1999 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport Overview

February 15, 2011

Where to start with the 1999 Subaru Outback Sport?

Well, it is my first car, and I paid $3,700 with about 128,000 miles on it. I've always been a Subaru fan so I had to get one.

When I first test drove it, I was amazed by the quickness and the get-up-and-go from the little 2.2-liter flat-four engine. I was also surprised to hear it pumped out 142 horsepower. I love driving this car, with its smooth steering, easy cornering, and decent power.

It doesn't like the cold, though. It has some trouble moving when cold, takes about 3 seconds to start moving after starting it up. Though in 15-degree F weather, it has no problem. Starts up like a champ.

So far, no major problems with it (knock on wood). It had a hole in the exhaust system and it has a couple small rust spots, plus the window motors are dying. Nothing big.

It has a lot of cargo room: I was able to fit a lawnmower in the back with the rear seat down. The gas mileage is reasonable, though it varies a lot between winter and summer. I run between 19 and 22 mpg.

The stock speakers and stereo weren't the best. I'm also a 17 year-old guy, so I like my music loud. I got the speakers and stereo replaced. The car only has two door speakers, which is a negative for me.

I also installed an aftermarket muffler and painted the hubcaps. I'm really impressed with the looks of the 1999 Outback Sport, with its two hood vents and the scoop in the hood as well. They give the car a really sporty look.

In the end, I couldn't have asked for a better first car. 

PROS: Power, handling, reliability, interior room, exterior design, everyday driveability.

CONS: Stock speakers and stereo, cup holders, rear leg room, suspension.

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