Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Subaru Outback estate?
Don’t be dismissive if you notice that a Legacy Outback has a blown bulb – the headlight units are hard to access and the bulbs are difficult to swap out, so changing one can actually end up requiring an expensive visit to the dealer.
As with any car designed with off-roading in mind, check carefully for signs of damage underneath.
On full steering lock, knocking noises or a whine from under the car can indicate that the centre differential has worn out and needs replacing.
Check cars with a manual gearbox for any nasty smells coming from the clutch or any 'baulking' between gears, especially between second and third.
A vibration from the diesel engine, felt through the clutch pedal, can mean that the dual-mass flywheel needs replacing.
All of these issues are actually very expensive to rectify, with even a clutch replacement (and Outbacks do seem to be quite hard on clutches) costing more than £1,000.