I own a 2005 XT outback
The XT has been trouble-free except for suspension and bearing problems. I have really enjoyed its performance (traded a Mustang GT) and utility.
I tow a 2000 lb boat and use the XT to supply a lake cottage and carry handicapped equipment. I have not experienced the engine problems, probably
by following dealer service. It has been a great winter vehicle- and we've not been hampered to leave our garage. It's an enjoyable full-throttle fun car
and since Subaru no longer make a comparable vehicle, except the 3.0, when I trade, I might have to switch brands. AKA Volvo XC