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2013 and earlier-Subaru Outback Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • I got a 2008 2.5 i Ltd w/ VDC (27695.00) + Equip Group 1D (381.00) + Center Armrest Extension (163) + Floor Mats (55)

    for 26172.20 all included out of the door (tax in CO is 7.4 %)

    I thought it was a reasonably good deal. The dealer was Heuberger Motors in Colorado Springs and the salesguy was Josh Slead who is pretty good.

    I did the deal in person.
  • Nope Quartz Silver Metallic and dark grey interiors.

    Enjoying the car. :)
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,860
    We had to go automatic because of potential babysitters driving.

    Haha, if babysitters will be driving it, you definitely do not want a turbo! :P
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • mangudmangud Posts: 4
    I bought at Heuberger Motors in CO springs too. You got a little better
    deal than mine. I am from Boulder area. I tried with one local dealer
    and called up Heuberger Motors. Their first quote itself is better
    than my local dealer. I didn't even negotiate as I knew the quote is
    a good one. I am curious. Did you negotitate ? Based on your tax rate,
    you must be from CO Springs area. My car is 3.0R LL Bean.
  • They did quote me earlier on a different car. That quote was quite good too.

    When I actually purchased the car I did not even ask for a quote and simply offered 4.4k below MSRP (ignoring the destination charge). I finally got about 4.3k below.

    I did not really negotiate. I love to negotiate and the salesman must have seen the look of determination on my face and pretty much gave me what I wanted.

    Yes, I am in the COS area. Loving my car ! Quite a joy to drive it around.
  • Ok. I'm new to Subaru but am looking at purchasing a used 2003 Subaru Outback from a local dealership in Salt Lake City, UT. Car has had two owners and according to a VIN number check (Carfax) it looks OK. Mileage is just under 79k. Asking mid $12k range. Any thoughts on this car? Anything to look for when I test drive in next few days? Thanks.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    By 03 the head gasket issue was resolved, for the most part, but check these items anyway:

    * inspect both head gaskets for oil stains
    * inspect both valve cover gaskets
    * inspect the front and rear main seals

    Drive it, and listen for any drivetrain noises, turn off the radio and open the windows. Listen for noises from the differentials or the wheel bearings, common problem areas in past Subies.

    If it's smooth, and the engine block is free of any signs of oil leaks, I'd buy it.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,860
    Listen for piston slap as well. Apparently it is not a longevity issue (though I have my doubts about that), but it sure is noisy and embarrassing. If it is present, you will not be able to miss it on start up, especially if the engine is cold.
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • gf2020gf2020 North of BostonPosts: 47
    I live in MA and work in NH. I will pay the MA sales tax at the RMV when I register the vehicle.
  • Hi,
    I have been lurking a while here and had a quick question on pricing on an 08XT. I am interested in one with a manual transmission and have found one that is considered "pre-owned" on a dealer lot, even though an 08, and I am trying to get an idea on how close they are with pricing. On the website is lists 12 miles and for options it looks like it has the following:
    6 Disc CD Changer
    Air Conditioning
    Alloy Wheels
    AM/FM Stereo Radio
    Anti-Lock Braking System
    Center Arm Rest
    Center Storage Console
    Child Seat System
    Climate Control
    Compact Disc Player
    Cruise Control
    Cup Holders
    Driver Side Air Bag
    Driver Side Remote Mirror
    Dual Climate Control
    Fog Lights
    Fold Down Rear Seat
    Front Bucket Seats
    Glass Moonroof
    Heated Outside Mirror (s)
    Heated Seat
    Keyless Entry
    Luggage Rack
    Maintenance Free Battery
    Map Lights
    Panic Alarm Feature
    Passenger Side Air Bag
    Power Brakes
    Power Door Locks
    Power Driver's Seat
    Power Passenger Seat
    Power Socket
    Power Windows
    Premium Sound System
    Protective Fender Trim
    Protective Side Moldings
    Rear Arm Rest
    Rear Defroster
    Rear Power Window
    Rear Window Wiper
    Rich Leather Upholstery
    Security System
    Side Air Bag System
    Steering Wheel Controls
    Tilt Steering Wheel
    Trip Odometer
    Vanity Mirror
    XM Satellite Radio
    They are listing it for $31,245 and I was trying to get a feel on what the true value of this car might be. This appears to be a great site and any info would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks, Mark
  • Hi - did you end up taking the 2.5i at $21,400? I just got a quote for $21,574 (taxes and registration not included).

    This seems great - anyone think I should be able to do better (I'm in New England).
  • I've had mine (1996 Outback) for about 2 months. When I bought it, it needed an axle, four tires, an air filter, and that was it. It's a bit rough over bumps, indeed, but it doesn't complain too much around corners, or about going faster.

    Save that, wonderful car, worth the $1700 I paid for it.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That's cheap. About 4 car payments nowadays.

    If it lasts longer than 4 months you come out ahead.
  • Has anyone heard any prices paid for an '07 2.5i with 10k miles or less?

    Dealers quote about 20k but I'm thinking more like 18k.

    Any thoughts appreciated.
  • dcdamedcdame Posts: 24
    Here's the invoice info:

    Don't forget, if it's not being sold as new and if you're financing it, you'll pay higher interest rates - the spread can add a lot to your overall out-of-pocket cost.

    Locally, I've found a new XT OB as much as $4500 below MSRP, but most I've seen are going for @$3250 below (all have ATs, though).

    What part of the country are you in?
  • dcdamedcdame Posts: 24
    Search to get an idea - there are at least a few dozen dealer listings for low mileage '07 2.5i cars within 300 miles of where I live (Md.) with asking prices under $20K, including a dozen under $18K.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,860
    Back in September, I was also quoted $20K for an '07 Outback with 10.5K miles. I was going a little higher than I wanted, but offered $19.5K on it and was refused. I did not end up buying that car.
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • Thanks for the reply and I actually did a little digging and called several dealers and got a quote I thought seemed reasonable. But after looking at your post that his number is not even close to $3k under MSRP so maybe not such a good deal? Dealer said it would take about 4 weeks to get from Subaru.

    I am in Maine by the way.....

    08 XT Limited with 5SM
    MSRP $30,995
    Selling Price $28,995 plus $300 title/dealer prep?
  • dcdamedcdame Posts: 24
    I still think that is WAY too much. Why is the MSRP so much higher than the base MSRP for an '08 XT Ltd 5MT ($28,540; invoice is $26,761)? The MSRP quoted reflects $2,455 in options. What are they and do you want them?

    The '09s will be on dealers lots soon. I suspect that if you bought an '08 XT Ltd 5MT from Carter Subaru in Seattle (they have four per their website - blue, black, white, & red) and had it shipped, you'd still do better than the current offer (& would get it sooner). Also, I can't imagine that the price on the '09s will be THAT much higher to justify this price.

    But you can do better in New England, too.

    Just browsing around, I see that Maine Mall Subaru's website shows an '08 XT Ltd 5MT in Newport Blue Pearl with a $28,700 MSRP. So does Manchester Subaru in NH (MSRP $28,540).

    Heck, I see that Keene Subaru in Keene, NH has an '08 XT Ltd. AT for $26,687 (sales price) - and an AT adds @$1000 to the price of a Forester.

    The website of TriCity Subaru in Somersworth, NH, shows an Obsidian Black Pearl '08 XT Ltd. 5MT with MSRP of $28,767) in inventory.

    Ditto Village Subaru in Acton, MA - Aspen White '08 XT Ltd. 5MT - MSRP $28,540.

    Ditto Planet Subaru in Hanover, MA (Obsidian Black) - site shows '08 XT Ltd. 5MT MSRP $28,582 and invoice of $26,994.

    Ditto Bertera Subaru in W. Springfield, MA (Steel Silver) - site shows MSRP '08 XT Ltd. 5MT $29,517 and invoice of $27,586 (includes tinted windows).

    I found still more '08 XT Ltd. 5MTs at various Subaru dealers in NY state - all with MSRPs under $29K.

    My point - if you don't want to wait for an '09, buy (for less) from a dealer in New England that has one in stock! Fax all the dealers that have what you want and ask for their best DELIVERED price (excluding tax, title & license, but including any dealership fees). They compete, you win.
  • dcdamedcdame Posts: 24
    OOPS! Nevermind the post above -- for that I was looking at Foresters (but not with my initial post where I gave you the prices I was finding locally on OB XTs). [I've been going back and forth on whether to buy an OB or a Forester and this time neglected to notice that this is an OB forum when I replied.]

    BTW, $30,995 MSRP? Per Joe Spitz's website (, that's the cost w/o destination (another $645).

    Carter Subaru in Seattle does have a bunch of OB XT 5MTs, though.
  • Here is some information from the Portland Oregon Subaru Dealer

    Selling price..............$21,703.00 color of your choice
    Lease end value........$14,871.78
    Down payment...........$1,000.00
    36 month lease at 10K per year =.....................$238.81 per month
  • Ricky,
    Thanks for this information. I now know not to pay anymore than 22k for the 2.5i. The first internet offer out came back with 22,200, no fees, plus tax and title, for a white, 2.5i automatic w/ compass mirror and floor mats. I might take it.
  • bob757flbob757fl Posts: 13
    OK, I took it. Bird Road Subaru of Miami sold me a white 2.5i w/mirror compass and wheel locks for 22031 plus tax, title, and state doc fees for a total out the door price of 23566. This was by far the best offer out there besides Fitzgerald AutoMall who came close.
  • ckalolackalola Posts: 6
    hello all. i'm considering buying a 2.5i limited with floormats and the center arm rest. the msrp is 28758. i'm being offered the car for 24599. what do y'all think? thanks in advance.
  • mvraymvray Posts: 1
    Local dealer has a couple of low mileage 2008 Outback wagon 2.5i autos. How much should I offer for these? Should I be concerned about these? Seems odd that some used 2008's show up.
  • bob757flbob757fl Posts: 13
    I think the '08s started coming in March of last year so maybe the previous owners were people who just have to have a new car every year. Check the VIN on Carfax and make sure you know what you are getting. Very worth the 30 bucks!
  • bob757flbob757fl Posts: 13
    The site lists the limited 2.5i invoice at 26265 for non-california buyers. Subtract 1000 or 1500 depending on the rebate available in your area and either way, it looks like a fair deal as long as you get it in writing that it no other dealer fees will be added on besides tax and title. Nothing like saying yes and then getting your contract and an extra 799.50 added on for "dealer prep" or whatever.

    A few years ago I bought a minivan and that tactic was used. They said they would then split it. I gave them my cel phone # and said call only if you can agree to delete it altogether otherwise I'm continueing my search. They called later that day.
    Good luck!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    They could be program/loaner cars, too.

    They should be worth at least 10% less than a new one is worth. Any smaller discount and you're better off buying new.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,860
    I purchased a new '08 2.5i auto in Seattle for $21,750 (no options other than an auto-dimming mirror) in October. When I was finally able to sell it, I managed to get $21,300 for it in Alaska, which was $1,000 less than I expected going in. While that was my fault for not better forecasting where the economy was headed, the total cost of ownership was still no more expensive than the 1-way airline tickets for my family back to Alaska would have been. My car had about 7500 miles at the time of sale, was absolutely immaculate, fully winterized for Fairbanks, came with all records (including a mileage log), and I had it in to a dealer several times to work out interior rattle problems so the new owner would not have to deal with them.

    All told, the new owner received a screaming deal and I thoroughly enjoyed owning it, even if it was for a short while.

    Tough to say why these others are for sale, but there are many possible reasons. If they have a clean CarFax and are still under warranty (less than 36,000 miles), then they should be decent bets barring obvious abuse.
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 1,878
    A guy I work with just bought a program/loaner 2.5i this weekend from Carter, the biggest dealer here in Seattle. When he went to see what they had for stock, he was surprised to find they had 18 loaners for sale. They told him they would give him the best deal on the oldest one in inventory; to hear him tell it, the oldest one (06 w/15K) happened to be in the best condition. Claims he paid way under book, etc. Anyhow, he's replaces a Loyale wagon he bought in '93!

    15.5 XC70 T6 / 16 Soul EV / 17 Toyota 86

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