Subaru Outback Experts

#1 Markw1952
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Markw1952
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What Is High Mileage?

Are you more concerned about the mileage or how old your car is? Do you clock more freeway or city miles? Does it really matter as long as you maintain your vehicle? With proper care, cars can ...

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Markw1952
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How Often Do You Change Your Oil?

There's been numerous articles written on the myth of changing your oil at 3,000 miles. The owner's manual says change your oil at 7,500 miles or 7.5 months? What if you don't put that many miles on...

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Alison Layman
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Can I Switch Out Wheels And Tires Stock Specs From A 2001 Ll Bean Outback T...

Got a shot at an all but free set with 500 miles on them.

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Fnord
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2002 Outback Limited Leaky Oil Gasget

i would like an overview of the labor and/or specs on difficulty vis-a-vis engaging in d.i.y. repair of this wear-and-tear issue.

4 views with 1 answer (last answer about a day ago)
Laurie Harmon-Willard
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Can I Tighten The Lift Gate Door Latch On My 2014 Subaru Outback? It Squea...

24 views with 6 answers (last answer 2 days ago)

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.