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2005 Subaru Outback Overview

Like the Legacy on which it is based, the 2005 Subaru Outback gets a full redesign this year, making it sleeker, roomier, more powerful, and an overall better performer on and off the road. Rounder sloping lines get rid of some of the squared-off conservative boxiness, and the interior materials are more refined and durable. The 2005 Outback adds a 2.5 XT and XT Limited, featuring a new 250-hp turbo version of the 2.5-liter flat-4 engine in the base 2.5i and 2.5i Limited. These models also get a boost to 168-hp. The 3.0 H6 also rises to 250-this year.
The 2005 Outback comes in either sedan or wagon form, though the versatile wagons are most popular for their storage capacity, roof rack, and 60/40 folding rear seats (the sedans only have an armrest pass-through). There are two new 3.0 wagons this year, an L.L. Bean Edition and the VDC, which combines electronic stability control with Variable Torque Distribution for maximum use of the all-wheel drive system. Other changes this year include more ground clearance and lighter body materials, to increase engine performance, even on the non-turbos.

All of the 2005 Outbacks come with ABS brakes, dual front, side, and curtain airbags, and a choice of a Sportshift manual or an automatic transmission. Base models are nicely outfitted with power features, including power seats. The Limited, both turbo and non, feature a dual-pane sunroof. Heated leather seats are in the XT Limited and the VDC.

All-wheel drive power in snow, ice, and rough road conditions is outstanding, according to 2005 Outback drivers. The turbo engine is fast and fun, though it does display some lag. Overall ride is quiet and smooth, handling is crisp, and the 5-star crash ratings boost Subaru's safety image. Negatives include acceleration on the non-turbo H4, poor gas mileage, cramped rear legroom, the need for premium gas, and a so-so radio.


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My 2005 Subaru Outback's air conditioning / heat / defrost / radio unit thing doesn't function. I think its the 3.0R VDC model but I'm not quite sure. Seeing as winter is coming soon, I am wondering...

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My car has 244 km but I treat it great and it rubbed extremely Smooth has no rust or anything. About a week ago I was driving out of town for vacation at around an hour in I was driving like a I n...


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Trip Meter (ILL.5)??

I noticed my Trip Meter (odometer A) of my Subaru Outback 2005 read ILL.5 then back to mileage then continue switching back an forth. Any ieas as to what ILL.5 means and why this woul occur?

Engine Wobble

my 2006 3.0 subaru outback seems to wobble at 30mph a little, i have very little drop in fuel mpg maybe (22mpg now 20). planning to check spark plugs.no loss of power from what i can tell