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Old 04-01-2003, 11:48 PM   #1
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Default It's hard to find a used Outback...

I live in the Atlanta area and am looking for a used OB (MY00 or 01) for my sister-inlaw. Atlanta is a big city, but there are only about 5 or 6 available in the city. I guess people don't give em up that soon.

I found a pretty good one today at a local dealership. does this sound like a good deal?:

2000 Legacy Outback w/ 30000mi. 2.5L Auto transmission, Cloth interior, Alloy wheels, New Touranzo (sp?) tires, power driver's seat, roof rack. No CD or sunroof. The car is really, really clean - including the engine and undercarriage - possibly the cleanest used car I've ever seen.

They are asking $16K for it. w/ 30day 3000 mi warranty.

One potential problem: under heavy acceleration the exhaust seems "kindof" loud to me. A very low tone from the front end. Could this be some sort of exhaust leak? Or is it normal?

Does this sound like a good deal?
I don't know much about the OB's and would appreciate any advice. Thanks.
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Old 04-02-2003, 04:40 AM   #2
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From the bit of research that I've done, that seems a tad high, especially with no CD...but, if there aren't many in your area, that seems a lot more resonaible. I was looking for the same car, and actually found that when I get closer to buying, I'll have to drive 2 hours to get a good deal, which stinks, but I'm willing to drive that far to save a few grand on the car!
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Old 04-03-2003, 09:28 AM   #3
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Agreed that that sounds high. Here in the NY area - which isn't the bargain center of the world - I could find a 2000 Outback Limited with leather and about 35k for that kind of money, sold from a Subaru dealer.

Then again, if this car is really clean, and you can talk them down to $15k (which you should be able to given the soft used car market).... One more thing - a similar 2003 Outback wouldn't cost you much more than $20,500 if you hammer out a good deal. $5500 more buys a brand new car with a full warranty, and with the cheap financing, that might make up more of the difference....

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Old 04-03-2003, 10:05 AM   #4
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She decided to go with this vehicle. They originally listed it for $16.9 and after much bargaining they came down to $15.6.

It is in pristine condition - inside and out - not a scratch on it.

I attribute the price discrepancy to the local market and climate.

We could only find 5 or 6 MY00 OB's within a 100 mile radius of Atl - a metro area of around 4 mil. people - hard to believe. Of those cars, most were $17 to $18k - and with more mileage, or a moderate to major problem.

The climate here is mild and we're not near the ocean - so salt and the hard winters are not a factor. I could see how a car that's been thru 2 or 3 winters in the North would lose it's value.

Thanks for your input. Now I think my wife wants one.
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Old 04-03-2003, 12:08 PM   #5
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The climate here is mild and we're not near the ocean - so salt and the hard winters are not a factor. I could see how a car that's been thru 2 or 3 winters in the North would lose it's value.
Didn't ya know? Going through winters increases Outback value. Also, a 2K OB in really good condition will runs ~ $13-15K in the NW. They're like the state car I think.

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Old 04-03-2003, 03:06 PM   #6
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I have '99 Outback and can't really provide any inpit on the whole pricing issue. I don't know if the switch over to a single cam made any difference in exhaust tone in the '00 , but my '99 Outback just sounds throaty and mean under heavy acceleration. I wouldn't worry about it to much, the only real known problem in OB's is the loose heatshield ordeal, more annoying than anything. Also if its under warranty just have em check it out. Hope this helps a little
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Old 04-03-2003, 06:50 PM   #7
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Default Doofus alert!

Took the car to the local Subaru dealership today (Subaru of Gwinnett). They found the noise problem....

One of the clips for the airbox was broken - causing the air box to not sit properly - and probably move a round a bit under acceleration. They put a new clip and the noise is gone. It is amazing how loud the intake is - I would have sworn it was an exhaust problem. Its also amazing how I could have been so dense as to have missed that.

Thanks Subaru of Gwinnett!!
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Old 04-04-2003, 05:46 AM   #8
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Your best move is new. Great factory (Chase Manhattan) financing deals currently available. If new seems a bit high for your budget, look into a conventional Legacy. You probably don't need the extra ground clearance in Atlanta it never snows there you know. Love my 2 OBs.
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Old 04-04-2003, 09:09 AM   #9
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driver8,
I've been away from this forum since selling my '00 2.5 RS in July 2001. I just came back after my wife and I decided to find a '00 - '02 Outback for her.
I understand your frustration - I've looked a nearly 6 '00 - '01 Outbacks in the Washington area, all with between 35k and 50k miles. Prices ranged from $14,800 to $18,000. I lucked out yesterday and found a pristine, one-owner, 37,000 mile '00 Outback. The car is Sea Mist green with a light tan cloth interior, new tires, and the 6-disc in-dash changer. After some arm twisting, I agreed to $14,200. We pick it up tomorrow.


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Old 05-02-2003, 07:46 PM   #10
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Calling NASIOC appraisers!

Whaddya think then for my MY00 Outback with 74,000 miles, new tires, CD, near-perfect paint, no mechanical probs whatsoever.

Just curious. Dealer prices are always around $17K. I'll be selling mine by 80K. Oh, I'm in Los Angeles.
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Old 05-07-2003, 09:33 AM   #11
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A quick Autotrader search might give you a good idea.

I don't know if the dealers out there figure they'll start high and work down, but that sounds high. (I also know that the California car market is priced higher than it is here.) I've seen 2001 Outback H6 LLBeans with high mileage (55-60k) advertised for $18,500 from private owners....

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Old 07-28-2005, 03:59 PM   #12
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I just bought a 2003 Outback with 43K miles on it, showroom condition (will post pics later) for 17.5K, traded in a Saturn Vue (4cyl, 2wd) AND I LOVE IT!! it is Titanium White and Titanium Slate.

The same dealer just got in another one (they sell late model used cars for great prices) this one is a 2K3, Green and Gold, 30K on it for 18K, also in show room condition.

I have always wanted a subaru and when my wife told me I needed to get an all wheel drive for the family, this was the only all wheel drive I would own.

Now I just need to modify, I am thinking of replacing the weak stock tire 225/60/16 potanza's with Goodyear Assurance TripleTred, or the Potenza G009 I am not sure, what is the best tire not only of these 2 but all. Price is not as important as ride, handling and wear.

Hope the info on what I paid helped.
didn't pay too much attention to the date. a little late on this. shows that I am new to all of this.
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Old 08-04-2005, 04:59 AM   #13
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I just bought a 2003 Outback with 43K miles on it, showroom condition (will post pics later) for 17.5K, traded in a Saturn Vue (4cyl, 2wd) AND I LOVE IT!! it is Titanium White and Titanium Slate.

The same dealer just got in another one (they sell late model used cars for great prices) this one is a 2K3, Green and Gold, 30K on it for 18K, also in show room condition.



Hope the info on what I paid helped.
didn't pay too much attention to the date. a little late on this. shows that I am new to all of this.
No way! you can get a new '05 outback for 19k in Oregon!!!! I own an '03 outback wagon and can't believe you paid 18k! I bought mine with extras for 19k!!!That was in '03..........do your research!!!!You shoulda paid like 14k even in showrom cond. it still has 43k on it!!!

The good thing is it's a Subaru"bomber"!!!
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Old 08-04-2005, 07:40 PM   #14
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I am glad they are so inexpensive in Oregon, but I just moved here and 3 guys own ALL of the dealers together, they are crooks...I felt I got a great deal, it has all the goodies, that price also includes a 100K bumper to bumper warranty, we looked at the dealers and they were selling cars 1 year older and 20K more miles for only 1K less, an 05 here with the measly 1500 cash back sells for about 22-24K. The bad thing is they only have 1 dealer in this area and 2 if you count the one 100 miles away.

Remember it is not what you can get if for somewhere 3 or more hundred miles away, it is what you consider a good deal where you live. but thanks for the information. being new to subaru's what is a Subaru Bomber? I take it, it is a OB.
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Old 08-04-2005, 09:24 PM   #15
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When I was considering buying a Subaru, I would often check the used car ads. Even in a large metropolitan newspaper (San Jose, CA). There were rarely more than a half dozen ads for all models of Subaru. This gave me a lot of confidence in the brand: Owners don't sell their Subaru's often. They like them. I bought a 05 OB LL Bean. I am still enjoying it, after nearly a year.
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Old 08-04-2005, 10:44 PM   #16
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I did the same thing, I have wanted an OB for years but they were more than I was willing to spend, this time I did not live in Texas but further up north and I needed an AWD, who better to own than the best. I looked all over but could not find one I liked. this one is great. I love it so much I plan on buying my wife an 05 LLB or limited. If I knew where I could post a Picture of my OB I would be glad to.
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Old 08-25-2005, 05:49 AM   #17
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I would like to correct you by saying that used Outbacks are quite easy to find, especially up here in the North. It's hard to find them for sale.

I know, I know. I'm splitting hairs. It's 5:45am and I haven't gone to bed yet. I'm a little whacky right now.
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Old 08-26-2005, 07:56 AM   #18
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Had a bear of a time finding one in Knoxville. I went to one dealership and mentioned that I was looking for a Subaru, and that it was tough finding a used one. The guy very dismissingly said something to the effect that "That's cuz nobody buys 'em new."

... Sure

When I did find mine at a small used lot, they said they had 3 other people looking at it that day and a ton of "folks from up North" were calling about it. from what I could see, it was the only one in town. The price was way low compared to what KBB said it should be, and they had no idea what they had. When I told them I was really looking for one for awhile, they asked what new ones were going for. I told them from $20K to $26K+. Their response: "For a SUBARU???"

Interesting that a year or so later, when I was on vacation in Maine, I noticed that just about every used car lot I passed was filled with Outbacks.
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