Subaru Outback Repair and Maintenance

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

Subaru Outback Problems

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.

Subaru Front O2 Sensor Recall

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.

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Subaru Outback Questions

Is there a problem with Automatic transmission on this car? (2 answers)

When backing out of garage, the gears grind. Service manager states that exact sequence when pulling in and parking must be followed: 1- foot brake, 2-put in park, 3, engage parking brake, 4- turn off engine. This works, but it seems ridiculous. This car also has a hesitation in changing from ...

Why does my outback shutter and rattle upon acceleration at 20mph? (1 answer)

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.

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Subaru Outback Recalls

Steering Fails To Operate

The steering controls may fail to operate because of an improperly machined steering column. Dealers will inspect the steering columns, replacing affected ones 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.

Transmission Leaks Oil

The transmission propeller shaft yoke has a seal cap that may be deformed, causing a transmission oil leak. Dealers will replace the propeller shaft free of charge to resolve the concern.

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Subaru Outback 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...
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. ??

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