Great family car
We purchased our MY11 3.6L premium Outback from a dealership when it was 3 years old and had 50,000kms on the clock.
It has been our faithful family car for the last 6 years now, and has never skipped a beat. We service it twice a year and have only had a few minor things to repair - but it has always kept running for us and safely gets us from A to B without ever letting us down. We learned early on never to service it with Subaru, and instead have it cared for by our trusted local mechanic.
The 3.6L engine provides ample power and engine ...response when you need it, although is a bit thirsty - we average 13L/100km for a mix of urban and freeway driving in a week. It provides a comfortable ride for passengers and an enjoyable driving experience for the driver - solid and grippy, yet nimble when needed. Fun and sporty in a mummy wagon, as I call it. Our only dilemma is that our 3 growing children fight relentlessly in the back seat, and we cant find a 7 seater car that we love as much as our Outback!
Purchased in July 2014.
Designed for city driving
Two months in and thought I'd jot down some of my thoughts on the 2019 Subaru 2.5i Premium.
:) Most of the safety features are good
:) Looks good
:) Interior is nice and it's comfortable to drive
:) Good visibility
:) Enough power (in S mode) most of the time
:) Entertainment unit & GPS are well thought out and fairly intuitive
:) Cruise control is great
Purchased in August 2019.
Not good enough
We have a 2017 model and after about 6 months the engine started rattling and hammering on cold starts with a major loss of engine power. Subaru fobbed this off as normal due to the cold oil not running into the engine on start up?? After about 5mins of driving the noise generally dies down as the oil finally does its job. I reminded them it was built in 2017 not 1965! But Subaru Sydney don't give a damn.
Also the CVT tends to over rev going up hills and the stop start braking only works rarely.
The other annoyance for such a large car is t...he lack of proper storage areas compared to other cars. There are no storage areas in the boot except for 2 useless cavities. All together simply not good enough with issues I never experienced in my Foester which I rated 4 out of 5. Oh and I forgot to mention the GPS is useless! Use Google instead.
Purchased in November 2017.
All 4 the Driver is SO TRUE
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.
Quality vehicle with a Subaru design fail
I bought a Subaru Outback 2.5i premium new after the 2018 facelift. My last Subaru was traded in 2003. I came back to the brand after a succession of various overseas vehicles that never quite matched the Subaru experience, and because Subaru were designing better looking vehicles. However, my 2018 model had the Harmon Karman head unit design failure; the unit could not be re-booted because the screen died and there was no USB socket on the unit for uploading software. So, for the price of a USB socket, the whole unit had to be removed from the...car and a brand new one put back in. It took 3 months to get a replacement head unit and not one word of apology or compensation from Subaru Sydney or my Melbourne dealership. Apart from that issue, the Outback is a class leading vehicle. I am glad I returned to the brand.
Purchased in March 2018 at Subaru Docklands.
Best car I've ever owned
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 $46,700.00.
Safety & practicality. There's not much the Outback won't do.
The 2017 Subaru Outback Premium is my daily ride. I needed a car that would transport all my work kit without stuffing the rear space, with no room to spare.
Maybe one day, I'll own a WRX. For the time being, the Outback is perfectly practical for shunting me and my bits around the city and across country.
My annual kms is around 35,000. The Outback has nice long legs for comfortable journeys. Even after several hours behind the wheel, back and bum support is excellent. My wife and I road-tripped to outback Queensland and western NSW over a cou...
Purchased in February 2018.
Quality, usability, funtional and great value.
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.
The Subaru Outback is the perfect car for many reasons! I love the way you can get in the seat a fantastic level!
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.
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.
3.5 stars. More room than the Forester but has a few to many minor annoyances
It is not a bad car by any stretch of the imagination but I miss my Forester which I rated as Good! Sadly it was a necessary change model to accommodate car seats + buggies + luggage+ adults.
As mentioned above it is definitely roomier than the Forester, has more boot space and is probably a little more comfortable for long drives, but it doesn't feel like it has quite the as much oomph. (Probably due to smaller maximum engine size, heavier car, 91 fuel vs 97 for the forester)
Also, despite the sales dude assuring me that the electronic feature...
Purchased in December 2017.
2018 Subaru Outback Hobart- average car and average service
This car is my principal transport within a rural environment.
-The vehicle is comfortable to drive
-The cruise control works well
-The vehicle handles well on the road
-There is lots of space inside
Unfortunately the electrics are not reliable and the service agents are unable to understand this.
My Autolock doesn’t always Auto Unlock when it should, the service agents first response to this was that I could just switch the Autolock off then there wouldn’t be a problem? Their next response was that I must be changing my settings and need to re...
Purchased in February 2018 for $48,000.00.
More pros than cons of this car
I use this car for family transport and use it 6-7 days a week.
-Seats are fine
-Security system works and the key is great
-The cruise control is bliss when driving on the highway
-The bluetooth is brilliant
-Eyesight and lane control is fine
-I was rear-ended and the car held up perfectly (I had a tow bar on)
Cons:...-The automatic boot is temperamental (If you press the button twice it stuffs it up) -The Subaru app is redundant (If you have any ideas tell me please) -The GPS is 95% of the time right
Purchased in February 2017.
Wonderful car but pathetic local service from the Subaru dealer.
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 $45,000.00.
2018 Subaru Outback- Too many electrics.
I've had the 2018 Subaru Outback for 7 months. I think they've jammed to many things into this car and parts are failing. Since owning mine the infotainment system failed. That unit controls radio, GPS, camera, phone, and needs to come from the Overseas. Google Head Unit fail. Furthermore the fuel level indicator is not calibrated properly in the 2018 model with the machine arriving in Australia mid 2019. This means if it's indicating you've got half a tank you actually have a quarter and if it's indicating a quarter you'll be walking. I also had problems with internal rattle noises. Subaru Australia and the dealer are not helpful.
Good but not as reliable as I would expect
We purchased a Subaru Outback MY18 10 months ago. Since then we travelled 17K with the car.
Handle more like a car than an SUV
Spaces, practical and very nice inside
Active security systems are best in class
This car has a lot of electronics in it. With so much tech come the issues. Our multimedia screen died and it will take nearly THREE MONTHS to replace
The battery died after the car has been parked for a week
I guess brands like Kia will be more reliable today than Subaru...
Purchased in March 2018 for $43,100.00.
My MY16 Subaru Outback is the second Outback I have purchased. My original MY03 was traded in at 283,000 km for the new MY16 Premium in October 2016. I considered a few other cars at the time, but none compared with the Outback.
So far I have driven the new car 40,000+ km.s without any issues at all. Having been a manual driver for 37 years, I thought I might get bored in the automative (CVT) car, but that has yet to occur, with all the new technology in the display to play with.
I love all the new safety features, and make use of the Ada...ptive Cruise Control in both city and country driving. I have added a nudge bar and LED Light bar, converted the high beam to LED, added a bash plate, added a Tyre Pressure Monitor system, and purchased an additional spare wheel and tyre for when I go off road. On a recent holiday, from fill-up in Broken Hill to fill-up in Port Augusta, I achieved the best fuel economy so far of 6.43 l/100 km. over a 422 km. distance. The car cruises beautifully at 100 kph sitting on around 1800 RPM. (My old Outback sat on 2800 RPM in 5th gear at the same speed). I like to manually add the current distance driven since fill up to predicted time to refill, just to gauge how I'm going. On a couple of occasions of purely flat, open road driving, it has predicted just over 1,000 km.s on a tank. (Of course as soon as the city driving begins, this quickly reduces to a more realistic figure). So, as you can tell, I love my new Outback, and do not regret my decision to buy another.
2015 Subaru Outback 2.5 Premium
So we went for the 2015 Outback as it had the updated engine, it was a year old second hand car with about 19,000klm on the clock - the car has performed extremely well over the 2 years we have had it for, we picked it up on Australia Day January 2017, my only real concern was that I feel the steering seems a little vague, not direct enough for me, but whether thats the car or the tyres, I do not know.
With the tyres,I just changed them at 61,000klm, I went for a different brand over the OE Bridgestone Dueller Sport to Pirelli Scorpion Verde A...
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Really happy with the car even though I'm not a fan of 4WD vehicles and this was as close to a family station wagon that I could get. Doesn't sit that high off the ground as other 4WDs do.
If there was a Liberty wagon at the time of purchase I would have went for a Liberty wagon but they stopped making them. I also would have went a Camry wagon but they stopped making those as well.
Build quality is excellent. Feels like it will go on forever.
Purchased in April 2016.
Complete failure of Infotainment system - beware
I bought a new Outback in January 2018 and have been happy with the general operation of the vehicle until recently. We do quite a bit of touring.
Seven weeks ago the Infotainment system and screen - which provides radio, navigation, cameras and phone (Apple Car Play) failed completely. As usual it took two weeks to get into the Subaru service centre, and they stated the obvious - that needed to be replaced. They need to order the part. After a week I called and they advised it would take 2 to 4 weeks to get the part. It is now 4 weeks and n...o advice about when. I contacted Subaru Australia (by social media) and told the same thing - it does not come from Subaru and they didn't know when they would get it. Checking online there are lots of instances of this happening and in the USA a class action is being proposed over this matter. Subaru seems to have a global issue and yet they can't organise themselves to have enough replacement parts available for quick repair. So beware. No phone, no radio, no navigation, no reverse cameras for months at a time!
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Questions & Answers
My friend purchased a 2003 Subaru Outback that has been in New Mexico at 5240 ft. altitude the entire time. Now ,when he attempts to drive it to a higher 8424 ft. altitude it stalls out. Once I come to clear the engine codes it runs until he drives back to the higher altitude. The codes read rich and lean fuel in three cylinders, misfires , and high temperatures. Is there a high altitude program that I can download to his car that will help this problem ?
My friend purchased a Subaru Outback that has been in New Mexico the entire time at 5240 ft altitude. Whenever he travels to a higher altitude ( 8424 ft. ) the engine stalls and wont run until I clear the engine codes. The codes listed misfires with lean and rich on 3- 4 fuel cylinders at different attempts to go from lower to higher altitudes along with high temperature codes. Any clues as to which senors are causing this? Is there a high altitude program available that I can download to his car? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you R. J. S.
Am considering buying a 2000 Outback. Only problem is it can turn over but not run. A mechanic confirmed that the issue is either a fuel pressure/delivery problem, or a management of fuel injection problem. Does this sound familiar to anyone and do you know what to expect in order to have it fixed? Cheers.
I had a 2000 Outback. I discovered there is a design flaw in the engine. Blew a head gasket after 100,000 km, when on highway. Had to keep going to find a safe spot to pull over. Car was a write off. Never touched Subaru again. Brought a Hyundai I 30 CW not very fancy or comfortable but running for seven years withouth a problem.
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