2004 Subaru Outback Reviews

2004 Subaru Outback 35th Anniversary 3.0L flat 6 cylinder from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 3.0L flat 6 cylinder Automatic
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance128500 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

Love it and can't wait to buy another one

Faults:

Minor LED lights for switches, gear indicators, right side of speedometer.

General Comments:

I am amazed at the negative reviews on this vehicle. I live at 9000' in the Rockies and have commuted in this car to work in the city for almost 10 years. It is sure-footed, and even with an automatic transmission, if I drop it into a low gear to climb snow and ice-covered hills, it has never let me down. I have routinely bypassed Audis and other more expensive vehicles with all or 4-wheel drive, who have had to pull to the shoulder, and made it home in blizzards.

The boxer engine means that gas mileage is not as wonderful as for other small cars, but that same low heavy engine makes for stability in the mountains.

When I can afford to buy another one, my husband has "dibs" on this one. So, its trade-in value (nearly $5k after all these years and miles) is just a number, and I can't wait to be a 2-Outback family in the mountains.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2013

2004 Subaru Outback from North America

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission  
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance128000 miles

Faults:

Frameless doors windows shake at speed.

Numerous interior rattles.

No torque at low RPM.

Sluggish tranny and low response for quick lane change.

Harsh suspension on bad roads and questionable chassis stiffness.

General Comments:

Their reputation seems to be based on short term ownership. They aged pretty fast.

AWD system is reliable, as are most units built by New Venture Gear (Venture = GM & Chrysler), and they are common in Jeeps, BMW and you name it. Subaru was late to switch from viscous coupling to Gerotor clutch type (2008 compared to 1999 for Jeep). Surabu's supremacy in rallies stands on their low center of gravity. Nothing to do with the symmetric thing...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th February, 2013

2004 Subaru Outback from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired30 miles
Most recent distance90000 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

They don't make the new ones like the old ones!

Faults:

Front brake rotors warped.

Lost oil pan bolt & lost the oil pan cover.

Front axle boot had a leak, both axles had to be replaced at 80000 miles.

General Comments:

Interior access buttons to windows, door locks, etc. do not light up & this is extremely hazardous when trying to exit the vehicle at night.

Love the quick get up and go when getting on the freeway!

Handles GREAT in the snow. Better than on dry land or in the rain!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th February, 2010

2004 Subaru Outback 2.5i 165hp LPG from France

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.5i 165hp LPG Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 406

Summary:

As of now, I don't want any other one ; I expect to keep it for years

Faults:

4 years and 130000km : runs like a charm, I've just changed the tires (every 60K), the front brake pads at 75K, one front suspension silent block at 120K, and the regular maintenance stuff.

You have to pay respect to the regular maintenance, otherwise it may cost a lot.

General Comments:

It's quiet, even on a cold winter mornings, it's quick, and it goes everywhere except some places where only hardcore 4x4 can go. It can carry a lot of stuff effortlessly.

Basically it's a great all rounder, and a serious competitor for diesel Volvo XC70 and Audi all road if you are not looking for a symbol on your driveway, but for an efficient AWD wagon.

It's only real competitor is the boxer diesel version, if you accept its noise at low revs and even more at low temperatures.

The handling vs comfort balance of many other SUVs is either too stiff on bad roads (BMW X3...) or too soft when cornering on good ones (Volvo XCs). The Outback offers a perfect balance in this regard.

It's a bit thirsty in town, but I don't care as I ride my bike to work :)

Running costs are decent otherwise : it's at least 500kg lighter than the competition, so tires and brake pads last twice as much.

Would I buy another one? Yes, but they don't sell it any more :-/

Here in France, since January 2009, we can only get boxer diesels in a luxury edition (leather, electric seats, HID's, GPS navigation...). No more LPG and no more basic edition.

Performance : 7 because it has what you need on open roads, even when packed with passengers and luggages.

I'd give a 10 to the 3.0R :-)

I rate dealers at 5/10 because there are too few of them, and I need to spend a lot of time for the regular maintenance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd March, 2009

Average review marks: 5.9 / 10, based on 14 reviews