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2003 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean Edition WagonReview
Marc writes:
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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
Matt writes:
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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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2003 Subaru Outback H6-3.0Review
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Deiving The "short Bus" — Overall, a good car. Dull to drive, bad transmission programing (for CAFE I'm sure) but this thing is a tank. Minor problems, still runs like a champ at 98,000 miles.Low maintenance costs, 22.6 mpg combined fuel economy running on regular.

Pros: Reliable, dependable, low cost of ownership.

Cons: Bad transmission programming.

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2003 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 VDC WagonReview
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Good Driving And Handeling. — 4/5 Overall, 5/5 Performance, 4/5 Build Quality, 3/5 Appearance, and I would recomend it to others. I think it has very good performance.

Pros: Performance is good.

Cons: Appearance is medium.

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2003 Subaru Outback Limited WagonReview
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This Is Our Second Outback That We Purchased Used And It Has Proven To Be Another Quality Car. — This is our sixth Subaru and it continues to meet the quality and dependability that we have come to expect from the brand. We were pleasantly surprised that with 60-65 mph highway speeds it can provide 30 mpg fuel economy! Not bad at all for 2003 technology!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: It is a dependable car, solidly constructed, with a good foot-print that provides secure handling.  It is also great that it has a 2400 lb rated towing capacity and has the fuel economy of a 4 cylinder engine.

Cons: The timing belt replacement is an expensive maintenance item because the water pump should be replaced as well since the engine teardown is already there.  Replacement of the head gaskets is also recommended at this time if they have seepage or an actual oil leak.  After some years there will be wind noise at each exterior mirror mount point due to shrinkage of the rubber membrane there.

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2003 Subaru Outback Base WagonReview
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Love It Doubt I Would By Any Other Brand Unless They Show Some Pretty Strong Reasons — Great family car but desperatly needs the STI 2.5 upgrade, goes well for what it is and never breaks down, great options for the age and trim level of vehicle. will out handle most cars without even trying, why does FWD even still exist?

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Resale on these is good,

Cons: Don't kid yourself into believing they are a true "Offroad 4x4"

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2003 Subaru Outback Base Wagon Review
William says:
I purchased one of these things used from an unscrupulous dealer. It needed a lot of work, and I wound up getting rid of it after a year. BUT, if I could do it over again Id probably fix the car up and keep it. You simply have to drive one of these things to appreciate it.
vs2003 Honda Civic LX
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Power Ranked 2003 Honda Civic LX better.
"They have similar horsepower, buy the Outback is heavier than the Civic, and takes longer to accelerate. "
Handling Ranked 2003 Honda Civic LX better.
"The wagon is large, and you cant zip around as much in it. Its not quite as nimble as the small sedan."
Looks/Style Ranked 2003 Honda Civic LX worse.
"I like wagons. Also the body cladding and fog lights combined with luggage rack give the impression of an ideal mixture of toughness and practicality. "
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2003 Honda Civic LX worse.
"Its a wagon."
Family Car Ranked 2003 Honda Civic LX worse.
"You have more room to put people or things in the Outback. Plus it has a roof rack. Its great for a road trip. Its a wagon."
Value Ranked 2003 Honda Civic LX worse.
"Its simply more fun to drive a wagon. It has all wheel drive too. Its better in the snow. And you can do a little off roading. "
Would Buy Ranked 2003 Honda Civic LX worse.
"I like a tough wagon. And despite its reputation I thought the Civic had its share of maintenance issue. "
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2003 Subaru Outback Base Wagon Review
DeborahC says:
Not bad for an automatic. Seemed roomier than the 2006 outback sport
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2003 Subaru Outback Sport Review
DeborahC says:
Better handling and pep with manual drive. Not as roomy.
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2003 Subaru Outback Base Wagon Review
GuruXDV5K says:
Ive enjoyed driving this car, excellent in the snow, with the most comfortable ride, better than the ford fiesta(2013) and the Toyota Prius V(2012)
vs2003 Subaru Outback Base Wagon
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Back Seats Ranked 2003 Subaru Outback Base Wagon better.
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Value Ranked 2003 Subaru Outback Base Wagon better.
"I bought this car used at about 78k miles, put another 100k miles on it with just regular maintenance on it. The engine lost the timing belt at 178k miles. This was my fault. It would have gone easily many more miles if I had changed the timing belt as recommended."
Would Buy Ranked 2003 Subaru Outback Base Wagon better.
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Reviews From Other Years

2022 Subaru Outback Reviews

Review By steve

Outback gives you 30 plus MPG ,all wheel drive and at fair price. Also I if in it, Im 65 Read More

Review By Guru9PZZGK

Drove a loaner for a day and half love the style the handling and feeling safe driving it Read More

2021 Subaru Outback Reviews

Review By Guru9QYNRC

Véhicule très intéressant, assez doux et confortable. Super traction intégrale. Petit bémol cependant, quelques moteur 2.5 devront être travailler pour cause de coulage d huile Read More

Review By Jon

Upgraded to 2021 Limited from a 2016 Outback. Like the improvements for the seat positioning options, mirror adjustment integration to driver choice, and of course the touch panel in the middle. Wil... Read More

2020 Subaru Outback Reviews

Review By Danny

The Touring trim is extremely comfortable, great tech, and drives like a beauty with the XT. Found a Great Deal with Cargurus to a good dealership, and was happy with how it all worked out. Read More

Review By Guru9PSVBQ

The Outback is exactly what we are looking for and are not disappointed with our choice. Although it is a mid-size SUV, it doesnt feel and ride like one. Very smooth on the road and handles great. Pl... Read More

2019 Subaru Outback Reviews

Review By Joe

Great car, our third Outback. I see no reason to drive anything else. Comfortable, handles well, good mileage. Read More

Review By MRK_AK

I love the Outback but it has been my Alaskan dream car for quite a while. It helps me drive safer than the traded-in sports car and it has much higher clearance for the snow. Gobs of safety features,... Read More

2018 Subaru Outback Reviews

Review By Guru9RNSF9

Love my car but , the infotainment system is a nuisance!!! Had the factory installed replacement done a little over a year ago and now the system is acting like it is possessed. I can not turn it off,... Read More

Review By Guru9N3JLN

good solid car. price for a 2018 was out of our budget Read More

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