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2011 Subaru Outback Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by stin00044



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Reviewed: 2011 Subaru Outback

4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

Why the 2011 Subaru Outback?

Reliability & durability

I just took my 2011 Outback 2.5 Limited in for its timing belt. I have 105,230 miles on the car and bought it new. It is hard to think this car was anything but a great purchase decision. $30 in repairs (gas cap, wasn't stranded) was all I've spent. I had a 2009 Jetta TDI before despite the mileage of the TDI, the Outback is much cheaper to drive. I have purchase a new battery, changed the differential fluid for the 3rd time and use Mobil 1 syth+filter every 7500 mi. Changed the spark plugs at 60k. Don't. Waste of time. They looked brand new. Will do again every 100k. Air filters every 20-30k. Headlights are a pain to change (Youtube). Mine lasted 60k. Guessing the shop will tell me when I need brakes. I think it will be a while still.

Front seat support & comfort

Impressed with the seat comfort/adjustability/durability. 12+hours in the chair is no problem.

Color choices

Satin Pearl White exterior + Black leather interior needs to be an option!

Why Not the 2011 Subaru Outback?

Feature availability

Wishes for future models would be an Audi Allroad killer. Put the 2.0T in an outback, 30+mpg. Super suspension (2013 got better suspension but is it awesome? I haven't gotten to drive one). Altimiter. Copy the computer function off a VW. I want to be able to "set" all the things I could in my Jetta. I want an all-windows-sunroof-close button or auto close on phone ring. The bluetooth phone integration is terrible. 5 star crash test on everything but roll over. 4 star ok there. Continue to make the car quieter (it is a lot better than previous gen Outback). $1300 small sunroof on Outback? $1600 panoramic on many other cars. Sub's should be $400 if it was priced on size. Turn signal blinkers on the mirror. Reliability transparency. No company is and I CAN'T BELIEVE consumers put up with it (thank you TrueDelta). Work with Yakima/Thule when you change the rack. The 2013 change that made the kit not fit and not telling Y/T is rude. Make the high beams the new medium beams and put some nuclear bright headlights on for high beams. I want to see when driving in the middle of no where.Full size spare.Use LED headlights so no lightbulbs to replace. Long range there needs to be a plugin/hybrid (Twin rear electric motors w/ front wheel drive of gas perhaps?). Seems like their customer base would want that.

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