during my stay in Australia my parents lent me one of their two 2000 era Subaru Outbacks. The 3rd outback of that same generation of 5 they have owned. Clearly they like the particular model! as do I

It was good at all the things, mostly it swallowed all our gear and us without hassle, and ate up many KMs on the way to beaches and mountains in comfort.

one thing I hated, was the “auto” a/c controls. Not standard on the US models they owned. It just continually changed between blowing too hot or too cold air. just unecessarily complicated and not effective. the standard three knobs (temp, fan speed, air direction) are better, in this model at least