Join Date: May 2004
Location: Rochester, NY
Car: Obsidian Black 2005 Outback 2.5XT 5 Speed Wagon & Brilliant Silver 2005 Legacy 2.5GT Wagon 5MT
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Historically, the Outback started as an option package for the Legacy Wagon. Not much more than some different wheels and trim, special stickers and two tone paint. That was 1995.
After the huge response to the Outback, it beacame it's own model, known as the Legacy Outback. It was given a stiffer suspension with more ground clearence. It also lost it's (more reliable) 2.2L 4 cylinder for the 2.5L version. The Legacy Outback continues on until MY2000.
The redesign of the Legacy sedan and wagon brought many changes for the Outback. One of which was the removal of the Legacy badging and dropping the Legacy nomenclature from all of the ads, etc. The new design brought a brutish look to the Outback. The two tone paint scheme was revised and replaced with plastic cladding. This generation also saw the first addition of an optional engine for the Outback as well as the first (baby step) attempt to take the model further upscale. The 3.0H-6, the VDC system, to name a few, made their debut in this gen.
In the Outback's 10th year, we now see a vehicle that is not a Legacy wagon with some asthetic changes. The Outback is available with three different engines, seven different models and it's very own identity. The Outback has always been an extremely unique car. Some consider the MY2000-04 Outback to be the Outback's akward teenage years. I owned an 2002 Outback Limited wagon for a short time and found it to be a nice car. Stick with the 4 cylinder and try to find one with the cold weather package. One thing I always hated was that you had to move up in price to get to a model with side airbags.
I think that if you're looking for a good reliable used Subie, stick with a vehicle that you can research. Things to watch out for are the head gaskets. There have been recalls associated with them. Also, look to see if the rear sub-frame recall has been preformed. If you are local, meaning anywhere near Rochester, NY, please feel free to bring any prospective car to our service department. We can check it, and it's history, over for you for a lot less than finding something out the hard way down the road. Best of luck in your search and don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Internet Salesperson at the largest Subaru dealership in the US. Everyone pays the same low price at Van Bortel, Route 96 in Victor, NY.
Me- Obsidian Black 2005 Outback 2.5XT 5MT
Him - Titanium Silver 2006 B9 Tribeca Limited 5 Passenger with Navigation.