2008 Subaru Outback Electrical Problems

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2008 Subaru Outback repairs by problem area

Engine (25%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (17%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (23%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (5%)

Other (5%)

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2008 Subaru Outback electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (15%)

$500 - $999 (7%)

$100 - $499 (56%)

< $100 (22%)

Chart based on 27 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 mi

US $150
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. 
71000 mi

US $150
Water on passenger side floor mat when A/C was operating. Subaru dealer charged $150 for inspection and applied it all to clearing out clogged A/C drain tube. 
15000 mi Airbag warning light came on.  
123700 mi

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 mi Warranty - homeLink mirror failed 
33000 mi New stop light switch. 
30000 mi GPS Nav screen developed lines - has to be replaced - ordered but not yet installed 
15000 mi Console clock skews one minute fast every one week. Problem went away after the clock was replaced. 
5000 mi 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 mi 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 mi

C $450
Alternator failed- taking out the battery with it. 
59520 mi FWD mode not engaging with spare tire fuse installed-always AWD. Wiring discrepancy undetermined. 
6000 mi AC Condenser began dumping water into front passenger footwell. AC drain cleared. 
21000 mi 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 mi Continuing unresolved problem with blanking audio/climate screens resolved with replacement of center stack screens. 
59000 mi 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 mi 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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2008 Subaru Outback Electrical Problems

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