2008 Subaru Outback
There are 9 user reviews for the 2.5 XT Limited trim shown below
- fun, great toy hauler, looks great
- there's a demon out there...
Purchased As New
Never ever again. This car's metal is paper thin, you can bend it with your little finger. The upshot is that every single one of these cars is covered with dings.
I lost my turbocharger at 40,000 miles, and Subaru didn't honor the warrantee because I didn't have records of all the oil changes.
It takes only 2 models of tires, at about $200 a piece.
It gets fair to middling gas mileage, but you get some great horse power.
It takes only premium gas
At 60,000 miles the interior was shot. The leather and carpets stained and wearing out....read morehide
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- Excellent AWD system, plenty of cargo space, good ergonomics; Huge sunroof; excellent acceleration
- Navigation system; Lack of analog clock; Audio System
Purchased a Outback XT with the Navigation package (translation auto transmission & navigation system) and tinted windows in late February 2008. I settled on Diamond Gray Metallic color, originally wanted an Obsidian Black (none were immediately available). The car has been driven a bit over 12K miles since then. Anticipated atleast 30-40K per year and used primarily for business.
Engine, Transmission & Brakes: Excellent response from 2.5 liter four cylinder engine. Subaru’s “SI Drive” performs flawlessly, making this wagon move briskly providing comfortable acceleration, merging and passing power. Brakes are a bit mushy especially after a long run, severe vibration does not inspire confidence. All competing cars come with tire pressure monitoring system standard, this one does not have it however now a standard offering. Excellent AWD system works flawlessly in all types of weather conditions including severe snow storms, heavy rain’s etc. etc.
Fuel Consumption: Depends on the driving style – under aggressive driving style (S and S#) I have averaged 17.5 mpg (driving range of approx. 300 miles) and when driven conservatively in intelligent mode I have been able to average 27 mpg (driving range of approx. 450 miles).
Appearance: Revised front fascia for 2008 and smooth styling. Impressive ground clearance, does not significantly affect ride quality and handling even though the heavy duty suspension is a bit rough over uneven surfaces.
Cabin: Generally nice ergonomics, comfortable seating arrangement. Wagon can seat five, however comfortable for four adults especially on longer drives. Heated seats are pretty good however would have preferred cooling seat option. Phenomenal dual sunroof – all cars should come with this option.
Navigation & Audio: Navigation system has poor graphics and is slow in responsiveness – pretty expensive for the price. Driving directions are extremely difficult to follow on bright sunny days due to glare. Audio system could also have been a bit better, cannot use the storage bins on both front doors as the speakers housed on each side make the contents vibrate and resonate very annoyingly. 2.5 mm mp3 jack does not fit perfectly and has to be constantly adjusted despite a visit to the dealer – who claims that it is normal. No analog clock, the cars with the navigation system only have a clock on the display, no other clock available.
Storage: Insufficient storage bins, no place to put the mp3 player. Only the passenger seat has a cheap mesh elastic storage, could have used another one behind the driver’s seat.
For a 30 plus thousand car glare free mirror, reading lights in the rear and a comfort extension armrest should be standard not be an option ($200 installed price each). Subaru is targeting itself slowly up the food chain, in a near-luxury segment lack of the above mentioned items seems out of place....read morehide
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- cargo capacity, awd, si-drive, nice ride and good interior finish
- poor placement of wing mirror controller, lots of body lean, recent "stop sale"??
i also am replacing an 05 wrx (blew the engine); so there is my basis of comparison. with a new baby, the family needs the room and i still get something that is somewhat sporty to drive. even though the car suffers from tremendous body roll/lean, it's still hard to break the back end loose and when it does slide, it's so controlled, it's alot of fun, it leaves you wanting more! tons more fun than the wrx, cause the wrx would never break free (must have been the michelins).
as i get older i appreciate the fit and finish and gobs of lux items in this vehicle (especially for the price).
it doesn't have all the goodies an audi or bmw wagon has but it can rock the road with them! and it kicks on things like volvo and vw and honda with city breed awd.
i really want to give this 5-stars, but it's the little things that tick me off; stuff subaru could do or package: bluetooth, updated gps/nav, backup camera, perimeter sensors, memory seat settings, true quality stereo (bose or something), etc. these are not hard items to include or bundle up. it's not a bad vehicle, why to they undersell themselves? and most of all...i want a 360hp flat-6, turbo, 6-speed manual option!!!...read morehide
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- Nice interior; good engine; great utility
- Very poor brakes; Outdated stereo and NAV; poor MPG
I've always loved the Subie Outback. It is as nice inside as most luxury sedans, with more space and versatility, at a reasonable price. Moreover, it has great reliability. This is my fourth Outback, and Subaru has not let me down. The ride is superb, especially on the highway. The car looks tough, and its amazing the number of compliments that are garnished when driving it. Even my somewhat snobbish friends compliment the nicely laid-out interior and the posh ride.
The electronics on the car are dated. The stereo is mediocre, there is no bluetooth and the NAV, although easy to use, is also dated. The giant moonroof, although nice around town, is way too noisy on at freeway speeds--the front section is far too large and generates enormous wind noise--the moonroof also rattles a bit on bumpy roads.
Finally, although all-wheel drive is nice, the downside is that the gas mileage is pretty poor. Subie attempts to remedy this downside by implementation of its fancy "SI" gizmo, which allows the driver to sacrifice a bit of power for an increase of approximately 10% in gas mileage. My first inclination was that was a bit gimmicky, but now that I have used it in practice, I must say that I love it. Most of the time I use the "Intelligent" setting, and notice that my gas mileage is at least 10% better tha if I use Sport Sharp. My only criticism is that you do not have full power available in case of an emergency. I strongly recommend that Subaru revise this useful system so that if you floor the gas pedal, the gas-sipping "intelligent" setting is overridden to allow full power--this would give peace of mind to drivers like me who worry that the power will not be there when needed to avoid other not-so-skillful drivers.
Overall, I am quite pleased with my Subie Wagon. My other car is a Mercedes CLK63 AMG convertible. The CLK63 is a fun car to drive, but 90% of the time, I drive the Subie--it has a smoother ride, gets better gas mileage, and is much more versatile....read morehide
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- POWER!!, handling, versatility
- no 6 speed, fuel economy, interior quality
My wife always wanted an Outback, and after a test drive with all different types we went for the XT. Plenty of power, drivetrain can keep up but the Bridgestone tires are definitely insufficient for this level of performance. Ride is quite comfy, not as bouncy as the Forester. Interior has certain flaws and quality is definitely not the same leval as my 9 year old Audi A4. Being a wagon, it's no problem to load up the boot for a road trip. Four golfbags can fit easily which is cool. A real sleeper!...read morehide
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- Interior fit and finish, Vehicle Practicality & driving performance
- Stereo reception is a bit weak, passenger seat is only 4 way adjustable
I've had my car for about a week now and I think it is a fantastic purchase. We've got a dog and with the dealer installed "dog guard" it is a great vehicle to carry gear, golf clubs, the dog etc.
The interior was also much better finished than I originally thought it would be.
The extra large sun roof, is an awesome feature and really brightens up the cabin.
The stability of the vehicle and the AWD performance is fantastic! I'm actually looking forward to the next big snow fall....read morehide
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- I upgraded from a 2004 WRX to the Outback 2.5 XT. Love the ride and performance.
I upgraded to the Outback 2.5 XT with the 5 speed from a 2004 WRX.
The Outback is everything the WRX wasn't.
Better ride, handling, more horsepower and room. The SI drive system in Sport Sharp mode leaves nothing on the table compared to my WRX.
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- This car looks great, handles like a dream, and has all the room you need for 2 dogs + gear.
Go with the 5-speed transmission, the SI drive is amazing - you will feel like you are driving a sports car. The best part of this car? No sports car could fit all that the Outback does. My two dogs, very tall husband and I all fit comfortably and don't mind long rides in this car.
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- Beautiful, comfortable, good fuel economy, performs like a dream. A mom's best friend.
I love the performance of the engine! ZIPPY!!!! Go with the manual transmission! If you don't know how to drive a car with a stick; LEARN! It's worth it! This car is a mother's best friend.
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