Subaru Repair and Maintenance

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

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.

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.

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

What can i use to seal a crack in gas tank of my subaru legacy wagon 1997 2.2 motor (1 answer)

I bottomed out in someone driveway now my gas has been leaking out from bottom of tank is there anything i can do besides getting a new tank that wont cost alot of money

it is overheating and i get no heat (1 answer)

Battery and brake light comes on (1 answer)

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Subaru Recalls

Turbocharger Air Intake Duct Crack Stalls Engine

The turbocharger air intake duct may crack, which could result in the engine stalling. Dealers will inspect the turbocharger air intake duct and replace it as necessary free of charge to resolve the concern.

Hood Opens While Driving

The hood latch may fail and the hood may open unexpectedly while driving. Dealers will first inspect and attempt to clean and lubricate the hood safety and lock systems. If this does not correct the concern, the latch will be replaced with a new current style part. All repairs will be performed free of charge to resolve the concern.

Drive Shaft Separates From Rear Differential

The drive shaft may separate from the rear differential due to the fasteners not being secure. Dealers will inspect the fastening nuts and tighten or replace them as necessary free of charge to resolve the concern.

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Subaru Reviews

Recent problem; about two weeks now. Hear a noise while accelerating which disappears when the foot is off the gas pedal. Increses with increasing speed. Hear this noise again as the car is coming to a stop. The shop that changed oil and serviced AC says this is because of bad bearing in front differential and the transmission has to come off to replace this bearing and has referred me to a tra...
Bought my "Beanie" new in 2001. At 55,000 miles the front end differential destructed which required repair and a new transmission. Cost me over $3,000. Subaru doesn't stand behind their product nor does the dealer. They would not pay for the repairs. Even though I had the car at the dealership asking them to check out the car because of some front end noise. They weren't able to diagnose ...
Bought Premium Outback to replace 2006 VW Jetta TDI w/183K, primarily because I wanted a more reliable car for my wife to drive. CV auto takes some getting used to, but seems to be as advertised. Interior, electronics, ride, features, etc. all excellent. With approx. 10K miles on vehicle, wife begins 220 mi. highway trip. 30 miles into trip, at 70 mph highway speed, vehicle starts billowi...

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