2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i from North America
I love it
Rear struts needed to be replaced when I bought the car. Not leaking, but worn.
The heat shield vibrates. Sounds terrible and will have it repaired soon.
Other stuff is just normal wear... wiper blades and battery.
I love the ride and handling. It's fun to drive, and I have never had a car that so many people comment on the smooth ride. It's unexpected in a small wagon, and is my favorite thing.
The noise level is occasionally too high for my tastes, but I have the base model, and there may be more sound insulation in the upper models.
Gas mileage is good for an AWD. On a recent trip, I got 30.3 MPG on the two lane back roads, traveling about 50 mph, and 26.7 on the interstate at a steady 70 mph.
The downside is routine maintenance at dealers is expensive. Almost German car expensive.
Not a ton of power either, but it keeps me out of traffic court!
All in all, I am a fan of the Outback. It's all the car I need.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd January, 2013