2000 Subaru Outback
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Maybe mine's a lemon?

by from Washington on February 6, 2008

I bought this Subaru (the limited--fully loaded version) in 04 for its reliability. After three and a half years, I've put more than $4000 of repairs into it with another $1200+ needed. I've replaced ...
I bought this Subaru (the limited--fully loaded version) in 04 for its reliability. After three and a half years, I've put more than $4000 of repairs into it with another $1200+ needed. I've replaced head gaskets . . . twice. My catalytic converter is going out and the speedometer stopped working last week for awhile. Brakes & windshields I've expected, but every time the sensitive check engine light comes on (which is ALL the time), it seems to promise another $1000 repair. I shall never buy another Subaru.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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12 years and going strong

by from Rhode Island - Ohio on April 28, 2012

I bought this car new and it has been great. I chose it for the look, handling and the AWD for New England winters when I was commuting quite a distance to work. It never failed me. I have had to do s...
I bought this car new and it has been great. I chose it for the look, handling and the AWD for New England winters when I was commuting quite a distance to work. It never failed me. I have had to do some minor repairs on the exhaust system and a torn CV boot and replaced the brakes and the hydraulic hatch opener thingies, but other than those smallish issues it has been smooth sailing. Complaints: the interior has way too few cupholders (yeah I know, that's crazy to focus on but it actually has been an issue); the driver's side mirror basically fell off pretty early on so there are some issues with the quality of the interior construction; the car holds on to moisture (it can fog up *on the inside* sometimes, which is weird- but it's only happened a few times), but on the whole the car has been everything I wanted. It drives through deep snow like it's nothing; it can haul a ton of stuff; passengers have loads of legroom; I can parallel park it with ease. It's actually a really big (roomy inside) vehicle but it drives like a much smaller one - very manageable. The minimal (almost lack of ) "blind spot" is also great. I love my Subaru and will hate to sell it...hope that day doesn't come for a while!
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Purchased a new car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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Best In SNOW

by from Traverse City, MI on January 31, 2012

This is my second Subaru, I owned a 1991 sedan, which was very small. I live in the Michigan snow belt and NEVER got stuck in snow with either vehicle. Repairs are a little high, but this car is worth...
This is my second Subaru, I owned a 1991 sedan, which was very small. I live in the Michigan snow belt and NEVER got stuck in snow with either vehicle. Repairs are a little high, but this car is worth it.
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Purchased a new car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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I have owned them 2 times!

by from Aspen, CA on February 15, 2007

My husband picked it out for me to take the girls golfing and fit everything in and give me a safe and sporty ride. Living in Aspen I needed an AWD vehicle that offered comfort, reliability, room, pic...
My husband picked it out for me to take the girls golfing and fit everything in and give me a safe and sporty ride. Living in Aspen I needed an AWD vehicle that offered comfort, reliability, room, pickup when needed, great handling and BOY this car gives you that! I put the mt. bike on, skis, or toss in the golf clubs and hit the road and ride in style knowing I will not have any problems with my car. NEVER HAVE! All I do is change the oil and do the basics! I love it!
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Does recommend this car!!

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Cost me thousands of $$$ for head gasket repairs

by from Vancouver, WA on August 15, 2011

This was my first new car, and I enjoyed the driving experience-- until the head gasket started leaking and needed replacement at around 60K. After that, the replacement seals leaked and needed replac...
This was my first new car, and I enjoyed the driving experience-- until the head gasket started leaking and needed replacement at around 60K. After that, the replacement seals leaked and needed replacement every other year to the tune of around $600 per replacement. This occurred three times until the gasket blew and wasn't noticed until the block had cracked-- after the original + 3 replacements = four gaskets. It died at 120K, which is "fair" for any car but I had certainly expected a much longer lifespan for the vehicle, which was otherwise running and was maintained fine. The only other criticism was the placement of the drink holders: the dual holders pop out above the climate and radio controls: When you have a drink being held, it is impossible to access either of these.
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Does not recommend this car

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I own a 2004 Forester and needed another auto.

by from Florida on February 8, 2017

I loved the Subaru I own and bought the 2000 Outback for that reason. The price as right and the Outback meet all my expectations.
I loved the Subaru I own and bought the 2000 Outback for that reason. The price as right and the Outback meet all my expectations.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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Goes the Distance

by from Spring Creek, NV on July 14, 2017

I have 234,000 miles on my Subaru and it still gets 27 mpg. Hard to argue with the longevity and fuel economy. Also goes great in the snow.
I have 234,000 miles on my Subaru and it still gets 27 mpg. Hard to argue with the longevity and fuel economy. Also goes great in the snow.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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DO NOT BUY A 2000 SUBARU....OTHER YEARS ARE GREAT!

by from Denver, CO on December 16, 2009

TWO WORDS: HEAD GASKET....yes subarus are awesome cars, and all I even wanted was a subaru becuase all my buddies had one and all of them made it close to 300,000 miles or more...BUT BEWARE!!! the 200...
TWO WORDS: HEAD GASKET....yes subarus are awesome cars, and all I even wanted was a subaru becuase all my buddies had one and all of them made it close to 300,000 miles or more...BUT BEWARE!!! the 2000 model was redesinged and the HEAD GASKET were designed poorly and they rupture and this repair job is almost 2,000 dollars and it will rupture again right around 50,000 miles after the first 2,000 grand leaves your pocket...THIS IS NOT JOKE! SUBARUS ARE AWESOME CARS JUST STAY AWAY FROM THE year 2000 model and you will be safe. Done belive me...type in Google, "Head Gasket blown in my 2000 subaru" and then talk to me. I have had the worst experience with this car and I am not alone. Google it and see.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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A Car Worth Naming

by from Hagerstown, MD on April 18, 2007

Her name is Gretchen, and she is my 2000 Subaru Outback Sedan, Limited. She's also the first car I've had that is worthy of a name. Once you drive an Outback, you'll notice that they have a real per...
Her name is Gretchen, and she is my 2000 Subaru Outback Sedan, Limited. She's also the first car I've had that is worthy of a name. Once you drive an Outback, you'll notice that they have a real personality and you'll want to name yours, too. Let's start with the interior. I've described it as "quietly luxurious and determined", which it is. The seats are comfortable (the seat heaters are incredible!), the driver's seat has adjustable lumbar support, and the quality of leather is top-notch. At first glance, the interior may imply a prissy, over-priced luxury sedan, but that's until you drive the car. Once inside, you find you fit perfectly into the well-designed cabin. Everything you need is within easy reach and is easy to use. You also gain the advantage of sitting in a higher position while driving, allowing better visibility. Don't let the interior fool you, this car is tough. I've driven it over countless mountains and through every kind of weather on the East Coast. Not only will Subaru's all wheel drive get you where you need to go, it will do it safely and quickly. When you drive this car, you feel like you're in a tank - it feels that solid. Luckily, the car handles very well and maintains a luxurious and sporty feel. It has a good amount of power, good acceleration, and can be very surprising to passengers who think that Subarus are frumpy cars. My car is used for commuting and averages approximately 27 mpg. Keep in mind this is with full-time all wheel drive. There's no need for a gas-guzzling SUV with cars like these on the market. Mechanically, I've never had a single problem with the car, and it has over 120,000 miles on it. I just keep up with basic maintenance and the car keeps going. All in all, this car is a winner. It's luxurious without being overindulgent. It's sporty without being arrogant. This car is everything you need, and then a few extra things to keep you happy. Definitely worth considering, I know I love mine!
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Does recommend this car!!

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Great for a doctor on the go

by from nicholasville, ky on April 21, 2010

this car has been through everything with me! i bought it new in january of 2000 and had to part with it in january of 2010. they're awesome in the snow, offroad, wet roads and ice...you name it! mine...
this car has been through everything with me! i bought it new in january of 2000 and had to part with it in january of 2010. they're awesome in the snow, offroad, wet roads and ice...you name it! mine has seen it all. it handles the interstate like a pro and drove me up my long driveway during snowy winters. it survived 3 kids and 2 dogs. great car that i hated to part with, so i traded it for a 2010 model.
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Does recommend this car!!

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