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Which year is the "best" Outback

Hi All,

I know this has been tossed around before. But I'm in the market for a used/new to me Outback, and wanted everyone's opinion on which year people think Subaru made the best/reliable/abuse-taking OB.

It's almost time for my '99 SUS to retire (211K New England miles).

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IMO, the best Outback made is the 2009 XT MT. If you arent worried about speed, then go any 2009. I may be a little biased though...
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What price range? What are your needs in a Outback?

Personally, I like the H6 engine, as it has overall few issues, and would not mind the slightly lower MPG or need of premium fuel.

2003 Outback wagon: "Kaylee". 144,000 and counting.
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Skip the Outback, get a non interference EJ22 motor and a manual transmission legacy wagon. Absolutely nothing to break and a lot cheaper than the OB. If you want the outbacks height throw on some outback struts and be taller than a stock outback. You're maybe 2,000$ including the lift and never have to worry about the car and it's paid off. That's the best outback. (:
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What price range? What are your needs in a Outback?

Personally, I like the H6 engine, as it has overall few issues, and would not mind the slightly lower MPG or need of premium fuel.

Need dependable dd, and able to rip up the gravel and tear up snow covered New England mountains (as all Subarus do).
Trying to find mileage under 75K, and under $17K.

I herd a rumor somewhere, at some time, that the '05 is not the best year for OB's??
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Skip the Outback, get a non interference EJ22 motor and a manual transmission legacy wagon. Absolutely nothing to break and a lot cheaper than the OB. If you want the outbacks height throw on some outback struts and be taller than a stock outback. You're maybe 2,000$ including the lift and never have to worry about the car and it's paid off. That's the best outback. (:
Never even though of that - pay less and take the $ saved to "pimp my ride"
Thank's for the suggestion, I'll look into that option a litte more! Thx!
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I was looking at '07 Limited's, any advanatges/disadvantages that anyone is aware of for '07's - engine/mechanically? I know the trim levels, but is the engine/suspension tuned differentlyvs. other years?

Educate me please!
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for all the info you could ever want about models, model year changes, etc:
Subaru Research Site- specs, prices, options, 2011, 2010, 2009.. Outback, Legacy, Forester, Impreza, Tribeca

2003 Outback wagon: "Kaylee". 144,000 and counting.
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for all the info you could ever want about models, model year changes, etc:
Subaru Research Site- specs, prices, options, 2011, 2010, 2009.. Outback, Legacy, Forester, Impreza, Tribeca

NICE, bookmarked
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I like any of the pre 2010's. Turbo if like power, and non if your woried about fuel economy.
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