Not a Bad Choice But Requires Maintenance
October 15, 2018
Love these car- lots of cargo space with good fuel economy. However, the headlamps were constantly burning out- until Subaru extended the repair at no cost, but really was inconvenient, and I was pulled over a few times for it. My 4cyl had timing belt(s), and had to be replaced twice (so far), due to the maintenance- very expensive at the dealership. The CV boots were replaced from wear, and the sparkplug seals deteriorated- causing motor oil to leak into the sparkplug housing. My Outback was a standard shift- and I have had to replace the clutch once- I have never ever had to replace a clutch in any car I have ever owned. My 2011 Outback was a "Check Engine Light" nightmare which included replacing the O2 sensors, and the catalytic convertors - very expensive. All of these repairs were performed by a Subie mechanic- but not the dealer. These are very expensive repairs at a dealership. Tires can be a bit of a problem for cupping- so I rotate every 5K- and that seems to correct the issue. This is my second Subie, and the first one ran over 360K miles. However, they can be costly to maintain- and that's with me performing a lot of the maintenance myself. I currently have over 210,000 miles on the car, and would like to keep it another year at least- hopefully to get some of the repair cost back. I plan to replace the Outback in a year, and will most likely purchase another Subaru. I understand the new models do not have a timing belt, and they no longer offer the manual trans. Other issues common to the Outback includes the head gasket (fingers crossed), my mechanic tells me it's a common issue for the boxer engines. The Outback is an awesome choice for a small/mid SUV. It gets great gas mileage, has lots of cargo space and can handle just about any weather condition. Besides looking at the new Outback (2018, 2019), I am also looking at the Toyota RAV4, and Honda CRV, and the Subaru Forrester (2019). If you purchase a used Outback, make sure you know the service history. If the car has not been maintained, you can end up spending a lot of money after purchase.