After completing 3 and bit years and 65,000km in the Outback, I have just handed back the keys with some regrets. The interior is big, the seats are comfortable, the boot is large, and with the back seats down can swallow large loads.
Long drives are done in a smooth, quiet manner – with the Subie chewing up the miles easily and surprisingly frugally.
I had no service issues in the whole time. The only problem was using almost exclusively E10 petrol – it created occasional oil burning smells. A couple of tanks of Premium sorted this.
The extra’s like hill holder electric braking, 2-position seat memory, sunroof, leather and paddle shifters were nice, and many cars at this price don’t have all of them.
However, auto headlights and auto wipers would have been nice. I got mine before bluetooth or sat nav were standard.
My only gripe is the CVT, which works great on the flat and on freeways, but around my hilly suburbs, it struggled. It would keep very high revs going down hills at normal suburban speeds, and I would have to change gears on every drive.
But all in all, a great car, and well worth the investment.
I have moved on to a 7-seater Kia Sorento, and am missing the seat memory and electric brake already.