Great car, until the head gaskets fail, which they will at ~60,000-100,000 miles
Replaced radiator at about 56000 miles.
Head gaskets went out at 57000 miles.
Drove great, until the head gaskets blew and started overheating. I didn't know that Subaru had a history of this, and never truly fixed the problem. We drove a 1992 Subaru Loyale over 200,000 miles, and figured the '03 Outback would be just as durable, apparently not. We are very disappointed that this problem is happening, and also to find out that the fix is only temporary until the head gaskets crack again. As soon as it's out of the shop, we're trading in for a Toyota Rav4.
Luckily (??) our head gaskets blew before 60,000 miles, and the dealership mechanic has worked it out that Subaru will cover up to $1500 of the repair costs, so we'll only pay about $300 to get it out of the shop and trade it in.
It would be awesome if Subaru fixed designed their engines so that they would have a long-lasting car again, and then one day I'd maybe consider driving Subaru again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 1st February, 2009