2002 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5 from North America
Just say no to Subaru!
Timing belt tensioner failed at 34,000 miles and was replaced under warranty.
Incessant detonation (pinging) of the engine with all grades of fuel except premium.
Air conditioning improperly serviced at manufacture and was almost 12 ounces shy of full.
Front brakes worn out at 42,000 miles.
Head gasket blew at 77,000 miles requiring complete engine removal to repair ($2000 dollars). Oil pump and cam seals also discovered to be leaking during this procedure.
I am very unhappy with my first and only Subaru purchase. Numerous trips to the dealer with only some problems resolved was a waste of time and money.
The car, while comfortable on the road and handles well, is seriously underpowered and has abysmal brakes. If it were not for being my wife's car I would have gotten rid of it much sooner.
The factory paint on the hood and roof was also trashed after only a few years with hand washing and waxing. There were multiple cracks and pits in the coating surface which requires repainting-professional buffing only minimized them. I live in the state of Georgia and the car has never seen a salt environment!
I am an aircraft mechanic by trade and take my vehicle maintenance very seriously. In 25 plus years of multiple vehicle ownership I have never witnessed a car so poorly executed. For a MSRP of $29K this wagon should have been far better.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th November, 2006
11th Oct 2007, 18:54
If the brakes are so poor that you would not personally own it, then why pass it on to your wife?
17th Oct 2008, 12:54
Actually, that is the BEST reason to pass it on to your wife!!! Maybe an exploding gas tank or bomb under the front seat would be quicker, but then of course you would have to deal with that pesky police investigator! Job well done!
15th Dec 2008, 23:31
If the hand washing was done with a garden hose with cold water on hot summer days, that will damage the paint with thousands of micro-cracks. Commercial car washes use hot water so as not to damage the paint.
21st Nov 2009, 04:16
I bought a 2002 Subaru Outback base model with manual transmission 2.L 4 cyl boxer engine with 56,000 KMS. The car handles great, can never get it to spin it out. I was just starting to love the car with 867 KMS and 15 days later, now in my radiator fluid there is muddy gray gunk, and the motor oil is overflowing and is watery. Does anyone know what could the problem be?
21st Nov 2009, 08:39
Your coolant is mixing with your engine oil. I suspect a blown head gasket, and a real nasty one at that.
19th Dec 2009, 06:35
Just had to replace my brakes for the second time, and I only have 70,000 miles on the car. I love the car, but I'm finding that the maintenance costs are too high. I would not buy another one for this reason.