1996 Subaru Outback Reviews

1996 Subaru Outback LX 2.2L from North America

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 from North America

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 2.5 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 kilometres
Most recent distance160000 kilometres

Summary:

After a bit of town and country? Buy one, they are great compared to a big 4 x 4 and so much cheaper

Faults:

Leaky gasket seals - All replaced, still occasional unlocatable drips.

General Comments:

Great workhorse, superb in rough country and pretty good on long trips. I have had no serious problems other than the gaskets, which were a pain. Car is a Japanese import and gaskets needed to be replaced within the first six months of my ownership. Other than that all I have had to do is change the oil and filters, brake pads and had the discs skimmed.

Interiors are standard, but comfortable enough. Ride and general driving has been really good. What can I say, great buying - do check those seals though, they are prone to leaking. However, they are relatively cheap enough to replace. Like anything, keep on top of it and it will all be sweet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th March, 2009

1996 Subaru Outback Legacy 2.5L from North America

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!

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 12 reviews