Purchasing Used Outback


Asked by Oct 12, 2018 at 09:25 PM about the Subaru Outback

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

My 2010 Outback was just totaled due to a
distracted driver. So now I'm unexpectedly in the
market for a new Outback. Wondering what years
people are the happiest with? I liked my 2010, but
would like something a little newer. Please give me
your opinions.

8 Answers


This up to you and your budget. The newer cars can use oil and have the problematic CVT. 2010 was a good year for the Outback.

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Thanks F_O_R! Hoping to stay under $20,000. My 2010 had the CVT and had some slight studdering issues. I just wasn't sure if there are certain years to stear clear of over others. I was hoping for a 3.6 because I believe they don't have a CVT (but I could be mistaken), but they seem to be much harder to come by used. Oil consumption can be irritating, but isn't a deal breaker.

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My rule of thumb is the older cars have head gasket issues and the newer ones have the oil consumption and CVT. If you can get the automatic transmission with the later versions of the FB25 where the head gasket issue was largely solved you hit the sweet spot. Finding a low mile Subaru is the hard part.


Oh and yes the 6 cylinder cars had the 5eat automatic transmission.


F_O_R, can you give me thoughts on this car? I'm not sure what ones have the FB25. ww.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/747295476/overvi ew/


Starting in 2015 and later they all have the CVT....by the way, don't let the many on this forum "scare you" about the CVTs..the truth is... they are much less complicated than the conventional electronic automatic transmission.. and save gas. They always keep the engine in the exact power spot for optimal efficiency and acceleration...,. Google John Cadogan from Australia and CVT transmission...he did an extensive you tube on different types of transmissions... very informative. You have to ask the larger question...why do you think Subaru jettisoned all the old 5EATs in favor of the new CVT....of course there's been some problems with some.. there always is....my 2010 with the CVT transmission has 90,000 miles and is fine.... Good luck.


Still pushing that jack ass shill for the automobile manufacturers Mark? Facts are stubborn things Mark and the fact is Subaru has had to extend the CVT warranty way out due to all the PROBLEMS. I do not think you can save the cost of a new CVT (8 grand) with the gas savings.


As to why Mark the answer is government pressure to increase fuel efficiency. The government and Subaru do not take in to account the repair costs!!! If Subaru gains a mpg at a huge cost to you later on they don't care ;)

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