Subaru Outback ..How are they to own?

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Lambo, Mar 1, 2018.

  1. BCC

    BCC I know better

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    We bought a ‘18 Outback Limited 3.6R a couple of weeks ago. My wife’s ride, but I have driven it about 25 miles and been a passenger lots.

    I have driven hundreds of different cars. I think this is about perfect as a family vehicle.

    We got the bigger motor, because power is good, real world mileage is similar and we are going to keep the car a long time.
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  2. Moose Dog

    Moose Dog Trouble maker

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    Just got back from a 1500 mile round trip to North Carolina and back, sweltering heat, rain storms in the mountains and lots of stupid drivers, our 2018 Outback handled it all with ease, the 4 cyl. did had enough power even loaded down, can't say enough about the navigation system, it helped us get around a couple of major traffic problems not to mention getting around the city of Asheville, love this car, plan on keeping it well into retirement.

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  3. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I had a 2002 with a 2.5L and a 5-speed. It got about 20 mpg. The newer ones get better mileage at the expense of a few horsepower. It used at least one O2 sensor per year, and had a timing belt that had to be changed every 100K miles or so.

    That may sound like a lot of issues, but that's nothing compared to other AWD cars. The Audi we replaced it with has spent as much time in the shop as at home. Great car, but I do miss the Subie.

    The Outback XT was available with a turbo and a manual transmission, if I'm not mistaken.
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    The Impreza Outback could be had as a WRX.
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  4. Cycle61

    Cycle61 making it up as I go

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    I wish we could get the OB with manual.

    Just got home from West Coast Subaru Show. Great weekend of camping, partying, lifted cars, lowered cars, weird cars, mudpits, show and shine, vendors, and did I mention partying? Good times. We took our mostly stock 2015 through the mudpits a couple times, I'll be cleaning it for weeks. :rofl

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  5. Matt fe2o3

    Matt fe2o3 Long timer

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    Well we did take the 2018 Outback 3.6R LTD down to Pismo last week. Really performed flawlessly. They are nice cars. I have to install the 19mm sway bar and i will get around to it. The power from the boxer 6 is really linear. We are averaging 23.2 now with the highway slug added on (still under 1200 miles on it). It gets loud over 80 but seems like it will accelerate to the end of the earth - in a linear fashion.

    One think I don't like is the lumbar thing, and I suppose in fairness I'm outsized for the Outback. What I do like is the headlight that turn (although they wobble at stops like running into a 7-11 a little quick) the illumination is really good. The lane change thing makes you signal. The tug at higher speeds (lane change keeper) is a little funky but it's a solid piece of engineering. On the sand in Oceano it simply went where I steered it, not a glimpse of a spin, even in soft dry sand but we rented ATVs and simply drove the Subie around a little on the beach.

    It's a fine vehicle. That said for the OTD price of 37.2k (tax and licence included - the done deal) was pretty high. The technology, leather and boxer 6 sets you back. I'm of the opinion that it's OK for an AWD - but it's not cheap. The boxer 4 that was totaled was 28k out the door (tax and licence included - the done deal) and for sure the boxer 4 with the AWD would have been furiously suitable. Sucks we are in a 11.2% T&L State.

    Complaining aside - I got hit HARD by a 92' 4x4 hillux going about 25 to 30 mph right in the left fender/door. The Outback took it in stride - I mean the airbags deployed - the car was totaled - but it took the hit. So I give it two thumbs up for safety.

    I'll let you guys know how the new Camaro SS compares !
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  6. TheProphet

    TheProphet Retired; Living the Dream

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    I have a 2018 Outback, just turned 15,000 miles.

    Zero complaints. One highlight was this past winter we had a extremely heavy Midwestern snow that shut down a lot of the highways, certainly challenged all surface streets, etc. until the snowplows had time to clear everything. It happened on a Saturday night / Sunday morning. I not only easily got through it, but was one of the only people on the road that day. Very nice on snow and ice - drive like a normal human being, and you get through just about anything. I would definitely buy another one.
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  7. wvpc1

    wvpc1 Been here awhile

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    If you don't like the lumbar adjustment there is a hack for it that is very inexpensive. Unzip the seat cover back and you will see the mechanism with a hard white plastic "plate" that moves up & down. I pulled the plate out and substituted a soft fuzzy paint roller to slide up and down. The adjustment is less brutal and more refined. About $5 for a high quality paint roller.

    So far we are quite happy with the Gen 5 Outback after 3 seasons.

    subaruoutback.org has a some write ups.
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  8. High Hope

    High Hope World's Best Dog

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    I had an 08 2.5L normally aspirated Outback. I picked it as my company car as we were skiing in VT weekends. With a Thule carrier on top and my lovely dog Miss Hopie (at left) in the back it was the perfect family car. It was flawless, and never once gave a bit of trouble, nor was it ever in the shop other than routine servicing. It was a bit pokey but once I assumed the Vermont hipster attitude I learned to really like it. I drove it for 4 years, 55k miles, then the company did away with the perk. :dirtdog
  9. Matt fe2o3

    Matt fe2o3 Long timer

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    We are running about 22 mpg in fairness on the 3.6 Outback. It has a really linear power curve that is deceiving. It is not impressive off the stop but just yesterday (in mexico) it went from 0 to 99 mph without a blip. A bit loud over 80 mph. But a nice car. We are happy enough.

    I'm on the Outback forum under the same name. It's pretty good and fairly well moderated. That's a great tip on the paint roller - my wife was falling around laughing when I told her. I won't unzip the leather seats - at least for know - don't know how and don't have the time or interest to lean - BUT if I do - I have a bunch of fluffy soft rollers in the paint cabinet :lol3:lol3
  10. TheHeretic

    TheHeretic Been here awhile

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    I have a 2011 outback that I love (d) until this week. 131,000 trouble free miles right up until it needed new head gaskets. My coolant overflow tank looked like it had an aquarium bubbler in it. Since I do not have the time to do this myself, it cost me $3500.00 to have the local dealer repair it. All in all though, I really love driving this car especially with NE winters. Hoping to get another 100,000 or so miles out of it. Wife just bought an Impreza with 15,000 miles on it. Impressive handling car. I guess if you buy one with the 2.5, you should start a head gasket repair savings account.
  11. Kevm

    Kevm Eternal Optimist

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    Just curious, but at what point did you change the coolant?
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  12. TheHeretic

    TheHeretic Been here awhile

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    The newer Subarus use Super coolant and are not due for coolant change until 136,000 miles so it is not due to neglect. They also use better sandwiched head gaskets which are less likely to fail but still can. The older subies head gasket failures could be attributed to poor coolant system maintenance i.e. corrosion inhibiting properties of coolant slowly diminishes with time and they also called for the coolant conditioner. Also, on the newer subarus, Engine grounding has been greatly improved which helps. On the older models, it was also suspected that poor grounding contributed to erosion of head gaskets due to electrolysis. Our old Forester (01) had 156,000 miles on it without head gasket issues up until the time my step son crashed it into a pole. If you skim any of the Subaru forums, it seems the 2.5 still has head gasket issues but not like the early 2000 models. Maybe just the luck of the draw? I had read some speculation that this started cropping up when the factory stopped requiring re-torqueing heads after break in.... may make some sense but who really knows.
  13. Kevm

    Kevm Eternal Optimist

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    I figured they went to a long life coolant (like pretty much the rest of the industry), but I sorta wondered if it didn't make sense to ignore the long life and change it anyway to remove the possibility that's still contributing to the failures.

    I'm one of those weirdos who hasn't had a failure and can't figure out if it was just luck of the draw etc.
  14. TheHeretic

    TheHeretic Been here awhile

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    For the cost of the coolant, it may make sense to change it sooner than recommended miles. I did have a head ground (Under battery box) that had rotted away. I'm not sure if this had anything to do with it but I would check your ground in that spot just for good measure. I just double checked and Subaru is claiming 11 years or 137,500 miles between coolant flush and change. Probably makes sense to do it at the 105,000 miles timing belt service along with tensioner, idlers and water pump/thermostat. BTW, I like your choice of bikes!
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  15. _Harry_

    _Harry_ Redneck Emeritus

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    Saw this on another site today :lol3

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  16. Cycle61

    Cycle61 making it up as I go

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  17. Matt fe2o3

    Matt fe2o3 Long timer

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  18. Rick G

    Rick G Ranger Rick

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    I have owned 6 Subaru's since 1990. Put close to 100K on each of them. Never had a head gasket blow.

    But that is just me.

    Rick G
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  19. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    That's just an old BMW final drive graphic that you converted to Subarus.:lol3
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  20. bassogap

    bassogap Haulin' the kids around

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    Saw this vehicle on I-5 up by Mt. Vernon, a couple weeks ago.
    Wish I'd known about the Subaru show...