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Should I Buy A Subaru Outback \/\/TOP\\\\

The Outback Wilderness' biggest pro is its overall usability. It's an excellent package. It's easy to nitpick things and talk smack about the plastic cladding, the CVT, or the meme-worthy stereotypes that come with driving a Subaru wagon, but the truth is that it just makes sense. It gets the job done every day, and it gets it done effortlessly and uneventfully. Of course, should you take it off-road as Kristen did, then things are bound to get more exciting. But daily life with the Outback is just easy-peasy.

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The Outback's distinctive design presents you with some interesting shopping decisions. Even among the many SUVs available, only a handful have comparable off-road capabilities. These include the Honda Passport and Jeep Cherokee. For more challenging terrain, the Ford Bronco, Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner could be intriguing alternatives, albeit with noticeably compromised ride quality on pavement. As it stands, the 2023 Subaru Outback's unique traits should appeal to a wide variety of shoppers.

Theoretically, in addition to costing less, the standard engine should deliver better fuel economy. Over more than 600 miles of driving, my test vehicle averaged 25.6 mpg. That's what it got on the evaluation route, too, so I'm confident you'll achieve similar results in a mix of city and highway driving.

A short off-roading jaunt revealed the benefits of the Outback's generous 8.7 inches of ground clearance, standard all-wheel-drive system, and X-Mode traction and hill-assist technology. Of course, the Wilderness is more capable, but a standard Outback is no slouch in the outback.

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Subaru owners have a slightly higher chance of encountering severe repairs than the market average. On top of repair costs, you should consider how much your dealership charges for labor because it will be where you take your vehicle for covered repairs.

Overall, user friendliness suffers with the Starlink setup, but the system handles all of its duties as it should. Bluetooth and device pairing are effortless, there are USB and AUX ports for connectivity and charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available, the Subie had a wifi hotspot, and my tester came with a trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio.

For what it's worth, the Outback Touring XT is also rated to tow 3,500 pounds, which is more than adequate to hitch up a trailer, should that be required. Your college freshman should be grateful, as should family members who like to go camping on the weekends.

1st Outback was 2005, engine blew at around 70,000 miles because of head gasket failure. Dealings with the dealership and Subaru America. 2nd outback is a 2021. The computer(s) in this thing are a complete mess. Anything that is connected to a computer is randomly dysfunctional, and the most worrying part is the randomness of it. Short list of things that randomly go wrong:

I called Subaru customer service on 6/24/22. A rep called me back on 6/28/22 and told me to get an estimate to repair the short block and that Subaru would pay for part of the repair. I asked the rep if I could speak to a manager since I felt Subaru should cover the entire cost. She said a manager would call me back in 24-48 hours. I called my dealer and they said it would cost a minimum of $8,000. The manager did not call me back. I called again again on 7/11/22 and was told someone would call me back. The same rep called me back on 7/12/22 and told me Subaru would not pay for the repair because the car was out of warranty. I let her know that even though the car officially failed the oil consumption test at 111,000 miles, the first problems occurred at 75,000 miles. She said she would have a manager call me back in 24-48 hours. She stated that she didn't know that I wanted to speak to a manager. (The person that answered the phone the previous day showed this was in my file, however.)

I don't wish this on anyone. If you are thinking to buy a Subaru please check online for oil consumption to see for yourself the extent of the problem. Subaru will tell you this is normal. It is not normal. They will also tell you that it is only happening with certain makes and models. What's worse is that my dealer knew about oil consumption but kept insisting my vehicle was not experiencing it. (Also, the manager told me that the rep that was supposed to call me back each time sent me an email. I checked my inbox, junk, deleted and archives. I did not receive an email from them. I share this because I am certain this is pretty standard treatment so others should know what to expect. I was actually told by an ex Subaru rep that the above events would occur.)

I'm an owner of 3 Subaru outbacks. Past 2 did not have much problem. My recent Subaru Outback Wilderness (less than a year with low mileage) Battery Died. I guess it was a lemon & took it to dealer & they did not perform any diagnostic check on why it died & simply recharged the battery. So, I contacted Subaru Customer Advocacy dept & explained all my problems. They assured me it will be fixed or at a minimum battery will be replaced. At the new Subaru dealer, my car was kept for almost a day, findings were battery was weak & they recharged it. I tried to contact the Customer Advocacy dept again but did not get a response. I'm now nervous on when & where my battery will be dead again.

A brand new car owner should not have such experiences. Based on my investigation, Subaru does have a known Battery problem & there is a pending class action lawsuit pending on it. FYI. So, if you owned a Subaru, pray that there are no issues with it, if you have one, they'll make you run around the dealer & customer advocacy dept without resolving the problem. No more Subarus for me.... 041b061a72


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