2005 Subaru Outback User Reviews

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TK_Pilot writes:
2005 Subaru Outback 3.0R Review
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4

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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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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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jrpawlak writes:
2005 Subaru Outback 3.0R L.L. Bean Edition Wagon Review
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4

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Plenty of power, good cargo space.  Great for the mountains.

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Can't upgrade the radio.

jrpawlak
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Perfect Family Car — 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 too far apart. My kid loves the sunroof.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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.

Bubaru23
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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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John writes:
2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited Wagon Review
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Power, power, more power.  Looks great, reliability.

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Clutch/gearbox, nautical handling

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Speed Can Forgive Many Sins... But Not All. — Bought used with 40K miles. Pros: Stupid fast for a station wagon. Looks sharp, zero problems with it. Hauls gear... and ass. Nice, upscale interior. Storage is adequate, but not great. Off-road chuckability is actually pretty good (but how often does that happen?). Cons: Turbo is thirsty for 91 octane (21 mpg combined), nautical handling (the standard Legacy wagon is far superior), clutch is grabby and temperamental, gearbox feels like a stick in a bucket of rocks. Could use more legroom. Needs a telescoping steering column (and it got one in the '08 model year). Meh: Stereo is only OK - sad excuse for a subwoofer (resides under the driver's seat - and only succeeds in tickling your butt; providing audible bass is a secondary concern). A bit thin on creature comforts - has heated power front seats, heated mirrors and windshield wipers... and that's about it. Oh yeah, and giant moonroof, which they forgot to tint so you absolutely bake in the sun when the shade is open. The remote key fob triggers way too easily, you can't lock/unlock all the doors using just the key, and the controls are straight-up basic (not a bad thing, but lacks gadgetry for the gadget geek). Overall: The OBXT is a hoot to drive because of the thrusty turbo alone. The handling leaves lots to be desired, and the ride is only adequate. If fuel economy is important and you don't need gobs of power, a standard 2.5i model would be the wiser choice... better yet, a Legacy - but they quit making the wagon version in '08 (boo!). It fits my needs for now, and the fuel economy isn't oppressive (yet), but there's more versatile options out there. If you must have AWD, the Audi A4 2.0T is a much better driver and gets better mileage to boot, but sacrifices some interior space and has had lousy reliability. Reliability: Excellent, except for the wheel bearings - which Subaru has owned up to and extended the warranty, so it hasn't cost me a dime. Subaru also found that turbos were getting toasted without severe-duty oil change intervals, so in addition to running premium, I get to change Mobil 1 synthetic every 3750 miles too.

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2005XT_Tom writes:
2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited Wagon Review
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5

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Best AWD system in the country.

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Tires a little noisy when cold.

2005XT_Tom
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Brings Back The Driving Fun. — Best all around versatility in a SUV. It has all the features I would ever need in a vehicle in it's class and with off road capability to take me to my favorite fishing and hunting spots in PA. I enjoy driving again. Purchased from Chardon Motors and got a GREAT deal. License Plate lights went out, wasn't the bulbs but easy fix. I get about 25 +MPG with a K&N air filter and new NGK Iridium Laser spark plugs..

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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69ragtop writes:
2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 i Limited Wagon Review
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4

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Great handling, quick, and easy on gas consumption.

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I wish it was a little roomier.

69ragtop
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All-around Winner. — I love that it is one of the safest cars on the road for all passengers. It is a fun little wagon that is easy to drive in all weather conditions. This is my fourth Subaru that I have owned, and I will always drive one.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Mark writes:
2005 Subaru Outback 3.0R Review
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over all controll and feel of the road

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pick up and breaks

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My Car — there is only a few things i dislike about my car is its overall size, and it breaks. With any type of speed and you get on the breaks you get a soft break peddle after and the only way to fix it is to stop and get food or drive slow and dont use them. Plus its AWD and i have no pick up in the lower RPMs b/c of the boxer engine good upper power and my MPG is like 17-20 witch is alright.

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

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Nice body style, good sound system. Good mileage on highway.

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No aux input in stereo.  Gas mileage drops significantly in city driving

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Love It To Death.. — Great car, Mine is all black so it is sleek. big improvement over previous years.

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ccravotta3 writes:
2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 i Wagon Review
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5

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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.

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2012 Subaru Outback Reviews

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2011 Subaru Outback Reviews

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2010 Subaru Outback Reviews

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