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.

General Comments:

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

2001 Subaru Outback 4 cylinder from North America


I love my Subaru Outback; it is the best car I have ever owned!


I have had no problems whatsoever with this vehicle. It's a very reliable car.

General Comments:

I love my Outback. It handles amazing, and winter driving is awesome with Subaru's All Wheel Drive. I used to have an Audi A4, and honestly my Outback handles just as well as the Audi did.

It is a very comfortable driving car.

It is pretty quick, even though it only has a 4 cylinder engine.

The gas mileage is really great.

I love Subaru's, and am probably only going to buy Subaru's for a long time.

If you are thinking about getting a Subaru, you will not be disappointed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2010

2001 Subaru Outback Limited Sedan 2.5L H4 from North America


A good car, but with mechanical problems that should have been fixed before production even started


Blown head gasket at 96500 miles.

Engine needed rewiring after the head gasket problem.

Just started rattling really bad at about 1500RPM.

The car has gone through 2 alternators, and number 3 probably won't last long.

Catalytic converter just went bad at 101500 miles; probably because the head gasket problem leaked oil into the exhaust manifold.

General Comments:

The car is overall an OK car. The only let down is all the mechanical problems I've had with it, forcing me to throw about $2000 into it within my first 6 months of owning it.

I wouldn't trust the dealership with my car, because I brought it in before I bought it to make sure everything was in line. However, they failed to mention that the car was leaking oil everywhere due to the head gasket problem, and that the car needed new brakes and rotors.

I know that Subarus are good vehicles, but every manufacturer has a lemon, and unfortunately I bought one.

The car handles very well for its size, but it lacks power.

It will go anywhere you want, because it has a far superior AWD system to most AWD cars.

The car rides like a luxury sedan, and the interior is very nice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2010

2001 Subaru Outback 3.0 VDC 3.0 H6 from North America


Fast and efficient, all-weather car


Passenger side mirror cracked when heating up one morning in Juneau, AK - I am living with it.

Wind noise from driver's side mirror - mechanic fixed with a new mirror gusset.

Steering rack went out at 60,000 miles. Suspect moisture and salts from Juneau, AK. This cost about $800 to replace.

Now I have vibrating noises coming from the undercarriage at about 1100 rpm - I suspect the exhaust system needs some work.

General Comments:

This is one of the fastest cars I have owned - got her up to 130 MPH the other day with good tires, and I think there was more speed to be had, but I chickened out, not wanting to get a ticket.

I have noted gas mileage as high as 30 mpg on highway trips, but average about 21 mpg in mixed driving.

This is the best ice, mud, and snow car I have ever owned.

This is a solid car that has generally served me well, and in comfort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2009