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
"ride" 6 reviews
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"power" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"oil leak" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
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2001 Subaru Outback Limited Wagon Review
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Good fuel economy. AWD is great. :)

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Not alot of power.

theelements23
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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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great on and off road

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noisy cabin

lobadai
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Glad The 2015 3.6r Limited Is Here — I liked it all but the noisy cabin (no door frame) and the smell of gasoline in cold weather (poor seals in my year/model). Great for getting to trailheads off logging roads or off road. Perfect for hauling loads and my dog around too.

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2001 Subaru Outback Limited Wagon Review
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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,

Interceptor
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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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2001 Subaru Outback Base Wagon Review
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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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2001 Subaru Outback Limited Review
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The one great thing, for anyone that lives where it snows, my outback never gets stuck in ice nor deep snow.  As long as one tire in front and one in back is touching asphalt she conquers even the worst NYC blizzards.

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I had a serious problem in the winter time, with breathing in gas fumes from the vents.  It was finally 95% repaired.  When the car was cold  the tubes, which filter away the smell, would shrink in size from their clamps, which then allowed the fumes to come in.  As the car warmed up the tubes would then expand to size and the smell would disappear .  Hills aren't my best friend either.  Acceleration is non existent  until the ground became level.

zerogravity8
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When Taken Care Of And Driven Right, It Is A Good Vehicle. — Overall besides the vent situation & the lack of acceleration I would buy another Subaru. I am looking for a baja real soon. I will be purchasing a Toyota Sienna(Awd) in the next few weeks. Subaru's tribeca's 3rd row is way too narrow.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2001 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 VDC Review
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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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It is mine.

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Does not respond well when you punch the gas. My son-inlaw doesn't fit in it.

Padre_Doc42
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Tough! And Dependable! — It works well in severe Winter weather and has safety standards to match. The performance is sluggish, but the car never quits. We took it to blizzard struck Colorado this past Winter and did not have a single issue on the road!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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:)

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2001 Subaru Outback Base Wagon Review
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AWD

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

jmdenali
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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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2001 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean Edition Wagon Review
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AWD, Power, decent MPG if you drive smart

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No under seat storage, cup holders

Dilbert
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Best Overall Compromise Vehicle I've Owned; Does It All Very Well — Bought mine 6 months ago with 175k... the H6 is really the way to go! No head gasket / timing belt issues! And, GREAT Power! OK, so you do suffer a little in MPG AND have to buy Premium fuel, but the trade off for the POWER and the reliability do not outweigh the few pennies more for Premium fuel costs annually unless you drive over 25k miles per year. 2002 does have better cup holder arrangement... doesn't handle as well as my MR2 & Miata, but not as bad as my F250... This Subie replaced all three and has hauled my boats and loads of bricks, etc. better than the F250 4x4!

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

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2014 Subaru Outback Reviews

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2013 Subaru Outback Reviews

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2012 Subaru Outback Reviews

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One of the best if not the best AWD systems around with great handling and comfortable ride. It does however have too many blind spots, and the gas mileage could be better. All in all a very safe wa... Read More

Capable All-weather Performer With Style. By Natron1971

I have liked the reliability and overall build quality of the car. The handling and all-weather sure-footedness are very appreciated in the fall and winters in the PNW. We feel very safe going on fa... Read More

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2011 Subaru Outback Reviews

Subaru Outback By WhitSmith

Pretty good car for the moola. Every mechanic north of Massachusetts knows how to work on these cars. To say they are ubiquitous is an understatement. If you don't mind driving the same car as 1/2 the... Read More

Standard Awd , Good Fuel Economy And Low Maintenance Costs By Lgberrios

The handing is more than acceptable. The 2.5i Is visually appealing. It has a sporty look yet makes a great family car without having the "minivan look". There is ample cargo space and a spacious ar... Read More

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