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Subaru Outback 3GEN (2003-2009) Questions & Answers

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Jolene Cathrine M.

Jolene Cathrine M.asked

Outback 3GEN (2003-2009)

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.

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Linda Maree
Linda Maree

I’m sorry I’m unable to answer this question

M M
M M

Hi Jolene

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.

Jolene Cathrine M.
Jolene Cathrine M.

Thank you.

Liam B.

Liam B.asked

Outback 3GEN (2003-2009)

Am looking to buy an example with 200,000km. What are some things I should be looking for?

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Roger
Roger

I have never been a fan of REALLY high mileage cars. Nothing lasts for ever. I would look for an extremely well maintained vehicle that has complied rigorously with the service book with evidence of money spent like invoices. Check out the Subaru forums and ask those guys as there a lot of high mileage Subarus on there. In the meantime have it independently inspected on a hoist and keep fingers & toes crossed!

Mohsin

Mohsinasked

Outback 3GEN (2003-2009)

I bought a subaru outback h6 (the 6 cylinder version). It had 148k in the odo and car was in good condition. Only problem I have is the fuel consumption is very poor. I get arouns 20L/100 km. I.e it hardly clocks 300 km on a full tank. It runs on premium 98 fuel. Any clues why would that be? I dont think this is normal.

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Rex
Rex

Assuming you don't drive it hard, you definitely have a car which is using a lot more than what it should. The first thing to do is check for petrol leaks.

Mohsin
Mohsin

No i dont drive harsh... i recently got my car inspected by a subaru specialist... they didnt find anything at all. Another mechanic told the air filter is high time to get changed. He will replace it soon. Will that be the cause?

Karl S

Karl Sasked

Outback 3GEN (2003-2009)

Looking to buy a 2nd hand 2008 Outback 4-speed auto petrol with 170k. Higher KM due to country commuting. Anything I should watch out for in particular, aside from the basics of inspecting the oils and fluids, suspension, CV joints etc? It has full service history and major service was done at 120k. I'm aware of head gasket issues in these models, although they seem much more common on earlier models than the 2008+ ones.

I'm looking for a AWD wagon to use for weekend excursions and camping. The fuel economy and potentially expensive repairs they can require is a bit off putting. I currently own a 98 Delica 4WD van which is great, but too big and thirsty for what I need now.

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Ay
Ay

Well its always best to get a qualified mechanic like nrma for pre purchase inspection. check the revs story , check about the smoke comeout from exhaust. The auto try to put on drive mode if the idle vibrate abnormal means the transmission problem gonna cost you problem and check for oil leak

Karl S
Karl S

Thanks Ay. I am quite thorough when it comes to car inspections and have avoided a few duds already. Will definitely get my mechanic to give it a good checkover before parting with my hard earned $.

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