1997 Subaru Outback 2.5 from North America
Overall a good, tight reliable car
Brakes replaced at about 60,000 miles.
Valve cover gaskets leaked at about
Very noisy valve noise at startup in cooler weather, replaced the timing belt tensioner at 130000, this gave some improvement, but still very noisy.
Dash lights for the heater controls went dark very early on. Expensive to repair.
Clutch squeak at idle, but the clutch still has good life left at 138,000 miles.
Exhaust system noises.
Original sound system was terrible was replaced with an aftermarket unit with good results.
The seats are uncomfortable for long commutes.
The gas mileage isn't too bad for 4wd. About 26 mpg on highway.
Very stable in rain, snow etc.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th September, 2004