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2005 Subaru Outback Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by nhesketh



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Reviewed: 2005 Subaru Outback

4dr Wagon turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Why the 2005 Subaru Outback?

Powertrain performance

I love the fact that I can have an Outback wagon with sports car performance

Reliability & durability

I am 50 years old and have only had six cars, including this one, and four of them have been Subis. They will last forever if you take care of them, and the Outback is particularly rugged.

Brand reputation & image

It is a Subaru

Driving position & visibility

I like being a little higher up than a regular car, but not has high as an SUV/Pickup truck.

Cargo capacity

LOVE station wagons. Hated the one sedan I had.

Why Not the 2005 Subaru Outback?

Fuel economy

With gas at almost $4/gal, and driving lots of miles, long distance, I would love to get better than 26 MPG on the highway. I am going to slow down though, and I still do love the turbo.

Ride smoothness

Not great, not terrible, it is acceptable given that it is an AWD Outback wagon.


It is loud on the highway, though since I changed over to Kumho all-seasons from the stock Bridgestones it had been much improved. Sometimes it is still hard to hear a phone call though.

Price or payments

Damn, it was expensive (one year old and cost $24K, original price something like $32.5K) but you get what you pay for I think.

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