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Subaru Outback 2008

The 2008 Subaru Outback range of configurations is currently priced from $9,990. Our most recent review of the 2008 Subaru Outback resulted in a score of 8 out of 10 for that particular example. You can read the full review here.

This is what Ewan Kennedy liked most about this particular version of the Subaru Outback: Strong engine and all wheel drive system, Practical wagon layout available, Easy to work on and reliable

The 2008 Subaru Outback carries a braked towing capacity of up to 1800 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.

Subaru Outback 2008 Towing capacity

The Subaru Outback’s towing capacity ranges from 1500kg to 1800kg. 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
2.5I SUV 2.5L,ULP,5 SP MAN 1500kg
2.5I Luxury Edition SUV 2.5L,ULP,5 SP MAN 1500kg
2.5I SUV 2.5L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 1500kg
2.5I Luxury Edition SUV 2.5L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 1500kg
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Subaru Outback 2008 Q&As

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

  • 2010 Subaru Outback Diesel Problems

    Subaru Outback diesel problems don’t seem to be too frequent or too common. And that’s probably in line with the brand’s overall reputation for reliable engineering.

    Probably the biggest complaint from owners is that the engine lacks a little oomph from a standing start and suffers from what’s called turbo-lag; a delay between putting your foot down and the car responding. Even though Subaru claimed a torque peak of 350Nm at anywhere between 1800 and 2400rpm, in reality, the engine didn’t feel that strong down low, particularly just off idle. The other barrier to the success of the Outback diesel was that it could only be had with a six-speed manual transmission and no automatic option was offered in the model you’re talking about.

    Beyond that, the usual diesel-engine caveats apply including the requirement to give the engine a decent run at highway speeds every few weeks at the very least. Without this, the engine’s particulate filter (which aims to clean up tailpipe emissions) will clog up and may need to be manually cleaned or even replaced, and that won’t be cheap.

    Subaru engines have, over the decades, proven themselves to be tough customers on the one condition that they’re serviced absolutely by the book. Skipping scheduled services is a sure way to send a Subaru engine to an early grave. So make sure any car you’re considering has a full and complete service history with no evidence of missed oil changes. It’s also worth noting that this model was caught up in the Takata air-bag fiasco, so make sure this critical recall has been attended to.

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  • How is water getting inside my 2009 Subaru Outback?

    Short of a broken or degraded window seal, check the door rubbers for signs of damage. Sometimes, it’s as simple as a small twig or even a thick blade of grass sticking to the rubber seals that will allow water in. However, there’s a more likely answer. If it was the front-seat foot-wells that were wet, I’d be blaming the air-conditioning vent that is supposed to drain the water - that builds up in the system - to under the car, but can sometimes lock or clog and run the water into the car.

    So let me ask you a question: Does your car have a sunroof? If the answer is yes, that’s where I’d be looking. The sunroof, being set into the roof panel, naturally collects water when it rains. So, there are tubes that run from the sunroof, down the rear pillars of the car and vent to the outside just in front of the rear wheels. If these drain tubes block up, the water will run down the outside of them and into the rear foot-wells. Cleaning out the tubes will usually fix the problem.

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  • 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 2008 Price and Specs

The Subaru Outback 2008 is currently available from $9,990 for the Outback 2.5i Luxury Edition up to $12,990 for the Outback 2.5i Premium.

Pricing guides

$10,995
Based on 27 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$9,990
Highest Price
$12,990
Subaru Outback Model Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2.5i SUV 2.5L ULP 4 SP AUTO $6,500 $10,010
2.5i SUV 2.5L ULP 5 SP MAN $6,000 $9,350
2.5i Luxury Edition SUV 2.5L ULP 4 SP AUTO $6,600 $10,230
2.5i Luxury Edition SUV 2.5L ULP 5 SP MAN $6,200 $9,570
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Subaru Outback 2008 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 2008 Subaru Outback are dependent on which body type is chosen. The maximum width and height is 1770mm x 1545mm and can vary on the basis of model.

Dimensions for the Subaru Outback 2008 Dimensions  include 1545mm height, 1770mm width, 4730mm length.
Subaru Outback Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2.5I SUV 1545x1770x4730 mm 200 mm
2.5I Luxury Edition SUV 1545x1770x4730 mm 200 mm
2.5I Premium SUV 1545x1770x4730 mm 200 mm
3.0R SUV 1545x1770x4730 mm 200 mm
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Subaru Outback 2008 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 2008 Subaru Outback is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The Subaru Outback currently offers fuel consumption from 9.1 to 10.9L/100km. The Subaru Outback is available with the following fuel types: ULP and PULP.

Subaru Outback Model Body Type Specs Fuel Consumption
2.5I SUV 2.5L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 9.1L/100km
2.5I SUV 2.5L,ULP,5 SP MAN 9.1L/100km
3.0R SUV 3.0L,PULP,5 SP 10.9L/100km
3.0R Premium SUV 3.0L,PULP,5 SP 10.9L/100km
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Subaru Outback 2008 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 2008 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 spans from 17x7 inches.

Subaru Outback Model Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2.5I SUV 215x55 R17 17x7 inches 215x55 R17 17x7 inches
2.5I Luxury Edition SUV 215x55 R17 17x7 inches 215x55 R17 17x7 inches
2.5I Premium SUV 215x55 R17 17x7 inches 215x55 R17 17x7 inches
3.0R SUV 215x55 R17 17x7 inches 215x55 R17 17x7 inches
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