2005 Subaru Outback
1-10 of 41 reviews
Test drive review

I wish I could have bought a different subaru

by from Kingsville,TX on August 2, 2012

I've owned my 2005 Subaru Outback Sport since November of 05 when I drove it off the lot with 27 miles on it. I really love the way this car handles, it looks cool, and has generally been pretty durab...
I've owned my 2005 Subaru Outback Sport since November of 05 when I drove it off the lot with 27 miles on it. I really love the way this car handles, it looks cool, and has generally been pretty durable. However... I have done all the basic maintenance, oil changes, timing belts, EFI service, coolant flushes, all of it when it was required. I have had to replace both rear wheel bearings and both front CV axles. All of this happened around 90k miles. I'm at 139k right now and my car has been in the shop for a week for what I suspect is a leaking headgasket. I don't have oil leak unless the engine is running and I can smell the oil dripping onto something and then burning. (No driveway oil puddles though..) I guess we'll see what the mechanic says, hopefully it can be repaired... Read around for the dreaded subaru headgasket problems. I wish someone would have told me when I had subaru-fever when shopping for a new car....
Comfort
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Performance
Reliability

Purchased a new car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

15 out of 15 people found this review helpful. Did you?
Test drive review

2005 Outback bought used

by from MA on August 6, 2010

I bought this used, 5yrs old, 120k miles. Will need a clutch soon. Other than that, it's in very good condition, feels great, handles great, looks great. Seat is a little uncomfortable, as I'm a wide ...
I bought this used, 5yrs old, 120k miles. Will need a clutch soon. Other than that, it's in very good condition, feels great, handles great, looks great. Seat is a little uncomfortable, as I'm a wide body and the seat pan is made for skinny people. Ergonomically well designed. A/C works well, cruise is well designed and works well. Handles great for a wagon. Love it. Had it for several months and several thousand miles. Want a new one, one day.
Comfort
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Performance
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

13 out of 13 people found this review helpful. Did you?
Test drive review

Outback turbo ROX

by from Phoenix Arizona on November 10, 2011

2005 Outback 2.5 XT I have put 100,000 miles on this car, so I now feel like I'm qualified to write a review. For me- this car has struck just the right balance between luxury and utility , comfort an...
2005 Outback 2.5 XT I have put 100,000 miles on this car, so I now feel like I'm qualified to write a review. For me- this car has struck just the right balance between luxury and utility , comfort and performance, style and practicality. I love the turbo- especially going up steep hills on the highway- the car eats them up. Car has held up well, I have had to replace a few items - CV boots are a constant, but I live in Phoenix where the heat is the enemy of all things rubber. One achilles heel on this car (5 speed) is the clutch throw out bearing is good for about 50K. If you are considering buying one- ask when the clutch bearing was last replaced - about a $400 job. Besides that - Outback is a winner in my book.
Comfort
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Performance
Reliability

Purchased a new car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

10 out of 10 people found this review helpful. Did you?
Test drive review

Keeps on hummin'

by from Tempe, Arizona on June 14, 2012

I have owned my Outback for about 50,000 miles. It now has over 108,000 miles on it, and no problems at all. The car still has the original front brakes. The turbo engine is super fun, I get 20mpg in ...
I have owned my Outback for about 50,000 miles. It now has over 108,000 miles on it, and no problems at all. The car still has the original front brakes. The turbo engine is super fun, I get 20mpg in the City driving normally. Passing on the highway is a pleasure, the turbo really shines. AWD makes cornering in the mountain roads a rush.
Comfort
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Performance
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car!!

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful. Did you?
Test drive review

Subaru Outback 2.5 XT with manual transmission

by from Denver, CO on January 14, 2009

The turbocharged 4 cylinder engine is very powerful and there is plenty of torque to climb up steep hills. The traction is especially good with the manual transmission and power is most enjoyable in 2...
The turbocharged 4 cylinder engine is very powerful and there is plenty of torque to climb up steep hills. The traction is especially good with the manual transmission and power is most enjoyable in 2nd and 3rd gears. The gauges are very easy to read and I like the red color of the dials for night driving. The cargo hold is a bit small when there are 4-5 people and gear for a trip, skiing, etc. Overall, I am very pleased with the car and love driving it as much now as when it was new in 2005.
Comfort
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Performance
Reliability

Purchased a new car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car!!

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful. Did you?
Test drive review

Review from Owner

by from Jamul, CA on August 10, 2006

We own a 2005 Sport Outback and are very impressed with this vehicle overall. It handles unlike anything we've ever driven in the corners and has the "get up and go" to move when you need to move quic...
We own a 2005 Sport Outback and are very impressed with this vehicle overall. It handles unlike anything we've ever driven in the corners and has the "get up and go" to move when you need to move quickly. No delay in response. The driver can use the panel controls easily and the sound system is terrific. Our one concern is the fact that is takes premium gasoline. In today's market and depending on your driving habits, that can be an added monthly expense you didn't count on. Other than the gas issue, its a really terrific car.
Comfort
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Performance
Reliability

Purchased a new car

Does recommend this car!!

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful. Did you?
Test drive review

SUbaru for Truck

by from Danbury, CT on January 19, 2012

Only reason I sold this Subaru (Outback L.L. Bean LOADED) was because I needed a truck to haul stuff off my property. Hard to part with. One of the BEST cars I've owned. Trips to Vermont in deep snow ...
Only reason I sold this Subaru (Outback L.L. Bean LOADED) was because I needed a truck to haul stuff off my property. Hard to part with. One of the BEST cars I've owned. Trips to Vermont in deep snow were effortless!
Comfort
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Performance
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car!!

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful. Did you?
Test drive review

Great handling, rotten brakes.

by from Newtown,CT on May 6, 2011

I love how my Subaru handles, but so far I've had to replace brakes and rotors twice (and I don't ride the brakes, far from it).
I love how my Subaru handles, but so far I've had to replace brakes and rotors twice (and I don't ride the brakes, far from it).
Comfort
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Performance
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful. Did you?
Test drive review

140K without a problem

by from Iowa on January 10, 2015

I've owned our 2005 Outback Sport since March of 2005. Other than normal maintenance it's never needed a single repair. It consistently gets close to 30 MPG, and the ability to tackle snow covered rur...
I've owned our 2005 Outback Sport since March of 2005. Other than normal maintenance it's never needed a single repair. It consistently gets close to 30 MPG, and the ability to tackle snow covered rural roads is second to none. The interior isn't fancy, but it serves it purpose and is well laid out. Maintenance is easy-clearly Subaru designed this to be maintenance friendly. The handling is sporty, but when confronted with bad roads, is very predictable. It's been completely reliable and very trouble free.
Comfort
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Performance
Reliability

Purchased a new car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?
Test drive review

30000 Mile Extended Test Drive

by from Northwestern Pennsylvania on January 14, 2007

We bought this '05 Outback 2.5i (5M) new. From the beginning we were impressed with the features of this base model. The new ('07)base models lack many of the amenities that our car has. This car has ...
We bought this '05 Outback 2.5i (5M) new. From the beginning we were impressed with the features of this base model. The new ('07)base models lack many of the amenities that our car has. This car has been reliable, easy to maintain, is still tight and fun to drive. The Subaru O/B is an exceptional car with impressive abilities especially appreciated by people living in more challenging environs. With a couple exceptions. The cruise control gave us fits with it's on/off throttle control. After Subaru of America repaired the ECM this problem was cured. However, this took several visits over a few months to our dealer along with heated conversations concerning what constitutes "normal cruise control operation"! Secondly the stock tires, BF Goodrich PE92, while rated "performance tires" did a lousy job gripping the road on anything but sunny days. I replaced them 500 miles ago. Even though they had plenty of tread left on them I had them tossed out as I concidered them unsafe! These tires have no place on any vehicle, in my opinion, with lousy snow traction and the eager ability to hydroplane at the slightest hint of a serious rainy day water puddle. The new tires ( Michelin Hydro-Edge ) have far better grip and are far more quiet to boot. These two improvements have made this already exceptional car even more so! So when you test drive: check the tires. If they are still stock,chances are they will be being made of plastic they'll last forever, figure on replacing them to get top performance out of your O/B. Check the performance of the cruise especially over hill and dale. Otherwise figure you can go ANYWHERE in comfort and safety with this baby!
Comfort
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Performance
Reliability

Purchased a new car

Does recommend this car!!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?
See Model Details