Overall, the Subaru Legacy Outback is well conceived. Its all-wheel drive powertrain is a major plus on slippery roads. The Outback rides comfortably and its interior is reasonably roomy and quiet. But the wagon has its shortcomings: Normally competent handling can become tricky at the limit, acceleration is a bit poky, and fuel economy is unimpressive.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2000. ESC available in 2001, standard from 2009. Side air bags available from 2000, standard from 2005. Head protection air bags standard from 2005.
Road Test

Overall, the Subaru Legacy Outback is well conceived. Its all-wheel drive powertrain is a major plus on slippery roads. The Outback rides comfortably and its interior is reasonably roomy and quiet. But the wagon has its shortcomings: Normally competent handling can become tricky at the limit, acceleration is a bit poky, and fuel economy is unimpressive.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (165 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2000 Subaru Outback owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

"Cylinder heads had to be machined due to coolant issues and overheating of the engine"

Christopher S., PA (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Heads kept warping causing head gasket leaks-heating"

Anonymous, NE (2000 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"head gasket blew lot of miles just replace engine"

Gary T., KY (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radiator sprang a leak, lead to overheating and a head gasket leak, had to replace head gasket"

Maurice M., CA (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced head gasket at 82000 and 166000"

Anonymous, PA (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket required replacement at 150K so to some degree an expected maintenance"

Wilson K., NJ (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket leaking had to pull engine and replace. 2K!"

Christine P., MN (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"needs head gasket replacement for $2500-$3K. apparently very common for Subaru's and ours is low mileage. would not buy another subaru for this reason because mechanic says Subaru hasn't fixed the design flaw"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket was leaking. Replaced both"

Anonymous, CT (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Instead of head gasket it was valve cover gaskets. See prior comment on timing belt"

Anonymous, OR (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The head gaskets are worn out, the car leaks oil and antifreeze into the combustion chamber and leaks because of this. Cost to repair is upwards of $3,000"

Bryan B., CO (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"had 2 head gaskets replaced due to leaking anti freeze fluid"

Anonymous, WI (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Second time the head gasket has failed. Leaking oil form the heads. Mechanics tells me that the head gasket on a Subaru engine will need replacing every 100,000 to 125,000 miles. Other than that it is a good car"

Anonymous, WA (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket blew out when engine overheated on a hot day in Arizona"

Stephen A., CA (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket failure required $3000 engine rebuild. Reviews on the internet showed this is a common Subaru design problem, but Subaru is of course taking no financial responsibility"

Anonymous, WA (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gaskets were leaking"

Anonymous, OK (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At 147000 have second set of head gaskets failing"

Anonymous, AK (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"2ND HEAD GASKET REPLACEMENT ON THIS VEHICLE"

Ginger M., CT (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer replaced valve cover gasket gaskets but also should have done timing belt tension work and did not, so a AAA shop had to redo the entire job. Dealer would not acknowledge his mistake. Won't go there again"

Anonymous, OR (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"New timming belt and pullys failed at about 700 mi. Totaled the engine"

Anonymous, NE (2000 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"All front ball joints had to be replaced"

Guy D., QC (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bushings replaced, problem not solved"

Joseph K., AZ (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced all front and rear suspension bushings due to cracked rubber"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed a new power steering pump and an entirely new steering rack"

Anonymous, MI (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn belt on power steering pump"

Anonymous, IA (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Struts were worn out and needed replacement"

Kris R., CO (2000 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This Legacy Outback is actually a 1999 but they aren't included in survey. I drive 14 miles round trip on a graveled county road in north Idaho. It is used hard by log trucks and is often full of potholes. This Subaru has held up to thoUSnds of m"

SUSn W., ID (2000 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"strut mount rusted off rear axle. two broken springs , struts leaking and were replaed- really pretty normal wear for the crappy roads we have here in WV"

Anonymous, WV (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced rear struts in '16 because they just plane wore out. 16 years is a good life. They had approximately 115000 miles on them. Started leaking before they went bad, just plain old age"

Donna L., NY (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace struts"

Anonymous, MO (2000 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The torsion bar has broken, as in split apart"

Anonymous, DE (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front left coil spring unit broke and had to be replaced"

Guy D., QC (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"The steering on the car was loose. I took the car into the mechanic that I used and it was determined that the steering rack was bad. It was repaired and drives much better now"

Anonymous, CO (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering rods were loose at hub (not loose nuts, but loose fitting where nuts would attach.) Appears to have been factory or design defect"

David E., WA (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Its got high mileage but it seems like the vibrations have been there for quite a while"

Anonymous, GA (2000 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"wore out"

Anonymous, ME (2000 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"one worn tie rod was replaced at the time the bushings were replaced. Steering rack has a slight leak"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"Rear bumper is coming loose due to rust of the solder points holding the panels together"

Anonymous, ON (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint is fading but mostly because of age and a bad paint job on the hood which we assume was a repair before we purchased the car"

Paul L., MN (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It's an old car. Not anything more than normal aging"

Anonymous, PA (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Most Subarus, including this one, rust above the rear wheel wells. Amazing that they haven't addressed this problem"

Peter N., MI (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car lived in New Hampshire until Dec. 2013 and there are few patches of fairly considerable rust on the rear fenders"

Anonymous, NM (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear chassis rusted out. Had new parts welded and bolted for approx. $500"

James D., WV (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint around the back wheels was not put one correctly when the car was manufactured the body people tell me. I have had it touched up a few times, and now it's starting to rust. After 15 years, I consider myself fortunate"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust around wheel wells"

O B., MN (2000 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"around read wheel wells"

Anonymous, MA (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both rear wheel wells"

David S., PA (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"undercarriage rust is coming through on body panels; solder points holding rear bumper on have started to rust though. Now have water seepage into rear hatch when it rains/car wash"

Anonymous, ON (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This car has 190000 miles on it...I live in Maine where it is cold, but damp and there is a lot of salt on the roads...I have experienced a bit of rust around the the wheel wells and rocker panels...state inspection requires these to be fixed and I d"

Chris F., ME (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"drivers side rear door area - not door itself. 5 inch hole due to rust"

Anonymous, WI (2000 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear Fenders begin rusting directly centered with wheel. Also rear rocker panel is rusting and will need repair"

Paul L., ME (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Our Subaru has the same issue as many 2000 outbacks. it has serious rust at the leading edge of each rear wheel well"

Paul L., MN (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Typical rust around rear wheel wells"

Anonymous, PA (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Left and right rear fenders are rusted out as are most Outbacks this age"

Anonymous, MN (2000 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

"Gradually had to replace all parts of the fuel fill system and valves"

Anonymous, ON (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This repair required a $600 removal/replacement of the fuel tank in order to replace failed hoses & valves. The failure blocked the gas filler so we could not refuel the vehicle"

Anonymous, WA (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

"Oxygen sensor warning"

Russell P., OR (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel leaks

"Replaced fuel lines to stop gas smell"

Anonymous, CO (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When cold out fuel fumes come in through vent . And I tried to get it repaired. Clamps changed n tightened. Problem came bak because it wasn't fixed right"

Elena M., CO (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil leak from valve cover"

Anonymous, GA (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My mechanic reports that there is oil leaking out of the head gasket on the driver's side head. To fix it is a very expensive repair"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking oil around head gaskets,valve gaskets,and other seals"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The head gaskets on the engine are leaking both oil and coolant onto the ground. The leaks are very slow, so I never have to top off the oil; but I do have to top off the coolant about once a month. The vehicle has no problem passing smog tests and still runs strong after about 176k miles"

Daniel P., CA (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It's obviously true that the Subaru is known for its oil leaks; I now fill the oil and check the gas. Other than that, except for the loss of refrigerant last month, this car has been FABULOUS!"

Wess D., TN (2000 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"headgasket failure"

Anonymous, NJ (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

"The catalytic converter was not reading correctly almost from the get/go. There was a recall 2 or 3 years after I purchased it for a sensor or several sensors. I continued to replace the sensors after that. I now live in an inspection state and ha"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Converter shield welds deteriorated. Auto repair shop fixed for us"

Kristopher H., IL (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"check engine light comes on and goes off periodically, indicating that cat. converter needs to be replaced, but haven't done it yet, too expensive"

Anonymous, NJ (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Check Engine light has been going on and off for about 4 years. We had to get a new Catalytic converter for smog test in 2016"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to put on a third catalytic converter due mostly to a bad coil pack that assisted in the cat failing. With the higher mileage, not totally the cars fault. There was a aftermarket coil pack that was replaced 2 years ago and it began failing, but didn't throw a code until damage was done to the cat. Pricy considering g the age and mileage, but decided to fix since the car is in otherwise good shape"

Anonymous, VA (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Often smells of gas and exhaust in the car"

Anonymous, MN (2000 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"I have driven this car since 2006, and it has always had a horrible rattle in the engine compartment from loose heat shielding around the exhaust. Some mechanics seem to be able to fix it temporarily, but it always comes back"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"factory service people did not fix it, and the local service station has found it impossible to fix it"

David C., BC (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Muffler developed weld problem simply dropped off after"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced at 160K, expected maintenance"

Wilson K., NJ (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Small leak in exhaust pipes; required installing a new joint (as opposed to replacing the entire pipe)"

Peter N., MI (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"My Subaru is a 1996, not 2000. I could not find a way to start the survey over, but apparently you don't want information on a vehicle this old. The brake failure was on the passenger side front brake caliper and rotor. was dragging and had to be"

Joe V., KY (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Again, I was unware that there was a problem until the state inspection"

Victor C., NY (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"brackets siezed and required replacement"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"Needed brake fluid"

Anonymous, MA (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"brake pads replaced after 15 years use"

James D., WV (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I was unaware that had brake problem until the state inspection"

Victor C., NY (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"replace breaks"

Anonymous, MD (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"just to replace brake pads"

N B., BC (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I seems to me that I go through brakes often, but I drive a lot on gravel roads w/ lots of salt/sand on them"

Chris F., ME (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"light pressure will let the pads touch the rotor, leading to heat and wear"

David C., BC (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Catalytic converter replacement"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to have replacement/repair twice before I could pass emission test for license renewal"

Anonymous, WA (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"catalytic convertor needed replacement"

Anonymous, WI (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to be checked due to Government requirements, hence it was cleaned, then inspected and passed"

Alan S., ON (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Incoming exhaust probe failed. Part was cheap, labour expensive"

Michael P., AB (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I was leaking fumes from the pipe going into the gas tank. Replaced pipe"

Richard G., PA (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"The ignition coil cracked and needed to be replaced. This was followed shortly by more problems with hesitations and misfires and replacing of a fuel/air mixture sensor"

Anonymous, CO (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Difficult to extinguish check engine light even with new parts"

Ray S., MN (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car was hesitating"

Anonymous, TN (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace O2 sensor due to Check Engine codes"

Kevin K., MT (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"Not quiet on road. Air leaks around windows"

Anonymous, MI (2000 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the weather stripping around the windows has been rotting away for years"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Weather stripping around the driver side door kept coming loose and I finally had to have a mechanic attach it"

Richard C., NY (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"passenger front started whistling after 3 years . only due above 50 MPH"

John D., CA (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The driver's door seal keeps coming off and hanging outside of the car"

Daniel P., CA (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"was a loose exhaust shield"

James W., MN (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"heat shield rattles"

Michael F., NJ (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car has always been extremely noisy. It gets worse every year"

April H., OR (2000 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"replacement window does not fit tightly enough"

David C., BC (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I love this car but it is loud!"

Anonymous, GA (2000 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Clock

"Weird, it was replace once for the same problem when the car was new. Now again the clock runs to fast. I have to set it back about once a week"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"headlights have become yellowed and very opaque. Serious limitation on beam strength"

Maurice M., CA (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"constant lights burning out and ultimate replacement of headlight assemblies"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"brake lights filed due to blowing fuse in the brake interlock switch. Also had to replace a lot of fuses, then it settled down"

Anonymous, NJ (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Electrical problems fog lights don't work. Fuses blow and then blow again"

Elena M., CO (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Don't drive anymore cause headlight covers are glazed over and cannot see"

Jacki R., AL (2000 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Keeps,coming on c no problem identIfied"

Anonymous, MI (2000 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"engine light never goes off no matter what the dealer mechanic does"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light almost always on, when problem is fixed, comes on again within a week or two"

Anonymous, ME (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"We were driving across Utah in July when we realized that our fan was not blowing and the A/C not working. The compressor seized and caused the breaker to blow. The belts were removed so that we would at least have the fan. Was a miserable trip"

Anonymous, CO (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"air conditioner completely broke and i had to replace it"

Anonymous, NY (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"The compressor works correctly but the Ac system is not as cold. It seem to be a flap problem-flaps not working correctly so it neither it heats or cools very efficiently-has to use high speed fan to get much out of the system"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Freon leaks. Was fixed but only worked for about 1 year. Currently no air conditioning"

Robert C., FL (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We had a recurring refrigerant leak that it took a long time to figure out the source of"

Anonymous, MD (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to have the entire radiator replaced because of leaks and cracks"

Anonymous, CO (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"required a new radiator"

James W., MN (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radiator needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It just suddenly had no refrigerant. Took it to the garage they refilled it and it's been fine ever since"

Wess D., TN (2000 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

"Covered by head gasket repair"

Anonymous, PA (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The radiator leak led to overheating, which probably contributed to the blown head gasket"

Stephen A., CA (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"bar radiator cap"

Anonymous, OR (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine had big problems with overheating, the solution was to have the heads machined"

Christopher S., PA (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radiator identified as problem by experienced mechanic, i.e., premature failure at approx. 85,000 miles. Vehicle maintained ber manufacturer's recommendations"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced radiator due to antifreeze lraks"

Anonymous, WI (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Water pump

"It failed when I was out and about. Had to be towed. Caused the timing belt and serpentine belt to be replaced also"

Marguerite M., CA (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Slight leak, was replaced when timing belt and fan belts were replaced (routine maintenance)"

Anonymous, OK (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

"alternator failed after 14 years"

Michael P., AB (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Alternator died while on a road trip"

Kenneth M., CO (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Went out before it should have"

Marguerite M., CA (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Such a cold winter that my old battery could not hold a charge and I finally had to replace it"

Richard C., NY (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Coil

"rough engine"

O B., MN (2000 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace and made a big positive impact on mileage"

Anonymous, ON (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Transmission has trouble getting into drive from Park, Neutral and Reverse. A lengthy delay often occurs"

Anonymous, DE (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine sped up in higher gears without accelerating"

Anonymous, IL (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"cooling lines started leaking ATF and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WV (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking oil pan. Leaking transmission fluid from the gasket"

Anonymous, AK (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Crack on transmission hose"

Anonymous, NJ (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Water gets into the lift gate. It eventually shorted out the brake/tail lights"

Steven G., ID (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Back hatch door needs regular lube as latch sticks open. no issue first 15 years, became issue when we moved to the coast and sea water rusts everything quickly"

John D., CA (2000 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The internal gate liner does not stay in place; once had it replaced, then the new liner started coming loose"

Anonymous, ME (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"Front wheel bearings needed replacing"

Anonymous, FL (2000 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

"Needed wheel bearings replaced, caused vibration until fixed"

Anonymous, FL (2000 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The driveline doesn't have replaceable u joints so I needed to replace the whole driveline but this is after 325000 miles and a lot of it on rough county roads"

SUSn W., ID (2000 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"After 16 plus years the clutch began to show some signs of wear. It still functioned but as a precautionary move I had it replaced"

Francis B., PA (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It was slipping and I replaced it myself"

Gary L., CA (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission blew out on the highway going 65mph. At highway exit ramp, couldn't shift out of 5th gear. Had to be replaced - hard to find in the area and cost over $1,000"

Anonymous, NH (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Radio

"light no longer works"

Anonymous, WI (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

"OEM 6 CD changer came with car. Has failed and won't play or eject CDs"

Anonymous, AK (2000 Subaru Outback Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
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