2012 Subaru Outback Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2012 Subaru Outback


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2012 Subaru Outback
$302 to $556
2012 Subaru Outback
$493 to $997
2012 Subaru Outback
$139 to $270
2012 Subaru Outback
$213 to $413
2012 Subaru Outback
$84 to $124

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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.

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Due to the position and quantity of adhesive between the glass and its retainer, the moonroof glass may become loose or come completely off. If the moonroof were to detach from the vehicle while driving, it would become a potential road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the condition of the glass adhesion and apply additional adhesive or replace the moonroof glass as necessary.

Components inside the front wiper motor cover can overheat and as a result, the wiper motor bottom cover may melt and/or catch fire. This is an expansion of previous a previous recall with 16 vehicles being added. Dealers will replace the front wiper motor bottom cover to correct this concern.

On 2010-2013 Subaru models equipped with an automatic transmission and Audiovox accessory remote start system, if the key fob is dropped it may begin randomly transmitting a request to start the engine, causing the engine to unexpectedly start and run for up to 15 minutes. The engine may continue to start and stop until the battery in the fob goes dead or until the vehicle runs out of fuel. If the vehicle is parked in an enclosed area, there is a risk of carbon monoxide build-up which may cause asphyxiation. Original equipment keyless entry fobs integrated on the vehicle key are not affected. Dealers will replace the affected key fobs to correct this concern.

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I have 64K miles on vehicle. Only 2 complaints. 1) Low beam Headlamps last about 30k miles guaranteed!! My biggest concern is both will go out at the same time. Have also replaced several bulbs in rear. 2) Inside Rear view mirror to big and difficult to see around for us taller folks. Other than a recall on puddle lights, I've got no other qualms..

I have heard of maintenance problems with the 2012 Outback, by a competing dealer. ??

The 2012 Outback is an excellent vehicle. Large, but with very good gas mileage for its size. The only issue is that the a/c cannot be directed in enough positions, otherwise is a great all wheel vehicle

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