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Subaru Outback 2GEN

Subaru Outback 2GEN (1998-2003)

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    wisernow

    wisernowGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC

    • 4 reviews
    • 7 likes

    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.

    tod.b

    tod.bBoyne island

    • 3 reviews
    • 1 like

    brilliant

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    Nice cars to drive both on and off road. Dislike where the car aerial is if you break the rear window its costly. Getting around 700-800km out of 45l tank its awesome. Love my Subaru, they all have there good and bad points just like any car, its personal preference. A lot of people say the 2.5l are sluggish on hills iv never had a problem with hills like I did in my 3.2l v6 holden jackaroo, it was a pig at hills.

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    TransmissionAutomatic
    Date PurchasedJun 2017
    Trying to help

    Trying to helpSydney

    • 11 reviews
    • 5 likes

    Just love it

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    Handling on this car is superb, great handling on snow, dirt, mud and the road.
    The interior is great, all leather options, easy to find, easy to use, everything is right at the drivers touch. Both sunroofs are great. Legroom in the front is great, for the longer legged people leg space in the back is mediocre.
    Climate controlled heater/air conditioner which automatically senses where it needs to go and you can manually override it if you need to.
    Middle seatbelt in the back is not great, it is a unique style being pulled from the roof lining.
    Average of 10 litres per 100Kms which is great for a 3 litre petrol engine.

    BadgeH6 Luxury
    TransmissionAutomatic
    Date PurchasedMay 2014
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    FlamedTofu

    FlamedTofuGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC

    • 6 reviews
    • 2 likes

    Great car, very solid

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    I bought this car second hand, and have found it to be a great reliable car which is very solid, unfortunately it had previously been involved in an accident with a truck which collided with the drivers door, however to it's credit only the door was damaged, there was no ripples or any other damage to other parts of the body, a door from the wreckers had it back to as good as new. a very solid and reliable car

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    TransmissionAutomatic
    Date PurchasedFeb 2017
    SLC2283

    SLC2283Hunter Region, NSW

    • 46 reviews
    • 18 likes

    1997 Subaru Outback a capable performer

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    TransmissionManual
    Date PurchasedApr 2015
    freddx

    freddxPerth

    • 2 reviews

    280,000km 3 years after I owned it

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    Allan B

    Allan BIllawarra, NSW

    • 6 reviews
    • 1 like

    Subaru better outback better for you!

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    I luv this Waggon it has 314,000kms when it gets 500,000 kms will get a newer second hand one!
    Bullet proof motor., great manual gear box high low range constant 4wd... Great stereo CD unit sound
    Great size adaptable cargo seating arrangement... You can even sleep in it ok if need be... Low centre grsvity... Good cornering adequate perforance reasonable economy... What's not too like?!!

    Transmission5speed manual
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    surfer7

    surfer7Sydney, Australia

    • 4 reviews
    • 3 likes

    Great car more solid than later models

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    surfer7
    surfer7

    Maybe make it 5 stars after 2weeks with next model -Issues with Central locking and leaving back open after locking up on 05 impossible and more thirsty?maybe 2000 - 03 gen 3 model with low Kms better than gen4 if can be found?

    Nice Car

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    We have the H6 6 cylinder outback. Purchased second hand with $170kms on it and very happy with it for the last 6mnths. Seems to jump a little bit going between 2nd and 3rd, otherwise drives great, No issues so far, wife is happy, lots of room and creature comforts.

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    airlock

    airlockSouth East Queensland, QLD

    • 9 reviews
    • 4 likes

    Great all rounder

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    enduro

    enduroAU

    • 12 reviews
    • 4 likes

    Second Sub I have owned and not going to be the last

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    The last Subaru I owned for 9 years was a 1991 L Series wagon that was just terrific. I liked it so much that I replaced it with a bit more luxurious 2001 Outback (185K on the clock) which I have now had for 5 years. Though I do only 10K a year in it mostly for longer trips it has been just excellent. All the features still work perfectly, there is no rust on the vehicle and the paint is still excellent.

    After owning two Subaru's I would have to vouch for them as being the brand I have had to do to least repairs to.
    Reliability. Performance feul economy.

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    skiracer

    skiracer

    • 2 reviews

    Excellent

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    sabp5

    sabp5AU

    • 23 reviews
    • 5 likes

    Good

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    Excellent

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    Chrisalan

    Chrisalan

    • 6 reviews
    • 11 likes

    Do not buy warning ! Warning ! Warning !

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    My wife and I bought a Subaru Outback (MYOO) from a Sydney dealer 2 years ago, we have had the car log book serviced on time every time and stamped by the Subaru dealers and approved after warranty mechanics, we purchased the car at 155k , the same car has now done only 176k , it has been leaking coolant from the back of the motor, 2 mechanics have told us that the Subaru outbacks from 2000 to 2003 had a weak cylinder heads, the cost of getting the repair done ( exchanged head ) is $4,800 !, needless to say I am not impressed and I will not be buying or purchasing another Subaru product ever again.

    Very expensive to repair, a Friday made car, fuel hungry , weak cylinder head , prone to cracking

    TransmissionAuto
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    Amey T
    Amey T

    Would agree with all this including fuel guzzling disposition. However I have leather seats and its a very comfortable ride...still might do a change over before it sends me broke.

    wisernow
    wisernow

    Get rid of it before it blows a head gasket.

    Chrisalan
    Chrisalan
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    chino101

    chino101

    • 35 reviews
    • 4 likes

    Good

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    00 Model Outback Limited Wagon

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    Questions & Answers

    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

    1 answer
    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.

    1 answer
    wisernow
    wisernow

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

    keith l.

    keith l.asked

    Outback 2GEN (1998-2003)

    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 ?

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    CategoryLarge / 7 Seater SUVs
    Release dateOct 1998
    Discontinuation dateAug 2003
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