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2000 Subaru Impreza Sedan

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2000 Subaru Legacy Outback

Source: The Car Connection

The alterna-SUV grows bolder and better.

by Bob Storck and Marty Padgett

SUN MOUNTAIN, Wash. -Subaru's signature series of crossover wagons has been revamped for 2000, with all the right improvements. The Outback sedans and wagons are stiffer, roomier and more powerful than before, and that means for the upscale crowd that hates SUVs but still wants versatility, the Outback has all the right stuff.

When you drive the luxurious Outbacks, you might forget that Subarus used to be the darlings of postal employees and college students everywhere looking for cheap transportation. Indeed, it was just a few years back that Subaru decided to play up its best technology and turned its whole lineup onto all-wheel drive.

At the same time, they created the Outback brand, which pretty much saved the company in the U.S. by giving a popular face - Paul Hogan’s - to the tech-savvy but decidedly niche nameplate. And Outback has spread. Today, Subaru offers a compact Outback Sport based on the Impreza wagon, an Outback wagon (our subject here), and a pair of high-zoot Outback Limited vehicles, a sedan and a wagon.

With all its recent sales success, it’s no wonder the 2000 mods to the Legacy-based Outback are evolutionary. The styling is not markedly changed, but under the skin are more power, a refined drivetrain, a revised four-wheel independent suspension, a comfortable interior and dual airbags. A longer wheelbase translates into better ride and more interior room.

Thriving on attitude

This is a car that thrives on attitude - one of dependability and go-anywhere capability. Power comes from a twin-cam 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (the largest that Subaru delivers to our market), with output of 165 horsepower and excellent torque numbers too. (The Legacy GT sedan also carries this powerplant.) All-wheel drive is standard, a feature that is becoming more prized for its safety with each passing year. A manual transmission is standard, while a four-speed automatic is optional.

The engine is laid out in a horizontally opposed format, with two cylinders on each side. This is similar to the layout made popular by VW and Porsche, but this version is water-cooled, like the newest Porsche six-cylinders. This configuration results in a lower center of gravity and a sleeker hood height.

The combination of high power, good suspension, and ABS/AWD control makes the Outback an ideal vehicle for mountain trips, or suburban slip-and-slide weather. All-wheel drive is standard on all U.S.-market Subarus. Traction control is available, and it uses the engine management system and brakes to maintain optimal thrust to the driving wheels. The all-wheel-drive system sounds complex but functions seamlessly: if traction is lost at either end, a center viscous coupling locks up and splits more power to the axle with traction.

Subaru is alone in offering a hill-holder feature that will keep the car from creeping back when stopped going up an incline with manual transmissions. Once the car is stopped, the brakes are lightly held without the driver's foot on the pedal until the car moves forward under power.

Anti-SUV appeal

The Legacy Outback is being touted as the sport-utility vehicle for people who don't want to drive a truck. It has active-lifestyle features aimed at off-road use and camping, and has distinctive appearance trim items. These include all-season tires on alloy wheels, a cargo area tray and hooks, and a 12-volt power outlet in the storage area (for camper use).

But if your lifestyle is less outdoor-oriented, you might check out the Legacy wagon and add some of the features on its option list. These include special colors and graphics (with a matched interior), power sunroof, luggage rack with bike rack or ski attachments, seat and engine block heaters, front skid plate, alloy wheels, rear-anti roll bar, mud flaps, and height- adjustable air suspension.

Subaru’s retail coverage across the country is spotty, with a strong dealer network in the northern tier of states and a smattering across the lower U.S. Even if you live in an area where Subarus aren’t common and the weather isn’t too harsh, though, the Outback deserves a look - especially if you dread going down the SUV road.

2000 Subaru Outback

BasePrice: $22,695

Engine: 2.5-liter flat four, 165 hp

Transmission: five-speed manual, electronically controlled four-speed automatic

Wheelbase: 104.3 in

Length: 187.4 in

Width: 68.7 in

Height: 63.3 in

Weight: 3415 lb (manual), 3480 lb (automatic)

Fuel economy: 21 city/ 28 hwy (manual), 22 city/27 hwy (automatic)

Major standard equipment:
Anti-lock brakes
Dual frontal airbags
Daytime running lights
Cruise control
Power door locks and windows
Six-way power driver’s seat

© The Car Connection


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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

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Fog Lamps Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Subaru Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

84 months or 100,000 mile powertrain (whichever comes first) from original warranty start. Many upgrade options available.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Current model year or preceding 5 yrs/80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 152
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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