2003 Subaru Outback User Reviews

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    2003 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean Edition WagonReview
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    Pros: I never owned an AWD before, much less a Subaru. The high roofline, the butter-smooth leather seats w/seat warmers!! I got 10 speaker smokin sound system w/6 in-dash CD. Its LOUD!!! I like how it sits up high off the ground for winter weather. There are so many options I dont know where to begin. Im like, O..M..G!!! My LL Bean Outback is SO adorable & aggressive!! How many cars do you know have TWO sunroofs?? I got the Mist Green/Beige combo. I totally luv my AWD McGruder. Cons: 1) Whats with the noise on the highway at the drivers door? Not a big deal because the music is on & I contributed it to the boxy styling, how its probably not all that aerodynamic. 2) Petrol consumption: McGruder obviously loves taking a chug at the petrol bar. He can drink that 93 octane, which is required for this model year, NOT optional. Front sunroof..itd be nice if it opened in addition to tilting up. But since I never had a sunroof before, who am I to complain?? Overall Review: Well, what do I say? After reading the honest reviews here, it just verifies that the Outback is a top quality vehicle. Ya know how when you get something then right after you see everyone else with the exact same thing?? I see so many of them on the street now. I got so many compliments on the styling, interior and the Subaru badge, If you get one, you wont go wrong, you wont regret it. Sounds like a car, drives like a car, but looks like a roadwrestler, which makes me feel so safe n secure. Im 55, & its nice to see EVERYTHING. I do believe its worth the money youll spend on it. Keep the regular maintenance on it, do what the owners manual tells you to & since its not a FWD car, ASK the dealer QUESTIONS when you are unsure of something. Im learning my dominant child is VERY different to handle, own & maintain. New pictures for 2017 coming soon!!

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

    Pros: GOES THRU ANY WEATHER---RUFF N TUFF

    Cons: This model drinks premium only so petrol at a 17 gal tank can get pricey; Subaru warranty should go beyond 3/36,000.

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    2003 Subaru Outback Base WagonReview
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    Great All Around Car. — Great car for all around driving, lots of room for passangers and cargo. Full time AWD makes it not so sporty handling while it works great on snow and ice. Trailer hitch is the best option on this car. Got AWD and power to tow 2 jet skis or small boat with no problems.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Prefect car for harsh winters here in western NY

    Cons: To big.

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    2003 Subaru Outback Base WagonReview
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    A Great Car/wagon/suv...the Catagory Changes With What You Need It To Do. — You get small-car MPG, SUV ground clearance and traction with the foot print of a small wagon all rolled up into a smooth, comfortable ride. Plus with the seats down I can pack as much stuff in it as I could with my Jeep Grand Cherokee.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: All wheel drive traction can't be beat.  The layout, design and user friendly features are great, just an all around super-useful  vehicle.  Gas mileage is great, I average 26/27 on the highway.

    Cons: I can always use more horse power, but  that would obviously change the gas mileage I love.  If you need more power opt for the Outback XT or Forester XT for some turbo charged fun.  The switches for the heated seats could be moved out of the way on the console, I am always turning them on by accident...but that's a kind of being picky.

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    2003 Subaru Outback H6-3.0Review
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    Adore It — Fully equipped, powerful and silky feeling 211 hp H-6 cylinder, ALL WHEEL DRIVE, lots of room by being a station wagon, look that ages well, what more can I ask from a car? Maybe only a better fuel economy.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: AWD

    Cons: Fuel consumption

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    2003 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean Edition WagonReview
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    Price Depend Of The Trim Level-gas Mileage A Bit High —

    performance is not bad but for 6 cyl it can be a bit more powerful acceleration is good but you have to have pedal to the floor good handling for a car with this weight - nice interior very good finish and good feel touch materiel- not so much room in the back seat for the size of the car, but ok for normal size peapple.-In snow it have norival in therm of fun and if you dont have the vdp option because it cant be desactive completly- In therm of gas mileage you can immagine is not the lowest of the categerie, but it's a bit more than the normal of this class.-The price of parts are higher than the normal and jobber parts are not so easy to find specialy for engine parts in reason of the popularity of this boxer engine and the price of this car around 38,000 to 45.000 $ depend of the trim model option .- In the outside look is preaty well balance and it dont look like the wood panel of grand pa i like my car for the smoothiest of the engine and the cab and heater seat its a must in winter like wipper heat in the winshield and all this little attention to the detail . I recommand the car with no restriction

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: integral traction smoothest of the engine whit no vibration

    Cons: thers no reason to avoid this car

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    2003 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean Edition WagonReview
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    Just A Fun And Fast Loving Car — Great driving quality vehicle, style is great, performance is awesome, the handling is groovy. I have no complaints on the car repairs, and once it breaks and get repaired, don't have to replace for a while. Gas mileage is great.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Great on Gas

    Cons: Build Quality

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    2003 Subaru Outback Base WagonReview
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    Love It — Beautiful ride, very peppy with the manual shift,braking could use a littlw work handles well in corners. quality is good but as old subarus go it has outside noise including a vibration from outside the front windows no one can seem to figure out. looks slick!

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: AWD accelaration handling

    Cons: Noisy

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    2003 Subaru Outback Limited WagonReview
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    About The 2003 Outback — great ride in all weather, super reliable lots of space, good mpg with the AWD, towing is decent, u can launch it if u put it in neutral at a stop and jam in to 3rd gear, it can be drifted if u know what you are doing.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: can drive anywher

    Cons: it is not a manual

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    2003 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean Edition WagonReview
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    Great Car, Especially In The Snow. — Performance - AWD, Cruising speed. Build Quality - limited repairs needed. Appearance - Sport for a wagon, especially with rear spolier. Cost of Ownership - Not great gas mileage, but better than most SUVs. Fun Factor - A tank in the snow, surprising fast and nimble.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: AWD, horsepower, dependability.

    Cons: Only available in automatic.

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    2003 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean Edition WagonReview
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    Ultimate Sporty Wagon — Performance: I have put a lot of time and money into working on the 3.0L flat 6, and it runs incredibly strong. There are very few aftermarket items for this engine, but I got this thing running at 142 in PERFECT conditions on racing fuel (118 octane) and new injecters and intake. Also has a custom tranny reflash. Buld Quality: Very solid. I have taken this wagon places where others wouldn't dare take it, and gotten it stuck in equally many places. No dings or rattles after 35000 "spirited" miles... Appearance: Conservative for a wagon, and yet sporty enough to justify more aggressive body work and rims/tires. Interior is simple and accomodating, but not rental car quality. Cost of Ownership: Very little if left as stock. Have had no problems with it... any problems I've had I've created... Fun Factor: Stock, not so much. Still strong, but with a new intake and exhaust, this vehicle has a LOT of high end torque.

    Pros: Symmetric AWD, good acceleration and braking, great poor weather handling

    Cons: Gas Mileage, poor aftermarket support for the 3.0L, medicore at-limit handling

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2015 Subaru Outback Reviews

    2015 Outback Crossbar Is Curved!! By VTsubarubiker

    Subaru Outback for 2015 built-in rooftop crossbars are elliptical. Bicycle trays will tilt to one side. Does anyone out there know what risk attends to travelling at 70 MPH with bike on the rack tilt... Read More

    Its A Very Well Made Car With Alot Of Room And Very Quiet By reblhunter

    mostly i love the car the only thing id change is make the seats a little softer and maybe 20 more ft/lbs of torque for pulling my boat. but this is a 4 cyl. its great in the snow . i go ice fishing ... Read More

    2014 Subaru Outback Reviews

    Absolutely Love It. By cscott1958

    Looks, safety, handling, performance, reliability are all of very high standard. This is a car that we plan on owning for a very long time. It is a car known for safety and reliability, but the handl... Read More

    Not Perfect, But A Sweet, Smart Ride By rogier

    Two months ago, I bought a 2014 Outback Limited with leather seats, a moonroof, the backup camera, and the remote starter, but without the EyeSight system. The EyeSight, whose cameras are pretty clunk... Read More

    2013 Subaru Outback Reviews

    Great Car That Is Fun To Drive And Easy To Drive By Carter0027

    Love just about everything. The only thing that I think could be changed is the center computer. It's next to the speedometer and it gives no important information and doesn't need to be there. It als... Read More

    Good Solid Family Car With Luxury Appeal By Elissa

    I upgraded my Outback with EyeSight for safety and love it! I'm convinced it's saved me from a few fender benders already. I like the roominess. But I buy Subarus (this is my fourth) for their overall... Read More

    2012 Subaru Outback Reviews

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

    One of the best if not the best AWD systems around with great handling and comfortable ride. It does however have too many blind spots, and the gas mileage could be better. All in all a very safe wa... Read More

    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

    2011 Subaru Outback Reviews

    Subaru Outback By WhitSmith

    Pretty good car for the moola. Every mechanic north of Massachusetts knows how to work on these cars. To say they are ubiquitous is an understatement. If you don't mind driving the same car as 1/2 the... Read More

    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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