Over-rated and overpriced
Five years ago, brake pads were done and rotors turned. At the same time, had a faulty knock sensor replaced.
Two years ago, had drive axles replaced.
This year, had front brakes done and new rotors put on. Was also told at this time that head gasket was leaking and will need done. The rear O2 sensor will need to be replaced, as well as the CV boots and joints.
I know we've had other issues, but they escape my mind...
Fortunately we found a reasonable Subaru certified mechanic, but still find that Subaru parts and labor are expensive. Our mechanic also informed us that this model year has issues with excessive wear on brake pads, and will most likely need a new catalytic converter within the next couple of years, as this is also "normal" for the 2000 Outback.
Very disappointed in the quality of our Subie.
We bought this car while living in New Hampshire, thinking there must be a reason why there were an abundance on the road. Besides the AWD, I don't understand the loyalty to this manufacturer. According to our mechanic, Subaru knew about the head gasket issue, but didn't change the design, and the replacement gasket they offer does not last. Wish we would've done our homework first, we never would have bought this car. We are selling it, and happy to be free from the expensive repairs!
One thing I can say for the Outback is that I could fit a pottery wheel in the back without folding down the seats. Also, the interior is comfortable and the ride is generally smooth.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th August, 2010