24Subaru Outback

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Ramjet59
Ramjet59Canberra28 posts
  Outback 5GEN 2.5i
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Suby
Suby
  4GEN

Relivable car

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. Show details ·  1
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Alan
AlanPerth, WA6 posts
  Outback 5GEN 3.6R

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. Show details ·  1
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Warren
WarrenCentral West, NSW
  Outback 5GEN 2.5i

Shattered

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. Show details
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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), VIC15 posts
  2GEN

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.
Sammy
SammyMulgrave6 posts
  4GEN
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Roger
Roger5 posts
  4GEN

Honest & dependable

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. Show details ·  1
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Canberra Guy
Canberra GuyCanberra Central 2601, ACT
  4GEN
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xavibear
xavibearSYDNEY15 posts
  4GEN
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ELK
ELKSydney, NSW
  Outback 5GEN 2.5i Premium
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fdsaj
fdsajAU40 posts
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Jimbo
JimboCentral Queensland, QLD
  Outback 5GEN 2.5i Premium

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. Show details
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  Outback 5GEN 2.5i Premium
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dior2009
dior2009Greater Melbourne (Outer), VIC22 posts
  Outback 5GEN 3.6R

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 Show details
batchee
batcheeSouth East Queensland, QLD39 posts
  Outback 5GEN 2.5i Premium
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Silverback
SilverbackSouth East Queensland, QLD7 posts
  Outback 5GEN 2.5i Premium

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. Show details
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Lancia
LanciaSouth East Queensland, QLD3 posts
  4GEN

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! Show details
Iggy Pop
Iggy PopCentral Queensland, QLD5 posts
  Outback 5GEN 2.5i

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 Show details
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Pitpat
PitpatHobart, TAS147 posts
  5GEN
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TJL3 posts
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Sean Saunders
Sean SaundersSouth East Queensland, QLD10 posts
  5GEN

More pros than cons of this car

I use this car for family transport and use it 6-7 days a week.
Pros:
-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 Show details

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Twiggy
TwiggyMid North Coast, NSW4 posts
  5GEN

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. Show details
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Jason
Jason
  5GEN

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. Show details
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Liron nehmadi
Liron nehmadiGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC5 posts
  Outback 5GEN 2.5i Premium

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.
The Good:
Handle more like a car than an SUV
Spaces, practical and very nice inside
Active security systems are best in class

The bad:
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... Show details

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Muzza
MuzzaGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC6 posts
  Outback 5GEN 2.5i Premium
Austaurean
AustaureanSouth-Eastern Region, NSW25 posts
  Outback 5GEN 2.5i Premium
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GreenVomit8
GreenVomit8Sydney28 posts
  Verified Outback 5GEN 2.5i

Excellent

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.

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GKB
GKBSydney, NSW2 posts
  Outback 5GEN 2.5i Premium
Gil
GilMelbourne
  Outback 5GEN 3.6R

Drives well

Good safety features. Maps vastly superior to the older version in our 2012 Outback - speed zone notifications in maps and on instrument screen are especially useful. Car has plenty of go and is very comfortable. Lot's of space in the back seats and boot. Happy now the Starlink system has been replaced.

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Nick
NickMelbourne2 posts
  Outback 5GEN 3.6R
Soc
SocGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC5 posts
  Outback 5GEN 3.6R

Outback

What a great car, excellent overall in regards to space height, room and more so the roof racks. Great family car and price is spot on. The only thing i could find is why are they using full synthetic oil on a daily driver? Really happy with this car i will buy another soon.

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Jordi
Jordi6 posts
  3GEN

First car and I'm in love

Super reliable, good on fuel, nice size without being huge and also quite pleasant to drive. Sadly it doesn't have turbo which I'd have loved, but that's what I get for buying used I guess. The car is really comfy and does everything you need a car to do while looking great and feeling great at the same time.

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Nick
NickAU
  Outback 5GEN 2.5i Premium
SteveP
StevePGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC8 posts
  Outback 5GEN 2.5i

Excellent all round

Very comfortable driving. Heated front (leather) seats and sunroof are a joy. High front seats (for those of us a little older) make getting in and out so much easier. Easy visibility, incl larger side mirrors, makes driving (incl changing lanes) easy. And have the comfort of it being all wheel drive. Highly recommended.

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Jonathan
JonathanUlverstone5 posts
  4GEN
Jase
JaseSouth East Queensland, QLD7 posts
  Outback

Great family car with good power

Awd handles very well, the 2018 model is really eye catching. Sexy looking car. Not to high the vehicle level.

I got the base model and although the premium would have been nice I’ve got 2 young kid that will mess it up.

Fuel costs are very good. Great features. Siri and iPhone play.

Great car at a great cost.

The vehicle has plenty of room.esp goo for growing gfamily.

Safety features are a blessing. T

Can’t go wrong with The Outback.

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Theodore
TheodoreHobart8 posts
  Verified 4GEN
glennl003
glennl003South East Queensland, QLD15 posts
  Verified Outback 5GEN 2.5i Premium
Cassie T
Cassie TAdelaide6 posts
  Outback 5GEN 2.5i Premium

Mummy car

I bought the Subaru Outback in 2017 premium version and couldn't be happier. The main reason i bought it was because of all the safety features. I tested the safety features out, it will beep if you start to swerve into another lane, slow down if you are driving too fast when car infront has slowed down which could be good if you get distracted with a screaming child. Able to take car up dunes without need to charge tyres. Can open/close boot via car remote, handy when carrying groceries/ baby. Plenty of leg room for front passenger even when you have baby car seat in the back. Has a great sun roof too. Great all round car!

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Froggy
FroggyPeel, WA2 posts
  Verified Outback 5GEN 2.0D
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