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Old 09-29-2010, 06:51 PM   #1
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Default 1999 Subaru Outback (Automatic) 130K. Worth it?

I'm looking for a new daily driver/winter setup and I found a 99 Outback, Automatic with 130,000 miles on it for a good price. Now CarSurvery.org has terrible reviews of this car, Edmunds isn't too horrible though. I know about the head gasket problem on the N/A cars but was it a very likely thing to happen? Anything else I should know? Should I look away? Thanks
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Old 09-29-2010, 06:53 PM   #2
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Also, what about the 2001's? Similar problems I'd assume? I'm mainly looking at 98-02 Legacy and Outbacks at this point.
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Old 09-29-2010, 07:14 PM   #3
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head gasket problems were/are mostly pre 03 2.5L's

2.2L arnt know to blow them ever it seems, is that 99 outback a legacy outback or an impreza outback?

I'll assume lego outback from your second post, go ahead and see if the HG have been done if they have your set, if not set aside the money to do the HG's in case

other wise just look out for normal wear and tear
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Old 09-29-2010, 07:58 PM   #4
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Really, just the HGs, as stated above, are a main problem. Everything else is normal. HGs were a problem in any Subaru with EJ25s before the newer ones came out (04+ ish).

Depending on the price, I'd just roll with it. Subarus in general are reliable daily drivers. I'm actually interested and I'll go check out the reviews that you say are bad on CarSurvery.org
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Old 09-29-2010, 08:12 PM   #5
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Alright... read the reviews on there. They're semi-true.

People complained about wheel bearings. Yeah, those go too as some people have stated. I'd wouldn't make a judgement to buy on this though.

Gas mileage is low-ish. I mean, these are not FWD torqueless Hondas. They are AWD vehicles with good torque. That torque needs gas. That AWD system needs gas. It's just a fact. With that said, I can get 26-28 MPG on the highway and some city driving on a regular basis around this time of year. That's good enough for me. No, you won't be able to get 35+ MPG.

Oh... and the seats aren't great. But, they're not bad either, IMO. They could be better.

You tend to have two types of people posting on car review websites. Those who absolutely love their cars and those who absolutely hate the lemon they bought. You tend to see many people who just buy neglected cars looking to vent on there. I'd take all the reviews with a grain of salt.
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