2001 Subaru Outback Legacy 3.5 Gas


A quality product at a competitive price



General Comments:

My family and I have owned a total of (5) Subaru Outbacks since 1980 and have found them to extremely good automobiles.

The first vehicle we drove for 196,000 miles and never had an engine, transmission or drivetrain problem. The only thing that did it in was rust which you can expect after driving sixteen (16) years in the Northeast.

The second one we drove for thirteen (13) years and 156,000 miles. Again the only factor that did it in was rust.

Living in western New York we have found these Outbacks to be reliable, safe, durable and economical to drive. Being a family of hunters we have on many occasions transported our gear and resultant big game without encountering any performance, space or transporting problems.

We currently have two Outbacks, a 2001 and 2005, and we love them both.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2008

2001 Subaru Outback Limited


Fun, but serious water leak issues!!!


This car has been great with one serious exception (and the reason that I won't buy another Subaru). Every time we get a good rain (in So Cal that's not very often), the car floods.

Subaru of Santa Monica has attempted to fix this problem on 3 separate occasions. The last time, they had the car for over 3 weeks.

Last night, we had the first substantial rain in years. The interior of the car was fogging up so much, that visibility was minimal (the defroster couldn't keep up). This morning my car was full of water, the headliner was soaked and water was still dripping down.

Monday will be Subaru's 4th attempt at stopping the car from leaking!!!

I've always had convertibles or cars with sun roofs. None of those cars have ever had a leak!!! Glancing through articles on the Internet --- I've discovered that my problem is not a unique one. Why hasn't Subaru issued a recall on this problem?!?!?!?!?

My biggest concern... how much mold have my children and I been exposed to over the last few years? (From minimal rain and car washes; insufficient water to travel through the headliner and flood the back of the car, but enough to get the interior of the headliner wet).

General Comments:

I have no other comments other than those above.

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

Review Date: 25th January, 2008

21st Jul 2010, 21:43

I had the same water problem. To fix it, I searched on the Internet and found that there are drainage pipes at the ends of the channel on either side of the sun roof. If the pipes get blocked (over time they can), the water backs up because it has no where to go, and fills the headliner.

2001 Subaru Outback 2.5L


Disappointed with major mechanical failures



At 115000 miles my car developed a pinion gear whine. this progressed and by 120000 the car was slipping out of gear and needed a new transmission. this was described by several mechanics and a couple of dealers as a very unlikely event as the manual transmissions are considered very durable and trouble free. I put in a used transmission for $1300 installed.

Engine failure: at 130 000 my engine developed a misfire which turned out to be a blown head gasket. not the usual one that leaks coolant, but rather one that blew oil out the intake manifold side. oil was then pulled into the intake and burned, fouling the catalytic converter.

With the engine torn down the mechanic also found a badly burned cylinder with leaky rings so a head gasket job has turned into an engine rebuild.

General Comments:

I really like the overall layout and design of this car, especially the all wheel drive, which is perfect for where I live, rural Maine. on the other hand major components have failed, components that I thought would have far greater longevity. my 4runner, which has 140K on it has never given me a lick of trouble, by comparison.

This is a practical car, but with serious mechanical failures.

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

Review Date: 25th November, 2007

3rd Apr 2008, 14:08

You certainly had an unusual head gasket problem! I have a 2002 with 70,000 miles, and am waiting for the usual and common coolant leakage from the head gasket to develop. The engine head gasket has been a problem for Subaru 2.5 l engines from introduction until, hopefully, ending with 2002 model!

16th Oct 2008, 13:47

My 2001 Outback has had too many major failures.

The clutch went out at 62,000 (I drove a VW clutch for 120,000).

The head gasket went out at 87,000 (leaking coolant), but since the car had <100,000 on it Subaru covered it as a service bulletin item and changed the timing belt, plugs, and plug wires (regular maintenance items soon needing replacement) for just the cost of parts.

I have just had to have the center differential replaced to the tune of $2000.

I like the car, but I'll probably buy a Toyota next time.

24th Jan 2011, 16:55

I have a 2001 Outback wagon with nearly 200,000 miles on the motor and I love it.

It does have the front end that comes out of alignment easily if you should hit a pothole or two. But living in PA, that is inevitable. I like the AWD in the winter, but am having the sub-freezing gas leak issue that seems to be prevalent in this model. We've had two days this week at below zero temps and the smell is terrible. Our mechanic cannot find the problem, so we will take it back tomorrow.

Other than that, the car is reliable. We have a 1999 that I drove last year in the deep snow in the evening after work. Never had a problem the whole time. Hope this car is at least as good.