2001 Subaru Outback 4 cylinder

Summary:

I love my Subaru Outback; it is the best car I have ever owned!

Faults:

I have had no problems whatsoever with this vehicle. It's a very reliable car.

General Comments:

I love my Outback. It handles amazing, and winter driving is awesome with Subaru's All Wheel Drive. I used to have an Audi A4, and honestly my Outback handles just as well as the Audi did.

It is a very comfortable driving car.

It is pretty quick, even though it only has a 4 cylinder engine.

The gas mileage is really great.

I love Subaru's, and am probably only going to buy Subaru's for a long time.

If you are thinking about getting a Subaru, you will not be disappointed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2010

2001 Subaru Outback Limited Sedan 2.5L H4

Summary:

A good car, but with mechanical problems that should have been fixed before production even started

Faults:

Blown head gasket at 96500 miles.

Engine needed rewiring after the head gasket problem.

Just started rattling really bad at about 1500RPM.

The car has gone through 2 alternators, and number 3 probably won't last long.

Catalytic converter just went bad at 101500 miles; probably because the head gasket problem leaked oil into the exhaust manifold.

General Comments:

The car is overall an OK car. The only let down is all the mechanical problems I've had with it, forcing me to throw about $2000 into it within my first 6 months of owning it.

I wouldn't trust the dealership with my car, because I brought it in before I bought it to make sure everything was in line. However, they failed to mention that the car was leaking oil everywhere due to the head gasket problem, and that the car needed new brakes and rotors.

I know that Subarus are good vehicles, but every manufacturer has a lemon, and unfortunately I bought one.

The car handles very well for its size, but it lacks power.

It will go anywhere you want, because it has a far superior AWD system to most AWD cars.

The car rides like a luxury sedan, and the interior is very nice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2010

2001 Subaru Outback 3.0 VDC 3.0 H6

Summary:

Fast and efficient, all-weather car

Faults:

Passenger side mirror cracked when heating up one morning in Juneau, AK - I am living with it.

Wind noise from driver's side mirror - mechanic fixed with a new mirror gusset.

Steering rack went out at 60,000 miles. Suspect moisture and salts from Juneau, AK. This cost about $800 to replace.

Now I have vibrating noises coming from the undercarriage at about 1100 rpm - I suspect the exhaust system needs some work.

General Comments:

This is one of the fastest cars I have owned - got her up to 130 MPH the other day with good tires, and I think there was more speed to be had, but I chickened out, not wanting to get a ticket.

I have noted gas mileage as high as 30 mpg on highway trips, but average about 21 mpg in mixed driving.

This is the best ice, mud, and snow car I have ever owned.

This is a solid car that has generally served me well, and in comfort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2009

2001 Subaru Outback Base 2.5L

Summary:

The car was giving me a sticky feeling of insecurity every time I drove it

Faults:

Left us stranded on the Interstate 90 eight miles from Canastota NY, due to alternator failure. Was able to pull the car from the throughway and make it to nearest NAPA store, where we bought a mechanically defective (late in Saturday afternoon) alternator.

Miraculously made it back home. Few words of appreciation for NAPA.

Had no problems exchanging the defective (bad bearing) alternator bought in the US for good one in Canada.

That was about the only thing that went wrong during my term with that car.

The other issue was with the driver’s window seal. Very annoying whistle at highway speeds.

General Comments:

Have had three Legacies; 1990, 1992, and 1995, and one Impreza, a 1999, prior to purchasing this 2001 Outback.

Always been enthusiastic supporter and advocate for Subaru products. Their 2.5 liter engine changed everything.

That was my first one. Did not like it from the day one.

Bought it in the first week of May in Toronto Canada.

The weather was anything but hot at the time, which is very typical for the city.

Despite that, the engine started to ping on my way home.

Filled up with premium, erased keep alive memory of the computer to reset knocking map to factory settings. There was no effect on the engine ping, whatsoever.

Checked the heat range of the spark plugs and even replaced them for safety sake.

Connected scanner and drove it around watching the temperature. Never got hotter that 98C.

Sorted out higher that normal temperatures of the combustion chamber due to the lean mixture, because fuel consumption figures were way higher than those, claimed at www.fueleconomy.org.

Let it finally go, and just drove it with the radio blaring.

When the winter kicked in, the fuel consumption rocketed up to 15-16L/100km of city driving.

Sold it and never going to look back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd March, 2009

31st May 2010, 23:07

Yeah, I have that same drivers window whistling problem with my 2001 Outback, and it gets really annoying, but other than that, it's a great car.

16th Apr 2012, 03:23

Super easy fix for the whistling sound; merely insert a 4 inch long piece of folded paper into the black plastic "triangle" at bottom-front of the front windows. It magically cures 99% of the wind noise right away. A thin cardboard piece does even better. Wind noise? No problem!

PS: I agree about the interference vs non interference Subaru engines. It's a dang shame Subaru went with interference engines. I buy every 95 & 96 Impreza or Legacy-Outback I can find with ABS & the 2.2. 100% GEMS! BUT, the 2000 & newer Outback styling makes up for the interference engine. Nice body style!