Subaru Repair and Maintenance

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

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Subaru Problems

Check Engine Light Due to Failed Catalytic Converter

The Check Engine Light may illuminate because of low catalytic converter efficiency. This same issue may cause the car to fail the State Smog Test if one is required.

Check Engine Light Due to Failed Front O2 Sensor

The front oxygen (air fuel ratio) sensor element may develop a crack, causing the Check Engine Light to illuminate. Subaru has recalled certain models to replace sensors that may fail. The Subaru service program number is WXW-80, this is not a government mandated recall.

 

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.

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Subaru Questions

Windows will not roll down outside temperature below 30f (3 answers)

Electric Windows

how can I get the album cover to display on Sirius? I tried using the settings. (1 answer)

I was told this was a simple thing to do through the Home and Settings buttons but it doesn't work. One time for some reason, the album cover displayed but only one time.

Need front differential rebuilt or replaced looking at cost for the repair. (1 answer)

Front differential has overheated and gone bad, the dipstick skock out and almost all the gear oil was lost. This is wifes car. It took nearly 1.5 quarts to fill, but the damage is already done. Whines and as soon as you leave off the gas car slows like the brakes are being applied. Other than th...

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Subaru Recalls

Air Injection Pump Overheats

The air injection pump may continually operate due to a faulty relay. This can cause it to overheat and possibly melt. Dealers will replace the secondary air injection pump relay free of charge to resolve the concern.

Driver's Side Knee Guard Not Properly Attached

The knee guard that protects the driver in an accident may not be properly mounted. Dealers will inspect the knee guard welding on each vehicle's steering beam, replacing the beam as necessary free of charge to resolve the concern.

Windshield Wipers Stop Working

The components within the windshield wiper motor bottom cover may interfere with each other due to contamination. This can cause the motor to overheat, fail to operate and result in a fire hazard. Dealers will replace the windshield wiper motor bottom cover assembly free of charge to resolve the concern.

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Subaru Reviews

I have a 2010 Subaru Outback 2.5 with 32,000 miles that I bought used in 2012. Four years later I now have less than 52,000 miles on it. After going to the shop 4 times for chugging on acceleration and the CEL on, I am told I need a new transmission. The dealership at first quoted $10,000 for a new transmission and labor, but I think they are now down to $7,300. Subaru will give me $1,000 f...
awesome car rides smooth and very quit
Extremely practical, very roomy. Good at everything, bad at nothing. A/C could blow colder, and ride is a bit harsh, but I love this vehicle. The AWD is excellent. Superb gas milage. 30000 miles with NO ISSUES WHATSOEVER. Added roof rack for hauling long items. Added hitch for small trailer and bike rack. All day comfort, good handling, and descent acceleration even without the turbo. I highly ...

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