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Experiences with 1995-1999 Outbacks

I want to get one with a 5 speed and the 4 cyl. What kind of experience do you guys have with them? My dad is biased against them for their mechanical troubles. I have less than 5 grand to spend and don't want to deal with tons of repairs, what kind of mpg s do you get, power in the mtns, and problems?

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Also considering a corolla with the 4cyl and 5 speed as well
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The ones from the late 90s had a common problem with the head gaskets. There's a fix for this that's been done to a lot of them still out there.
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Also considering a corolla with the 4cyl and 5 speed as well
If the Corolla fits your needs for seating and hauling crap around, it's a no-brainer from a mechanical and economic standpoint. My '96 Corolla with 140,000 miles still gets better than 35 mpg and I have literally done nothing but change the oil, plugs, filters, and brakes. Oh, and a clutch that worked great until my 13 year old attempted to joyride. The original brakes lasted to over 130,000. No timing belt to replace (a chain in '96) and no fuel filter to mess with (it's in the tank). Great for around town, shuttling (didn't bottom out with seven passengers), and commuting. The trunk is surprisingly large and with the split back seat folded down, fits skis.

Drawback: need to drop down to third to go 55 over Vail pass.
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Pretty sure Andy has over a quarter mil on his and it's still pulling his raft over the passes, even if it takes 2nd gear to do it. Not sure of the year, but mid nineties might be generous.
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Pretty sure Andy has over a quarter mil on his and it's still pulling his raft over the passes, even if it takes 2nd gear to do it. Not sure of the year, but mid nineties might be generous.
Its a '94 Legacy with about 298K miles. Check and change your oil regularly. Still makes the passes in 3rd gear.
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My favorite car for under $5k is the 4th gen Nissan Maxima/Infinity I30 (same car). If you just change the oil on them, they will run 1/4 million miles easy. Really well engineered cars.

I keep trying to kill mine, and it just won't die. My wife has the same car as well. Both at almost 200k, and all I do is change the oil on the things.

Toyota Corollas/Camry's and Honda civics/accords will obviously run for a long time as well.
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I have a 2001 Forester (same engine as the outback) and I have always been a little dissapointed with it. I get between 20 and 25 mpg, and it's preety gutless in my opinion. It does handle snow well for a car.

If you end up looking at a Subaru, ask when the timing belt was last replaced. Subarus have an interferance engine that will self destruct if the timing belt breaks. It should be changed about every 100,000 miles and costs about $350.

If you don't need the all-wheel-drive then just get a little front-wheel-drive import.
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If the corolla works, as the other poster said, its a no brainer. corolla
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The ones from the late 90s had a common problem with the head gaskets. There's a fix for this that's been done to a lot of them still out there.
This! My roommate has a late 90s Subaru and he ended up having to put a couple grand into the engine because of it. I'm not recommending against the car though, they're great.
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