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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT WagonReview
Gavin Baller writes:
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Great Daily Driver — The 2005 Subaru Outback is the ultimate car if you live in a ski town. It has a 250 hp engine that redlines at 6500 rpm. It can be a bunch of fun to drive. It has some flaws though. It has massive turbo lag. It understeers really bad when pushed to the limits. It's built well, and hasn't been taken into the shop for anything unscheduled. It gets about 22 combined mpg.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Reliable, All-Wheel-Drive Grip, Practical

Cons: Turbo-Lag, All-Wheel-Drive Understeer

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2005 Subaru Outback SportReview
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Great Car, Mine Looks Way Different Than This Applications Default Picture For This Car — Fun to drive Heat shields on the Exhaust rattles if you dont clamp them down often. Looks like a gradma's car, good factory radio if you get the special edition 28 mpg, rear electronic fuel sensor costs 400+ to replace Lots of fun to drive

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: 5 speed and all wheel drive

Cons: The "Light blue metalic" paint

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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT WagonReview
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If You Love The Outdoors, Then Get One, It's Perfect. — First of all It's not the XT model it's just the standard 2.5 liter engine. But anyways It has plenty ground clearance to get you where your going no matter where that is. It has room for anything from your climbing/ backpacking gear to four of your tallest friends. It is also great for winter driving. It's symetrical all wheel drive makes it almost impossible for you to slide in the snow (when you dont want to) It's high gas milage (avg. 25.2 MPG) makes it great for long drives too, since you dont have to fill it up every few miles. Bottom line The 2005 Subaru Outback Is the Outdoorsmans wet dream when it comes to good, well made, reliable outdooring station wagons.

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

Pros: It will get you where you need to go. No matter where that is.

Cons: It's mine and I dont like to share my toys.

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2005 Subaru Outback 3.0RReview
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Subuar Outback 3.0r — It was just plain rubish. The volvo of the 21st Centuiry. Air conditioning was schizoid. No internal storage pockets. Leather seats were slippery. Audio system was very very poor quality. The fake aluminium central dash looked terrible. Trim around sunroof fell off in first few weeks.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: All wheel drive

Cons: thirsty, build quality,

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2005 Subaru Outback SportReview
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Once You Drive A Subaru, You'll Love Them Forever! — ALL WHEEL DRIVE!!! It has taken the given abuse very well. It does not have a turbo, yet it has enough power for me. I upgraded the exhaust to 2 in., upgraded the air filter to a K&N and upgraded the rear sway bar. It was a bit spendy, I got it with 47 miles on it. I have way to much fun driving my car... :D I have, unfortunately, have had some trouble working on it (D.I.Y.S.). It currently has an issue with the idle, which is at around 250 rpm, causing it to die at stop signs and red lights.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Fun!

Cons: N/A

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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited WagonReview
Skyline99 writes:
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You Need A Family Car But You Still Need An Adrenaline Rush...this Is The Car You Need — This car is family car with a sport intention!!! Nice ride well built and no reliability problem at all!! Very good seat and the leather is good quality. The sound of the Turbo is great. The back seat our good for children but not much for adult, they will have problem to get out of the car since the back door our short too.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Performance

Cons: The original tires are bad!!

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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited WagonReview
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Outback Special — Enjoyed this car. Very versitle and would navigate any terrain. Extremely high on the maintence expenses though. Not really made for tall people, but would suffice for an average family of four. Stick with the v6 or turbo if your will be driving the vehicle much.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

Pros: Nice ride - holds together

Cons: Expensive Maintenance

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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 i WagonReview
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Subaru Outback My05 — Geat car. Universal use, good for beach work. Not a full on off roader but had good tracktion. Better than my prado on the sand. Very good to drive to the ski feilds and dont have o put chains on to drive through snow. Good fuel economy and is fantastic to drive and settle into the drivers seat on a long trip. The 2.5 motor is very sweat and works well through the entire rev range. 5th gear could be a bit taller.

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

Pros: The handling

Cons: wheel travell

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2005 Subaru Outback 3.0RReview
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My Car — there is only a few things i dislike about my car is its overall size, and it breaks. With any type of speed and you get on the breaks you get a soft break peddle after and the only way to fix it is to stop and get food or drive slow and dont use them. Plus its AWD and i have no pick up in the lower RPMs b/c of the boxer engine good upper power and my MPG is like 17-20 witch is alright.

Pros: over all controll and feel of the road

Cons: pick up and breaks

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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited WagonReview
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Speed Can Forgive Many Sins... But Not All. —

Bought used with 40K miles. Pros: Stupid fast for a station wagon. Looks sharp, zero problems with it. Hauls gear... and ass. Nice, upscale interior. Storage is adequate, but not great. Off-road chuckability is actually pretty good (but how often does that happen?). Cons: Turbo is thirsty for 91 octane (21 mpg combined), nautical handling (the standard Legacy wagon is far superior), clutch is grabby and temperamental, gearbox feels like a stick in a bucket of rocks. Could use more legroom. Needs a telescoping steering column (and it got one in the '08 model year). Meh: Stereo is only OK - sad excuse for a subwoofer (resides under the driver's seat - and only succeeds in tickling your butt; providing audible bass is a secondary concern). A bit thin on creature comforts - has heated power front seats, heated mirrors and windshield wipers... and that's about it. Oh yeah, and giant moonroof, which they forgot to tint so you absolutely bake in the sun when the shade is open. The remote key fob triggers way too easily, you can't lock/unlock all the doors using just the key, and the controls are straight-up basic (not a bad thing, but lacks gadgetry for the gadget geek). Overall: The OBXT is a hoot to drive because of the thrusty turbo alone. The handling leaves lots to be desired, and the ride is only adequate. If fuel economy is important and you don't need gobs of power, a standard 2.5i model would be the wiser choice... better yet, a Legacy - but they quit making the wagon version in '08 (boo!). It fits my needs for now, and the fuel economy isn't oppressive (yet), but there's more versatile options out there. If you must have AWD, the Audi A4 2.0T is a much better driver and gets better mileage to boot, but sacrifices some interior space and has had lousy reliability. Reliability: Excellent, except for the wheel bearings - which Subaru has owned up to and extended the warranty, so it hasn't cost me a dime. Subaru also found that turbos were getting toasted without severe-duty oil change intervals, so in addition to running premium, I get to change Mobil 1 synthetic every 3750 miles too.

Pros: Power, power, more power.  Looks great, reliability.

Cons: Clutch/gearbox, nautical handling

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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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