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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
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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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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited WagonReview
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Sportiest Wagon, Bar-none. — Turbo boxer engine with a manual 5 speed in a wagon! What else could you ask for? We love it anyway! Has great leather interior, and over the 3 years we have owned has not needed any major repairs.

Pros: Great turning radius, 0-60 in 6.5 seconds, has the soul of a WRX STI!

Cons: Use only premium fuel.

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2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 i WagonReview
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Great Car For The Family — This thing handles great in all weather conditions. It's got enough ground clearance so you're not scared to take it off the beaten path.

Pros: Great AWD system.

Cons: Some rattles from interior plastics (easily fixed if you don't mind pulling the plastic off)

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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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