2004 Subaru Outback User Reviews

2004 Subaru Outback Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 9 reviews

  • Performance:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Appearance:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 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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PROS
"reliable car" 6 reviews
"space" 4 reviews
"handling" 4 reviews
"storage" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 3 reviews

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2004 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 Review
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3

Pros

All Wheel Drive, Reliability (haven't had a major repair)

Cons

Fuel Economy

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Great College Car — 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 reach 275k-300k miles, before a major repair is needed.

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Kari writes:
2004 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 VDC Wagon Review
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Handling in bad conditions

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you can't find it in the parking lot because there are so many of them

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No Need For An Suv — If you need some trunk space this is a great car to get. It's better mileage and handling than an suv, great in snow and crummy weather because the AWD means you can stop on any thing.

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Dave writes:
2004 Subaru Outback Sport Review
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room for storage

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seats are too hard

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My Outback — a good all round car, reliable but servicing is expensive. Just completed a 9,000 km trip from one side of Austrlia to the other and back, the car performed well on the trip but the seats are very hard on long trips

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Gus writes:
2004 Subaru Outback Limited Wagon Review
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It really has a lot of room. Can haul alot of stuff!

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I would like it to have better gas mileage for sure

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After Owning It Since 2006... — Utility - Back seats lay flat so moving IKEA book shelves was a nice experience. Got a couch and a dining table on roof seperately with no problem. AWD - Have alot more confidence in rain and snow. MPG - Decent but could be better. Use regular gas which is a plus. Apperance - Pretty good for a wagon. If you are not sure, just check out Honda and Toyota wagon effort in those years. Cost of Ownership - Pretty cheap with insurance but this car could depreciate quite a bit, especially if you get the more expensive trim. Build Quality - Pretty good for it's class and price. Fun Factor - It's fun to take the car out and not worry about not being able to bring some stuff you just bought home. Just have to worry not to spend too much in Home Depot or Walmart. Took it to camping twice and it has room for gears for 4.

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subarusurfer writes:
2004 Subaru Outback Base Wagon Review
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5

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This is my second Outback and have loved them both. Reliable, great in the snow, can carry a lot of cargo and thank goodness for seat heaters!

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Catalytic convertor failure on both, CV joints and my mystery dashboard illumination failure have worn me out.....maybe it's time to upgrade???

subarusurfer
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Another Great Car! — I bought this car sight unseen on the Internet back in 2004. It was really cool to have the confidence in this vehicle and doubly cool when it was delivered to my house on a trailer from the dealer who was 130 miles away! Hopefully I can pony up for a newer one soon!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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robbrown99 writes:
2004 Subaru Outback Base Wagon Review
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4

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Incredible in deep snow and handles well on slippery roads

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Repairs increase over 100K

robbrown99
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Generally Good, Repairs Affordable, Good, Safe Family Car — 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 need to get out in any condition this is a great choice.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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treikya writes:
2004 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 L.L. Bean Edition Wagon Review
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Super reliable, easy to drive, great cargo space, good gas mileage, great in the winter, all around good car.

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Don't have any complaints

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Easy On The Pocketbook — Coloradans LOVE Subarus - and I'm no exception. The Subaru Outback is perfect for the daily commute, getting the kids where they need to be, or picking up oversized items at the hardware store. All wheel drive makes it a breeze to drive in the winter, and it comes with nice standard features. If you are looking for something a little bigger that will let you pack up 4 adults, 2 dogs, and all your ski equipment, this is the car for you. Go for the 6 cylinder, we used to own the 4, and it was a little under powered for the CO mountains. Very few maintenance issues in all the years we've had it. Not the most 'fun' car to drive, but more than expected for a cross over.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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johnnyengineer writes:
2004 Subaru Outback Base Wagon Review
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Great AWD. Great room and trim.  Descent power and handling.  Reliable.

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Could use more power but not a big issue.  Fuel ecomonmy is mediocre.

johnnyengineer
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Solid Car And Great Awd. — I love driving this in the snow or packing it for a trip. It's fun to drive and I like it. I would buy another. I do think it could use more power. The car has great ultility for every day use like loading it up with groceries or pilling a bunch of friends in it to go out.

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bwhittle216 writes:
2004 Subaru Outback Limited Review
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Subaru's are great dependable automobiles

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nothing

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Well Maintained Subaru Outback — Very clean Blue/Gold Subaru wagon, well maintained, ready to drive away, brakes, a/c, heating system, tires, alignment, interior, belts, hoses all serviced and in great condition. Good gas miliege, safe to drive, accelarations and handling is good. Safe for long distance trips.

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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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2001 Subaru Outback Reviews

2001 Sohc 2.5 Wagon By theelements23

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. Read More

Great Family Car By harris_42

I love my Subaru Outback. I bought this car new in 2001 when my son was born. I plan to give it to him when he gets his drivers license. It has been very reliable and now has 130,000 miles on it. ... 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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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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