2003 subaru outback

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2003 Legacy Outback
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Outback wagon
Outback Audio Edition wagon (mid-year addition, limited availability after 2/03) Premium Sound CD changer instead of the All Weather package.
Outback H6 wagon (mid-year addition, limited availability after 2/03). 1st availability of thr H6 in a base Outback (with cloth interior etc).
Outback Limited wagon
H6 Limited LL Bean wagon
H6 Limited VDC wagon

H6 sedan
H-6 VDC sedan

H6 and H6-3.0 is what Subaru calls the Horizontal 6 cylinder 3.0L engine

2002 Subaru Outback center console with new cupholders
center console with 2 cupholders, new in 02

New on 2003 Outbacks

new February 5, 03: 2new models announced:
'Audio Edition' Outback which has Premium Sound CD changer instead of the All Weather package.
H6 Outback which is the first use of the H6 cylinder in a cloth model Outback. Previously the H6 was only in the Limited LL Bean or VDC.
new January 3, 03:there was a price increase +$200 MSRP, +$210 invoice, announced Jan 3rd 2003, on all Outbacks except VDCs

Wagon: + $150 but now includes All Weather Pkg and CD player, so it really decreased $711. A better value than ever.
Limiteds: 4 cyl wagon + $300, LL Bean wagon +$500, VDC wagon +$400. 
Sedans: 4 cyl +300, H-6 +500, VDC +$500

All models:
New All Weather Package and CD player now standard on all models (except new mid-year model Audio Edition has Premium Stereo instead of All Weather)
New suspension upgraded with  internal rebound springs for smoother and more controlled ride, less bouncing
New suspension: Liquid filled rear bushings
New Keyless remote chirp replaces honk
New slightly different front grill, all models
New dashboard gauges surrounded with chrome trim
New cloth pattern

New stereo: Outbacks now include a CD player, no cassette is available (gone like records and 8-tracks...sigh)
New stereo: Limited Outbacks now include an in-dash 6-disc CD changer, and no cassette is available.
New stereo: Limited Outbacks now include Subwoofer/amp which was a $267 option
New stereo: Limited Outbacks now have 9 speakers (not 8) with a rear subwoofer/amp speaker (VDC only in 02)

New: all H6 Limiteds include OnStar, new to Subaru, not available on other models
New: OnStar includes 1 year 'Safe and Sound' package. Other package available through OnStar.
New: VDC now includes air filtration and security-alarm
New: LL Bean leather now one-tone beige, replacing the 2 tone, and seating surfaces now perforated leather.

New color: SeaMist Green replaces Wintergreen 
New color: Mystic Blue Pearl replaces Sapphire Blue
New color: Bright Silver Metallic
New color: Titanium Pearl montone, LL Bean and VDC only. The 1st one-tone Outback!!


  • Oil : 1st oil change 3months/3,000 miles. 
  • 3,750 oil change interval or 7,500 interval under easy drving conditions
  • 7,500 miles: rotate tires
  • 15,000 miles: replace filters check hoses, belts, brakes etc
  • 30,000-60-90,000 miles: 15,000 service plus replace spark plugs, all fluids etc
  • 105,000 miles: timing belt except on 6 cyl which has a timing chain
Bumper-to-bumper: 3 year/36,000 miles, covers all defects
Service adjustment, adjustment performed one time
Wear Item Warranty: covers keyless remote battery, brake pad/shoe linings, clutch disck lining, wiper blades...
Roadside assistance: lock-out, flats, out of gas etc 800-261-2155

Powertrain: 5 year/ 60,000 miles
Corrosion: 5 year/100,000 miles

2003 Legacy Outback
Prices include destination ($525)

HOW TO READ: MSRP (Dealer invoice)

Note: Alaska residents add +$150 destination. Prices may vary in CT, HI, ME, NH, NJ, RI, VT 

Subaru announced a price increase on January 3rd, 2003 
These prices are current and include that change

+$200 MSRP, +$210 invoice on all Outbacks except VDCs

Rebates, current programs

2003 Legacy Outback
List (invoice)
Prices include $525 destination
Manual transmission
Automatic transmission
Outback wagon
$23,770 ($21,643)
$24,570 ($22,265)
Outback Audio Edition wagon (new mid-year model Feb, 2003, limited quantity)
$23,770 ($21,643)
$ 24,570 ($22,365)
Outback H6 wagon (new mid-year model Feb, 2003, limited quantity)
$26,995 ($24,976)
Outback Limited Wagon
$27,320 ($24,823)
$28,120 ($25,545)
Outback Limited H-6 3.0 LL Bean wagon
$30,720 ($27,874)
Outback Limited H-6 3.0 VDC wagon
$32,920 ($29,818)
Outback Limited sedan (4cylinder)
$26,7020 ($24,558)
Outback H6 Limited sedan
$29,220 ($26,531)
Outback H6 VDC sedan
$31,420 ($28,474)

2003 Outback, all models
information subject to change, correction
  • Engines
    • Phase II, 2.5L  SOHC 4 cylinder boxer
      • Horsepower: 165 hp at 5600 rpm, 
      • Torgue: 166 ft. lbs at 4000 rpm 
      • Fuel system: multi-port sequential fuel injection with distributorless electronic ignition
      • California Low Emission Vehicle (LEV), all models
    • 3.0L DOHC H-6 cylinder engine.

    • This engine has an aluminum crankcase, double-overhead camshafts (dohc) chain-driven with four valves per cylinder. The timing chain does NOT have a replacement schedule - suggested replacement of the rubber belt on the 2.5L 4 cyl is 105,000 miles.
      The 6 cylinder uses Direct Ignition with an individual ignition coil  for each cylinder so there is no distributor or sparkplug wires.
      The H6-3.0 produces nearly 30 percent more horsepower and  torque than the 165-horsepower 2.5-liter H-4 and is only 0.8 inches longer. Premium fuel, 91 octane, is recommended.
      • 212 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
      • 210 lb.-ft. of peak torque @ 4,400 rpm

      • 174 lb.-ft of torque @ 2,200 rpm
    Speed Comparison Statistics
    (courtesy Car and Driver, April 2001)
    Subaru VDC 3.0L H-6
    Audi A4 1.8Turbo Quattro
    Passat GLX 4Motion
    BMW 325xi
    0-60 MPH8.
    5-50 MPH9.
  • All Wheel Drive
    • Active All Wheel Drive, all Subarus except VDC Limited. 
      • Manual transmission: Center differential that splits and constantly varies power, usually 50/50 front to back 
      • Automatic transmission: electronically controlled, mostly front wheel drive, constantly varyies front-to-back power split.
      • Limited Slip Rear Axle: Limited Slip transfers power to rear wheel with best traction, on all 4 cyl and LL Bean models.
      • VDC All Wheel Drive system is composed of VDC variable dynamic control model and VTD All Wheel Drive
      • VDC: (variable dynamics control)
        • The overall name of the system, and of the Outback model. Full time traction control that senses vehicle direction and uses brakes, throttle and engine management to control and maintain stabilty.

      The components of the VDC system are:

      • VTD (variable torque distribution) All Wheel Drive system transfers powers front to back. Usually 45/55 front to back split but that varies according to wheel slippage
      • The way the system operates
        • the VDC Outback is always in all wheel drive, using a Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) of 45/55 front-to-back power split. When there is slipping the VTD system will vary and adjust that front to back power split. 
        • When the wheels are spinning or the vehicle is not going in the direction it is being steered, the  VDC (variable dynamic control) engine management system kicks in and will use brake system to slow down one or more wheels to reduce and stop spinning and thus control vehicle direction. It will also control engine output by reducing spark to cylinders to cut back power, again to reduce wheel spin and re-direct the vehicle in the direction it is being steered.
    Dimensions wagon/sedan: 
    Wheelbase all models: 104.3"

    Overall length:

    wagon 187.4", 
    sedan 184.4"
    Overall width, all models: 68.7",  78.2" including mirrors

    Overall height:

    wagon 62.2" with roof rails, 63.3" with roof rail crossmembers
    sedan 58.3"
    Head room front/rear: 
    Outback wagon 40.2"/39.1"
    Outback Limited wgn: 38.5"/37.2", 
    Outback sedan 38.1"/36.6"
    Leg Room front/rear: 
    Outback wagon: 43.3"/34.3"
    sedan 43.3"/34.2"
    Turning radius: 36.7 ft 
    Dimensions wagon/sedan:
    Ground clearance
    Outback wagon: 7.3"
    Outback Limited wagon: 7.3"
    Outback LLBean, VDC, Sedan H-6: 7.9"
    Angle of Approach wagon: 18.3 degrees,
    Angle of Departure wagon: 21.0 degrees, 
    Ramp Breakover angle wagon:  17.3 degrees

    Angle of Approach sedan: 18.3 degrees,
    Angle of Departure sedan: 22.9 degrees, 
    Ramp Breakover angle sedan:  17.3 degrees

    Curb weight:
    Outback wagon: manual 3,430: Auto trans 3,495
    Outback Limited wagon: Manual 3,510; Auto trans: 3,575
    LL Bean wagon: 3,715
    VDC wagon: 3,735
    Outback Sedans:
    Limited 4 cyl: 3,495
    Limited H-6: 3,610
    Limited H-6 VDC: 3,630

    Cargo volume (cubic ft) all models
    wagon 34.3 rear seat up
    wagon 68.6 rear seat down
    sedan 12.4 trunk

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    2003 SubaruOutback Pricing and Specs

    Compare 8 Outback trims and trim families below to see the differences in prices and features.

    Trim Family Comparison


    View 1 Trims


    • 2.5L H-4 Engine
    • 5-spd man w/OD Transmission
    • 165 @ 5,600 rpm Horsepower
    • 166 @ 4,000 rpm Torque
    • all wheel Drive type
    • 16" silver aluminum Wheels
    • front air conditioning, manual
    • driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback Heated front seats
    • AM/FM stereo, seek-scan Radio
    • keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
    • front Fog/driving lights
    • Heated mirrors
    • premium cloth Seat trim
    • driver Lumbar support


    View 2 Trims

    Additional or replacing features on Base

    • 4-spd auto w/OD Transmission
    • 1st row regular power sliding and tilting glass Sunroof
    • 16" silver w/gold accents aluminum Wheels
    • leather Seat trim


    View 2 Trims

    Additional or replacing features on Limited

    • 3.0L H-6 Engine
    • 212 @ 6,000 rpm Horsepower
    • 210 @ 4,400 rpm Torque
    • 16" silver aluminum Wheels
    • front air conditioning, automatic
    • premium cloth Seat trim

    H6-3.0 L.L. Bean Edition

    View 1 Trims

    Additional or replacing features on H6-3.0

    • 1st and 2nd row regular power sliding and tilting glass Sunroof
    • 16" silver w/gold accents aluminum Wheels
    • leather Seat trim

    H6-3.0 VDC

    View 2 Trims

    Additional or replacing features on H6-3.0 L.L. Bean Edition

    • ABS and driveline Traction control
    • 1st row regular power sliding and tilting glass Sunroof
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