She is especially great at dealing in the snow with excellent handling all around and is a nice compact size for parking in the city. Understeer is a major, nearly unforgivable, faux pas for this type of car. And we couldn't even drown out the noise with the stereo because our test car didn't have one. But then, the Outback Sport offers much more. In the questionnaire, we ask subscribers to note any problems with their cars that occurred in the past 12 months. Through the '70s and '80s, Millen dominated rally racing in New Zealand and then in the U.
While I was rehabing my left leg, traffic was pretty painful. This car is fast, handles great, drives well, and has been a reliable work horse. I'm not doubting the car's mechanical reliability at all; Subaru has an excellent reputation; I just think the previous owners have treated this car a bit poorly, the more I discover about it. For some model years, typically those of older or less popular cars, we do not have a large enough sample size to provide results of statistical confidence. Interior plastic is the tacky stiffer,shiny kind. Love this car, unfortunately it is nearing time for me to part with it because my lifestyle and accumulated possessions require a larger vehicle, most likely a truck.
It was remarkable since neither of our test cars, equipped with aggressive pavement tires and undefeatable anti-lock brakes, comes from the factory prepared for such off-road flogging. Fifteen years hasn't seen many improvements in the interior or exterior. With racks I easily take two friends on long weekend bike and camp trips. With a few tweaks, my mileage is hovering around 32 mpg. Family car versatility and safety. These ugly ducklings have been winning rallies round the World often drifting through forests, splashing through gullies and demolishing the opposition at an astonishing rate of knots.
Its What Makes A Subaru A Subaru — I've had this car 6 years now, still has original ball joints, calipers, wheel bearings, tie rod ends, window and lock motors, car is built real well. Clutch smells when driving it hard. Its small-diameter steering wheel transmits more useful feedback than does the Subaru's larger wheel. The performance is out of this world! But the ante to play in this test consists of all-wheel drive, meaty near-slick tires mounted on lightweight aluminum wheels, highly turbocharged four-cylinder engines, and beefed-up econosedan brawn. It zips in and out and around curves with exceptional grace. Although the body has a lot of plastic that is somewhat fragile, the engine never quits.
. Once it gets going it runs like a scared rabbit over 11,000 foot passes but don't try to beat that semi when making a left. After 60k miles, no problems to report. There is always a lot of talk by manufacturers about how racing improves the breed. The solid stripe of tread that runs down the center of the Subaru's Bridgestones looked, by the end of the dirt portion, like a piece of quarter-round molding. Model year 2003 Year of manufacture 2003 First year of ownership 2004 Most recent year of ownership 2008 Engine and transmission 2.
I don't abuse it but I drive hard. These rally-inspired road cars—with which Europe and Japan are already thoroughly familiar after more than a decade of availability—are, in a sense, the newest and most-exciting class of performance cars to enter the U. The height and shape of the scoop is effective as an industrial-strength bug killer, with hapless insects sucked in by the swarm and severed on the intercooler's fins. Like all Subarus, they feature all-wheel drive. This was especially true over the patchy asphalt-and-dirt portion near the finish line.
What is so special about it? It's all accompanied by a tough-sounding midrange trill of an exhaust note. A bit cramped for tall people. It is certainly the case with Subaru. The little car has chutzpah. The close ration gearbox works well although the lever itself is silly and should be changed for something more substantial as soon as possible. You press the loud pedal and the result in just about nil. Also, the aluminum hood and plastic rear spoiler bounce and bow at speed.
It's wonderfully humbling to watch a professional at work. Other nits: Those aggressive tires that provide 0. The front seats, though, are exceptionally supportive Recaros. Knowledgeable rally enthusiasts have been lusting for this type of car for years. The following review is for a 2002 Model Year. All round it's a comfortable and enjoyable drive, and it's probably the most suitable car for me and I love it, despite its suspected sketchy history, but that's not the car's fault : Model year 2003 Year of manufacture 2003 First year of ownership 2012 Most recent year of ownership 2013 Engine and transmission 2.
The understeer we noted on the track and road wasn't the problem on the dirt. Also, well, it's a bitchin' thing to do. Only the absolute bottom of the engine's rev range feels weak-kneed. The height and shape of the scoop is effective as an industrial-strength bug killer, with hapless insects sucked in by the swarm and severed on the intercooler's fins. It is certainly the case with Subaru.
On a twisty road, the superb all-wheel-drive chassis still shines though, attacking bends with verve and providing plenty of steering feedback. Overall, I am very pleased with this car, and I'm a P-plate driver, and I cannot believe I have such a good car for the price I paid. It will take the snow like a dry summer day. But then, the Outback Sport offers much more. Its handling balance is nearly perfect, able to drift, rotate, and hang with you through all but the most ham-fisted moves.