Subaru Outback 3.0R vs Toyota Kluger

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 12:58
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G'day All,

My parents are currently choosing between the above vehicles to replace there pathfinder has anyone got any feedback either good or bad,

Vehicle will be every day transport along with touring both with and without small caravan off road action would be limited to gravel roads only.

Thanks for your help.
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Reply By: Billy - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 13:19

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 13:19
Warnsey,

We have had a Kluger (Grande) for about 6 weeks now. It's my wife's daily driver. It's hard to fault and quality is top drawer. She has two friends who have also recently got them who are also happy and another has just appeared in our street. The motor/gearbox combo is a gem.

Thumbs up so far.

Regds

Bill
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Reply By: Puddin (Sydney) - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 15:44

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 15:44
warnsey, have a look at post 14019 to see what you can do in a Subie
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Reply By: Member Eric - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 17:17

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 17:17
I would go the Klugar , both are a wonderfull car . You will find the Klugar a little more reliable , not the subbie is bad .

A;so the desider might be the Towing capasity
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 12:22

Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 12:22
Eric, Eric, LOL - now you are making me laugh. A Tojo more reliable than a Subie? I'd like to see that.

In 6 years and 104,000 km, other than regular servicing, the only work our Outback required was replacing the battery (twice). The Subie is a vastly superior vehicle in quality, engineering and reliablity and also scored the highest safety test score.

However, for regular towing duties of a van/trailer that weighs in at more than 500 kg, the Toyota is more likely the better choice.
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 19:18

Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 19:18
Now now Rohan , calm down son . I will say this , ever since subaru came up with the outback , I have been impressed with there quality . Before that , Subaru was a dirty work in the car game , 100,000 kms is not something to brag about , come and see me when it has done 300,000 kms . Toyota has acheived this so far , so thats why my comment was made. The subaru engineering concept is awsom , biut till now never executed properly . The outback in my eyes is a large exeption to my hate for Subaru , I cant wait to see them at 200,000 kms to see if they are still as good . I also took the latest Outback for a run and was even more impressed than the last model . It does look like they are progressing in the right dirrection . Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 20:45

Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 20:45
:)
BTW, I had a friend that owned an early model Subie 4x4 wagon - remember them? - the first 4x4 wagon?

Well, it was 12 years old at the time and had done 320,000 kms and had only required the usual servicing and a new clutch. It did have a little rust :( - well, they weren't fully galvanised then like they are now.

Unfortunately for prospective buyers, it will be another 5 or 6 years before anyone can report the same service from a Klugmobile. But why aren't they looking at a Pathy, anyway???
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Reply By: Savvas - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 20:32

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 20:32
Go the Kluger (if you can cope with the name).

It's just that little better than the Subie IMHO.

Stay away from Adventra or Territory. The both faired badly in a recent "Drive" comparison alongside the Kluger, a Cruiser and a Pajero. The biggest problems with both the Adventra & Territory where failures in both vehicles electronics while offroad. The Territory actually had a sensor ripped out.

The Kluger did very well for a soft off roader.
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Reply By: MrMagoo - Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 01:04

Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 01:04
Hi,
Try for comparisons
http://carpoint.ninemsn.com.au/wheels/homepage.asp
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