Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Subaru Outback estate?
There is more than a chance that your Outback will have been used off-road, even if not in the real wilds, so check the car carefully for any damage to the bodywork, especially underneath.The main thing to remember is that parts are pricey, so make sure small details all work, such as all the lights and electrical equipment in the interior. Both petrol and diesel engines have been known to develop oil leaks, which can point to potentially more costly fixes. Also check the clutch on the manual diesel models, as they can be used hard. On the whole, though, Subaru’s high reputation for reliability and its obvious build quality have so far indicated few problems of major note.