Research the 2005 Subaru Legacy Outback 2.5i, XT, XT Limited, LL Bean, VDC, 3.0R sedan

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Updates
2/2006 Note: Tribeca and Outback owners with TPMS tire pressure monitoring. The Monitor light may illuminate due to change of outside temperature, with cold weather causing a decrease in tire pressure causing the warning light to go on. This is normal and tire pressure should be checked and corrected seasonally
4/2005 price increase on cars arriving at dealers starting in May 2005
3/05 A Car testing magazine says Subaru best with fewer repairs per new car; Outback a  suggested buy
1/05 Outback VDC recommended by Cartalk's Click & Clack, Seattle P.I. 1/14/05
12/04 Car testing magazine Dec 04 issue says the Outback is a suggested buy.
10/04 New options: auto dimming mirror/ compass and homelink (see photo); pop-up armrest
8/27/04 August 27 Outback gets a 5 Star rating
8/25/04- early brochures corrected re. power passenger seat on base XT (not available), wood trim by center console with taupe interior, brushed silver trim is with grey interior.
8/16/04- price increase on cars delivered to dealers 9/05 (see prices below)
Tip jazzyengineering.com for aftermarket stereo aux ipod input jacks
2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i
Outback 2.5i - Atlantic blue
Armrest for Subaru Legacy and Outback
optional center pop-up armrest, available October '04

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What is a Legacy and Outback?
Made by Subaru (Fuji Heavy Industries of Japan) in Lafayette, Indiana.

The Legacy is a line of cars with 2 models: Legacy and Outback sharing the  same body (wagon or sedan).
There are many versions of the Legacy and Outback.
To be technically correct, the Legacys should be a Legacy Legacy and the Outback should be called the Legacy Outback....

Legacy is the basic model, starting with the Legacy 2.5i model, upgrading to the 2.5i Limited.
The Legacy GT is the 250hp performance model, upgrading to the GT Limited.

Outback is the rugged road model.
It starts out with the Outback 2.5i and has more features than the Legacy 2.5i.
The Outback 2.5i upgrades to the Outback 2.5i Limited.
The Outback XT (or XT Limited) is the 250hp performance version of the Outback, comparable to Legacy GT.
The 3.0R H6 LL Bean wagon and VDC wagon and sedan are out top of the line models and they have the 250hp 3.0L 6 cylinder.
 
What's New for 05
Price increases effective on cars delivered to dealer starting 9/04 and again 5/05

This is the 4th generation Legacy. 3rd was 2000-04, 2nd 1995-99, 1st was 1990-94.

gone 4cylinder Outback Sedan; gone H6 Outback Sedan;  gone H6 wagon;  gone OnStar (was on LL Bean, VDC); Gone Weatherband stereo

New Destination charge now $575 (was $550) 
New Advertising fee: certain regions of the US may already have a new $275 Advertising Fee added to dealer invoice costs. This is a real charge on the dealer's invoice and is expected to be national by year end (sorry). 

New: Yes, the 05 Outback is classed as a light truck for CAFE fuel economy reasons. 'Cafe' stands Corporate Average Fuel Economy. This doesn't affect safety, economy or mean the car will tip over or be unsafe like a SUV. Many other vehicles are classed this way including Honda CRV, Dodge minivan, Toyota Rav4, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Honda Odyssey, Honda Element, Cadillac ESV, Chrysler Pacifica etc etc. Here is the official statement from Subaru.

New name Outback 2.5i & Outback 2.5i Limited replace Outback and Outback Limited
New name Outback 3.0R sedan and wagon replaces VDC but might still be unofficially called the VDC. Note: the only badging is  3.0R (no VDC anywhere in it)
New models  turbo-charged Outback XT & XT Limited
 
New: Engine: 2.5L turbo with 250hp
New: Engine 3.0L H6 now with 250hp
New: Transmission  5spd Automatic SportShift transmission on certain models
New: Transmission re-inforced 5 speed manual
New: four-stage heated front seats on all models
New: 8way power driver's seat with lots of height adjustment and power recline
New: 4way power passenger seat and lumbar support on upper end models.
New: Full side-curtain airbags, front and rear!
New: intelligent dual-stage deployment front air bags.
New: Dual pane glass sunroof opens completely, it's huge, see photo (single pane on 3.0R sedan)
New: Re-designed dashboard, center console, headlamps, seats, alloy wheels...
New: Trip computer with outside temp gauge (warns at freezing), instant and average fuel economy, elapsed time etc. Re-sets with trip odometer.
New: Ground clearance increased to 8.4-8.7" depending on model (dimensions)
New: Turn Signals integrated into the outside mirrors on certain models
New: Dual Zone automatic climate control system on certain models.
New:Immobilizer key  on XT, LL Bean, VDC wagon, 3.0R sedan. Car won't start without it
New:Tire Pressure monitoring on certain models. Don't get caught with a flat
New  Increased angle of approach, departure, ramp breakover for improved rough road driving
New  1.75 longer body longer
New  1" longer wheelbase
New  1" wider track
New  Engine/transmission lowered for better stability

Outback sedan
3.0R sedan 
and much more...  be sure to check my photo page



My Impressions (if anyone cares) 

September 2004: trip on the Oregon Coast, with a variety of steady highway and then coast road speed-up/slow-down driving, averaged 27mpg in a 2.5i automatic.

Good: the ride is quiet and very solid and is should comfortable for road trips,
The dashboards controls are nicely laid out and I really like the colors at night.. off white letters, red needles, soft red highlights.
The new body has a few more angles and I've always liked that. 
From the front the headlights have an slightly aggressive look.
The large sunroof is great! Not quite a convertible, but close... a bit noisy with the roofrack cross bars but that's expected.
All the airbags (front, side, side curtain) are a lifesaver and that's a good thing. A kot of airbags at this price.
Good Height adjustment on the power seat  and the power recline feature is important for fine-tuning that all-important seat back.
Buttons turn smoothly and positively, like fan, stereo, lights etc
Stereo sounds good especially in the Limited with optional subwoofer! Bass, mid range and treble adjustments are standard.
Brake pedals a bit firmer but Subaru brakes have always worked well even if they feel soft. They could still feel firmer.
The rear seat now folds flat without flipping the seat cushion forward which is much easier. It's about time.
The rear wiper turns on when transmission in reverse (interval setting). Nice thoughtful touch.

Bad (so I'm picky):
no key in tailgate means getting into the rear cargo area if the car battery is dead and doors are locked is very hard and involves physically climbing into the back to open the rear gate! Who approved this idea? It ought to be fixed. Contact Subaru to voice your concern - 800 SUBARU-3
Key and keyless remote are both big and clunky and should be combined.
These cars need clearer model names and badging. I hope Subaru isn't planning on doing away with names and going to all 'numbers' only.  So the Legacy and Legacy Outback model confusion continues for yet another year
Immobilizer key an excellent idea, just expensive to replace

Idle thoughts: we need a real rugged road model- unpainted bumpers, bigger tires, vinyl washable floor/seats etc

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overview
MODEL OVERVIEW 
a brief summary of all the models. full specs below
2.5L 4 cylinder models 
scroll down for XT turbo4 cylinder and 3.0R 6 cylinder models
Standard on all Outback 2.5i

2.5L 4cylinder boxer engine, 168hp
All wheel drive (awd), Active
Limited Slip rear axle
Anti-lock disc brakes, with EBD, 4 disc
Airbags: Front dual stage
Airbags: Front and rear Side Curtain
5 seatbelts & headrests
Power Windows, auto down drivers, illuminated
Power Locks
Power heated mirrors
Power driver's seat, 8 way, (except XT)
Wood Trim by center console with taupe interior 
or Brushed Silver Trim with grey interior
Alarm system with ignition disable
All Weather Package: heated front seats with 4 settings, defrosting outside mirrors, front wiper de-icer
Air conditioning
Rear Spoiler
CD player, single disc, R/RW (Panasonic)
6 speakers, 2 in front door, 1 in rear

Standard on all Outback 2.5i

Trip Computer (economy, outside temp, etc)
Fog lights
Cruise control
4Beam headlights, auto on-off with ignition
Day-time running lights
Keyless Entry, with gate/trunk release, panic button
Front wipers: Variable speed intermittent
Rear wiper, 2 speed, auto-on in reverse with auto trans
Rear defroster with rear wiper de-icer
Alloy wheels 16"
Fold flat rear seats- wagon, one touch
Roof rack with cross bars
Dual vanity mirrors
Dual map lights
Rear cargo light
Rear cargo cover, with a gate attachment
Door courtesy puddle lights
Cargo area power outlet
Center console power outlet

Outback 2.5i Limited adds over 2.5i
(everything the 2.5i has, plus..)

Leather interior
Upgraded CD changer, 6 disc
Dual pane power sunroofs with auto open/close
Climate control, dual zone front
Body colored door handles, outside mirrors

2.5L XT turbo models
Outback XT adds over 2.5i
everything the 2.5i (not the 2.5i Limited) has plus..

2.5L Turbo, 250hp with active valve control (premium fuel required)
Intercooler with functional hood scoop
Heavy duty manual transmission
Optional 5spd automatic trans
VTD all wheel drive 
Momo SportShift steering wheel, transmission controls
Performance 1 piece front sport bucket seats
17" alloy wheels with semi-low profile tires
Sport gauges with ElectroLuminescent needles
Engine Immobilizer key
Turn Signals in outside mirrors
Climate control, dual zone, 6 speed fan
AM/FM/CD changer, 6 disc (Panasonic)
Aluminum door sill plates
Rear seat armrest

(early printed brochures said the XT had a power passenger seat but that was incorrect, XT Ltd only)

Outback XT Limited adds over XT
(everything the XT has, plus...)

Leather interior, perforated 
Dual Pane sunroof
Power passenger seat, 4 way, w/ lumbar support

scroll down for 6 cylinder 3.0R models
3.0R sedan, and 3.0R LL Bean and VDC 6 cylinder wagon models
Outback 3.0R 6cylinder Sedan
adds over GT Limited sedan

Note: the GT is a turbo Legacy sedan and not on this Outback page. The 3.0R is the only Outback sedan available.

3.0L H6 cylinder engine, 250hp, active valve control
Upgraded VTD awd
5spd SportShift automatic transmission
Raised ground clearance
Momo wood/leather steering wheel, stereo controls
Leather interior
Upgraded 17" wheels, 3.0R design
Power Passenger seat, 4way, lumbar support
Power sunroof
Upgraded climate control, dual zone
Turn Signals in outside mirrors
Tire Pressure monitoring system
Aluminum sill plate covers
Front bumper underguard
Multi reflector fog lights
Aerodynamic bodyside cladding
 

Outback 3.0R LL Bean wagon 
adds over 2.5i Limited
(everything the 2.5i Limited has, plus..)

3.0L H6 cylinder engine, 250hp, active valve control (premium fuel recommended)
5spd SportShift automatic transmission
Upgraded VTD all wheel drive system
LL Bean leather, perforated, with small logo
Upgraded 17" wheels, LL Bean design
Power Passenger seat, 4 way, lumbar support
Dual pane power sunroofs with auto open/close
Momo wood/leather steering wheel, stereo controls
Engine immobilzer key (car won't run without it)
Turn Signals in outside mirrors
Tire Pressure monitoring system
Aluminum sill plate covers
Front bumper underguard
Rear seat armrest
Auto dimming rear view mirrror/compass
Beige cargo tray (matches interior color)

Outback 3.0R VDC wagon adds over 2.5i Limited
(everything the 2.5i Limited has, plus..)

3.0L H6 cylinder engine with 250hp, active valve control
Upgraded VDC all wheel drive system
5spd automatic SportShift transmission
AM/FM/CD changer with MP3 player, 4 upgraded  speakers, 2 tweeters, rear subwoofer speaker
Upgraded 17" alloys, 3.0R design
Power Passenger seat, 4way with lumbar support
Dual pane sunroofs with auto open/close
Upgraded steering wheel
Upgraded alloy wheels
Dual climate control
Turn Signal outside mirrors
Tire Pressure monitoring
Engine Immobilizer ket
HomeLink Remote Garage Door System
Aluminum sill plate covers
Front bumper underguard
Momo wood/leather steering wheel w/ stereo controls

prices
2005 OUTBACK PRICES
NOTES 
Price increases: small increase on cars delivered to dealers in May 2005.
On cars delivered to dealers in Sept. 2004

Alaska residents add +$150 to destination, to $725

NEW:certain regions of the US already have a separate $275 advertising fee listed on the invoice that is charged to the dealer and is going to be national by year end according to SoA. This is fee is NOT included here and you would want to to add it to the invoice for correct invoice calculations.  Yes it's a real charge that will be passed along. Sorry...
CA, CT, NH, NY, MA, MS, RI, VT residents. You have California Spec Ultra/Partial Zero Emission Vehicles. Use Ca spec pricing on the 4cylinder Outback 2.5i and 2.5i Limited. Other states use Federal (Fed) prices 
The XT Limited has 2 model codes depending on the interior color

2005 Outback prices
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2005 Invoice
base + $575 dest = total invoice 
check your dealer for regional advertising
2005 MSRP
base + $575 dest = total MSRP, List price
Outback 2.5i manual transmission
be sure to check if you're Ca or Fed spec above
5DA Fed: $22,093 + $575 = $22,668
Ca: $22,305 + $575 = $22,879
effective 9/2004
Fed: $22,409 + $575 = $22,984
Ca: $22,620 + $575 = $23,195
effective May 2005 
Fed $22,567 +$575= $23,142
Ca: $22,778 + $575= $23,353
Fed: $23,995 + $575 = $24,570
Ca: $24,195 + $575 = $24,770
effective 9/2004
Fed: $24,295 + $575 = $24,870
Ca: $24,495 + $575 = $25,070
effective May 2005 
Fed: $24,445 +$575= $25,020
Ca: $24,645 +$575= $25,220
Outback 2.5i automatic trans
be sure to check if you're Ca or Fed spec above
5DB Fed: $23,044 + $575 = $23,570
Ca: $23,215 + $575 = $23,790
effective 9/2004
Fed: $23,321 + $575 =$23,896
Ca: $23,532 + $575 = $24,107
effective May 2005 
Fed: $23M479 +$575= $24,054
Ca: $23,690 + $575= $24,265
Fed: $23,995 + $575 = $25,570
Ca: $25,195 + $575 = $25,770
effective  9/2004
Fed: $25,295 + $575 = $25,870 
Ca: $25,495 + $575 = $26,070
effective May 2005 
Fed: $25,445 +$575= $26,020
Ca: $25,645 +$575= $26,220
Outback 2.5i Limited manual transmission
be sure to check if you're Ca or Fed spec above
5DC Fed: $24,823 + $575 = 25,398
Ca: $25,034 + $575 = $25,609
effective 9/2004
Fed: $24,929 + $575 =$25,504
Ca: $25,140 + $575 = $25,715
effective May 2005 
Fed: $25,087 +$575= $25,662
Ca: $25,298 +$575= $25,873
Fed: $26,995 + $575 = 27,570
Ca: $27,195 + $575 = $27,770
effective 9/2004
Fed: $27,095 + $575 = $27,670
Ca: $27,295 + $575 = $27,870
effective May 2005
Fed: $27,245 +$575= $27,820
Ca: $27,445 +$575= $28,020
Outback 2.5i Limited automatic trans
be sure to check if you're Ca or Fed spec above
5DD Fed: $25,734 + $575 = $26,309
Ca: $25,945 + $575 = $26,520
effective 9/2004
Fed: $25,841 + $575 = $26,416
Ca: $26,052 + $575 =$26,627
effective May 2005
Fed: $25,999 +$575= $26,574
Ca: $26,210 +$575= $26,785
Fed: 27,995 +575 = 28,570
Ca: $28,195 +$575 = $28,770
effective 9/2004
Fed: $28,095 + $575 = $28,670
Ca: $28,295 + $575 = $28,870
effective May 2005 
Fed: $28,245 +$575= $28,820
Ca: $28,445 +$575= $29,020
Outback 2.5 XT manual trans 5DE $25,733 + $575 = $26,308 
effective 9/2004 $25,839 + $575 =$26,414
effective May 2005 $25,997 +$575= $26,572
$27,995 + $575 = $28,570
effective 9/2004 $28,095 + $575 = $28,670
effective May 2005 $28,245 +$575= $28,820
Outback XT automatic trans 5DF $26,807 + $575 = $27,402
effective 9/2004 $26,933 + $575 =$27,508
effective May 2005 $27,091 +$575= $27,666
$29,195 + $575 = $29,770
effective 9/2004 $29,295 + $575 = $29,870
effective  May 2005 $29,445 +$575= $30,020
Outback XT Limited manual trans
model code depends on interior color
5DG
5DH
$28,191 + $575 = $28,766 
effective 9/2004 $28,296 + $575 =$28,871
effective May 2005 $28,454 +$575= $29,029
$30,895 + $575 = $31,270
effective 9/2004 $30,795 + $575 = $31,370
effective May 2005 $30,945 +$575= $31,520
Outback XT Limited automatic trans
model code depends on interior color
5DI
5DJ
$29,285 + $575 = $29,860
effective 9/2004 $29,390 + $575 =$29,965
effective May 2005 $29,548 +$575= $30,123
$31,895 + $575 = $32,470
effective 9/2004 $31,995 + $575 = $32,570
effective May 2005 $ 32,145 +$575= $32,720
Outback 3.0R LL Bean (automatic) 5DK $29,556 +$575 = $30,131 
effective 9/2004 $29,662 + $575 = $30,237
effective May 2005 $29,820 +$575= $30,395
$32,195 + $575 = $32,770
effective 9/2004 $32,295 + $575 = $32,870
effective May 2005 $32,445 +$575= $33,020
Outback 3.0R VDC  (automatic) 5DL $30,648 + $575 = $31,223
effective 9/2004 $30,754 + $575 =$31,329
effective May 2005 $30,912 +$575= $31,487
$33,395 + $575 = $33,970
effective 9/2004 $33,495 + $575 = $34,070
effective May 2005 $33,645 +$575= $34,220
Outback 3.0R sedan (automatic) 5CA $28,464 + $575 = $31,223
effective 9/2004 $28,569 + $575 =$29,144
effective May 2005 $28,727 +$575= $29,302
$30,995 + $575 = $31,570
effective 9/2004 $31,095 + $575 = $31,670
effective May 2005 $31,245 +$575= $31,820
end 2005 Outback prices 
code
invoice + $575 destination= total
be sure to add for regional advertising
base MSRP + $575 dest= total MSRP
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Maintenance,
Maintenance

Break-in period: vary speed for 1000 miles
1st oil change 3months/3,000 miles.
3,750 oil change interval or 7,500 interval under easy driving conditions
7,500 miles or so: rotate tires
15,000 miles: check hoses, belts, brakes etc

every 30,000 miles: 4 cylinder: replace spark plugs, all fluids, filters etc
every 30,000 miles 4cylinder turbo & H6: replace all fluids, filters
every 60,000 4 cylinder turbo and H6: replace spark plugs, all fluids, filters
105,000 miles: timing belt except on 6 cyl which has a timing chain

Warranties

Bumper-to-bumper: 3year/36000 miles
Includes:
Roadside assistance: lock-out, flats, out of gas etc. Call 800-261-2155
Certain adjustments
Does not cover wear or damage due to abuse etc

Powertrain: 5 year/ 60,000 miles: Covers internally lubricated parts, engine and drivetrain.
Corrosion: 5 year/100,000 miles

maintenance,
dimensions,
2005 Outback Dimensions
measurements 05 Legacy Outback cargo
05 Wagon, hand measurements
A: 39" wide lower gate opening
B: 43" wide mid-gate opening
C: 48" wide top of wheel wells
D: 42.25" wide between wheel wells
E: 33.50 " height opening at gate
F: 29-31" interior height depending on where you measure
G: 43" length with seat folded up
H: 73" length with seat folded flat
 
 

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Wagon's storage bin above spare tire (hand measured)
A: 24" wide
B: 24.25" long
C: 3.75" deep


wagon spare tire compartment with temporary tire
feature/model Outback 2.5i Outback 2.5i Limited  Outback XT Turbo Outback XT Limited turbo 3.0R LLBean 3.0R VDC 3.0R Sedan
Dimensions Wheelbase:  105.1" (up from 104.3 for 00-04 model)
Overall Length:  188.7" (up from 187.4 for 00-04 model)
Width:  69.7, 78.4 including mirrors
Height:  63.2 including  roof rails and cross bars
Headroom front/rear: 40.5/39.1"
Headroom front/rear with sunroof: 38.7/37.1"
Seat height from ground, driver's (hand measured and not exact) app 22-24"
Legroom front/rear: 44.1/33.9
EPA Interior volume 97.4cf
EPA Cargo volume 33.5cf
EPA Cargo volume with sunroof  32.1cf 
EPA Cargo volume with seats flat and sunroof  61.7cf
EPA cargo volume with seats flat and NO sunroof  66.2cf
Track:  front/rear 58.9/58.7
Wheelbase:  105.1
Overall Length:  186.2
Width:  69.7
Height: 59.1
Headroom front/rear: 37.5/36.5 
Legroom front/rear: 44.1/33.9
EPA Interior volume 93.1cf
EPA Cargo volume 11.4
Track:  front/rear 58.9/58.7
Turning circle
35.4ft
Ground Clearance
8.4
8.4
8.7
8.7
8.4
8.4
8.4
Angle of approach
18.7"
18.7"
18.3"
18.3"
18.3"
18.3"
18.3"
Breakover angle
19.7"
19.7"
19.7"
19.7"
19.7"
19.7"
19.7"
Angle of departure
22.0"
22.0"
22.0"
22.0"
22.0"
22.0"
20.0"
model reminder 2.5i 2.5i Limited XT Turbo XT Turbo Limited 3.0R LL Bean 3.0R VDC 3.0R Sedan
dimension
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safety,
2005 OUTBACK SAFETY
feature Outback 2.5i  2.5i Limited XT turbo  XT Limited turbo 3.0R LL Bean 3.0R VDC 3.0R sedan
Tire Pressure Monitor
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Turn Signals in the outside mirrors
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Panic Alarm
Standard using the remote key fob
Seatbelts
5 passenger, all with full shoulder harness and lap belts
with Height adjustable shoulder harness anchor points  (except center rear)
Child Seat
LATCH system (lower anchor and tether for children)
Front Airbags
 Standard dual front airbags
with Dual Stage Deployment. Dual Stage means:
Driver: detects distance of driver from steering wheel
Passenger seat: detects weight and will turn off airbag if passenger is under 75#. This status is displayed by the trip computer
Side Airbags
Standard front Side Airbags
Side Curtain airbags
Standard front and rear side Curtain Airbags
Headrests
5 headrests
Crumple Zones
Front and rear
5mph Impact Bumpers
Front and rear
Re-inforcments
Ring-Shaped reinforcement safety structure
dual front, single rear, all tied into a full perimeter protection system
Brakes
4 wheel, 4 channel anti-lock power disc brakes
DayTime Running lights
Standard, with auto-off headlights
Childproof rear door locks
Standard
model reminder
Outback 2.5i
 2.5i Limited
Outback XT
XT Limited
3.0R LL Bean
3.0R VDC
3.0R Sedan
safety
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mechanicals,
2005 OUTBACK MECHANICALS
feature Outback 2.5i Outback 2.5i Limited Outback XT turbo Outback XT Limited turbo Outback 3.0R
LL Bean
Outback 3.0R VDC Outback 3.0R sedan
Engine 4 cylinder 2.5L DOHC
Boxer design
16 valve,
Aluminum block and head
Aluminum intake manifold
Cast iron cylinder liners
5 main bearings
Sequential multi-port injection
Distributorless ignition
Platinum spark plugs
Compression 10.0:1
Idle speed: manual 5spd 650rpm
Idle speed: auto 4spd 700rpm
4 cylinder 2.5L DOHC
Turbocharged, Intercooled
Boxer design
16 valve,
Aluminum block and heads, 
AVCS active variable valve control system
Composite resin intake manifold
Cast iron cylinder liners
5 main bearings
Semi-closed design
Iridium spark plugs
Compression: 8.2:1
Maximum Boost: 13.5psi
Idle speed: 750rpm
6 cylinder, 3.0L DOHC
Boxer design
24 valve
Aluminum block and heads
Composite resin intake manifold
AVCS active variable valve control system
AVLS active valve lift system
Sequential fuel injection
Direct electronic distributorless ignition
Compression 10.7:1
Idle speed: 650rpm
Horsepower, Fed spec 168@5000 rpm
torque 166ftlb@4000rpm
250@6000rpm, torque 250@3600rpm
250@6000rpm, torque 219@4200rpm
Horsepower, Ca spec PZEV 4cylinder for sale in CA, CT, NH, NY, MA, MS, RI, VT only California Spec PZEV (partial zero emission veh) 163hp@6000rpm
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Transmission 5spd manual with OD
Optional 4spd Automatic electronic SportShift
5spd manual with OD, reinforced dual mass flywheel
Optional 5spd automatic electronic SportShift with steering wheel controls
Automatic 5 spd electronic SportShift
All Wheel Drive system 
manual transmission
symmetrical all wheel drive with  viscous coupling 50/50 power split,  Limited Slip rear axle symmetrical all wheel drive with viscous coupling 50/50 power split and limited slip rear axle
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All Wheel Drive system automatic transmission the optional automatic is
electronically controlled,
constantly varying, front bias
with Limited Slip rear axle
the optional automatic is: 
VTD (Variable Torque Distribution) 
45/55 front/rear power split
with Limited Slip rear axle.

Steering Wheel SportShift has gear shift control on XT only
(not on LLBean, VDC, 3.0R)

VTD (see XT)
45/55 front/rear power w/ Limited Slip rear axle
VTD (see XT) 
PLUS VDC (vehicle dynamic control) 4 wheel traction control and stability system
VTD (see XT)
with Limited Slip rear axle
Gear ratios Manual 5spd
1- 3.454
2- 2.062
3- 1.448
4- 1.088
5- 0.871
final 4.111
Automatic 4spd
1- 2.785
2- 1.545
3-1.000
4-0.694
final 4.444
Manual 5spd
1- 3.166
2- 1.882
3- 1.296
4- 0.972
5- 0.738
final 4.444
Automatic 5spd
1- 3.540
2- 2.264
3- 1.471
4- 1.000
5- 0.834
final 3.583
Automatic 5spd
1- 3.540
2- 2.264
3- 1.471
4- 1.000
5- 0.834
final 3.583
model reminder
Outback 2.5i
2.5i Limited
XT
XT Limited
LL Bean
VDC
3.0R sedan
Fuel type
Fuel economy city/highway
Fuel capacity: 16.9 US gal.
Low fuel light comes on with appr 2.5 gals left
Regular unleaded
Economy manual trans: 23/28
Economy automatic trans: 22/28
Premium Unlead 91 Octane
Economy: manual trans 19/25
Economy automatic 5spd: 19/24
Premium Unleaded 91 Octane
Economy: automatic 5spd trans: 19/25
Steering
Power rack & pinion with engine speed sensing variable assist
Turning circle of the car: 35.4ft
Turns, lock-to-lock 3.2
Brakes 4 wheel disc, 4 channel anti-lock, low wear indicator

front: 11.5 x.94 ventilated twin caliper piston

rear: 10.6 x .39 solid disc, single caliper piston

4 wheel disc, 4 channel anti-lock, low wear indicator

front: 11.5 x 1.18 ventilated disc, twin caliper piston

rear: 10.6 solid disc, single caliper piston

4 wheel disc, 4 channel anti-lock
front: 11.5 x.94 ventialted twin caliper piston
rear: 10.6 x .39 solid disc, single caliper piston
low wear indicator
Curb weight
manual/automatic, US pounds
3310/3355
3365/3410
3415/3480
3500/3565
3600
3630
3545
Wheels, aluminum alloy
Silver 16x6" 6 spoke
offset 48 (1.89)
Silver 17x7" 5 spoke
offset 48 (1.89)
Gray 17x7" 5 spoke,
offset 48 (1.89)
Silver 17x7" 5 spoke
offset 48 (1.89)
Tires 225/60 R16 97H all season
225/55 R17 95V high performance all season
Towing capacity, increased for 2005 models.  Trailer brakes suggested for over 1300lbs
2700#
2700#
2700#
2700#
3000#
3000#
3000#
Headlights, auto-off with ignition
 4beam
4 beam
4 beam
4 beam
4beam
4 beam
4 beam
Fog Lights S
S
S S S S S
model
Outback 2.5i
Outback 2.5i Limited
Outback XT
Outback XT Limited
Outback LL Bean
Outback VDC
Outback Sedan
mechanicals
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features
STANDARD FEATURES 2005 Outback
model
Outback 2.5i
2.5i Limited
XT
XT Limited
LL Bean
VDC
3.0R sedan
Power driver seat, 8 way with lumbar support
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
Power Passenger seat, 4 way with lumbar support
na
na
na
S
S
S
S
Leather seating surfaces
na
S
na
S
perforated
S
perforated, 2 tone
S
S
Sunroof: large dual pane glass with wind-block, auto open-close, with sunshade na S na S S S S
single pane
Climate Control, automatic, digital, with Dual Zones,
6 speed fan
na
has standard knobs, 
4spd fan
S
S
S
S
S
S
Turn Signals in the outside mirrors, body-colored (fold in)
na
na
S
S
S
S
S
Body colored Door handles, mirrors
na
S
S
S
S
S
S
Woodgrain accents with taupe interior, 
Brushed silver accents with grey interior
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
Trip Computer: Instant and average fuel economy, elapsed time, DTE, 
ouside temp.. 
Resets w/ trip odometer
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
Rear Cargo plug (wagon) inside left storage
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
Rear cargo tray
color matches interior
S
S
S
S
S
S
na
Steering wheel
vinyl wrapped
Black leather wrapped
Black leather Momo designed, with SportShift transmission shift controls
Mahogany wood, black leather Momo designed
with audio controls
Mahogany wood, black leather Momo designed
with audio controls
Mahogany wood, black leather Momo designed 
with audio controls
Homelink accepts 3 codes for opening garage, interior or exterior lighting etc
na
0 with rear view mirror/compass/homelink available starting 10/04
S
na
0 mirror/homelink
Immobilizer key
na
na
S
S
S
S
S
model Outback
Outback 2.5i
2.5i Limited
XT
XT Limited
Outback 3.0R LL Bean
Outback 3.0R VDC
Outback 3.0R sedan
Stereo systems
(Panasonic)
single R/RW CD,
120 watt, am/fm, 6 speakers. 
Bass, treble, mid range Adj
6 disc R/RW CD-changer,
120 watt, am/fm
6 speakers
Bass, treble, mid range adjustments
6 disc R/RW CD changer
120 watt, am/fm
6 speakers, Bass, treble, mid range adjustments
6 disc CD changer (R/RW), 120 watt, am/fm 6 speakers, 
Bass, treble, mid range adjustments,
steering wheel controls
Premium 6 disc R/RW CD changer, MP3
(MP3 on VDC only) 7speakers, 120 watt, am/fm, 6 Upgraded speakers, rear subwoofer speaker,
Bass, treble, mid range adjustments,
steering wheel controls
6 disc R/RW CD changer, 120 watt
am/fm, 6 spkrs,
Bass, treble, mid range adjustments,
steering wheel controls
Fold down rear seats
S on wagon
Trunk armrest pass-through on sedan
S on wagon,
Trunk armrest pass-through on sedan
S on wagon
Trunk armrest pass-through on sedan
Rear seat armrest
na
na
S sedan
S sedan
S
S
S
Rear Spoiler
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
Aluminum sill plate cover
gate
gate
front & rear doors, gate
front & rear doors, gate
front & rear doors, gate
front & rear doors, gate
front & rear doors, gate
Front Bumper underguard
na
na
na
na
S
S
S
Overhead map lights
na
S
na
S
S
S
S
Overhead map lights and 2 sunglass holders
S
na with sunroof
S
na with sunroof
na with sunroof
na with sunroof
na with sunroof
OUTBACK
2.5i
2.5i Limited
XT
XT Limited
3.0R LL Bean
3.0R VDC wagon
3.0R sedan
features
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options
OPTIONS 2005 Outback

NOTE: Prices are factory or port installed options.
Dealer installed prices may be higher due to parts and labor expense. 

Please contact your local dealer. subject to change, correction and etc

packaged options
Outback 2.5i
2.5i Limited
XT
XT Limited
LL Bean
VDC
3.0R sedan
Popular Equipment Group 1
Auto Dimming Mirror/Compass and Security System Perimeter Alarm upgrade (shock sensor) $281 ($183)
0
0
0
0
na
mirror std
see below
0
0
Popular Equipment Group 3 (available 10/04). Auto Dimming Mirror/Compass plus Homelink, and Security System Perimeter Alarm upgrade (shock sensor) $356 ($232)
0
0
0
0
na
mirror std
see below
na
Homelink std
0
Popular Equipment Group 4 (available 10/04). Auto Dimming Mirror/Compass with Homelink Upgrade, and Security System Perimeter Alarm upgrade (shock sensor) $173 ($113)
na
na
na
na
0
na
Homelink std
na
Popular Equip Group 2. Center pop-up armrest, rear cargo net $204 ($132) (armrest available 10/04)
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Cargo Area Convenience Group
Cargo Nets: Rear, Seatback, left & right Side, Cargo Area Spotlight 
$220  ($128) 
0
0
0
0
0
0
na
Outdoor Recreation Group 1
Heavy Duty roof cargo basket
Fork mounted Bike attachent with front wheel holder $525  ($316)
0
0
0
0
0
0
na
Bike Carrier Group: Round HD cross bars, fork mounted bike attachment $498 ($293)
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
individual options plus
performance options, rack accessories
Outback 2.5i
Outback 2.5i Limited
Outback XT
Outback XT Limited
Outback 3.0R  LL Bean
Outback 3.0R VDC
Outback 3.0R Sedan
Security System Perimeter Alarm  shock sensor $98 ($64)
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Auto Dimming Mirror/Compass 
$183 ($119) 
0
0
0
0
S
0
0
Auto Dimming Mirror/Compass plus Homelink  (avail 10/04) $258 ($168); 
LL Bean model upgrade $75 ($49)
0
0
0
0

upgrade
na 
Homelink std
0
Armrest, center, pop-up  $159 ($103)
(avail 10/04)
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Stereo Subwoofer/Amplifier 
$273 ($178)
0
0
0
0
0
S
0
Front Hood Deflector  $85 ($45) 
not installed
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Front Bumper Guard $136 ($89)
0
0
0
0
S
S
S
Rubber Floor mats $55  ($33) 
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Wheel locks  $41 ($27)
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Cargo Area Spotlight $65 ($26), a handheld light uses front, console, cargo power outlet
0
0
0
0
0
0
na
Cargo net, rear $45  ($29) 
0
0
0
0
0
0
na
Cargo nets, rear sides (2) $68 ($45)
0
0
0
0
0
0
na
Cargo net, rear seatback $42 ($28) 
0
0
0
0
0
0
na
Trailer Hitch  $340  ($221) 
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Rear Spoiler- sedan only $380 ($285).
standard on wagons
na
na
na
na
na
na
0
Roof Rack HD Cross Bar set- round $179 ($111)
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Roof Rack Ski Attachment 6 pair $140  ($82)
0
0
0
0
0
0
na
Roof Rack HD Cargo basket $335 ($208)
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Roof Rack Bike Attachment, Fork mounted. 1 bike $115 ($91);
2 bikes $310 ($182). 
Requires HD cross bars
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Performance Short Throw STi Shifter $357 ($232). manual trans only
0
0
0
0
na
na
na
Performance Shift Knob, Momo brand for Manual trans $99  ($64)
0
0
0
0
na
na
na
Performance Shift Knob, Momo brand for Automatic transmission  $112 ($73)
na
na
0
0
0
0
0
Performance STi Strut Tower Brace, aluminum, dealer part only not factory installed or shipped #ST2050021000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Performance  Rear Differential Protector, dealer part only. not factory installed or shipped. late availability
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
model
Outback 2.5i
Outback 2.5i Limited
Outback XT
Outback XT Limited
Outback 3.0R LL Bean
Outback 3.0R VDC
Outback 3.0R sedan
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colors,
COLORS

All Taupe interior has wood trim by the center console
All Grey interior has the brushed silver trim by the center console

color
Outback 2.5i
Outback 2.5i Limited
Outback XT
Outback XT Limited
Outback LL Bean
Outback VDC
Outback sedan
Champaign Gold Opal
taupe cloth
taupe leather
gray tweed cloth
charcoal or taupe perforated leather
Perforated 2tone Dark Taupe leather, Taupe leather bolsters 
Taupe Leather
na
Garnet Red Pearl
na
na
gray tweed cloth
charcoal or taupe perforated leather
na
Taupe Leather
taupe leather
Obsidian Black Pearl
gray cloth
gray leather
gray tweed cloth
charcoal or taupe perforated leather
Perforated 2tone Dark Taupe leather, Taupe leather bolsters 
Taupe Leather
taupe leather
Atlantic Blue Pearl with Granite Gray Opal accent
gray cloth
gray leather
gray tweed cloth
charcoal perforated leather
Perforated 2tone Dark Taupe leather, Taupe leather bolsters 
Taupe Leather
na
Brilliant Silver metallic with Granite gray Opal accent
gray cloth
gray leather
gray tweed cloth
charcoal perforated leather
Perforated 2tone Dark Taupe leather, Taupe leather bolsters 
Taupe Leather
na
Champaign Gold Opal with Granite Gray Opal accent
taupe cloth
taupe leather
na
na
Perforated 2tone Dark Taupe leather, Taupe leather bolsters 
na
na
Satin White Pearl with Granite Gray Opal accent
taupe cloth
taupe leather
gray tweed cloth
charcoal or taupe perforated leather
Perforated 2tone Dark Taupe leather, Taupe leather bolsters
Taupe Leather
na
Willow Green Opal (light green) with Moss Green Metallic accent
taupe cloth
taupe leather
na
na
Perforated 2tone Dark Taupe leather, Taupe leather bolsters 
na
na
though I have seen one so a few were made
Atlantic Blue Pearl
na
na
na
na
na
na
taupe leather
Brilliant Silver Metallic
na
na
na
na
na
na
taupe leather
Satin White Pearl
na
na
na
na
na
na
taupe leather
model reminder
Outback 2.5i
Outback 2.5i Limited
Outback XT
Outback XT Limited
Outback 3.0R LL Bean
Outback 3.0R VDC
Outback 3.0R sedan

Ratings by car magazines, enthusiasts etc. Know of others that should be here?
Outback XT with automatic 5spd SportShift 
Car and Driver, July 2004

Zero to 30 mph: 2.7
40 mph:  3.9
50 mph:  5.3
60 mph:  7.1
70 mph:  9.4
80 mph:  11.8
90 mph:  14.8
100 mph: 19.2
110 mph: 24.7
120 mph:  32.0
Street start, 560 mph: 7.8
Top-gear acceleration, 3050 mph: 3.4
5070 mph:4.7
Standing 1/4-mile: 15.6 sec @ 92 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 130 mph
BRAKING
700 mph @ impending lockup: 204 ft
HANDLING
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.74 g
INTERIOR SOUND LEVEL
Idle:  44 dBA
Full-throttle acceleration: 71 dBA
70-mph cruising: 67 dBA
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission: 5-speed auto, manumatic shifting
Final-drive ratio: 3.6:1
4-wheel-drive system: full time with automatically locking center differential
Gear Ratio, Mph/1000 rpm,  Max test speed
I, 3.54, 6.1, 39 mph (6500 rpm)
II, 2.26, 9.5, 62 mph (6500 rpm)
III, 1.47, 14.6, 95 mph (6500 rpm)
IV , 1.00, 21.4, 130 mph (6100 rpm)
V, 0.83, 25.7, 130 mph (5100 rpm)
 

2005 Legacy GT with automatic 5spd SportShift 
See Legacy page for more
from edmunds.com
 

Performance: 
0 - 30 (sec):  2.6 
0 - 45 (sec):  4.6 
0 - 60 (sec):  7.0 
0 - 75 (sec):  10.6 
1/4 Mile (sec @ mph): 15.45 @ 91.55 
30 - 0 (ft):  31.97 
60 - 0 (ft):  133.89
Slalom (mph):  63.9 
 

from modernracer.com
2005 Legacy GT with 5spd SportShift automatic

Top speed : 130 mph(electronically limited)
0-60 mph : 6.1 sec.(estimated)
0-¼ mile : 14.2 sec @ 98.0 mph(estimated)
60-0 braking distance : 125 ft(estimated)
200 ft skidpad : 0.85 g(estimated)

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Information subject to change and correction, not responsible for typos, errors, omissions.

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