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2008 Subaru Outback Electrical Problems

127 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2008 Subaru Outback. 20 of these members (15.7%) have reported electrical repairs for their car. A total of 33 electrical repairs to 2008 Subaru Outbacks--an average of 0.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently 2008 Subaru Outback problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

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Percentage of 2008 Subaru Outback repairs by problem area

Chart based on 158 repairs.

2008 Subaru Outback electrical repair cost distribution

Chart based on 13 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2008 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

47300 mi US $50 both tail lights were out, replaced bulbs, not sure if they went out one at a time because I didn't know about it until I got a ticket for both being out 
53000   I killed the 4-yr old battery by leaving key in and accessory on for 3 hours. It would jump start but then drain overnight. 
15000   Airbag warning light came on.  
123700 US $350 Airbag dash light stayed dash. Faulty sensor and bulb but had to take a lot apart in order to repair. 

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2008 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

41700 mi   Body wiring harness to window controls was crimped. 
6800   Warranty - homeLink mirror failed 
33000   New stop light switch. 
30000   GPS Nav screen developed lines - has to be replaced - ordered but not yet installed 
15000   Console clock skews one minute fast every one week. Problem went away after the clock was replaced. 
5000   Rearview mirror was not dimming in dark. Came to have rearview mirror changed out b/c it was not dimming in the dark like it was supposed to. 
49300   Diagnosed front passenger airbag is not sensing. Light is on continually. I do not think they diagnosed accurately. We have had a continuous problem with electrical on passenger side of car. Rear passenger side door does not auto lock too. 
46500 C $450 Alternator failed- taking out the battery with it. 
59520   FWD mode not engaging with spare tire fuse installed-always AWD. Wiring discrepancy undetermined. 
6000   AC Condenser began dumping water into front passenger footwell. AC drain cleared. 
21000   TPMS light indicates error in system on long trips (has done so since car was new). Dealer unable to identify problem or any stored codes. 
32000   Continuing unresolved problem with blanking audio/climate screens resolved with replacement of center stack screens. 
59000   The TPMS system still had a (very) intermittent problem. On occasion, it would indicate a problem on long trips even though none existed. The dealer never replicated the problem, and it was not enough of an issue for me to continue pressing them on it. 
12000   Water from a.c. was leaking into passenger floor area. The vent was plugged, so the repair just involved blowing out the plugged line to clear out accumulated debris. 

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