drove the car hard... off road, deep snow, and it never even flinched. I was the guy people called for a ride when the weather was so bad that they were trapped. Really loved this thing and am considering a 05-07 Impreza Sport. I'll get another one if I can verify that the head gasket flaw has been corrected.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 26th January, 2009

23rd Jul 2011, 14:26

A shop that does a lot of Subarus will do a simple head gasket job for about $900 (if you find the right shop). Don't waste money on a valve job or even a new timing belt or water pump if the timing belt & WP has been recently done.

Keep it! You will be doing your pocketbook a favor! It will most likely go another 200k miles. IF the heads go, go to a machine shop to get them resurfaced. That's the ONLY trick to this repair.

Also: two or three of the exhaust valves will be too tight. They will need to be adjusted using thinner "disc-shims". Only a shop doing a lot of Subaru's will have these disc-shims.

Keep the repair cost low by sticking with this procedure, and the car will very likely not have any more serious trouble for years... at least that has been my experience. Good luck, and for real: keep it!

1996 Subaru Outback 2.5 liter

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 2.5 liter Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired83000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carSubaru Wagon

Summary:

A great car; I would buy a new one in a heartbeat

Faults:

Alternator has been replaced twice; otherwise nothing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

Great car and perfect for my needs.

I am massage therapist and this car has made my life easy. With great ground clearance and amazing cargo space, I can easily fit a massage table and a portable massage chair in this car. It is very reliable. I used to own a 1997 Ford Taurus GL.

I loved that car but it cost me a fortune to maintain.

This car is just amazing. It starts right up, and has great features like heated mirrors and seats. I just wished it had more pick up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th December, 2008

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 11 reviews