1999 Subaru Outback 2.5 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Good ride, but horrendously expensive


Starter motor replaced at 60,000km.

RH CV joint bellows blew at 65,000km.

LH CV joint bellows blew at 90,000km.

Rear privacy cover broke spring at 99,000km.

Replaced knock sensor at 104,000km.

Replaced engine temperature sensor and rear wiper motor pump at 105,000km.

Speedometer driven gear broken at 106,000km. This one takes the cake - in most cars, this can be replaced without disassembling the gearbox - with Subaru, the whole gearbox has to be torn down to replace a plastic gear!

General Comments:

Smooth ride, great for long distances, comfortable seats, however a massive money pit.

Bought the car based on good reliability reports, however would not purchase another Subaru again.

AU dealers are arrogant, very unhelpful, and charge like wounded bulls.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th August, 2010

1999 Subaru Outback 2.25 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Pile of junk


Everything went wrong!

Transmission replaced at 120k.

Control module at 125k.

Head replaced at 165000k.

Many ongoing electrical gremlins.

The door trims all came loose, and the rear plastic shroud on the tailgate fell off.

General Comments:

I hate it!! I was told how wonderful these things are, and how reliable the boxer should be.

We had this thing serviced on time every time at a Subaru dealer, drove it gently and never took it off the bitumen.

The slightest flick resulted in big dings in the bodywork. It spent 8 days back at the dealer with 2 months of acquiring it, and then was back a further 5 times for warranty repairs thereafter. I traced the original owners, who were a retired couple, who traded it as they had had no end of issues since they took delivery of it new.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th March, 2010

1999 Subaru Outback GT 2.5 from North America


This is my fifth Subaru, and I won't leave its AWD any time soon. Unbelievably dependable


I once pulled out of a gas station on a 50 MPH road too close to oncoming traffic, so I did a few redline-shifts to ensure I got up to speed fast enough.. When I got home about 5 miles later, I had steam coming out from under the cowl.. I blew the head gasket.. Even though the car should have a rev limiter and prevent me from doing any damage to the engine with high rpm activity, I blew one or both head gaskets..

Idler pulley bearing failed at 100,000 miles.

Something is wrong in the driver door window track that is scratching the window when it goes up and down, and I've been told that this is common with Subarus, which have no window frame.

General Comments:

Very reliable, even on a rebuilt engine.

Original wheel bearings still at 161,000 miles..

Everything still works, except the illumination bulbs in some of the feature buttons, such as the heated mirror button, the cruise control button and one of the heated seats buttons.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2010

1999 Subaru Outback from North America


Love the car and AWD, but find the head gasket / overheating problems a constant worry


Head gaskets went at 168 000 km.

Have had to replace wheel bearings at least twice on each one.

Love the AWD.

General Comments:

I am wondering if anyone has had a case where the head gaskets have gone again, after already replacing them? Mine were done at 168 000 km. and it seems I am getting the head gasket symptoms again. Is this possible?

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

Review Date: 20th December, 2009

31st Jan 2011, 17:11

You should not have to replace them again.

1999 Subaru Outback Wagon 2.5L from North America


Subaru engines are not as tough as the car itself


Number 3 cylinder threw a rod bearing. Was advised to replace the engine. I have yet to put 10,000 miles on it myself and have only had the car for a year and a half. Was informed that the excessive piston slap that these engines have, may have caused this failure.

General Comments:

Love this car.

Comfortable interior, roomy for it's size.

All-wheel drive handled great.

Great in town and on the highway.

However the engine failed after 100K.

Gas mileage nowhere near EPA estimates.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th April, 2009

1999 Subaru Outback Legacy Limited 2.5L 4 cylinder from North America


Piece of junk!


Engine completely went out at around 120000 miles. Cost of repair was about 5k.

Needed new axles.

New struts at about 120000 miles.

General Comments:

Slow acceleration and slow in general.

All of the repairs we've done on it so it could run, cost more than a new car.

This was my first car, so I just kinda got stuck with it, and I hate station wagons, but that's more of a personal opinion.

Poor gas mileage at least for the engine and how slow it is, about 19 mpg, maybe 23 highway.

It does handle very smoothly and is rather comfortable.

Fun to drive, but just because it's a manual transmission.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th April, 2009