Greg Macke - Your Car Angel reviews the Subaru Outback. The history as well as reliability, problems, concerns and overall quality are provided. Head gasket and oil consumption problems are discussed. Greg also takes the car four wheeling in the Los Padres National Forest.


    • Ma Ed
      Ma Ed

      what about the crazy amount of recalsl over the years valve springs etc.....

      about 2 days ago
    • glassblastcollision

      Check my Subie build out Greg ,Bet you havent seen one like this! Like and subscribe please!Thanks Lou

      about 4 days ago
    • NateP Crumb231313
      NateP Crumb231313

      i purchased a 2009 with 80k miles for $13k.
      Ive replaced control arms, timing belt, cat converter, H20 pump, It is underpowered. I get this airbag warning i havnt corrected. The Subaru airbag recall didnt cover it, chinese circuit located against the roof to blame.
      Whatever - passenger beware
      80k rated michelin primacy tires lasted 40K miles. I bought michelin defender replacements, so far they are really nice.
      Im rooting for this thing, for me - its quiet, smoothe, skinny, understated, reliable,

      about 5 days ago
    • C W
      C W

      Good for getting away from New Zealand police

      about 7 days ago
    • Paul Mac
      Paul Mac

      Go to Scotty Kilmers channel and find out all the engine issues with this car . Stick to Toyota.

      about 11 days ago
    • Eskie Man
      Eskie Man In reply to Paul Mac

      Stick with Scotty - if you're gullible enough to believe everything he tells you, you're his kind of viewer.

      about 8 days ago
    • la flame
      la flame

      Awesome man

      about 17 days ago
    • Quiet Entropy
      Quiet Entropy

      Subaru AWD requires buying all four tires if one gets screwed up. That's four wheeling? It's just a dirt road. I've been on worse with an old 2wd pickup.

      about 17 days ago
    • Eskie Man
      Eskie Man In reply to Quiet Entropy

      ALL AWD CARS REQUIRE THAT the tires are basically the same, not just Subaru.

      about 8 days ago
    • Verdi Lowe
      Verdi Lowe

      Brilliant Reportage ! Cheers !

      about 18 days ago
    • Lorrin Barth
      Lorrin Barth

      The Subaru has a very good AWD system - I own a Subaru. But you said it is the best and it is not.

      about 19 days ago
    • Paul Carpenter
      Paul Carpenter

      The clearance is too short, for
      off-road, but with good tires it will climb a sheet of ice. Also the 2.5L is underpowered. (I own 2002 Legacy 2.5L 5-speed, 200,000 miles)

      about 22 days ago
    • Zachary Freeman
      Zachary Freeman In reply to Paul Carpenter

      I just bought a 2011 2.5, you say it will climb a sheet of ice and in the next breath say its underpowered. What do you mean exactly?

      about 7 days ago

      the boxer allows them to use a softer long travel suspension great for rough terrain but still keep good traction and stability due to the lower COG that a boxer has

      about 22 days ago
    • Rauley Shar
      Rauley Shar

      Four wheel drive is better than AWD. I think AWD more of mediocre synthetic version of 4wheel drive.

      about 23 days ago
    • Ken

      My 2011 Outback blew it's head gasket at 116,000 km. 1,000 over my extended warranty !

      about 23 days ago
    • Eskie Man
      Eskie Man In reply to Ken

      And walk....

      about 8 days ago
    • Roscoe ElCocko
      Roscoe ElCocko In reply to Ken

      Eww. Shouldve bought a honda.

      about 23 days ago
    • struggleboy

      I have an 05 Outback with 200,000 km and I really like it. It DOES have an oil leak on the headgasket, but it's so minor I just don't worry about it. As for off-road, I found the ride was MUCH better than my old Ranger FX4-II while being just as capable.

      about 23 days ago
    • Pervy Hokage
      Pervy Hokage In reply to struggleboy

      struggleboy im buying a 06 outback is it actually worth it? Getting it for 3k

      about 20 hours ago
    • Or Ma
      Or Ma

      I choose girls and cars in the same way: with no make up. Subaru has no trick & make up, just an excellent car
      (I live in Europe, and here we buy Subaru made in Japan: no headgasket problems, at all..)

      about 24 days ago
    • Or Ma
      Or Ma In reply to Or Ma

      +vavra222 🙋

      about 2 days ago
    • vavra222
      vavra222 In reply to Or Ma

      Im also from Europe and about to buy SG Forester, i cant wait. I love how it looks and drives, really nice car for crappy Czech roads and winter too.

      about 2 days ago
    • redback Chief ..
      redback Chief ..

      To much problems with head gaskets friend had one and had to replace the head gasket two times in 3 yrs ..Ive always like the Forester especially the early 2000s ones but can't risk the head aches ..

      about 25 days ago
    • Seiko Watch
      Seiko Watch

      Subaru has the unparalleled Symmetrical AWD however unlike Toyota vehicles, the Subaru vehicles require maintenance by the book especially oil changes and transmission fluid replacement.
      Toyota vehicles are much more forgiving in terms of maintenance.

      about 26 days ago
    • Entrippy
      Entrippy In reply to Seiko Watch

      Thanks for saying, bought a 3rd gen about a month ago, its time

      about 13 days ago
    • turk 19
      turk 19

      2001 Forrester , most disappointing car I ever owned.
      Never again!
      Stick with Toyota

      about 27 days ago
    • Caleb Niederhofer
      Caleb Niederhofer

      Awesome video man , really well done. Thanks for the help I’m purchasing a 2007 in Alaska

      about 28 days ago
    • Aca L
      Aca L

      Not sure what you saying,timing belt is still there in my 2012

      about 29 days ago
    • Chi Tsang
      Chi Tsang

      good objective review

      about 1 month ago
    • Ian Moone
      Ian Moone

      I have 2nd gen outback. First car not broken after first 1000 kilometers. But if you buy subaru, look for those are made in Japan. VIN starting JF1. 4S3 or 4S4 are american crappy subarus.

      about 1 month ago
    • Darren Fooks
      Darren Fooks

      I have an 2005 outback needs a new motor I live in Australia I want to fix it and keep using it any information would be appreciated if anyone knows a mechanic In Victoria Australia that could replace my motor

      about 1 month ago
    • Darren Fooks
      Darren Fooks In reply to Darren Fooks

      +Ian Moone nah its 2.5 litre petrol

      about 1 month ago
    • Ian Moone
      Ian Moone In reply to Darren Fooks

      I will guess its 2 liter diesel. Dont buy those never ever.

      about 1 month ago
    • djkenny

      Our 04 Forester 2.5X Manual was running and near new running condition when we sold it to buy our new 2016. The only reason we bought a new Forester is that we now had trouble fitting a rear facing car seat on that generation and the new ones was easy. I loved that car and would have never sold it!

      about 1 month ago
    • Roman Jansen
      Roman Jansen

      Just bought one 😊. Cheers from the Netherlands

      about 1 month ago
    • youtude y
      youtude y

      They blow head gaskets every 100-120 thousand miles. They have an open deck block design that causes this. They could change it but they wont. They also have an automatic transmission that is on the weak side. Changing the gasket design did not fix the real problem. Its the thin walls and the shifting of the gasket with regular use that is the problem. I've owned 2 of them and they both had this problem.

      about 1 month ago
    • dank jr
      dank jr In reply to youtude y

      Use a better headgasket i cant remember the name but it is not oem. Its an aftermarket and has 2 more layers than oem. Never blew the headgasket again. It needs to be installed properly as well its a crazy procedure to put it on but once its on it lasts a long time.

      about 1 month ago
    • hardcorvancour

      What do you think about the 1997 subaru outback legacy .You said 1998 to 2003 were more likely to have head gasket problems what about the 95 -97 ? Thanks for the information

      about 1 month ago
    • Joshy Washy
      Joshy Washy

      I have literally the same one as in the video (3rd gen) and it handles fucking beautifully, in the snow it will understeer into snap oversteer but in a really controllable way with the awd. Just fun and happy car overall yo

      about 1 month ago
    • Lanre Fasuba
      Lanre Fasuba

      It’ must be exciting to drive the Subaru on the back road to the top of mountain.

      about 1 month ago
    • Joe Terrasi
      Joe Terrasi

      "Let's see how it does in real world conditions"
      *Opens gate to closed road*

      about 1 month ago