2005 Subaru Outback User Reviews

2005 Subaru Outback Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 27 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • Appearance: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
  • Build Quality:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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"ride" 15 reviews
"power" 9 reviews
"awd" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"reliable car" 7 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
"tires" 2 reviews
"light" 2 reviews

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Bubaru23 writes:
2005 Subaru Outback 3.0R L.L. Bean Edition Wagon Review
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5

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Looks, bad weather performance, comfort, power, extremely reliable, you can fit nearly anything in it

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The gas mileage could be better but it's respectable for what it is.

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Above Top 3 Of Every Car I Have Ever Had — 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 would have another Outback in a second.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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kanoer54 writes:
2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 i Wagon Review
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The 2005 Outback 2.5i is agreat car. I just bought my sixth Subi.  Handles quite well especially on snow.   Very economical.  I get around 28-30 MPG almost all of the time.  Very reliable.  Never been stranded.

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Catalytic convertor sensors flip the check engine light to on,  which prevents the cruise control from working.   Dummest thing I ever heard of.  But that is about the only bad thing I can think of.

kanoer54
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Excellent. Love The Subi's So Much I Just Bought My 6th One....used But Well Loved — Love everything about the 05 Subi. Very comfortable vehicle. Very user friendly. Performance is fine. Everything I need to get around in an economical vehicle. Maintenance is very low and economical. I spent less on this vehicle with almost 200,00 miles than my friends do on theirs with less than half the mileage.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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TK_Pilot writes:
2005 Subaru Outback 3.0R Review
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I love this car, my daily driver.  Will get me through any weather!  It handles like a dream, very fast, quiet and comfortable for the family

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fuel mileage very poor for a 4 door sedan.  (16mpg-20mpg)

TK_Pilot
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Best Car I Ever Owned — Fun to drive and easy to work on..... Love the Subaru H6 3.0 horizontally opposed engine. I was called to work during snow storm. The roads had 7 inches of un-plowed snow. The tires were 75% worn and this car handled the trip no trouble at all. Very Dependable!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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ccravotta3 writes:
2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 i Wagon Review
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All-wheel drive. Excellent mid-size family vehicle. Reliable. Low maintenance. Good handling. Cargo capacity with roof rack good for kayaking and biking.

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Nothing wrong with this car. Can not access spark plugs and other parts of engine easily.

ccravotta3
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Reliable. — Versatile all purpose, good value vehicle. All wheel drive wagon with roof racks, good gas mileage, perfect for outdoor adventures like kayaking, biking, hiking. Maintenance has been minimal to date, but head gaskets and bushings now recommended to be replaced.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Corey writes:
2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Wagon Review
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The power that comes from the 4 Cyl Turbo Boxer

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Maintenance and parts are $$$

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Absolutely Fun To Drive On And Off Road — What else is there to say, it's a Subaru, fun to drive on and off road, and has never let me down on even it's worst day... Lots of work has gone into this car to make it mine. Just need a bigger car for a growing family.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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David writes:
2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 i Wagon Review
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The flat boxster four-cylinder is fun to drive, and the low center of gravity and AWD make for great handling.  It is a driver's car.  Lots of room for storage, and excellent trim level.

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It is a few inches narrower than the typical American SUV, such as the Ford Escape.

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An Attractive Car That Is Fun To Drive And Really Good On Gas Mileage. — The mileage is great. I averaged 23 to 24 in the city, and over 30 mpg on the highway. It handles great, and this is with 170,000 miles on it. A great car for hauling people or stuff wherever you want to go.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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dingbarno writes:
2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 i Wagon Review
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Great car. Great in snow as well as all other elements

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dingbarno
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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i — Great car all around. Never have had a problem with the car. Great in the snow. Great in the rain. Subaru Outbacks hold their value as well as any other car. Would recommend them to anyone who ever asks me!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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ds30hawn writes:
2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 i Wagon Review
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Gas Mileage, 5 speed manual, cargo storage, handling, take off.

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Only negative I can say about the car is when it rains, the moisture can cause firing issues, and cause the vehicle to bog.

ds30hawn
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I Love This Car. I'm Looking At Getting Another Outback Down The Road In A Year Or Two. — Well, I'm not sure what information to put in here, so here goes: I drove my outback off the lot with 50 miles on the odometer. It now has 128000 miles on it. I am confident it can go for another 128000 and more as long as I continue to take care of the vehicle!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jonny writes:
2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 i Limited Wagon Review
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comfy plush ride, great sound system factory bose

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you might want to have kids with all the room

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Blackbear Was A Great Car For Every Use — Awesome ride, very comfy. Has everything you could need and more. You can go anywhere with these. I would love to own a coupe or sedan and another wagon like this. The ground clearance is great for the snow and the heated seats are great for coming down the mountain after a day of boarding. Headlights are super bright stock, more power from a turbo would have been nice.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Gavin Baller writes:
2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Wagon Review
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Reliable, All-Wheel-Drive Grip, Practical

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Turbo-Lag, All-Wheel-Drive Understeer

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Great Daily Driver — The 2005 Subaru Outback is the ultimate car if you live in a ski town. It has a 250 hp engine that redlines at 6500 rpm. It can be a bunch of fun to drive. It has some flaws though. It has massive turbo lag. It understeers really bad when pushed to the limits. It's built well, and hasn't been taken into the shop for anything unscheduled. It gets about 22 combined mpg.

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2014 Subaru Outback Reviews

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2013 Subaru Outback Reviews

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Good Solid Family Car With Luxury Appeal By Elissa

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2012 Subaru Outback Reviews

Good Vehicle That Does What It Is Designed To Do! By capfev

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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

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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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