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2004 Subaru Outback Consumer Reviews

4.6
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Reliable AWD

by from Anchorage, AK on February 7, 2008

Zero problems so far after 4 years. Does very well in winter conditions. Seats 4 adults comfortably - that might be the only possible downside, if you needed more interior room. Fuel economy has been ...
Zero problems so far after 4 years. Does very well in winter conditions. Seats 4 adults comfortably - that might be the only possible downside, if you needed more interior room. Fuel economy has been as advertised. I'd buy one again.
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Value for the Money

by from Akron, OH on November 30, 2010

Great reliable car for the money. Get above spec gas mileage. Has plenty of power and is great in the snow. Has enough interior room for short trips. Would and will buy another !
Great reliable car for the money. Get above spec gas mileage. Has plenty of power and is great in the snow. Has enough interior room for short trips. Would and will buy another !
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Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

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Great car

by from Bowling Green, KY on September 3, 2008

It is a great car, not a huge SUV but roomy for mid size. Good mileage and handles great for an AWD. I will not compare this to my Infinity on styling and comfort, but then it is not a touring luxury ...
It is a great car, not a huge SUV but roomy for mid size. Good mileage and handles great for an AWD. I will not compare this to my Infinity on styling and comfort, but then it is not a touring luxury car. I am used to a 6cyl, so the power is probably good for the 4cyl. With no dealer nearby it was a challenge to get competent mechanic, but worth the effort to maintain it.
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Love my 2004 Outback wagon

by from Amityville, NY on July 26, 2011

I purchased a 2004 Outback in 2005 from a Subaru dealer in Seattle. It had 18k miles on and had been a loaner car. This is my 6th year with the car and it has 90k miles on it. I love this car! The hea...
I purchased a 2004 Outback in 2005 from a Subaru dealer in Seattle. It had 18k miles on and had been a loaner car. This is my 6th year with the car and it has 90k miles on it. I love this car! The heated seats and side mirrors in the winter are fabulous. I feel that the car is very roomy and comfortable, especially on longer road trips. When I sit in the back seat with my daughter, there is plenty of leg room that many of the other hatchback/wagons I looked at do not have (ex. The Rabbit/Golf, older Forester/BMW wagon/Audi A3). I can fit so much in this car! I bought a twin mattress from Costco and with both backseats down, I got the mattress in flat and shut the back! Wow I was impressed. Furniture..dog.. my daughter...it all fits. The car is sturdy and has a great crash rating. The doors feel much heavier thatn the Forester. I drove the new Forester and was not impressed with the tin can feel. The Outback is solid. The MPG is not great, about 22MPG. I do both highway and city. But the AWD is worth it in the winter, this car is a BEAST in the snow. We took it up to the mountains outside of Seattle to the ski resorts and I always felt safe in it. We are talking 5000' up. And now we are in NY and we get snow here and there is never any question if we will be able to work or where we need to go the day it snows. In 6 years I have had to do the front brakes quite often at about $250 a pop. I replaced the tires once. And at 60k miles the Oxygen sensor went, that was $500. Replaced some belts recently for $200. And now the timing belt needs to be done at 90k so that and the water pump are $550 at my local guy. I also took it to the dealer and had it checked out, they put in a new battery 2 years ago. At $4/gallon I put about $40 in when I fill it. The 2002 models had head gasket problems and were recalled for that. I recently took mine in, and my mechanic said he thought the coolant was leaking. Which is a sign the head gaskets are going. I have watched it and I don't think there is anything wrong. So, this is actually my 3rd Outback and I think they are great cards, comfortable, reliable, great crash rating, fit everything in. Great family car if you don't want to drive an (ugly) mini-van.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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4th of 6 Subies

by from osceola, wisconsin on May 18, 2011

Just sold this car at year 8, bought new for $25K, had 145K on odo, in perfect shape. Got $8K! This car went cross country over and over, also with a 6 cyl. was our go-to car for hauling boats and hea...
Just sold this car at year 8, bought new for $25K, had 145K on odo, in perfect shape. Got $8K! This car went cross country over and over, also with a 6 cyl. was our go-to car for hauling boats and heavily overloaded trailers. The leather seats were much better than cloth in in 2008 model. Mileage was 23-25, winter-summer. My 6' boys preferred the back seat to the '08, and took the car many times loaded with 5 guys, suitcases and fishing gear aimed at the Rockies 1000 m. away. Only one unexpected repair: slight suspension problems at the end of our ownership, otherwise only routine stuff.
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Uses car for Transporting family

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Reliable as it is ugly

by from Philadelphia, PA on May 22, 2010

Bought used 3 years ago; only 1 minor repair since then. Boring to drive, but hyper-reliable. Great in snow. If only it weren't ugly as a toad and had a little more rear seat leg room it would be near...
Bought used 3 years ago; only 1 minor repair since then. Boring to drive, but hyper-reliable. Great in snow. If only it weren't ugly as a toad and had a little more rear seat leg room it would be near perfect!
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Everything I wanted

by from Omaha Ne on January 23, 2011

It goes anywhere . Starts in cold weather. It's a 3.0 motor just the right amount of power to pull my popup camper. The price was right
It goes anywhere . Starts in cold weather. It's a 3.0 motor just the right amount of power to pull my popup camper. The price was right
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Reliable and Affordable AWD

by from NJ on June 22, 2013

If you dont want to be stuck in a truck, this is the only AWD car that is affordable and stone reliable. I have a '99 with 220,000 miles and the '04 has 140K. Other than replacing leaking valve cover ...
If you dont want to be stuck in a truck, this is the only AWD car that is affordable and stone reliable. I have a '99 with 220,000 miles and the '04 has 140K. Other than replacing leaking valve cover gaskets ($200), which all Subaurs do eventually, neither of these cars has had anything other than scheduled maintenance. Original struts, muffler, catcon (I know what the replacement interval is supposed to be but they both still pass NJ inspection). Oh wait, I did have tot replace the sruts that hold up the liftgate on the '99. Good gas mileage (25-30mpg), room for 4 adults, performs well enough. Doesn't have the performance of a BMW or Volvo AWD wagon, but doesn't have the reliability issues either. And 1/2 the price.
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Uses car for Just getting around

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I like their performance.

by from USA on May 15, 2012

I have had 4 used subarus so far. started in 92. Keep going for another one. I also tend to push them to their limits and have not been disappointed yet.
I have had 4 used subarus so far. started in 92. Keep going for another one. I also tend to push them to their limits and have not been disappointed yet.
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Uses car for Commuting

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Love my Subie

by from Appleton, WI on November 16, 2011

I worked my but off reviewing and educating myself on used Subarus - My dream car!. If I am looking for used I want a 2004. I found one w/low mileage - VERY RARE. Nice physical shape, lots of perks I ...
I worked my but off reviewing and educating myself on used Subarus - My dream car!. If I am looking for used I want a 2004. I found one w/low mileage - VERY RARE. Nice physical shape, lots of perks I will get spoiled with, and 1 repair issue that the dealer took care of immediately. So far I am very comfortable driving it and enjoying it. I hope to feel the same after this winter w/the all wheel drive as I just sold my 4WD pickup. These babies hold their value and you just need to shop intensely because there are not a lot to grab from.
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