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.