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Later years and mileage bring problems by An MSN Autos Consumer on 04/04/2012. Trim: 2001 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 L.L.Bean Edition, Owned more than 10 years.
Pros: Handled very well. Felt safe.
Cons: Became a cost early on-first 50K miles with front brake pads--replaced about every 20k miles. At 120K transmission went bad. Guel pump. Subaru replacement parts are expensive.
Overall review: Did well for 9 years
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Great AWD Wagon by Juan J. SR from Northen Jersey on 08/06/2009. Trim: 2001 Subaru Outback Limited Wagon, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Vehicle seems well built and well designed. Minor issues with the driver side window that makes noise sometimes. Engine is running pretty well for 195250 miles, I purchased the car with 191111 and so far nothing too much to complain. I had a VW Golf and Honda Civic and this car is superior. It has plenty of places to store things and a strong engine. Transmision is OK, not brilliant. AWD in rain is outstanding, I haven't tried it on snow yet. Like many have said it warms pretty much the entire car: windshield, wipers, seats, mirrors. Long trips are confortable.
Cons: Turning tight corners is not a big plus. I already have to buy new struts, knock sensor, temp sensor and ball joint. I had a problem with various dash lights as they were out. Replacing them fixed it, did it my self. Recommend: Look online how to fix them your self. Replacing them at the dealer is around 200 bucks plus taxes. Bulb cost is around 20 bucks for pretty much all the bulbs. Rear tailgate handle gets stuck sometimes, I've tried lubricating and still nothing. Rear Sunroof is busted and replacing is out of the question. Would like a regular tire instead of the temp. Remote entry system is sometimes strange.
Overall review: I recommend the car to anyone: newly weds, young couples, or anyone who likes the outdoors. It handles amazing in water and rain. The engine is a jewel: change the fluids all of the them. Don't flush the tranny or engine, just replace the oils.
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The "Blade" by DuginMT on 09/23/2008. Trim: 2001 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 VDC, Owned 4 years.
Pros: Best ice, snow, and mud car I have ever owned. Fast, too, with the H6. Had her up to 130 the other day and she could have gone faster. You can haul a lot, especially with the back seats folded forward. Decent mileage (22 in town, 28 on Highway at 75 mph). The auto trans works well for gearing down on steep slopes. The leather seats are very comfortable, and the stereo (McIntosh premium) is awesome. Lights are great for illuminating deer and other obstacles. Great heating system. I live in Montana and appreciate being able to defrost the whole car in minutes.
Cons: Had driver side wind noise from mirror. Turned out the mirror gusset was sprung from closing the door too many times, mechanic replaced for about $200 and the noise is gone. Front steering rack went out at 60K miles, that cost $800, I think two years of driving in the rain in Juneau, AK along with the road salts contributed to the failure. Passenger side mirror cracked when defrosting one morning (left it alone). The auto trans hunts around a little too much for my preference. Maintenance costs are running about 30% more than the Olds Alero I recently owned, mainly due to higher parts costs.
Overall review: Good, solid car. The engine is a jewell. Loaded with features. A lot to go wrong, but so far it is holding up fine at 80K miles.
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Just right by justareviewer on 09/18/2007. Trim: 2001 Subaru Outback Wagon, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Heaters on everything (even the wipers), Subaru uniqueness and reliability, the low buzzing noise the boxer engine makes, fake wood, auto-off headlights, simple but attractive dash, extra inch of ground clearance, great audio system (love the weatherband and 6-disc CD player) and of course the AWD. This car is extremely fun to drive in the snow - when you make a tight turn it fishtails just a bit then automatically corrects itself. Perfect "in-between car" - not too big or small, too basic or nice, too low or high off the ground, it's just right.
Cons: Exterior design not as attractive as previous Outbacks (I wish mine had the hood scoop, even if it's not functional). Frameless windows are a love-hate thing for me; on one hand, I like how lightweight and sporty the doors are, on the other hand, framed windows do seem a little more high-quality. Keyless remote doesn't always work and the alarm is very touchy.
Overall review: I got this car used almost a year ago and I am very happy with it. I came off of a 96 Accord and the Outback is actually very similar, but with more personality. The interior is slightly less refined than the Accord in some ways, but overall everything is high-quality and well put together. I got a special edition Outback for my region which is essentially a base Outback with every possible feature without it being a Limited - including a 6-disc CD player, all-weather package, spoiler, bug shield, alarm, auto-dim mirror, and subwoofer. I can already see why Subaru owners are so fiercely loyal. My next car will definitely be another one of these.
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Bold AND Beautiful by Mike from Salt Lake City on 03/09/2007. Trim: 2001 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 L.L.Bean Edition, Owned 4 years.
Pros: Versatility. I can take this car anywhere off-road with no problem, yet can drive comfortably around town with excellent gas mileage (about 31mpg). It's also stylish enough that dates are impressed yet rugged enough to take camping (where two can sleep in the back if necessary) and haul small loads of stuff around.
Cons: Some small rattles in the passenger side door when the car is idling. And the anti-lock brake system seems to be somewhat weak for a 4WD vehicle. Other than that, it still runs beautifully with 77,000 miles.
Overall review: Excellent car! I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys lots of outdoor activities while living in a metropolitan area.
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