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The best vehicle Ive had..
Cons: seatsgreat awd vehicle out there.. I feel safe and its reliable for family or a single person..
Pros: gas mileage
Cons: rOomGOod. VEhicle
Pros: Roadhandling and control, durability and style.
Cons: Leg room and head room. The car was not made for people that are 6.'7
Advice: Get a manual if you like control on icy roads. Get an automatic if you prefer to be lazy.We bought an '05 Outback manual drive. It has plenty of power to get up the mountain with 3 people and gear, although the turbo version would be faster. It handles amazing on windy and slippery roads. It is defenitely superior to any 4x4 and all-wheel drive I've ever driven on snow. The interior of the car is very stylish yet practical. I love the refined look of the front. By the way, I'm getting over 29 miles to the gallon!
Cons: cruise control, seats, service, quality.
Advice: CautionOn downgrades cruise control is jerky. Had it to dealer twice and they are unable to fix. Subaru customer service and dealer service leave a lot to be dsired.There is a film on the windows that keeps coming back after a few days.Great driving and very peppy for a small engine 32 MPG. on Hwy.25ish city. not the quality of Honda or Toyota.
Pros: all wheel drive
Cons: Seats a bit hard
Advice: Check closely on transmission problems with '05 before buying.Transmission out at 7,700 miles due to burst seal. Subaru, after 13 days, has still not decided how to fix it. This is why I rated the quality as 'poor.' I have a '95 legacy wagon still running fine at 275,000 miles. Never gave me a problem. Quality at Subaru must be slipping. I heard that this transmission problem has been happening but is being kept under wraps. The roadside assistance is great.
Pros: The transition from third to fourth to fifth gears
Cons: The slight turbo lag
Advice: Drive it. Drive it again. Make sure you test drive a loaded GT Limited with 5-speed stick.I was in the market for a 4-door sedan & I spent the better part of the year studying every car known to man. The Subie was the last car I looked at & drove. I'm a 100-mile-a-day commuter which means I don't lease & I flip my vehicles every two or three years. Also, the 'Fun Factor' was an important criteria for me. I purchased the GT Limited Sedan two weeks ago & 1,000 miles later I can report that I'm still looking for a proper Formula One cockpit seat harness to replace the stock seat belt. Yowzer!!!!!!!!! I ordered a set of ASA 17' chrome rims complete with Continental high performance summer tires & while this enhances the Subie's look immensely, the performance transmitted to the road from the rally car engine is a bonus. Yee-Hah!!!!!! Interior is perfect for those who despise gagdets & the need for a Nav System. I always no where I'm going anyway & with the Subie GT Limited you're always going forward........fast.
Cons: The seat does not adjust enough, which causes back pain (Didn't have it in my Passat that I traded in)
Advice: See if you can get a longer test drive to ensure that the seats work for youTest drive was great, but 30 minutes did not preapre me for the the lack of seat comfort.