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MY09 Luxury Tourer/Dual Range Manual 2.5L SUV
SUV of the year 2009 and why I bought it early 2014, never been off road or down the beach, just the usual dirt track once in a while. However, I've used the car for family as it has a bit more room for travelling and a roof rack. I like the AWD which functions really well in the wet and dry. It took me a while to trust it compared to other rear and FWD models I drove previously so wouldn't go back to them, although I have a V8 as an enthusiast. Bought at 94k, done 135k. Clutch fork broke inside flywheel area at 125k, lucky I was at Subaru reca...ll when it happened. It started playing up a little while beforehand, so I also replaced the clutch at the same time. Reversing out of my driveway which has an incline burns the clutch if you're not smooth at getting out so it's best to go out forward, so reverse in. Also timing belt changed at 125k, better to be safe than sorry. They're at 168k/105k miles in the states. Sometimes the electronics in the centre console don't work, so I turn the car off and on again to fix the problem. Also sometimes the engine light comes on, so I do the same thing, best to let it rest for at least a few minutes, always seems to fix the problem. It usually happens in the summer when it's hot. I change the oil every 5k quite religiously and she loves it, only fully synthetic Nulon as advised originally. It doesn't like oil getting low and I also experienced this with a 2008 Liberty, they like it on the line or just above it no more/less, so check when you fuel up (I only use ULP98, won't give her any cheap fuel) and add fuel injector cleaner every few tanks. Keep the other fluids topped up all the time, quite good on water and air conditioner use, nice and cold, temp sits around half all the time. I don't have the head gasket leak on the Outback. There was a minor oil leak I had fixed, it was dripping onto the cat convertor and burning, mechanic fixed it when he did the timing belt, all good. A bit slow in first gear, although it can take a bit to get her going if you need it, but I use that just to get started, keep my eye on the rev counter, try and keep it down to around 3-4 during that time before cruising. Remember it's a tourer and it does that very well on the open highway, enough power to get by, especially in 5th. She'll sit on 120k no problem with more to go, 140k is quite fast, don't like any more than that. I don't drop to 4th unless I'm under 100k like 80k-90 max as it handles 100k in 4th but it feels like she's working too hard there, so don't forget 5th. To speed up in 5th just add gas and drift out safely when it's safe to do so. The dual range shifter is good when needed; never used it as never had to, however it's not good for driving so don't forget to switch back as you'll hear high revs and get less response. Nice interior and automatic seats help a lot. Dash begins to crack, especially if not covered with a purpose made dash mat. Did the same on the Liberty. Headlights could be better, can't see very well at night unless the driving lights are on in dark places so would benefit with an additional LED up front/behind for dark places. I did put a bigger battery in and had to change the positive and negative connectors. CD is okay with 6 available, can play mp3 but no auxillary connection available or bluetooth, but you can connect bluetooth via the cigarette lighters, middle console is good and has cup holder at the back of it, and aircon is not like ducting, it comes from the front, so on 40 degree days, start up in the shade if possible and cool her down, there's a lot of room at the back, fine then. I didn't want to change the CD system to DVD with an upgrade due to the air conditioning controls and happy with them the way they are, lots of lights at night. I just replaced the front speakers to handle the bass sounds, works fine unless you want to go the extra mile with a subwoofer speaker at back but best to get a 'kicker' that you can hide as you'll lose some space at the back if using all the seats. Great for shopping and picking up wood at Bunnings when all the seats are down, I just put a tarp down inside, you can fit a mattress in there. I've got it set up for camping now with a UHF radio, roof rack basket and putting in some cameras and a solar panel, which I can cover when using for other luggage as well.
Purchased in January 2014 for $15,500.00.
Torque Converter Issues
Subaru Australia's refusal to acknowledge the build issue with the torque converter 2010-2012 Outback is in breach of Australian Consumer Law and Consumer Guarantees. An expensive fix to watch out for.
Purchased in February 2017 at JMC Burnie for $20,000.00.
Silent, competent, head turning, safe.
I've read earlier reviews on Subaru Outbacks and having recently bought one, I wanted to perhaps balance some of the negatives mentioned about earlier versions. Firstly, we owned a 2000 manual Outback that served us well. It was traded on a zippy little Golf TDI, a wonderful little car, but no longer produced in diesel, had a costly drive belt replacement at 100,000 intervals ($1500), a space saver spare. So, the new car had to have - a timing chain (yes), standard fuel (yes), a full sized spare with a fifth mag wheel (yes), decent towing capa...city (yes). It needed to be fully up to date with safety technology, stylish to look at, finished in clean, attractive lines, and have an easy, but reliable driving feel. It's been a revelation. Firstly, it's extremely well sound insulated, has beautiful visibility, outstanding lights (no more worrying about good spread on the road edges to spot those roos in time), steering with good feel, excellent brakes and good fuel economy. We drive around town a lot, but also do long distances and our first tank returned 7.1l/100. Outstanding, remembering that constant 4 wheel drive has always been thirstier than 2 wheel drive. The vehicle is able to switch modes to suit mud and snow, as yet untried, but the original one handled bush driving more than adequately, including one hair raising trip when we got to the point of no return on a back road and had to continue in mud and flood waters almost up to the door sills. No problem, this one will do as well, if not better. The ground clearance is outstanding, although if you are serious off roading, departure and approach angles are not designed for that. You need to go full height SUV, but we will never be winching our Outback up a rocky mountain or crossing Queensland rivers in flood. The safety features are excellent, and if there are situations where you find some feature annoying (for instance lane departure on a narrow country track), these things can be switched off. Admittedly, the start/stop is ludicrous and we switch ours off as part of our 'pre flight check'. Just put a short cut on your infotainment screen and its three pushes each time you start the car. Not convenient, but better than being irritated. The front, back and side cameras are good resolution, and we have everything we need to counter some of the hazards, like supermarket car park lunacy. I'd have liked a bird's eye camera, but that's not a deal breaker. Drawbacks? Yes, I know many people bemoan the CVT, and I was afraid it would annoy me. There's no kick down, just a gentle upward curve of the throttle. That's how a CVT is designed to be. However, live with it. It's going to be the norm. Yes, there's no rocket like forward propulsion like my Golf turbo, but this is not a boy racer car. It's a car to be enjoyed, to be relaxed in, to do what you ask of it without fuss. It also has paddles, and '8 speed manual function' but if you want a rocket, buy a WRX. I'm not impressed with the SatNav, which is below par. I won't be paying for updates. I'm not alone there, and will probably be using our stand alone old one. A minor disappointment is no courtesy lights in the foot wells. Small thing, but not a deal breaker. That's all I have found. The streets are full of soft roaders, but I have been absolutely stunned at how much attention our car has got from the townspeople who noticed we no longer drive the Golf. Almost universally terms like 'gorgeous', 'wish I could afford one', 'you must have won the Lotto'. No negatives on the looks, the interior blows people away, with those crisp lines, the lovely soft upholstery, the panoramic windscreen, and those extra protective bits of black. It's the first time we have owned a car that others drooled over and asked a million questions. Finally, on the subject of Subaru customer service. VW were not exactly friendly or helpful when we encountered problems. Tends to be the norm these days. However, if I were locked into a dispute with Subaru Australia and got no satisfaction, I would be inclined to go straight to Subaru Japan. They value their good name, they value good manners and consideration. They would most likely move heaven and earth to help, and most likely have a few pointed words to say to their Australian counterparts.
Purchased in May 2021 at Baker Motors Albury.
- Outback 5GEN (2014-2021)
Love the look but not the Sales manager
We are happy with our Outback sport, love the look but just a little disappointed by the removal of some of the memory features. Having the facial recognition on the car, it says hello to me but it doesn't have the ability to move my seat and mirrors to my settings. Cheeky move by Subaru. Other than that the two tone seats with the green stitching are nice, the blacked out features and the dark wheels give the car a mean look. Thanx to our salesman at Eblen Subaru, he got us a great deal but not impressed with the new car sales manager's behaviour.
Purchased in March 2021 at Eblen Subaru for $45,500.00.
110,000km of excellence
Purchased our car at two years old (ex Govt lease) with only 22,000km on the clock. I managed to add another 90,000km in just over three years and found the whole experience of ownership to be trouble free. The car has ample power, speed, and driver feedback with the 6cyl well worth the extra spend. I'm only disappointed that Subaru won't be continuing with this engine in the new series. Since the Subaru used only 91Ron fuel its thirst was off-set by savings by shopping around. I changed the tyres to Kumho last year and saw a major improvement ...to handling, quietness and ride quality over the OEM Bridgestones. I wish I'd made that change earlier. I appreciated the fact I could turn off the lane departure warning since that really annoyed me with its constant chirping (too sensitive on Australian roads that are constantly under re-development). So that was permanently off (I wish my new car would do that!). The auto tail gate was also infrequently delinquent depending on whether you had a gentle breeze (or worse) around you at the time. But these annoying little idiosyncrasies where more than made up for by the positive ownership experience. I found only one occasion to call on Subaru for support and they organised for the RAC of WA to come out to me only to find the trailer I was towing had caused a minor fuse to blow. The RAC mechanic also only had good things to say about the Outback. Worth noting is that around the 100,000km mark two things start to happen - with the 6cyl you have a timing chain which doesnt need replacing. With the 4cyl you will have a timing belt which will cost around $1,200 to replace. Be cautioned that you're not swindled by a repairer for this task. Second, my 6cyl started using a little oil (within manufacturer spec) but if you don't keep the oil up you're likely to have issues with the head where its not being adequately lubricated - a costly issue as well. So if you have one, be sure and check the oil levels often.
Purchased in March 2017.
Perfect family car
- Previously owned a Subaru liberty (3.6) and it was great. Though a bit thirsty with the fuel but was great to drive.
- Went in for the 2020 outback 3.6 and I’m glad I did. It is however a bit heavier than the liberty but I can already feel that Subaru has made improvements to the engine, drive and suspension.
- Average fuel numbers in city driving but good numbers on the highway
- Plenty of space
- Plenty of grip
- Solid build quality
- Comes with 5 year warranty now which is great
- Very comfortable for long and short rides
Cons...- CVT engine - No more six cylinders on offer. I heard that Subaru will stop offering 6 cylinder engines from 2021 which is a shame. Also, the design of the next outback is hideous.
Purchased in October 2020 at Tynan Motors.
Best car the wife has driven
purchased car brand new in November 2019 . Wife has done 9012km she said it is comfortable and quiet to drive. Car averages out at 6.85km per 100kms. So cheap to run
Purchased in November 2019 at Subaru Dealers for $45,898.00.
Purchased brand new and a lemon! Atrocious lack of support from Subaru Australia!!!
With a young child and a newborn baby in tow, I researched all the features and thought I was treating the family to a luxurious, safe and wonderful brand new car. It was the Premium model, the best we could get, leather interior, sunroof, all the convenient wizz-bang electronics to make us feel safe and happy while getting around. I never once entertained the thought that I might regret my purchase or end up with a lemon. In the rare event of problems arising, I expected that Subaru would earnestly try to assist, especially in the case of a...brand-loyal customer: Nope. Didn't happen. We were impressed at first, the dealer was lovely and after loving 2 previous Subaru vehicles until their long lives ended (an older Outback and another Subaru wagon), we were loyally continuing our brand association by adding another Subaru car to our family and we trusted our significant financial decision would deliver on all its promises. Instead it has been a time consuming frustrating nightmare. Nightmare! Not being listened to by Subaru, enduring non-rectification of continuing issues and major faults with the car, having Subaru Australia staff being ignorant, dismissive or downright unprofessional/arrogant/rude... the list goes on. Have you ever had a brand new car with sophisticated electronics lock itself with your full set of keys inside to your house, garage and car??? Right when you are frantically searching for the keys to drive your young child to school in time while your little baby is crying and you're needing to lock the house, you think to yourself that the keys simply can't be in the locked car because it's technically impossible with that level of electronics??? Multiple times for me, both while I was outside and inside the car!!! So that you feel the car could lock your little kids and baby in and leave you and your family highly unsafe. In my case when this happened, I also thought "thank goodness my phone is with me so I can call someone..." Well, don't bother calling Subaru Australia Customer Relations to tell them what is happening yet again to your new car like I did when I was waiting for the other half to come home from work in a taxi so I could unlock the car and untrap myself and my young kids to be at school, somewhere we were required to be and we were horribly late for due to the car's series of major faults.
- Outback 5GEN 3.6R (2014-2021)
Outback 2019 3.6
I agonised over what car to buy, can’t believe how much I love this car. The smooth power and great steering the comfort of the drivers seat to the enormous space of the back seat.
The little things like a light coming on under my door stepping out into a dark garage, so cool it’s awesome!
Great car, can't beat the performance safety and reliability and overall value of the 3.6r outback.
Brilliant car, love the thick torque through rev range, Much quicker than the 2.5l litre liberty 10.5sec 0-100 , 3.6r 7.5 sec 0-100. Fuel consumption great on highway and average around town if you're enjoying the engines instant strong power. Adaptive cruise control eyesight is very nice and I feel good knowing my wife and family are in one of the safest cars around.
It's not a race car but has very good real world performance.
Purchased in May 2019 for $35,000.00.
The most uninspiring Subaru Ive ever bought.
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Bought this vehicle having been a dedicated Subaru driver since the venerable L series - a 1990 champion car. This gen5 is the base model 2.5i AWD.
I drive mostly long highway runs of 250km plus. Rarely do I poke around city commuting.
This Gen5 Outback isn't a bad vehicle by any means, but it is certainly not 'off road inspiring', 'sporty', or exciting in any way at all. Its a pedestrian and dull vehicle to drive. Smooth, reliable and less than inspirational acceleration.
The CVT gearbox is adequate on road a...
Purchased in May 2020.
The outback diesel CVT is our daily drive it has been to places like the Painted Desert ,Oodnadatta ,Burke and Wills Dig Tree and Cameron’s Corner mostly towing a 1200 kg van with out any problems. I took over servicing the vehicle after the warrant finished our dealer is good, l use genuine parts, the only issue is front outer cv joints around 100 000 ks which you can get replaced use genuine parts ,you could say general wear and tear. I have added a skid plates. The subaru so far is reliable easy to service and cheap to run.
Purchased in August 2013 for $46,000.00.
Well designed car. Local dealer not so good.
Had the vehicle 2 years now and very happy with the product. Subaru have done a good job in the design and engineering. The eyesight system and adaptive cruise control is reliable.
I tested the 2.5 before and it was nice to drive but the 3.6 is relaxed power and there is no revving with the CVT it's incredible smooth.
It's a lot of car for the money. Well done Subaru.
Negatives: the only issue the car has is with the multifunction unit. It has stopped working twice and keeps getting poor radio reception (not related to location)
The dealer has not been so good: Melville Subaru. They messed up the factory 5 year warranty then tried to give me an insurance plan. On one service they forgot to tighten the oil drain plug back up.
Purchased in September 2018.
I purchased an new outback in 2014. Unfortunately this week the CVT completely failed, and the initial costing from the dealership is around the $10,000 mark! Doing some basic research this is not in a unique problem for 2014 Subaru’s in general. I was hoping to even trade in the vehicle on a new outback if financially viable.
Purchased in May 2014 at Subaru Dealers.
Engine can go terribly wrong
Brought an outback new in 2000. reasonably ok most of the time but plastics frayed easily, parts were expensive and the engine blew a head gasket while travelling on the highway between Geelong and Melbourne. Had about 98000 ks on the odo. Never touched another Subaru again. Discovered it was a design fault in the engine. Mechanic said Outback engines are not tough as they are meant to be.
Questions & Answers
I am a very happy Subaru owner during the last 12years and during the last 5 years a 2015 3.6 R premium outback. This car is outstanding and easily the best car i have owned in approximately 50 years of driving various makes and models. The Outback has a great power to weight ratio, superb driving / handling characteristics, comfortable, able to handle reasonably serious off road conditions, has a great Harmon Kardon stereo and lots of nice tech ( do yourself a favor and check out the spec,s on this vehicle )
Another great attribute with this Outback 3.6 R is it runs on ordinary 91Ron unleaded petrol. the best economy I have achieved is 7.6 litres per 100kl,s. It is not to difficult to achieve around 8.4 to 9.5 average with sensible driving.
I have recently considered upgrading my Subaru Outback to the newest model, a bit more refined, more power maybe ,upgraded tech, suspension and so on. Not a big ask for Subaru. Wrong ! ! ! Very wrong.
Trying to get real information about the new 2021 Subaru Outback is akin to pulling teeth, however I believe the new model only has a 2,5 litre engine and ( your kidding us ) no turbo available. The crazy part is they have increased the tow value from 1800 KG,s to 2000 KGs. REALLY.
Subaru, you may have known what you were doing, but what were you thinking. you have made a major blunder ( in my opinion) by robing your customers of owning a Subaru with decent, safe power.
It appears that to own a 3.6 Outback now the 2020 model is the last available. Very sad. So, get onto the car sales websites, have your money handy and buy one . you won,t regret it.
Hi @ Graeme, Thank you so much for your review. We know that there is a great appreciation for the 3.6R model in the Outback. While it may not be an available option in the new Outback, we're constantly working with the factory in Japan about future possibilities for us. We recently released specs and pricing on the 2021 Outback which you can check out here but there will be more to come as we get closer to its release in March. The Subaru Team.
Thanks Subaru Australia for your reply. I look forward to Subaru Japan having a light bulb moment and re-introducing the 3.6 engine or similar in 2022 . We should not be limited to underpowered smaller engines that do not cut the mustard, especially when towing/overtaking. People will pay a premium price for a premium vehicle / engine combination.
I hope we get the goods in 2022.
Im looking at buying a 2007 Outback D/Range MY07 with 165k on the odometer. Will mostly be driven around town, with an occasional bush road drive to go camping, gold detecting, fosicking. Will have my mechanic inspect before I buy, but is there anything I need to watch for? Thank you.
I’m sorry I’m unable to answer this question
We had an older Outback (2001/2002 from memory?) and prior to this an even older Subaru 'wagon' (didn't have a model name) so not too sure about the 2007. A couple friends of mine had the 2007/8 though and they, like us, kept driving theirs until the cars' old age.
We loved our old one so much. So solidly built and we felt safe in it. We do most of our driving around town - inner city and suburbs. The bush road drives were nice and we never felt like it would let us down (unlike the new electronic ones). It had an amazing (Irving?) bullbar fitted on the front and was a dream to drive away and for long distances.
The only thing for us is as it aged and did higher Ks on the clock, the value decreased so much and when it came to a major service and inevitable replacement of some operational engine parts (can't remember which one/s) but it became too cost-exhaustive, around the same amount as the whole car was worth. So that was the only thing that got us to buy a whole new car. Prior to that, not much went wrong or cost too much mechanically.
Best of luck.
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|Category||Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Large / 7 Seater SUVs|
|Transmission||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT) and Manual|
|Drive Type||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)|
|Wheels||18" Alloy||18" Alloy||18" Alloy||17" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||7.3 L/100km||7.3 L/100km||9.9 L/100km||6.3 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||60 L||60 L||60 L||60 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.5L||4 Cylinder 2.5L||6 Cylinder 3.6L||4 Cylinder 2.0L|
|Max Power||191kW @ 6000rpm||110kW @ 3600rpm||129kW @ 5800rpm||129kW @ 5800rpm|
|Max Torque||350Nm @ 4400rpm||350Nm @ 1600-2800rpm||235Nm @ 4000rpm||235Nm @ 4000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan||Japan||Japan||Japan|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||1,500 kg||1,500 kg||1,800 kg||1,700 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)|
|Ground Clearance||213 mm||213 mm||213 mm||213 mm|
|Release date||Dec 2014||Dec 2014||Dec 2014||Dec 2014|
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