Seeking some Subaru information

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 12:20
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I'm looking at buying a Subaru wagon- not as an adventure vehicle, more a run around. About 2004 to 2008 vintage.
What are the differences between the Forester and the Outback in that time frame.
Any things we should be looking out for??

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Reply By: John and Regina M - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 12:25

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 12:25
Forester my experience:
Clutch
Oil leaks
CV joints
Wheel bearings
Everything else that hasn't been attended to in the last 10 years. It's an older car nowadays, including engine.

I'd be asking this question on a Subaru forum. They're specialists.
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Reply By: Member - Chris_K - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 15:37

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 15:37
We've had a couple of Outbacks - they are a very reliable nice car to driver, in addition to the above I'd also suggest:

1. Log book servicing (obviously),
2. Find one that looks like it hasn't been offroad (check underneath for dings, the approach and departure angles are terrible, so it should be easy),
3. The 6 cyl Outback sucks fuel like there is no tomorrow. We had both the 4cyl and 6cyl, and while the 6cyl goes like a rocket, it's a little heavy on the hip pocket.

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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 17:02

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 17:02
Hi Wombat

My wife and I have had eight Subarus over time, including three Outbacks, a Turbo Forester and a couple of Imprezas, all bought new and run to around 100,000 km - none of them ever missed a beat. While you wouldn't do any serious bush-bashing, desert driving etc (we use the trusty Hilux for that) the Subarus are remarkably capable on gravel.

We did two around-Oz trips towing an AVan, one using the Outback and the other with the Forester. Both performed without a problem though I took half the plastic under-body protection off the Forester on the road between Burketown and Normanton.

As a comfortably cruising vehicle, the Outback is the winner - a lovely comfortable ride - and when we get a bit long in the tooth for the really remote stuff, that's what we'll go back to.

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Follow Up By: wombat100 - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 17:35

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 17:35
Thanks mate
What are the differences between the Forester and Outback at about that vintage ??

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Follow Up By: Gnomey - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 19:28

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 19:28
Echo what's been said by other owners. I've had two Outbacks and a Forester going back nearly 15 years.

I had zero problems with the Outbacks which were turned over every two or three years. I still have a 2004 Forester XT. Only minor problems like worn pins leading to loose under car "protective" pan. Torn CV boot - self inflicted. Had drama with a major service but not the car's fault.

I still have the XT as a town runabout. Every time I've thought about a changeover I just couldn't see the value in it.

Outbacks and Foresters are both remarkably capable and a treat to drive on anything resembling a road. My first Outback had a slight reduction gear and I did Fraser Island with it. Carefully mind. Attack and departure angles are ordinary as already noted. Considerably better angles on the Forester which is why I went to that model. Oh and the performance of 2.5lt turbo is still quite satisfactory for my entertainment - and safe overtaking of course. :)

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Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 23:55

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 23:55
From memory the Foresters of that era were mainly two litre and the Outbacks were 2.5 or 3 litre (the 3 litre back then was known as the H6, and the one we had was a ripper). Foresters also made the XT around then which was a higher performance based on the WRX, though not as finely tuned - earlier ones were two litre and the later ones 2.5 litre (we had the latter, and it went like the clappers - but my wife told me I was too old to play silly buggers at the lights!!)
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Reply By: Member - Bookleaf - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 22:06

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 22:06
To answer you query direct, from my perspective/understanding (I have a 2004 Forester, 2.5L stranded trim)

Both vehicles are basically built on the same base running gear, with differences in body shape, trim levels, engines and ground clearance.
The Forrester stands taller, has a more boxy shape, came in 2.5L/4 (in a couple of trim levels) and 2.5L/4 Turbo engines.
The outback came in 2.5L/4 and 3Lt/6 engines and (i think) a couple of trim levels

The comments by others allude to other characteristics of these very capable vehicles
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