2001 Subaru Outback User Reviews

2001 Subaru Outback Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Appearance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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"awd" 11 reviews
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CONS
"power" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"oil leak" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
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James writes:
2001 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 VDC Review
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5

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Practicality, reliability, all-terrain/all weather performance, lovely burst of low end torque, rockin' all wheel drive system, really nice interior for a Subie

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Hate? Nothing, really - though the styling's a little frumpy and there's this weird bias against station wagons. Keep in mind all the real soccer moms are driving SUVs nowadays.

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Ideal Urban Assult Wagon - Tankish Build, Always Capable, Forgettable Styling, Lovely Interior. — I call her Moya, and she's a hell of a car. Subaru, back in 2001, realized their Outback was lacking in power and refinement. The old four-cylinder was a great engine as long as you took care of it, but it had issues with head gaskets and timing belts. The flat-six, new for that year, took care of that, as an all-new, bespoke engine for the Legacy/Legacy Outback models. It spits out 212 HP and ft/lbs of torque, and you get a big chunk of that torque right off the line, making the car feel swifter than it really is. Which, around town, is pretty nice. The Outback isn't the *perfect* car for any job, but it's the perfect car for ANY job. Shuttling people around? Road trips? Light off-roading? Trudging through snow and rain and whatever else? Moya's got your back. She will nom all of your cargo and not complain a bit. A nice thing about these cars is how DIY they are. The only real maintenance thing I've run into was that the pulley bearings on the front of the engine (specifically, the tensioner ones) tend to get clogged and break around 60K miles (and in my case, 10 years into the car's life). Changing them is pretty simple, as is replacing the serpentine belt. You can swap headlight bulbs in about 15min with hand tools. Reliability rocks and she runs like a top. Interior is very nice, and will surprise you if you've sat in other (even more recent) Subarus. The VDC model was completely loaded when they built her, with extra sound deadening to dampen road noise, and even came with a snazzy McIntosh stereo system. While it's somewhat dated compared to high end stereos of today, this was about the coolest factory stereo you could get in 2001. It's lasted brilliantly, and only now is one of the speakers starting to show its age. I plan to keep the awesome analog head unit and upgrade the front speakers. Just about the one thing this car isn't is a sports car, but why would you want it to be? She handles well enough to get out of the way of semis and crazed North Carolina drivers in their massive Ram Laramie Cummins Brokeback Edition pickup trucks, and will beat the pants off a SUV or crossover in the agility department. On a nice set of Michelin Primacy tires, she's rock solid even in Georgia monsoon season with oil on the road and she'll gladly schlep you and your buddies across the country, only occasionally requesting an oil change and some gas. I plan to keep her for years to come. Bottom line: she might not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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theelements23 writes:
2001 Subaru Outback Limited Wagon Review
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4

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Good fuel economy. AWD is great. :)

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Not alot of power.

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2001 Sohc 2.5 Wagon — So far so good a few things I need to fix, I did purchase a warranty so things should be good. Subaru definitely builds a solid car. I see so many on the road. But not many with the double sun roofs.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Interceptor writes:
2001 Subaru Outback Limited Wagon Review
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5

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All wheel drive, handling in all conditions, Quality, Craftsmanship

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Wind noise is poor because of the tweeters, Head gasket every 100,000 miles,

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245,000 Miles Currently, Great Value, Great Car, — You'll look forward to snow days... It's fantastic and still love driving it, especially in the winter. Considering other brands charge a $5000 premium for their AWD I'm completely satisfied. This Subaru has been a gem reliable and economical. Even with 245,000 miles everything still works and quality has been great there have been no broken interior parts, only had the bulb burn out for the drivers side heated seat (dealer wanted $120 to fix so it no longer lights).

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Emily writes:
2001 Subaru Outback Limited Review
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Its awesome

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oil leaks

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I Love Iittt — My car rocks and I love iiitt! It has an oil leak but...its old so its okay! Its real pretty, the paint has damage from the previous owner letting it bake in the sun, but thats easily fixed. High miles but still works real good:)

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Kris writes:
2001 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 VDC Review
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*Safety ratings are among the highest of any car: LATCH child seat mounts (not standardized until '03 or '04), all-wheel-drive, side airbags, 4-wheel disc brakes and ABS, traction control and an extremely rigid chassis.

*Lots of cargo space, even for a wagon.

*Other beefy build attributes including suspension, plastic trim and hefty tire dimensions help ensure road worthiness against the potholes and shopping carts.

*Great towing capabilities for a car.

* Surprising acceleration--once you learn how.

* Plenty of luxury car amenities in the VDC model.

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*Oil leaks

*Rear seat space for rearward-facing child seats

* Out-of-sync granola mom styling

*Great-sounding  top-end McIntosh sound system has dramatically-outdated controls and display.

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Safe, Solid, Practical, And Powerful...but Leaky. — It's been a very good car at 100,000 miles I still have a lot of faith that it will remain a safe and sensible family car for years to come. The H6 engine provides plenty of power and very good acceleration once you figure out how to manage the throttle (the traction control system does not hesitate to interject when putting the pedal to the floor, and you can't manually turn it off). I've also had the mixed fortune of demonstrating how well the vehicle dynamics control (VDC) works in assisting with lateral stability, and I can say that it is impressive. It definitely safe to say that traction is not a problem in this car. The car makes a good towing vehicle as well. The 6 cylinder powerplant delivers adequate torque will pulling, and the extremely rigid chassis and disc brakes all-around make for a reassuring towing experience. Unfortunately, in the long-standing tradition of the Subaru...it leaks...and leaks. The car has been plagued with minor seepage since we bought it at 68k miles. These leaks are various and typically minor in their severity, but also fairly expensive to repair. Overall, I would certainly recommend the Outback--6 cylinder VDC model specifically, as a smart alternative to SUVs and minivans for small families.

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Levin writes:
2001 Subaru Outback Base Wagon Review
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AWD, engine size, comfort, reliability.

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Transmission is a little slow

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Great Car, Good Gas Mileage, Reliable, Awd. — Very good gas mileage for the size of the engine. The All Wheel Drive system works wonders in the snow. The interior is magnificent.

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Alexander writes:
2001 Subaru Outback Base Wagon Review
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Alesome car that is quick and light

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Not very powerful, and the 00-04 have headgasket issues

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Love This Car — What can i say, it's a Subie. It's reliable and solid as a rock, it is meticulously detailed inside and out and well taken care of. I learned the ins and outs of this car and could take it out and put it back together again. It's what makes a Subaru, a Subaru

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2001 Subaru Outback Base Wagon Review
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Powerslides

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Sparkplug Changes

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Get It If You Like To Drive In The Rain. — Great fun cause of the AWD! Sluggish pickup, small brakes, but once you start powersliding you forget about all of that! Great car to own but the maintenance regiment seems to be somewhat costly. That is about all I have to say.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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jmdenali writes:
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AWD

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Subaru has little expesive quirks that cost $$$ at the dealer to fix.

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Great Car. — Great Car in the snow... We have awesome back country trails here in the mountains.. the car lives up to it's name. Once climbed a 60 - 70 degree 100' rocky incline... made it effortlessly. I would recommend this car. Buy it used... over 25K new!

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5

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can fit almost everything had 30 pairs of skis in it once and a 10ft kayak inside (separate occasions)

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rust is an issue and parts are somewhat expensive because of foreign nature.

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Rust Is A Major Issue With These Cars But Other Than That They Are Nearly Indestructible — for a station wagon its performance is great its no Ferrari but it has minimal body roll and plenty of acceleration. the car has not needed any significant repairs minor maintenance such as brakes and some suspension parts. i like the looks of the car some say it is an acquired taste but whatever i guess i have acquired it. the mileage for a wagon is good i have gotten near 27 or 28 which is great for a full size wagon.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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2000 Subaru Outback Reviews

Love This Car For Its Ability And Cargo Space. By AWDSuby

Hands down one of the best vehicles I've ever driven. Easy to see out all windows for backing and switching lanes. Lots of cargo space with back seats folding down flat. Sleep in it and view the stars... Read More

Subaru Outbacks Are Rock Solid Cars For The Outdoor Enthusiast. By AWDSuby

Fun car to drive, good acceleration and braking. Not as sporty as the smaller sport version, but definitely more reliable. Roof rack very nice for strapping gear down. The fold down flat back seats ma... Read More

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2002 Subaru Outback Reviews

2002 Subaru Outback By Bobby

This is the best AWD car I have ever owned,.If you are looking for something that you can travel in and never let you down, this would be the car for you! It has automatic everything and alloy rims. Read More

It's Just An Awesome Car. By Olcountry

Love the reliability and functionality of the car. Not expensive to maintain it. It is expensive to fix if not handled properly. Let the right people fix your car. All the accessories on it work... Read More

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2003 Subaru Outback Reviews

This Is Our Second Outback That We Purchased Used And It Has Proven To Be Another Quality Car. By T_J_Fries

This is our sixth Subaru and it continues to meet the quality and dependability that we have come to expect from the brand. We were pleasantly surprised that with 60-65 mph highway speeds it can prov... Read More

Great All Around Car. By DzemoJedi

Great car for all around driving, lots of room for passangers and cargo. Full time AWD makes it not so sporty handling while it works great on snow and ice. Trailer hitch is the best option on this ca... Read More

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2004 Subaru Outback Reviews

Great College Car By Saunder

I bought this car in college. It has been a great and reliable vehicle. Has over 225k miles and I haven't had one major or really minor repair (just standard maintenance). I imagine the engine will re... Read More

Generally Good, Repairs Affordable, Good, Safe Family Car By robbrown99

This is a good car generally - good size for a family of 4 and a dog. Has been quite reliable up to 100K miles, but after that repairs are trending upwards. If you live in a snowy area, have kids and ... Read More

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2005 Subaru Outback Reviews

Perfect Family Car By jrpawlak

Overall a good car. Plenty of room. Plenty of power. Fun to drive despite being a station wagon. Only gripes are that you can't upgrade the radio and coming from a sports car I feel the pedals are t... Read More

Above Top 3 Of Every Car I Have Ever Had By Bubaru23

There is a lot to like and not a lot not to like. The only things I disliked about the car are insignificant things that bothered me because I'm a bit of a car snob. Definitely quite a favorite. I ... Read More

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