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Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback

3GEN, 4GEN, 2GEN, 5GEN
4.0 from 160 reviews

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4.0

160 reviews
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  • Build Quality
    3.9 (26)
  • Value for Money
    3.8 (25)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.9 (22)
  • Noise Level
    3.8 (25)
  • Acceleration / Power
    3.6 (25)
  • Handling
    4.3 (25)
  • Braking
    4.4 (25)
  • Suspension
    4.3 (25)
  • Gear Shifting
    4.0 (24)
  • Fuel Efficiency
    3.7 (25)
  • Interior Design
    4.3 (24)
  • Boot Size
    4.5 (25)
  • Features
    4.1 (24)
  • Comfort
    4.4 (24)
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Alan

AlanPerth, WA

  • 4 reviews

Well designed car. Local dealer not so good.

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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.

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Warren

WarrenCentral West, NSW

Shattered

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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.

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Subaru Australia
SubaruSubaru Australia

Hi @ Warren, We're sorry to hear of your concern with your Outback. If you would like to discuss this further with us, please feel free to contact our Customer Relations Team on 1800 22 66 43 or feedback@subaru.com.au. The Subaru Team.

wisernow

wisernowGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC

  • 4 reviews

Engine can go terribly wrong

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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.

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Sammy

SammyMulgrave

  • 4 reviews

One of the worst quality car in the market with worst support

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Purchased in May 2012 at Subaru Dealers.

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SubaruSubaru Australia

Honest & dependable

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Bought her new in 2013. She is my retirement vehicle. Something of a special as she has leather and satnav but not the sun roof. Have done >80,000 kms and she has not missed a beat. Still on original tyres! Done a few long trips MEL-NOOSA, MEL-ADEL, MEL-Wodonga. Fuel consumption rarely exceeds 8L per 100kms. She does a trip from Mornington to Footscray about 3 times a month which is a total of 600kms a month on freeway. Uses no oil, I have always used synthetic. My son has a Liberty wagon and my other son has a Forester all trouble free. Great lock on the steering (aka as turning circle) All round a great family wagon.

Purchased in March 2013.

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Canberra Guy

Canberra GuyCanberra Central 2601, ACT

Quite dissapointed

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Purchased in November 2011 at Subaru Dealers for A$42,600.00.

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Year2011
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xavibear

xavibearSYDNEY

  • 15 reviews

Great family car

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Purchased in July 2014.

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SubaruSubaru Australia

Thank you so much for your excellent review, xavibear! Hearing from our Subaru family makes us so happy. We would love if you could post this on Google Reviews as well. Thank you again, and may you have many more years of great trips in your Outback!

ELK

ELKSydney, NSW

Designed for city driving

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Purchased in August 2019.

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fdsaj

fdsajAU

  • 26 reviews

Not good enough

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Purchased in November 2017.

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Jimbo

JimboCentral Queensland, QLD

All 4 the Driver is SO TRUE

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Second hand purchase from SA and return drive to Mackay Queensland was a dream drive. Used daily great for trips to Cairns, Emerald and Gladstone. The eyesight is a great.

Purchased in January 2019 at Private.

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Quality vehicle with a Subaru design fail

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Purchased in March 2018 at Subaru Docklands.

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dior2009

dior2009Greater Melbourne (Outer), VIC

  • 18 reviews

Best car I've ever owned

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Bought a new Outback 3.6R a month ago, seriously this is the nicest car I've owned. Super quiet and silky smooth, built well, very refined and has all the technology for a safe drive. Especially love the Harman Kardon sound system. Looking forward to good times in this car. Thanks Subaru

Purchased in June 2019 for A$46,700.00.

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batchee

batcheeSouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 19 reviews

Safety & practicality. There's not much the Outback won't do.

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Purchased in February 2018.

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Silverback

SilverbackSouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 7 reviews

Quality, usability, funtional and great value.

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2015 Subaru Outback premium this is a great car for the family. Funtional and roomy inside with cup holders, rear folding seats, USB ports, sunroof and leather seats. Big roomy rear wagon with quick release handle to fold seats. Ecomonical engine with good smooth power and transmission. Funtional roof rack option which fits neatly into the top plastic roof tracks. Love this car. Great japanese build and quaility. Best valued family wagon on the market.

Purchased in May 2018 at Subaru Dealers for A$28,500.00.

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Lancia

LanciaSouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 2 reviews

The Subaru Outback is the perfect car for many reasons! I love the way you can get in the seat a fantastic level!

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Transportation is fantastic with pods, back seats come down and towing a trailer or caravan! It’s loves the small commutes to large driving trips around Australia. Tech worthy dash and console!

Purchased in November 2011 at Garry Crick subaru.

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Iggy Pop

Iggy PopCentral Queensland, QLD

  • 2 reviews

Subaru

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Just purchased a new Subaru Outback and initial view is not great. The car appears to be good quality finish, but first drive on the highway, I found the front to be wandering requiring continuous corrections with the steering. Tyre pressures did need adjusting which gave a slight improvement. A bit disappointed with this. After a couple of attempts, the steering issue has been sorted. Seems the wheel alignment was the issue

Purchased in April 2019.

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Pitpat

PitpatHobart, TAS

  • 65 reviews
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3.5 stars. More room than the Forester but has a few to many minor annoyances

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Purchased in December 2017.

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TJL

TJL

  • 3 reviews

2018 Subaru Outback Hobart- average car and average service

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Purchased in February 2018 for A$48,000.00.

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Tech advice

Tech adviceSouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 8 reviews
  • 2 likes

More pros than cons of this car

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Purchased in February 2017.

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Twiggy

TwiggyMid North Coast, NSW

  • 2 reviews

Wonderful car but pathetic local service from the Subaru dealer.

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We recently had a minor accident, denting in the driver's side of the rear bumper bar of our 2017 model Subaru Outback. We had the bumper bar replaced and repainted, however the sensor which detects a vehicle approaching and about to pass was not functioning. The local Subaru dealer has now had the car for three days and is unable, so far to resolve the problem.
What is even of more concern is the lack of communication from the dealer.
As stated before a wonderful and safe car being let down by amateurish and irresponsible service.

Purchased in August 2017 for A$45,000.00.

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Questions & Answers

Alan

Alanasked

Outback 5GEN 3.6R (2014-2020)

The power and torque figures of 129kW and 235Nm under details are incorrect for the 3.6

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Robert M.

Robert M.asked

Outback 2GEN (1998-2003)

I have a problem in engaging AWD on 1998 Outback. Does the mechism seize through non use.
There appears to be an oil leak from the rear end of the transfer shaft

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wisernow
wisernow

Subaru has a full time AWD. So how does it disengage ?

Robert M.

Robert M.asked

Outback 2GEN (1998-2003)

Can't engage awd. Does it seize up through non use?
Appears to be leaking oil ay rear end of transfer shaft.

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wisernow
wisernow

Outback engines are not as tough as would be expected. Best to dump the car.

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