2001 Subaru Outback Base 2.5L NA from North America
Solid, but underwhelming
Engine coolant leaking from unknown origin, likely part of 2.2L/2.5L Subaru head gasket issue.
Steering has failed to hold alignment within 20,000 km.
Transmission slams into low gears. Center differential slams when redirecting power in low grip conditions.
This is a very dependable and capable everyday station wagon.
Seating is ample for four, though a squeeze for five. Easy fold flat seats make the most of the wagon's massive interior space. Seating is comfortable, but driver's lumbar support is painful if used for more than 15 minutes.
Despite problems mentioned above, the car has since purchase never failed to start. Parts are reasonably priced and easily found from salvage yards, but way overpriced from dealerships.
The brakes feel very un-dramatic, and suspension can be bouncy. That said, handling in conditions such as snow and ice is outstanding.
For a $25,000 premium (when new), I'm surprised certain basic features such as a CD player, or safety features like an alarm kit and side airbags were not installed.
As to be expected with an AWD vehicle, fuel consumption is poor, averaging about 15 MPG city.
The 2.5L engine is enough to power the smaller Impreza, but has a very hard time propelling the much heavier Legacy and Outbacks, especially the wagons. An automatic transmission is highly detrimental to performance in these vehicles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th December, 2010