2006 Subaru Outback User Reviews

2006 Subaru Outback Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 5 / 5
  • Build Quality:5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 5 / 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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PROS
"power" 5 reviews
"ride" 4 reviews
"reliable car" 3 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews
"quality" 3 reviews
CONS
"power" 5 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews

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2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Review
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Quality, versatility, cost of owning, maintenance performed easily

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Owning the 6cyl, I miss the power.

Interceptor
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2006 Fun Daily Driver... Bring On The Snow! — My favorite thing about this Outback is the "Black Leather Interior" Subaru has some sort of fetish against Black leather in their Outback's. Amen to the Gods because I love it with comparison to my LL Bean sedan with Beige leather that shows everything. I'll continue to pray someday Subaru will walk to the dark side and offer something other than lovely beige or dark, yes you guessed it ... Beige interior. While I'm venting I'll also say that I'll continue to buy"old" Outback's because I prefer a car no SUV for me. I really like the ride and style while still being able to drive through a foot of snow like it's only a few inches.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R Wagon Review
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Reliable car. Lot's of cargo space.

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Slow to accelerate. Feels like you are floating when driving.

jdgil23
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Granny Wagon (kids Call It That) — This is good, reliable car that has room for multiple hockey bags and sticks. Good freeway driving. Slow to respond when stepping hard on gas. Doesn't feel like you grip the road well, and feels like you are floating on water.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Wagon Review
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Great in the snow, sporty feel with the sport shift

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backseat is limited for adults

James09320
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Glad To Trade My Manhood — wonderful car, I have yet to meet a Subaru owner who did not like their cars. Good handling in the snow, I take it camping and enjoy the cargo space. This is my first Subaru. Can not wait to get another one next year.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Wagon Review
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This is my third Subaru.  I find them hard to beat in terms of reliability and utility.  The Subaru Outback will take you there in comfort with good ride quality and safety. The mixed fuel economy is about 25 MPG and often 30 on freeway trips.  The engin is quiet and vibration free.  The car handles like a sports car due to the low center of gravity and independant suspension.

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The only reason for me to sell this car is the 4 cyliner motor and towing capacity.  I bought a travel trailer and need a v-8 to pull it.  Otherwise I would drive it for a long time more.

stinson_mr1
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Subaru Will Take You There! — The car comes with every option that I would like to have except a doc for an MP3 player. The design is well planned for comfort and performance. The 4 cylinder engine has plenty of power for every day driving or high speed cruzing. The selectiable manual / auto transmission satisfies the need for compression shifting without a clutch. I would purchase the car again for freezing climate and snow driving it can't be beat.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2006 Subaru Outback Sport Review
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Unstoppable in the snow, and excellent reliability.

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No sunroof and more low-end torque to be desired. Doesn't really get on power until 3500 RPM. Can't seem to get more than 28 MPG no matter how carefully I drive.

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Great Car!! — Amazing car with a great engine. Better fuel efficiency than the WRX, but not as powerful or fun to drive. Better ground clearance than other Imprezas, and still small enough to drive easily. Great car/driver communication.

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2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Wagon Review
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Power, Handling around curves, Great Fuel economy, Fun to drive in Mountains

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Drivers seating area a little tight, accessory power outlets don't work when car is shut off can't charge phone. Console storage compartment small and hard to reach if driving. Suspension Bushing Sqeek a lot when worn. Suspension sways side to side a lot if streeing wheel is turned fast at hiway speeds to avoid obstacle on road

Ralphc
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2006 Subaru Outback Plenty Of Power Great Handling — I have only had this car a few days but it's been fun to drive and was surprised by the way this car handles! Driving through the mountains both up and down hill, the standard 2.5i has plenty of power even with 130,000 miles on it. The AWD drivetrain really does work great, I can feel the tranfer case shift and adjust the power to the wheels when going around long low banking curves downhill. I'm very happy that I choose this car as my utility drive around second car. I got the power I wanted, got the gas mileage which was my main reason for getting a second car, plus an added surprise the great handling and tight suspension. Updated 5-2015 I've had the car 7 months and still like driving it but I have found some things that I feel Subaru have fallin behind on, my 1994 Chevy PU would lock the doors and turn on the head lights when it would start to get dark! My 2006 subaru Doesn't automaticly lock the door when the car starts to move or the brake is released and it isn't even a option. I haven't had to lock doors for over 20 years this is my biggest complaint as I always forget to and if I ever got into a accident I might just be flying out. Also this is the Sqeekest car I have ever owed. I replaced the struts and all the Front end bushing as they were over due at a 130,000 miles and now I'm going to have to do the same to the rear end as the Squeaking is getting louder. I'm begining to wish I hadn't bought into the Hype of the Subaru brand as I Put over 160,00 miles on 5, 1-ton work trucks and they didn't squeak or need all there suspension replaced at 132,000 miles. This morning I found out that I have a oil leak coming from a Head Gasket $1,600.00 to fix, It's a problem this manufacture has had for 20 year and they didn't solve until after 2009 models, where they changed gasket materials. Per a Mechanic they have been making replacement gaskets to solve this problem for lots of years but they continued to use the old style on new cars all the way up to 2009 models. Which is great for Subaru Service shops as they Charge way over $2500.00 to replace the gaskets. Beware of used Subaru's up to 2009 models as a head gasket replacement will be needed.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L. Bean Edition Review
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Power, The only LL Bean Sedan in the area, it's fun!!!  Quality, value,  A blast to drive in the winter.

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They no longer make the Outback in a sedan.  Beige - Beige - Beige   arrrgh!! Did I mention the interior was "Beige"  not a fan.

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It's Like A Sport-bike With 4 Wheels. — At the time of purchase I was unaware of just how different the 06 Outback would be from the 01. I'm happy to say even after years of ownership I still Love it because it's a blast to drive and fun! Being a consultant off/on for years at a major tire manufacture often bought their brands. Recently my mechanic recommended replacing the OEM tires with Cooper GS4 Touring, although we haven't had a foot of snow I'm pleasantly surprised how quiet and really like the Cooper tire's versus the Bridgestone Potenza's. Subaru - Hey anyone listening?? I refuse to own an SUV!!! Your most loyal owners bought their Subaru because they are quirky and sleepers. "No desire to own or drive an SUV"

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Wagon Review
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Reliable and economical wagon. Always starts in winter. Wife loves the car for work and errands.

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.Currently needs engine repair. Make some money and fix or re sell.

Johnnyboy7754
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My Wife Loves This Car. Perfect For Family Errands. — Assuming the engine is repaired, this is a fine car. Subaru is excellent for service and warranty work if needed(I have never needed any work until now) Great tires (Yokohama) are 10 months old and handles great. Nicest car I have ever owned. Bach seat has enough room and hatchback is great for groceries. Color and body are very attractive. A/C and heater both work great. All other options work also(electric windows, locks, CD player, am/fm, electric heated front seats.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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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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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

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