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Subaru Outback 1998

The 1998 Subaru Outback range of configurations is currently priced from $2,400.

The 1998 Subaru Outback carries a braked towing capacity of up to 1400 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.

Subaru Outback 1998 Towing capacity

The Subaru Outback’s towing capacity ranges from 1200kg to 1400kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options which can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicles handbook before attempting to tow anything.

Subaru Outback Model Body Type Specs Braked Capacity
base SUV 2.5L,ULP,5 SP MAN 1400kg
base SUV 2.5L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 1400kg
Special Edition SUV 2.5L,ULP,5 SP MAN 1400kg
base SUV 2.5L,ULP,5 SP MAN 1200kg
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Subaru Outback Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Subaru Outback here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Should we replace our Holden Commodore with a Subaru Outback?

    A car with a little extra ground clearance is great for camping as it often allows you to get a little farther away from the masses in their caravans who tend to huddle around the shower block at bush campsites.

    The Subaru Outback is a good, solid choice and if you can find an independent workshop to service it, you’ll avoid the cost of dealership prices. And you’re right, the all-wheel-drive would be great for gravel roads. Another vehicle to look at would be a late-model Ford territory diesel which is big and clever inside and has the option of all-wheel-drive. The diesel engine is a plus on the bush where that fuel is more readily available (in really remote areas) and gives you more range for big holidays in the mulga.

    Don’t rule out things like the Mitsubishi Pajero, either, which won’t be as around-town friendly, but is a proven quantity and is absolutely tremendous off-road. The same goes for a Toyota Prado or Nissan Pathfinder prior to the current model (which is a bit less hard-core adventure).

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  • Subaru Outback 2001-2009: Any known issues with the head gasket?

    You’re absolutely spot on, Craig, although my info suggests the problems started occurring in the Outback model as early as 2000. For other Subaru models, head gasket failures have been an issue since the mid-90s. Then trade seems to think that the typical fail-point is somewhere between the 120,000km and 200,000km mark, but I’ve heard of cases of cars much younger than this suffering gasket failure.

    So what causes it? Fundamentally, it was a bad design in the head gaskets Subaru was using at the time. The gaskets were a composite type, made up of thin metal sheets that were coated with a graphite-based material. Frankly, they were duds and it’s this simple fact that has caused so many Subaru owners so much grief over the years. Subaru eventually changed the design of the gaskets around 2011 and the problem just stopped.

    You can spot a Subaru with a head-gasket problem a couple of ways. For a start, the failed gasket will allow coolant to escape and that will lead to the engine overheating. So, a car that runs hot after a distance is a likely suspect.

    Early failures tended to allow the coolant to leak internally (where it was consumed by the engine) but later generations of the Subaru motor started to experience external leaks and these, obviously, are much easier to spot. Look for an oil leak from around the sealing surface of the head and crankcase and coolant on the ground under the car each morning.

    The really weird part of all this was that Subarus tend to be otherwise very reliable and durable and, serviced correctly, can cover huge distances. But the problem was made worse by the fact that the Subaru flat-four engine actually has two cylinder-head gaskets, instead of the one of most four-cylinder engines. Replacement of the dud gaskets is the only fix and it’s quite a big – and expensive – job.

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  • Subaru Outback 2019: CVT issues

    The CVT is a relatively new thing having been developed in the 1970s, so there are still teething problems that can crop up with them. But they are now quite reliable and getting more so all the time. I wouldn't be overly concerned about the reports you read.

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  • Subaru Outback 2010: What oil and coolant should I use?

    Use a good quality 5W-30 A3/B4 engine oil. You can buy coolant ready mixed or in concentrated form when you need to mix it. Whichever, choose a good quality coolant from a respected brand like Castrol, Shell etc.

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Subaru Outback 1998 Price and Specs

The Subaru Outback 1998 is currently available from $2,400 for the Outback Limited up to $4,070 for the Outback Limited.

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(base) SUV 2.5L ULP 4 SP AUTO $2,400 $4,070
(base) SUV 2.5L ULP 5 SP MAN $2,400 $4,070
Limited SUV 2.5L ULP 4 SP AUTO $2,400 $4,070
Limited SUV 2.5L ULP 5 SP MAN $2,400 $4,070
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Subaru Outback 1998 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 1998 Subaru Outback are dependent on which body type is chosen. The maximum width and height is 1745mm x 1590mm and can vary on the basis of model.

Dimensions for the Subaru Outback 1998 Dimensions  include 1590mm height, 1745mm width, 4720mm length.
Subaru Outback Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
base SUV 1555x1715x4671 mm 200 mm
Special Edition SUV 1555x1715x4671 mm 200 mm
base SUV 1590x1745x4720 mm 200 mm
Limited SUV 1555x1715x4671 mm 200 mm
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Subaru Outback 1998 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 1998 Subaru Outback is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The Subaru Outback currently offers fuel consumption from 8.7 to 9L/100km. The Subaru Outback is available with the following fuel type: ULP.

Subaru Outback Model Body Type Specs Fuel Consumption
base SUV 2.5L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 8.7L/100km
base SUV 2.5L,ULP,5 SP MAN 8.8L/100km
base SUV 2.5L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 8.9L/100km
base SUV 2.5L,ULP,5 SP MAN 9L/100km
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Subaru Outback 1998 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 1998 Subaru Outback will vary depending on model chosen, although keep in mind that many manufacturers offer alternate wheel sizes as options on many models.The wheel size available will alter the range of tyres available to be fitted. Standard wheel sizes on the Subaru Outback vary from 15x6 inches to 16x6.5 inches.

Subaru Outback Model Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
base SUV 205x70 R15 15x6 inches 205x70 R15 15x6 inches
Special Edition SUV 205x70 R15 15x6 inches 205x70 R15 15x6 inches
base SUV 205x50 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x50 R16 16x6.5 inches
Limited SUV 205x70 R15 15x6 inches 205x70 R15 15x6 inches
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