2005 Subaru Outback Reviews from North America

2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.5i Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired84500 miles
Most recent distance89500 miles
Previous carSubaru Legacy

Summary:

I love it

Faults:

Rear struts needed to be replaced when I bought the car. Not leaking, but worn.

The heat shield vibrates. Sounds terrible and will have it repaired soon.

Other stuff is just normal wear... wiper blades and battery.

General Comments:

I love the ride and handling. It's fun to drive, and I have never had a car that so many people comment on the smooth ride. It's unexpected in a small wagon, and is my favorite thing.

The noise level is occasionally too high for my tastes, but I have the base model, and there may be more sound insulation in the upper models.

Gas mileage is good for an AWD. On a recent trip, I got 30.3 MPG on the two lane back roads, traveling about 50 mph, and 26.7 on the interstate at a steady 70 mph.

The downside is routine maintenance at dealers is expensive. Almost German car expensive.

Not a ton of power either, but it keeps me out of traffic court!

All in all, I am a fan of the Outback. It's all the car I need.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd January, 2013

2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R 3.0 6 cylinder

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.0 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired91000 miles
Most recent distance93000 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Excellent winter vehicle

Faults:

So far nothing major, it has only been two months.

General Comments:

Very comfortable, except for driver leg room (I am 6'-2"). My legs start to hurt even on short trips.

Love how quick the car heats up, however the automatic climate control is temperamental. It seems to have a mind of its own sometimes.

Gas mileage could be better. Average 18 mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2011

2005 Subaru Outback

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Previous carHonda CR-V

Summary:

Very reliable and comfortable

Faults:

The only issue I've had with my Subaru Outback is had to repair the fan belt and low gas mileage. I would definitely recommend this car for anyone.

All the interior components work great!

Satisfied Outback owner.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th December, 2010

2005 Subaru Outback LL Bean H6

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission H6 Automatic
Distance when acquired15 miles
Most recent distance38000 miles

Summary:

I have many regrets

Faults:

Multiple electronic gadget failures (outside temp, sound/climate system faceplate).

Driver seat heater failed.

Bad dash noise, could not be fixed.

Moonroof stuck open (and I don't have a garage).

Terrible gas mileage, as low as 14 mpg in town.

Choke (or equivalent device) failed, had to be towed for "Engine Light" - found no clear cause, could not reproduce effect at dealer, cleaned electronics to solve the problem.

Transmission stuck in Park setting.

General Comments:

This was a rare model (LLBean package) made with H6 engine and many "first-year" gadgets in 2005. I know dozens of happy Outback owners (almost all 4 cylinder base models) and live in an "Outback heaven" town. No one else had ever heard of this stuff, including the dealer. What can be fixed has been, mostly under warranty. The dealer has tried. Some I just live with. None qualify as "lemon law" applicable.

It is a "beautiful car" with nice interior, one of their first luxury models, perf leather seats, MOMO mahogany steering wheel etc, and the car has been just great in the snow, which I really need. But the "bugs" make me crazy and I live in fear of being stranded if something else fails. I could not sell this in good conscience to anyone else or even know what to replace it with. It is the first luxury car I have ever owned, and I hate to part with it on some level. I always think this is the "last fix" needed.

The sample size on the model was so small, I cannot find anyone else locally with it to compare problems.

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

Review Date: 22nd July, 2010

21st Aug 2011, 17:39

I have the same model/year vehicle. Dash has some type of computer noise sounding when the car is turned off. Goes on for 90 seconds.

Transmission downshifts from 4th to 3rd extremely hard when the motor gets to operating temp. Bad shifting goes away when AC/heater is turned on.

Heated seats broke.

The 2005 is very disappointing.

19th Feb 2013, 17:28

I have had my '05 for 4 years now and have only had issues that were covered by warranty. The rear wheel bearings, cat converters. Both replaced by the dealer at no cost to me.

I have had to replace both CV boots because they cracked and leaked all over the engine bay, but I knew that going in and was not overwhelmed.

No other major issues. Just little things. I'm very happy with my Subi.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 8 reviews