2005 Subaru Outback Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2005 Subaru Outback

2005 Subaru Outback Problems

A vibration or shutter may be noted on acceleration. If the transmission torque converter is suspected a revised part is available to correct this concern.

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2005 Subaru Outback Questions

TRACTION BECOMES UNSTABLE UNDER ICY CONDITIONS WHERE IT APPEARS THAT TOO MUCH POWER IS BEING DISTRIBUTED TO THE FRONT OF THE DRIVE LINE THEN OSCILLATING TO EACH INDIVIDUAL FRONT WHEEL. IN MY OPINION TOO MUCH OF THE VEHICLES POWER IS BEING CONCENTRATED TO THE FRONT DIFFERENTIAL IS ALTERNATELY DIST...

I took my car to the dealership because the check engine light came on (together with cruise control flashing) and I was told that I needed to replace both catalytic converters, but none of the oxygen sensors.

I am looking at a 2005 XT with a turbo. 27000 miles and in good shape, but the turbo is a question of reliability.

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2005 Subaru Outback Recalls

In areas where salt is used on the roads, slush containing road salt can splash through a gap in the fuel tank protector resulting in corrosion of the brake lines. This corrosion may lead to brake fluid leakage resulting in reduced braking performance, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and leaking brake lines will be replaced. Anti-corrosion rustproofing wax will be applied to all recalled vehicles.

A test conducted by the (IIHS) Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that the Left and right side curtain airbags may not deploy properly. This could result in increased risk of injury. The dealership will replace the airbags. The Subaru recall # is WWR02

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2005 Subaru Outback Reviews

Great driving car. Minor qualms: Doesn't take abuse well - the clutch and transmission are a little weak for the holding power of AWD. The stock suspension has a little too much lift/travel without self-levelling struts in the back. I would buy one again.

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