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What Model Year Is Your OB?

  • 1995

    Votes: 3 0.5%
  • 1996

    Votes: 21 3.8%
  • 1997

    Votes: 39 7.1%
  • 1998

    Votes: 30 5.4%
  • 1999

    Votes: 28 5.1%
  • 2000

    Votes: 36 6.5%
  • 2001

    Votes: 39 7.1%
  • 2002

    Votes: 42 7.6%
  • 2003

    Votes: 28 5.1%
  • 2004

    Votes: 30 5.4%
  • 2005

    Votes: 97 17.6%
  • 2006

    Votes: 61 11.1%
  • 2007

    Votes: 43 7.8%
  • 2008

    Votes: 55 10.0%

  • Total voters
    552
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Jondalar said:
:cursin: I can't vote, there's no button for 2005! (sorry, just having a little dig about how we have the 3rd Gen here already) :D
There is now ;)
 

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My OB is an '02 and also have a '90 Legacy sedan.
 

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Which year seems to be the most favorable or is the most durable?

Also, what special things should one look for/things to watch out for when purchasing an OB?

When was the Legacy Outback last made?

Thanks!
 

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Technically all Outbacks are still based on the Legacy platform, except for the OBS which is on the Impreza platform. afaik the first year of the Outback as line/model unto itself was 1996. Before that it was a different Legacy trim.
 

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SHO Type U said:
Also, what special things should one look for/things to watch out for when purchasing an OB?

Thanks! [/B]
The only thing I can offer is the '96-'97 DOHC 2.5(EJ25) motors have a reputation for the front crankshaft seal prematurely failing. When I called Dad (he was a district rep for N. California since '88) this is what he told me.

My '96 needed this replaced within the first 6 months after purchased new(I ordered it special through my Dad). Then by 11k it needed it again. Then again right after I changed the camshaft belt at around 70k. Then the new owner (trade in for '02 w/102k miles) called regarding the cambelt and said the seal was leaking again.

Reliability wise, the '96 was outstanding. Any model would be great trust us.

Todd
 

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I dunno about anyone else, but I preferred the 96 to 99 model years body, the contemporary slightly rounded look, the newer ones are a little too round for my liking, just an opinion, give me your thoughts,
 

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Frojo said:
I dunno about anyone else, but I preferred the 96 to 99 model years body, the contemporary slightly rounded look, the newer ones are a little too round for my liking, just an opinion, give me your thoughts,
I agree with about the change post '99 -2004. I thought the wagon looked heavy and bulky and the front facia was too 'soft' and lacked the agressive look of the '99's and prior. I have to say I love the new look though, espcially the OB with the crimps in the hood and body cladding. Looks much better than a stock Legacy.
 

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I agree with about the change post '99 -2004. I thought the wagon looked heavy and bulky and the front facia was too 'soft' and lacked the agressive look of the '99's and prior. I have to say I love the new look though, espcially the OB with the crimps in the hood and body cladding. Looks much better than a stock Legacy.
Ditto.
The body cladding on the 2nd Gen. OB was a bad idea, I've always been surprised that it lasted as long as it did.
 

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Woodstock20723 said:


I agree with about the change post '99 -2004. I thought the wagon looked heavy and bulky and the front facia was too 'soft' and lacked the agressive look of the '99's and prior. I have to say I love the new look though, espcially the OB with the crimps in the hood and body cladding. Looks much better than a stock Legacy.
does anyone see an alligator or croc when they look at the new outback? and maybe a ford taurus when they looked at the 00-04 model?
 

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dante said:
78 Legacy wagon and 05 OB LLBean.
"78" - I didn't know they had a "Legacy" in 78. Are you calling an old 78 4wd a "Legacy". I think the first Subie I ever saw was a 78 4wd wagon. My friends dad had it, maroon. It was quite small and distintive around all the big ugly American cars in my neighborhood. I would love to have one now.

All Subarus, except the 6-cyl are available with manual transmissions. OB wagons are pretty rare with manuals though. You might have better luck looking for a Legacy GT wagon with a manual - similar vehicle.

I prefer a manual in general, but on G2 Outbacks, I prefer the automatic. I have never seen a G2 Outback sedan with a stick.
 
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