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2011 Subaru Outback Battery Died And Now Nav System Is Locked Up. Do I Rea...

After battery died and needed to jump start vehicle, the Nav System reset and is prompting for the maps DVD. This has been done, reset Nav System, unhooked battery cable, etc. Nothing works which ...

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Should You Purchase A Car That's Older Than 15 Years Even With Low Mileage?...

Any car that's older than 15 years has outdated technology, resulting in a car that's less safe than newer cars. They frequently don't have vehicle stability control, Bluetooth audio technology ...

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What Engines Can I Swap Into A 1998 Subaru Outback 2.5?

This is my first foray out of the domestic truck world so I would greatly appreciate any help. Looking for a replacement engine to put into my 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback Limited 2.5 dual cam. Are th...

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I'm Purchasing A Subaru Outback 2016 And 2 Keys Are Included. If I Want A ...

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Truck Door Won't Open But Dash Light Says It Isn't Closed And Now A Securit...

How do I fix this?

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About the Subaru Outback

Subaru has always innovated. It was the first automaker to put all-wheel drive in its entire vehicle lineup. In 1995, it seemed to be the first automaker to offer what we now call a crossover SUV. The Subaru Outback debuted in 1995 as a Legacy trim and came as a wagon only.  With demand for SUV height, rough-road travel, and sportiness rising amid a growing stigma attached to station wagons, Subaru introduced the Outback as a way to help reinvigorate Legacy sales.  

The original Outback was basically a Legacy, with a 2.5-liter, 165-hp H4 engine, but with standard all-wheel drive, higher ground clearance, fog lights, ABS brakes, and tires and suspension tuned for off-roading. In 2000, the Outback became its own model and added a sedan to the lineup. It quickly surpassed the Legacy in sales, both for its all-wheel drive performance in tough outdoor weather and road conditions up north, and its overall quiet, smooth, and comfortable ride.

In 2001, the Subaru Outback featured the comeback of a six-cylinder engine. Using the same Boxer flat engine, the 3.0-liter engine originally hit 212-hp and was offered in the L.L. Bean and VDC editions of the Outback. The VDC edition also featured variable torque distribution in its all-wheel drive, automatically adjusting wheel torque according to the road conditions.  

Today, the Outback remains a top seller for Subaru, and has added many refinements and interior conveniences over the years, including heated leather seats, six airbags, a 60/40 split fold rear seat that folds flat, and automatic climate control. Trim offerings today include the 2.5i (now hitting 175-hp), the turbo 2.5XT at 250-hp, and the 3.0R (also 250-hp), still only available in the L.L. Bean and VDC models. It continues to get praise for its quiet and smooth performance, the powerful turbo engine, and the all-wheel drive. Backseat legroom is cramped for a five-person wagon.