2006 Subaru Outback Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2006 Subaru Outback

2006 Subaru Outback Problems

Cooling System Problems Cause Head Gasket Failure

The head gasket has a high failure rate due to cooling system problems. Subaru is aware of the problem and has extended the warranty to 8 years/100k miles on many vehicles.

Vibtation or Shutter on Acceleration

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.

Oil Pump Seal May Leak

The leak may develop from the oil pump seal. Our technicians prefer to use thread locker when replacing the seal to prevent the bolts from becoming loose again.

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2006 Subaru Outback Questions

Is there a cheaper fix for head gasket. mine started leaking (1 answer)

bought mine with 220k and at 225k the oil was leaking from oil filter seal, and my driver side head gasket. 2.5-3k to replace.

is it worth it to take/move my car to hawaii? (1 answer)

I have had my car in Bethel, Alaska for 3 years. It is very cold and conditions are rough. the car has not had a problem starting (in below zero temperatures)…but I am wondering if it is worth taking with me when I move. Does the cold weather permanently mess up the car? How about the transmi...

what's the typical cost of replacing the head gasket? (4 answers)

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2006 Subaru Outback Recalls

Brake Fluid Leaks From Corroded Lines

Brake lines may corrode excessively when salt water splashes behind a gap in the fuel tank protector. This can lead to brake line failure and leakage, and cause the brakes to fail. Dealers will inspect for leaking lines, apply rust proofing wax and replace lines found to be leaking free of charge to resolve the concern.

Braking Issues Due to Brake Fluid Leak

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.

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2006 Subaru Outback Reviews

Enjoy the all wheel drive. Easily maintained. Have had no problems with the car. This is my 5th Subaru.

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