I have owned several Subaru's, but this was the first 2.5 liter engine. We drive long distances in the snow and the Subaru is the best car for winter handling.
At about 95,000 miles, the head gasket went while I was driving home. The car overheated and the third cylinder was damaged.
After numerous attempts to repair the problem at a total cost of over $3,500, I traded the car in for an older, smaller engine model.
Later I have learned that Subaru has experienced this problem with many of their 1996 - 2000 Outbacks with the 2.5 liter engine.
I will never buy another Outback until I am convinced that this problem has been corrected. It cost me thousands of dollars and not even one apology from Subaru.