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



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Reviewed: 2005 Subaru Outback

4dr Wagon 250-horsepower 3.0L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Why the 2005 Subaru Outback?

Reliability & durability

Bought at 57 thousand km, now 115. Insofar only one error code (O2 sensor). Other jobs are more maintenance really - rear shocks replacement and wheel re-alignment.

Controls and instruments

Logically placed within reach, straightforward operating logic. Not too many electronic gizmos. Only letdown (traditional for Subaru) - climate control. Easy to use, but very poor setup, cannot operate in Auto: gets confused immediately.

Driving position & visibility

Low window line means even midgets will see the road well, suffuicent seat adjustment for average height people (tall may suffer), well profiled seats. Great outside mirrors, very easy to position on the road, to reverse and feel all 4 corners.

Interior styling

Light biege trim and large glass sunroof make for a very light, airy feeling. It feels larger than it is. Good, well-wearing leather(-ette) trim. Metal-like console trim could be better, though.

Powertrain performance

3-litre 6-cylinder engine provides ample performance in all conditions, is unbelievably smooth and quite (unlike a 2.5L 4-cylinder). Best Subaru mill in ages. Sealed-for-life timing chain means no expensive T-belt swap job every 60-100 kmiles.

This review was originally a two-car comparison review. Read the other half here.

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