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Subaru Outback repairs by problem area

Engine (30%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (14%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (18%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 3048 repairs.

Subaru Outback engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (8%)

$1000 - $2499 (24%)

$500 - $999 (16%)

$100 - $499 (38%)

< $100 (15%)

Chart based on 511 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2016 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

175-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

9700 mi Cam phase sensor replace under warranty. Took about 2 hours total. 

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2015 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 148hp 2.0L H4 Diesel 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

620 mi One glow plug failed start-up tests 
6200 mi Very rarely (e.g. once per month), the engine would almost stall when starting in forward or reverse from full stop. The dealer drove the car for a week every day, but could not reproduce. No errors stored in ECU, too. 

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2015 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

256-horsepower 3.6L H6 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

14260 mi Check engine light caused by fuel vapour leak (not from fuel cap). 

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2015 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

175-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

18000 mi The car slow cranked a couple of times and the time on the car clock went forward 4 hours. Subsequently the car would not start for an hour; time on the car clock went forward 4 hours. Subaru mechanic was unable to identify problem. 
1500 mi Engine would start and die immediately . The dealer replaced the ignition switch under warranty 
10000 mi Car hesitated and sputtered upon acceleration then check engine light came on. Air Fuel sensor was determined to be faulty and was replaced. Part took several days to arrive. Car left a dealer. 
29300 mi The Outback started consuming oil at a high rate. The dealership calculated consumption at 10.6 ounces per 1200 miles. Subaru replaced the engine free of charge. 

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2014 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

24000 mi Replaced squeaky belt for recall. 

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2014 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

256-horsepower 3.6L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

18000 mi The car would not start after a good rain. Dealer needed to change the transmission wiring harness. 

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2014 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

12000 mi Engine belt was loose, creating a chirping noise. Dealer service manager informed that this is a known issue and that Subaru had since changed to a smaller belt. 
8300 mi Accessory belt was defective (known issue, TSB out for replacement) causing it to chirp. Replaced with revised belt and issue fixed completely. 
26000 mi Serpentine belt was squealing and turns out a tsb was issued that corrected the problem with a new belt. 
16000 mi Software reflash for lurching and surging, usually when cold and usually at low speeds such as driving around neighborhood. 
7000 mi Cooling system. Radiator seam leaking. Dealer replaced radiator. 
12000 mi Bad serpentine belt caused chirping noise. Subaru replace belt with new improved part/belt to eliminate noise. 

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2014 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

19000 mi A loud squealing belt noise on engine start up and occasionally aconstant chirping noise while driving. Service department installed new belt as per an existing TSB from Subaru. 
10000 mi Serpentine belt was chirping. 
21000 mi Replaced faulty oil level sensor. 

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2014 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

3100 mi engine cranked slowly in first cold weather of the season - so the computer was re-calibrated. Improved but still cranks more that previous models 
18000 mi Replacement of serpentine belt 

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2013 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

256-horsepower 3.6L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

4000 mi Car will suddenly accelerate/lurch forward at slightest depression of gas pedal. Almost hit another car. Brought in 2x in 7 days. Sometimes no acceleration at all. Couldn't replicate either. Explanation:powerful engine. 

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2013 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

81000 mi

US $300
Poly rib belt failed. It should have been done at 75K, but I let it slip 
24000 mi Appeared to be burning 2 quarts of oil over the 7,000 mile oil change interval. However once the oil was changed I have since driven the vehicle for over 5,000 miles and the engine oil is about 2/3 of a quart low... Reasonable. 
31000 mi Oil consumption. Subaru would not warranty repair a car that burned 1 quart of oil less than every 3K miles. Additional issue with radio. 
45000 mi Oil consumption is awful. Between 1500 miles and 2500 miles I have had to add a quart of oil since car was new. Dealer says I have to come back periodically for Oil Consumption Test. In the end I COULD get a new engine. 
45000 mi Engine light indicating low oil turns on. Oil change at 42K, low engine oil light turned on at 44K, 45K, 46K, 47K. Service advisor advises that TSB indicates Subaru is prone to burning oil, recommends oil change at 6K interval ILO 7.5K. 
12000 mi Squeaky belt was replaced under warranty. Service manager said they had several 2013 with the same issue. Said they had to replace tensioners on some, but mine were still good. 
33000 mi Noticed excessive oil consumption similar to other reports by Subaru owners. The low oil level light came on after about 4000 miles since previous oil changed. Haven't had previous issues, but could be related to bad piston rings. 
59000 mi Engine found to be leaking oil. Camshafts had to be resealed/repaired. Found by inspecting before 60K mile mark, so repair still covered by powertrain warranty. 
31000 mi replace serpinteen belt 
15000 mi Chirping noise from engine. Turned out to be bad idler pulley. The dealer replaced both idler pulleys and the serpentine belt. 

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2013 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

29300 mi Burning oil...about 1 quart per 4000 miles. Dealer indicated this was normal. Only a concern if burning a quart every 1200 miles or less. 
46700 mi

US $20
Purchased this Certified Pre-Owned 2013 Outback from Local Dealer. After 2-months the oil light came on - It was 1 quart low. Added 1 quart of oil 1/5/16. 
50000 mi

US $5
We drove to Toronto 3/11/16 and checked oil before we left. Added just under 1 quart of oil. 
50000 mi

US $5
Low oil alert came on again on 4/15/16 and had to add 1 quart of oil. This car is burning oil at a rate of one (1) quart every couple thousand miles. 

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2012 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

256-horsepower 3.6L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

3000 mi Was having a harsh downshift issue with the 3.6R engine. Found that there was a TSB issued for this. A new software was avaialble, went to the dealer, and they installed new software, problem fixed. 
19000 mi Bad connection for engine fan; fan was not engaging; engine would start to heat up in stop and go traffic only; part cleaned up and connection made; problem fixed. 
41000 mi

US $200
Drive belt replacement 

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2012 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

54000 mi

US $99
Flashing BRAKE and CRUISE lights, check engine light on, stability control off 
8000 mi Check engine light, brake, traction control, and cruise lights all stayed on. Dealer told me was a false emissions leak code. 
2000 mi check engine code p0456. dealer reset code. 
5300 mi Leaking seal on the gas cap tripped a check engine light. Gas cap needed replaced. 30 minute visit. 
12000 mi check engine light due to improper fit of gas cap 
14300 mi check engine light periodically would come on. Turned out the be spider web in vent line. Found after two unsuccessful trips to dealer. 
40000 mi Belt making squeaking noises on cold engine start 

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2012 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

22320 mi Oil seal leaking. Dealer changed seal and replaced timing belt. Update: a week later oil pan still leaking a little.. 
26040 mi Engine oil seal and oil pvc valve 
29920 mi Returning Oil leak 
46500 mi There is an ongoing oil leak from the block somewhere. This has been ongoing for the last four years. They think its fixed and it starts leaking. Its in at the dealers now and they are trying to source the leak. I have a loaner. 
59520 mi

C $275
Replace right side spark plug tube seal, new valve cover gasket as the plug boots are wet with oil. 

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2011 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

CEL kept coming on. After a good bit of investigating, the Subaru people were able to determine that it was a very rare issue with the PZEV and manual transmission and the software glitch appears to be unfixable. Replaced with another Outback. 

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2011 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 148hp 2.0L H4 Diesel 6-speed manual AWD

26660 mi Car intermittently refused to start. Finally brought in, but dealer found no fault. Replaced "starter module", will see if problem is fixed. 
45260 mi Glow plugs shorted. Fuses blown. Dealer reset error code and changed fuse. Warning light from last repair returned the following day. Took it in again, and they looked at it further. Found that they needed to replace glow plugs and scheduled a repair at a later date. Had to leave the car at the dealer for a full day to change glow plugs. 

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2011 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

256-horsepower 3.6L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

40000 mi Temperature gauge on 3.6 engine going off. Dealer indicated difference in one head to the other was causing problem, Known issue with Subaru per bulletin Check oil light coming on after beginning to use synthetic oil due to high mileage driving. When checking dipstick, oil level is OK but light comes on intermittently. 
34720 mi Heat shields on exhaust vibrate loudly in gear until pipes expand to engine heat 
13000 mi Engine was consuming oil at a rate of 1 quart every 3,000 miles. 
1000 mi Discovered oil leaking from engine. Quantity was about 2 tablespoons per day. Dealer determined it was a faulty seal on the oil pan so they simply replaced the seal. All good now. 
52740 mi Leaking Oil pan (slight) fixed with Silicone 
23000 mi Check engine light on, diagnostic indicated cam sensor issue. Dealer replaced intake cam sensor, issue stopped for 24 hrs and returned. Dealer then replaced intake and exhaust cam sensors. Dealer says problem is fixed. 
980 mi Misfires on cyc 1 3 and 5. Dealer cleared codes only.  
27000 mi Check engine light and all dash lights came on while driving. Dealer reports deterioration on gas cap flange caused system to detect fuel leak. Dealer immed replaced gas cp. problem seems to have resolved. 
103540 mi

C $78
Replacement of serpentine/V-belt and noisy idler pulley - normal maintenance items. 
42160 mi

C $125
Gas tank cap had tear in seal - pressure leak - check engine light on. 
8000 mi Oil sensor went on. Dealer said this was the third one they had to replace on other owner's cars. 

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2011 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

17700 mi

US $120
Vehicle was hesitating during startup. Throttle plate replaced due to carbon buildup. 
90000 mi E-Brake partially engaged, determined rear O2 sensor is faulty and replaced, problem solved. 
108000 mi Replaced EGR valve. 
2000 mi I smell coolant when running the heater. They say there is no leak. 
35000 mi Repaired bad weld in exhaust after catalytic converter. 
57000 mi Head gasket leaking internally. Dealer pulled engine, removed heads, sent to machine shop for resurfacing, replaced head gasket, replaced leaking TB tensioner, thermostat. 
14640 mi Started oil consumption test. Dealer states within normal parameters 
31620 mi Stayed oil consumption test. Dealer states within normal parameters. 
34740 mi

C $120
Replaced leaking oil sending unit 
8000 mi ticking noise at 1200-1400rpm. compared with other 2011 Outbacks - normal noise. 
5000 mi Car lurches and idle ramps up and down. Almost hit another car while pulling into a parking space when idle increased and car lurched forward. When stopped at light, engine idle decreased so much that the engine stalled. 
5500 mi Dealer reprogrammed the computer with new software from Subaru 
10000 mi Subaru bought the car back and gave me a new 2011 Outback with a minor cash difference. Subaru stepped up to the plate! 
32000 mi Fuel tank cover replaced. 
1000 mi Noted smoke after extended drive and oil leak in driveway day after taking ownership. Damaged seal between engine block and - ? oil regulator? - caused severe leak. Towed to dealer and repaired. 
13000 mi Clicking/rattle sound at idle. Nothing broken, but distracting. 
55800 mi

C $300
The oil pressure sensor failed in some sort of explosive way, and oil spilled all over the engine. They had to give it a shampoo (their expression), change the sensor and the oil. 
104300 mi

US $236
During routine timing belt replacement Valve Cover Gasket was found to be leaking oil. Cost to repair was significantly lower due to engine already having been disassembled 
26000 mi Got Error code P050A. Look up came back as "Raw Selected Monitor Diag Code P050A, Cold Idle Air Control" 
67700 mi Engine RPM would dip down to 400-500 from the normal idle around 700 rpm. The engine would shudder when this happened. Dealer updated the ECM and the issue is mitigated. RPM still goes down a bit but not as low as 400-500. 
70680 mi Leaking oil, replaced gasket 
80440 mi Electric Parking brake / hill holder started making grinding noise when applied. Was told I have to get a new parking brake motor ($900 + labour) 
78000 mi

US $30
Chrck 
200000 mi

US $480
Replaced radiator for over heating. Didn't fix the problem. Replaced thermostat. Fixed problem. Was only partially opening. I recommend changing every 100k 
52000 mi

US $520
Coolant leak. I paid for diagnostics NOT REPAIR. This is a potentially catastrophic failure and I will never buy another Subaru because of it and how the company and its dealers handle situations like these. 
54000 mi

US $1370
Cooling leak in the block. They are trying to deny it is a warranty issue. Coolant levels are going down again. 
49000 mi

US $20
Replaced rusted bolt on exhaust heat shield to stop annoying rattle 

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2011 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

76000 mi

US $2000
Check engine light came on. Obdurate said that misfire on cylinder 3. Replaced coil pack and all of the spark plugs 
62000 mi

US $200
Timing Belt worn, replaced 
93000 mi unknown cause, water sloshing sound coming from dashboard for ~ a week so i made an early oil change appt so they could check sound out as well. they did not hear it & sent me on way. made another appt for this week. (april) in shop now. 
95300 mi

US $63
left cooling fan failed, engine supposedly overheated but no lights ever indicated so and does not have a temp guage to know if ever ran hot. warped cylinder heads redone, fan replaced, head gaskets and all other gaskets replaced. warrenty 
156000 mi changed spark plugs and the catalytic converter code has been gone for over 2000 miles and has not returned. read in a forum the p0420 catalytic code is sometimes thrown when spark plugs are getting worn. 
37000 mi Serpentine belt replacement that was causing a chirping sound in the engine bay upon start up of engine. 

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2011 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

50220 mi

C $200
Loose heat shields all the time. My dealership won't cut them off so they keep re-clamping them. Did it for free first couple of times, but charged me $100 last time. Will bring to local shop next time to get cut off. 

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2010 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 148hp 2.0L H4 Diesel 6-speed manual AWD

3740 mi Carbon catchment filled and would not empty dy driving as described in the manual. Had to be taken to shop for manual emptying 
25420 mi ERC unit & DPF (Diesel Motor) replaced for second time. 

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2010 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

256-horsepower 3.6L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

6000 mi Oil light intermittently came on, a sensor was "loose" as per technician 
9000 mi Low oil light came on, car more than 2 qts low, but no leaking, refilled oil, but could not find/fix problem. Dealer states other dealer that did last oil change "underfilled" oil 
13000 mi Car had low oil warning again, 1 qt oil added. Low oil sensor replaced, oil change completed 
36000 mi Was driving car and then it became difficult to use power steering (it died) and stalled out. Needed to be flatbedded out. The tensioner belt had snapped and rendered the power steering and alternator to be useless. 
5580 mi Leaky timing chain cover gasket 
18600 mi leak from the timing chain cover gasket. 2nd time in for this problem. repaired under warranty 
43400 mi

C $85
Timing belt replacement 
2000 mi Corrected original hesitation problem with reflash. 
31000 mi CE lamp AND BRAKE warning light illuminated. Shut itself off on the way to dealer. I pulled codes for all 6 cyl misfires. Dealer could not fathom the problem. Second time it's happened. I elevated complaint to SOA. 
8060 mi Car surges forward when the steering wheel is turned. Especially when engine is in warm up cycle. 
24000 mi During oil change coolant was observed leaking from weep hole on water pump. Subaru dealer agreed and ordered new pump. Waited a week for the part. Replacement took almost 2 days. 
20000 mi Faulty gas cap caused service engine light, cruise, traction control and brake lights to illuminate. 
8000 mi Car stalled at stop lights. No TSB or recall available. Reflashed transmission computer and released car. Problem not fixed. 
17000 mi TSB, RPMs drop at low speed with A/C on 
3200 mi Reflashed ECU to correct hesitation problem. 

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2010 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

496 mi reprogram computer to solve start problem when cold 
64480 mi

C $150
remove metal plates around catalyzer 
85560 mi

C $200
Replace fuel system oxygen sensor 
166 mi On day of purchase check engine light was on; reported to me that the oil sensor was not plugged in correctly and once that fitting was tightened all was OK - Car drives like a dream. 
96720 mi

C $2000
Head gasket leak and 2 pistons damaged. 
1000 mi engine hesitation going up steep driveway. Common problem but no fix yet. 
60140 mi

C $420
Faulty oil pressure switch 
64460 mi

C $285
oil light came on. Had been leaking oil. Replaced a rusty leaking oil pan. 
39000 mi Cheanged oil clogged oil nozzle under warranty. 
7000 mi Heat shield bent of exhaust pipe bent into the drive shaft from snow buildup. Heat shield was pushed back to shape. Shop foreman said he would report a bad design issue to Subaru. 
85000 mi

US $3000
Headgaskets blown 
10000 mi Noise when accelerating. Was coming from heat shield. Dealer adjusted it twice before, but would come back after one month. Replaced. 
67000 mi

US $50
Valve cover and spark plug tube gaskets 
60000 mi

US $1500
Replaced leaking radiator assembly. 
56500 mi Engine light started blinking and car stalled in traffic. Able to restart after 10 minutes (light stayed on) Garage found error message about camshaft timing. Mechanic reset computer and have not had a problem since. 
65000 mi

US $40
Oil filter seal failed - all oil spilled into driveway. Apparently the problem is the seal broke in sub-zero weather. Mechanic said numerous Subarus had same problem during cold snap. 
88000 mi

US $700
Manifold gasket and oil sensors. 
87700 mi

US $50
Check engine light reporting Cat Converter failure. Did not have work done, just diagnosed. 
14000 mi ECU was also reprogrammed for long-start condition at high-altitudes in cold conditions. 
9000 mi Diagnosed with an engine block that was porous. A new short block was put into the car under warranty. 
15000 mi Coolant was down to reservoir, so they topped it off. I was concerned about where it is going. They said to just watch it until oil change in several hundred miles. 
31000 mi Took vehicle in for random drops in idle when coming to a stop. This also happens during slow speed maneuvering in parking lots. Due to the random nature of the problem, Dealer was unable to duplicate or pull any codes from the vehicle. 
93000 mi

US $90
The exhaust piping between the muffler and the mid-pipe flange rotted through right at the flange. A muffler shop welded a splice between broken pipe and the flange. Experiencing another exhaust leak/rattle before the Cat, location unknw. 
4500 mi gas cap lid or body panel cover would not open, so couldn't get gas. tentative diagnosis: the rubber cord that holds the gas cap to the car body inside the lid got pinched in the lid, wedging it closed. dealer's gonna replace the cord-fastener. 
55180 mi

C $700
Idler pully bearing failed on serpentine belt. 
10000 mi Computer system update required. Paid in full by Subaru of America. Done while in for 7,500 mile maintenance (tire rotation, oil change, etc) 
93000 mi

US $300
Crossover pipe leaking coolant 
14000 mi Cold weather start bug 
18000 mi updated firmware to address cold weather start issue, and cvt updated to use lower ratio in reverse 

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2010 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

10000 mi Engine stalls when A/C is turned on. 
99000 mi

US $675
Head Gasket replaced. 
3000 mi Car dies sometimes when the clutch is engaged. Mechanic stated Subaru aware and ecu reflash is needed, but his computer has not been updated. 
4000 mi Dealership got the download to update the ecm. The ecm was reflashed the third week of August, and the car no longer dies when the clutch is engaged. The car drives much better. 
17000 mi

US $150
Car intermittently stalled at idle when clutch was depressed. Dealer flashed ECU update. Appears to be OK. 
30380 mi

C $85
Associated with the PZEV feature? An oxygen sensor somewhere triggers the check engine light, parking brake and traction lights. No apparent effect on performance, but means no cruise control or auto-disengage on parking brake. 
3900 mi

US $35
Vehicle sent in for stalling at idle, dealer reprogrammed ECM. Also first oil change. 

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2010 Subaru Outback 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual AWD

74400 mi

A $380
Diesel particulate filter blocked, required manual regeneration 
77500 mi

A $470
Split coolant hose causing DPF error. Coolant hose replace, manual DPF regen performed 

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2009 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

87000 mi

US $473
Mechanic replaced plugs, wires and then valve cover gasket kit job 

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2009 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

5000 mi Turbocharger ball bearing dropped into the engine. Complete upper engine block replaced. 
6000 mi Bad crank bearing, replace the entire engine with a brand new engine. Guess there were quite a few 09's with weak netal bearings.  

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2009 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 148hp 2.0L H4 Diesel 5-speed manual AWD

107000 mi

£135
Replaced manifold pressure sensor 
160000 mi

£465
Renew auxillary drive belt tensioner and belt 
169000 mi

£75
Turbo has seized variable vane - attempts made to free it off, but this failed. Continues to work, but loss of power and some exhaust smoking under load 
172000 mi Catastrophic engine failure. Loud clunk as it tried to turn over. Con rod? 

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2009 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

245-horsepower 3.0L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

80000 mi

US $250
Check engine on, multiple reasons. will go off after undetermined (>50) miles, can come on again for unknown reason. Oil syst flush as first step repair attempt. Driving car almost normally with check engine on, >1000 miles. To mchnc nxt 
84000 mi

US $200
Replaced Left side secondary VVT valve. It had seized. Problem caused engine check light to stay on: codes P0302, P0304, P0306, cylinder misfires 2, 4, 6 

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2009 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

76880 mi

C $120
Heat shield came loose 
44000 mi Engine had a lower end rumbling noise most noticable at lower rpm and slow accel. Engine was disassambled, found crank journals scored and slightly out of round, piston skirts worn, replaced crank, main and rod bearings, pistons and rings. 
60000 mi Runble noise coming from engine area, most noticable during low RPM accel. Engine was removed and disassembled; cylinders were out of round and case warped. Short block was replaced. The rumbling noise has diminished. 
100700 mi

US $20
Replaced alternator belt 
144000 mi Suddenly started to show greyish smoke while driving. Oil had spilled around the engine compartment. The seal around oil pressure sensor had broken. Replaced both oil pressure sensors. 
38000 mi Clutch gone 
34000 mi Misfire on cylinder 2. Defective ignition coil that was installed 1/12. 
46000 mi

US $4600
- new clutch (manual transmission) 

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2009 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

102000 mi

US $4989
Engine seized. Oil was changed 2 days prior to engine problem. Overfilled? It was catastrophic. The engine failed while driving on the highway. 
104000 mi

US $300
code p1491 - sensor replaced but did not resolve problem 
27500 mi Leaking water pump was replaced under warrantty 
95000 mi Burning odor turned out to be leaking valve gasket. 
54000 mi

US $70
Loose heat shield clamp was rattling. Tighten heat shield clamp. 
57000 mi Slow leak from radiator core. 
64000 mi Oil pressure switch went bad, dash warning lights on. Replaced oil pressure switch. 
82000 mi

US $700
Leaking head gasket. 
134000 mi

US $431
Replace AC belt 
154000 mi

US $1558
Head gaskets, water pump, timing belt replaced 
91000 mi

US $890
Fix a rattling exhaust shield. 
122300 mi

US $1800
Passenger side head gasket leaking/ drivers side weeping. Big, big repair. 
135000 mi

US $700
crack in exhaust system repaired/ welded 
41000 mi

US $840
Secured Loose heat Shields. Typical Subaru exhaust noise. 
59000 mi ignition coil cracked, misfiring 
21740 mi While on vacation, the traction control light came on and cruise light started flashing so went to nearest Subaru dealer. Dealer promptly replaced the oil pressure sensor which fixed the problem. 
50220 mi

C $140
Connecting rod issue. Replaced short block and timing belt 

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2009 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

119000 mi

US $3500
Overheating. No leaks or issues with radiator. Head gasket replaced. Also has been burning excessive amounts of oil for a car. 

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2008 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

35500 mi car in shop 3 times, replaced dashboard gauges and then ECM still did not fix problem 

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2008 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

69000 mi Turbo failure 
76000 mi Turbo issues 
81000 mi Turbo Failure. 
16000 mi Following rain, computer prevents car from starting. Check engine light and flashing dash lights (i-drive/cruise). Dealer (and mfg) cannot track down problem. Numerous sensors replaced. Issue has occurred more than 8 times. Buyback in progress. 
109740 mi

C $130
Misfires in cylinder 4 with cold engine. Replaced plugs, swapped coils, replaced intake gaskets (lower and upper), injector service, fuel pressure, all ok. Still chasing issue, suspecting O2 sensor or exhaust valve. 
110360 mi

C $125
Chasing misfire on cylinder 4: replaced A/F ratio sensor, misfires still present. 
110360 mi Misfire on cylinder 4 never fixed. Possibly caused by a leaking head gasket. 
99000 mi

US $8400
Broken turbo and ruined engine 

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2008 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

70680 mi

C $1800
misfire cyl 4, replaced rusted ignition coil 
81840 mi

C $100
check engine light came on - looks like everything is ok after all. 
86160 mi

C $880
up pipe replaced. still having the P420 code. bringing it to the stealership - hoping that the cat converter will be the issue and that it will be covered by the warranty. 
89900 mi

C $2000
cat converter replaced 
105400 mi pcv valve replaced 
111600 mi

C $500
misfire caused by worn out coil - replaced two rusted coils 
79000 mi

US $2300
at 79,000 miles exhaust valves, short block failed. and a new clutch since the engine was out of the car. required a new short block, valve job new clutch. Subaru paid 75% of the engine costs, I paid for the remainder and the clutch parts 
119300 mi

US $5700
Cracked a piston ringland. Engine Bearings worn. 
56700 mi

US $330
Engine light was on, apparently due to bad lubrication of the valves. They flushed the old lubricant replaced it with a lubricant / cleaner, then ran the engine at normal temperature, then put normal oil back in. 

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2008 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

245-horsepower 3.0L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

123000 mi

US $375
Sensor for advancing timing 
37000 mi

US $550
Belt tensioner making noise and dealer suggested replacing it. Transmission hum noise was reason for visit and noise is still there. 

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2008 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

115000 mi

US $1400
Clutch failed - replaced. It shredded. It had been squealing like a belt slipping for about 10,000 miles, but that was clutch material getting spun around. I thought it was a belt slipping. 
144700 mi

US $600
Service engine light came on. O2 sensor bad. 
122000 mi Passenger heat did not work. Heater core plugged. Opted to do coolant flush with success. Engine oil leaking from sensor. 
128000 mi Took to Subaru certified mechanic to diagnose CEL. Compression, leakdown test, and visual inspection indicates a bad exhaust valve. Quoted $3200-3600 for repairs. Traded car in for 2014 Crosstrek. 
157000 mi

US $1500
Head gasket replaced, head shaved, new timing belt 
79960 mi

C $350
exhaust leak, custom pipes made to fix problem. Dealer estimate was $1200 
110700 mi

US $400
Valve cover spark plug gaskets began leaking. 
117300 mi

US $1200
Primary catalyst cracked at exhaust manifold. 
11160 mi

C $300
Cracked ignition coil, affected by damp. 
27900 mi

C $350
exhaust 
29440 mi

C $1800
ignition wires replaced 
40300 mi

C $120
exhaust shield loose 
40300 mi Gaskets were leaking. Repair was not required for certification. 
128300 mi Exhaust leak developed right after the third clutch release bearing failure. 
131000 mi

US $156
Failed exhaust mid-pipe gasket. Shop replaced (1.5 hr), but failed to completely remove all bits of the previous gasket. This lead to a poor fit and no change in exhaust note. Another shop fixed this 'repair' in a third of the time. 
68200 mi

C $30
changed vvt valve sensor 
35000 mi Replaced catalytic converter under warranty 
36000 mi

US $1600
Replace clutch 
4340 mi

C $60
Poor idle, particularly when coasting to a stop. Revs between 800 and 3000 rpm repeatedly until placed in gear and accelerator pressed. Fixed by reflash of ECU. 

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2008 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

113000 mi

US $50
One of the oil sensors has failed and had to be replaced. 
95480 mi

C $330
rattling at start-up thought to be a loose heat shield but it was the cat. 
91000 mi

US $340
rocker covers and spark plug tube seals were leaking oil. 
95000 mi Exhaust header broke and had to be replaced 
23000 mi Rough ride from engine and transmission extremely hard gear changing 
26000 mi Repair to engine computer board. Transmission not shifting properly and about 2miles per gallon OFF of my expected gas mileage. March 2011 update: Fix worked for a while but now 8 MPG lower, need to go back in. 
75300 mi

US $600
They changed out 2 worn belts. 
86800 mi

C $2334
Left drivers side head gasket leaking engine oil at oil pressure line. Replaced both head gaskets, water pump, timing belt set. Replaced coil pack due to engine stall and P0301 P0302 codes. Repaired exhaust leak near cat. converter. 
87234 mi

C $386
Check engine light on. P0420 received from ecu. Problem found at Oxygen sensor near catalytic converter. Wrong part found for engine type. Installed new o2 sensor for SOHC engine. 
99000 mi

US $2100
Head gasket replacement 
58000 mi

US $100
Replace worn drive belts 
90000 mi

US $500
Oil sensor 
102300 mi

C $2100
Timing belt,idler pulleys, water pump,thermostat,heads resurfaced,pcv valve, plugs. All necessary gaskets replaced. 
62000 mi

US $1500
Head gasket oil leak 
65000 mi

US $52
0457 code appeared again after reset; replaced gas cap. Also, new code P0420 appeared for first time. Replaced gas cap. Codes continued, replaced catalytic converters under warranty. 
80000 mi

US $391
engine mount (torque rod) bolts - one missing and one falling out Heat shield rattle, adjusted best as possible, replacement in the future will be needed 
74000 mi

US $212
Check engine light came on, found O2 sensor had failed (replaced) and found VVT solenoid was leaking (removed and resealed). oil pressure switch was leaking and was replaced: coolant cross over was leaking so gaskets were replaced: replaced piston pin seal 
75000 mi replaced a leaking head gasket and several leaking transmission fluid lines that could have been part of the earlier repairs 
100300 mi

US $1087
Both OSV diagnostic switches were leaking oil so I had them replaced. $201. 
122000 mi

US $2190
My mechanic discovered a crack in my exhaust system. So I had him replace the middle resonator pipe + both mufflers. $425. 
126000 mi

US $3100
Head gasket replacement + valve job, necessitating the engine being removed from the car. Symptoms: oil seepage to exterior of engine + blowing back onto exhaust. New timing belt and spark plugs installed when the engine was re-assembled. 
76000 mi head gasket leaking 
59000 mi Had pictures of the weeping area around the head gaskets. They acknowledged it looked like oil, claimed to have added some additive to the oil to stop HG leaks (first I heard of Subaru sanctioning snake oil additive, so I'm skeptical they did anything). 
77500 mi

US $50
Replaced both Head Gaskets. 
32000 mi Fuel smell in interior at idle, mentioned at 30k checkup, indie shop examined and tightened all fuel connections, several were loose. No more smell! 
85000 mi

US $300
Replaced leaking oil pan gasket 
48000 mi

US $100
Very rough idle the day after or when it had rained heavily. No CEL though. Was like running on half cylinders. PCM showed nothing. Dealer couldn't duplicate problem. I suspected a vacuum leak or bad MAF. The dealer didn't bother to look. 

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2007 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

43000 mi

US $2000
Head gasket failure. Ridiculous. Not buying one of these again! 

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2007 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

51000 mi

US $660
Turbo wastegate hose blocked, causing serious lack of power and surging. Ten hours required for diagnosis and repair. 
81000 mi

US $450
The radiator needs to be replaced 
39000 mi Rough idle and occasional Check Engine Light during periods of below-freezing temperatures. Dealer diagnosed issue as a leaking intake gasket. Ordered part. 
39000 mi Parts ordered during previous trip were installed. 
110000 mi Adjusted new belts to relieve squealing sound on vehicle start; also state inspection, oil change, and air filter replacement 

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2007 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

69000 mi

US $1700
Clutch replacement. Brought in due to stiffening clutch. Lining wore out. They recommended changing out the entire thing (flywheel, pressure plate, etc.) and I did it. 
71500 mi

US $80
Engine would very occasionally not start when hot. After cooling down, no issue. Shop replaced a relay but admit it was not a definitive root cause 

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2007 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

245-horsepower 3.0L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

108500 mi

C $50
Idler pulley failure. Lost all the ball bearings and was just dangling there. No power steering or brakes. Dealer closed, so I performed the repair myself.  
109000 mi

US $250
Belt pulley tensioner broke, leading to loss of power steering and alternator charging. Car was towed to dealer, where one pulley was found broken and another "squeaky." Both tensioners replaced. 
67000 mi Fan belt, pulley, etc. 
96100 mi

C $171
Check engine light was on but source was inconclusive so it was reset by the mechanic. 

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2007 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

175-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

38000 mi Thermostat stuck, probably due to sitting out in sub-zero temps. Needle on temp gauge started rising on trip from Salt Lake to Boise. Shut car down, called Roadside Assistance. Car towed back to dealer in SLC on Sunday, part replaced on Monday. 
39300 mi

US $150
Radiator cap failed during long trip, car started to overheat and was shut down. Towed to nearest dealer and replaced under warranty. 
45000 mi Cooling system became overpressurized during a long trip. Third time this happened, previous times the dealer said it was a faulty radiator cap. This time, a block test was done, and both head gaskets had to be replaced. 
58000 mi

US $385
I brought the car in to have the inner axle boots replaced (nears the trans.) and it was discovered that the head gaskets were leaking oil externally. Head gaskets and timing belt changed under warranty while the axle boots were replaced. 
88000 mi

US $2729
head gasket, and things associated with its removal. water pump, thermostat, hoses, oil, plugs. 
80000 mi

US $3200
Head gaskets replaced, 100000 mile maintenance performed 
62000 mi Heat shield on exhaust was falling off 
82000 mi

US $580
Oil leak. Oil pressure sensor leak 
99000 mi Cylinder heads needed replaced, timing belt, idler pulleys 
49280 mi

A $1100
cylinder head gasket replaced 
53320 mi

A $155
The radiator upper hose was cut by the fan, not fan belt. Not much separation between the hose and fan, and with time, the hose moved to contact the fan. 
55580 mi

A $1100
gasket cylinder head replaced 

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2007 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

50220 mi CEL light came on after a 4500 mile trip. May have been bad gas. CEL reset and has not come back on. Husky gas used for first time. Gas is known to have hight ethanol content. 
53940 mi

C $800
Replace plugs and wires 
57660 mi

C $150
CEL 0420 catalytic converter recommended replacement, I declined and will replace oxygen sensors. 
57860 mi

C $65
cel 0420 again. Cleared but reappeared after 500 km highway use. Filled with high test and CEL has gone out. 
58900 mi

C $60
CEL 420 Shop recommended cat replacement. This should be covered by Subaru warranty will take it to dealer. 
60600 mi Catalytic convertor replaced under warranty. 
63240 mi

C $70
Oil pressure sensor replaced as the old one was leaking. 
68200 mi

C $300
cat heat shield 
74400 mi

C $500
Replace distributor 
71000 mi

US $83
cracked exhaust pipe just upstream from cat 
94000 mi Rusted exhaust pipe from cat to mufflers. Welded crotch of the Y to the two mufflers. 
95000 mi

US $500
Replacement of major parts of exhaust system 
104700 mi

US $425
Upstream O2 sensor failed. Check engine light on. 
128960 mi

C $258
Broken oil pressure sensor caused catastrophic oil leak. Replaced both left and right side sensors. Check engine light would come on intermittently at cooler temp or wet conditions, apparently a symptom of failing sensor. 
132060 mi

C $370
Leaking valve cover gaskets caused spark plug misfire- valve cover, rocker cover and spark plug gaskets replaced. 
145700 mi

C $170
cracked porcelain insulator on spark plug, caused misfire 
152500 mi

C $4655
persistent low-oil problem caused by leaking sensors caused catastrophic engine failure. Engine had to be replaced. 
90300 mi

US $170
Plastic header tank on radiator developed leak at seam. Replaced radiator. 
111700 mi Cold air blowing from right dashboard vents when heat on. Flushed heater core. 
116700 mi Oil leak oil pump and or oil pan. tightened oil pan bolts. 
61380 mi

C $1200
Valve cover gaskets leaking. 
119000 mi

US $100
Exhaust Mid Pipe 
164300 mi

C $4000
Engine seized while driving on highway. Very common problem. Dealer sees this all the time. Subaru has a new/warranty short block fix for $1,500 (part #10103AB820) Still need gasket set and labor. ALL NEWER SUBARUs BURN OIL 
38750 mi Check engine light:P0028 - Intake valve control solenoid circuit performance bank 2. The valve was leaking oil. The valve on the left side was leaking oil too, but was not giving any codes. Dealer replaced both of them on warranty. 
49600 mi

C $85
Both accessoty belts were cracked, had gouges and were very dry. They supposed to last to 100000km, but i had to replace them at 80000km. 
60760 mi did spark plug replacemen. Whn i removed the spark plugs, discovered there was lots of oil coming from the head gusket in two spark plags well. The other two were ok. Too expansive to fix. Install new spark plugs and did nothing else. 
120000 mi

US $600
One cylinder misfired error,  
84500 mi

US $2350
Head Gasket leak 
91000 mi

US $1500
Head gaskets leaking 
53000 mi

US $400
On picking up car after axle replacement, noise and vibration at idle and while driving. Shop kept car to diagnose. Finally decided problem was transmission mount. Mount replaced. Guess that it was going bad and axle work caused failure. 
64000 mi

US $250
Took car in for 60k service. While replacing spark plugs they noticed valve cover gaskets leaking oil. Replaced gaskets. Also noticed oil leak at head gasket, will have to replace those in future. 
66000 mi

US $1300
Replaced head gaskets that were leaking oil. Machined heads and replaced timing belt, water pump, etc (not included in $1300 price) while they were at it.  At the end of repair, they found a leak from the radiator, they replaced at no charge. 
81000 mi

US $225
Coolant level low. Radiator that was replaced last year is leaking already. Parts covered under warranty. Had to pay labor. 
35960 mi

C $2550
Noticed oil leak. Mechanic determined problem was head gasket. Replaced gasket ($2100) & timing belt ($300). Missed warranty period on this by 4 months! 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

71000 mi

US $5285
Fuel injector failure caused a burned exhaust valve. Engine-out rebuild of valves and cylinder heads performed. 
59200 mi Turbo replaced. Repair covered by the factory 6 mi./60k powertrain warranty. 
120000 mi Replaced ignition coil for one of the cylinders to fix an intermittent rough idle problem. 
129500 mi

US $250
Replaced the turbo in order to fix an oil leak (warranty maneuver). 
135000 mi Replaced Oil Cooler seal to fix oil leak. 
62300 mi

US $1591
oil cooler oring, timing belt, brake pads, labor. 
114000 mi

US $550
repeatedly generated a code and went into limp mode 
62000 mi Subaru replaced the computer as there was a known issue (TSB). The computer was replaced at no cost to me.  

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

86000 mi

US $200
Front O2 sensor replaced to fix surging idle. MIL did not illuminate. Shop reported that sensor was unusually difficult to remove. 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

250-horsepower 3.0L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

179000 mi

US $300
Check engine light came on. Bad O2 sensor 
42160 mi

A $209
Engine had coolant smells and showed loss of coolant from bottle and low level in radiator. Problem was not solved with thorough coolant flush and new coolant. Radiator cap rubber showed wear marks. Replaced cap with new one. 
66340 mi

A $85
Oil leaking from AVCS gasket for solenoid and pressure sensor. Cleaned area and ordered new gasket. 
68200 mi

A $20
Oil leaking from rear of heads. Cleaned area and found AVCS control valves source of leaks. Removed valves and replaced the 19mm Orings. No more leaking. 
74000 mi

US $65
Code P1844 - Lower Clutch Pressure Fault Cleaned electrical connections and cleared code. If problem returns they'll need to drop the pan and check electrical connections in transmission. If that fails, they will have to replace valve body. 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

175-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

139000 mi

US $531
Tension bar and pulley system broke, breaking fan belt and killing battery 
117000 mi

US $4800
Oil leak from drain pan. 
5000 mi New spark plugs/wires. Apparently they got wet and the car was misfiring. Covered under warranty. 
80000 mi

US $325
Y pipe rusted through. Rust cut out and repaired/replaced with new pipe section. 
84000 mi

US $20
Exhaust heat shield rattling. Welded and repaired. 
70700 mi

US $700
Car was misfiring. Replaced coil, wires, plugs and performed other routine maintenance.  
89000 mi

US $400
Poss Moisture intrusion in plug wires causing misfires. Problem seems to have cleared up, but waiting to see... 
66500 mi

US $690
All drive belts (except timing belt) were cracking and needed to be replaced. Oil Oil pressure sensors on both cylinder banks leaking. Replaced sensors. 
75000 mi

US $350
Intermittent engine misfire under load at low RPM. Sometimes would produce check engine light. Found two spark plug wires with above spec resistance. Replaced all plug wires and now works fine. 
124000 mi

US $354
Misfire in a cylinder. Removed, cleaned, and replaced fuel injector. Update: Problem recurred less than a month later. 
125000 mi

US $279
Replaced ignition coil. 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

108300 mi

US $134
hestitaion stumbling under stop and go situations. replaced plugs and wires with NGK specified parts. Situation slightly resolved continuing issue suggested part to replace in addition to this coil pack. 
111000 mi

US $150
cooling system, no heat, blocked heater core. Backflush new coolant added. 
110095 mi

US $1690
Head gasket replacement, heads machined, thermostat replaced. 
41000 mi

US $10
Shudder when shifting and vibration at certain speeds. 
55000 mi #4 cylinder head gasket leaking . Replaced under 60k 5 year powertrain warranty 
101000 mi

US $250
Had pass side headgasket replaced. 
97000 mi Engine went into limp home/idle mode when started, check engine light with code 2138; cleaned electrical connector to throttle body, connector to gas pedal assembly. 
110500 mi Code P2138 - accelerator pedal unresponsive, engine lost power. Removed accelerator pedal, disassembled, cleaned all contacts with electrical contact cleaner, reassembled and reinstalled pedal 
14000 mi Took car back in to look at the heatshields. There was no rust problem. The problem is the pads inside the heatshields which cannot be repaired without replacing the heatshields. Why can't they replace the pads only and save the enviroment 
19300 mi

US $1000
Replaced brakes and rotors, alignment, something with the fuel injection. 
31000 mi

US $750
O2 sensor failed. Replaced spark plugs, and while it was there had all systems flushed and fluids replaced. This car actually has 27,000 miles but I made a mistake in entering the mileage at some point. 
88000 mi

US $1500
Diagnosed oil leak as a failed head gasket. Didn't actually do the repair. Chose to buy a new car instead. (another Outback). Estimated cost included in my amount paid. 
95500 mi newly replaced drive belt was causing sound when turning the wheels. Shop mentioned that they had a bad batch and replaced it with a heavy duty version at no cost. No problems so far. 
119000 mi

US $1600
Replaced Head Gasket 
125000 mi Replaced Oil sensing unit. Gasket within unit was bad. 
128000 mi

US $310
Cleaned Throttle body Replaced spark plugs and ignition wires. Car had a CEL light in the dash. 
117000 mi

US $3000
Blown head gasket 
42000 mi Engine shuddering, "Check Engine" and "Cruise" light began flashing, engine lost all power. Vehicle was purchased 2-3 weeks prior, still under a 60-day, 5K mile warranty. Dlr found 1 Defective spark plug, replaced all for free. 
53000 mi

US $10
Exhaust shields. 1 fell off, another very loose. 
79000 mi

US $200
Drive Belt was worn so it was replaced 
102300 mi

US $2200
The head gasket was leaking and about to blow 
106000 mi

US $2200
The catalytic converter was busted and the header had a 1/4" crack in it 
109000 mi

US $1200
Engine was pinging, took it to my mechanic who advised the engine needed to be 'decked' 
118000 mi

US $300
I had a weld break loose in the exhaust and the rattling noise kept getting worse so I took it to a local muffler shop and got a new exhaust 
90000 mi

US $3019
Blown head gasket. Also had new timing belt and tension adjuster done during the HG replacement. 
8000 mi Ignition key suddenly would not turn lock. Ignition replaced. 
72000 mi

US $850
No cruise control, replaced o2 sensor to fix it. 
93500 mi

US $2500
Head gasket. Planned timing belt.  
151000 mi

US $3200
This is the second repair I have had on this car in 12 months with the engine. This time per the mechanic I burned a valve an, the piston hit the cylinder head and then the camshaft broke. 
99000 mi

US $80
head gasket leaking oil on both side on the exhaust pipe 
101000 mi

US $1978
head gasket. afterwards started to leak again. preventive: water pump straps thermostat valves adjustment 
103000 mi head gasket leaked oil pressure sensor leaked valve cover leaked 
106000 mi pressure oil sensor leaking 
240700 mi

US $100
Dead battery and PCV valve replaced. Used car so maintanence was unknown, but based on excessive oil consumption I figured it was plugged. After removal, diagnosis was confirmed and car is no longer using oil excessively. 
245000 mi

US $130
Check engine light, dealer said was front O2 sensor, I replaced it myself for $96 since dealer wanted $350 for 15 minutes of work. But then code reads misfire cyl #2. Replaced spark plugs and wire set and so far so good. 
39460 mi

C $900
car overheated in traffic - we brought it home and took it in after the long weekend; repair shop identified faulty relay motor and 2 faulty rad fans+motor assemblies; test/tune A/C also did oil chg at same time. $700 parts and $200 labor 
48340 mi

C $645
oxygen sensor(threading stripped) was causing check engine light to be on and disabled cruise control;(400) also, battery needed replacement (200) and swapped snow tires on (45) chk eng lt had been on and off problem for months; now fixed 
64240 mi

C $1100
exhaust sensors x 2 
39360 mi

C $300
Symptoms: Ran rough after/in heavy rain. Check engine light on. Scan: Misfire cylinder #3. Diagnosis: Cracked Coil. Repair: Replace Coil. So far, so good. 
61700 mi Noticed an oil leak prior to purchase. Dealer agreed to fix as part of the purchase. After purchase dealer diagnosed a leaking head gasket. Dealer made the repair. 
165000 mi

US $200
Top seal on radiator leaking. Replaced radiator with OEM part. 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

250-horsepower 3.0L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

176000 mi

US $73
idler bearing began making howling noise 
183000 mi

US $315
Pressure fitting in radiator for transmission fluid cooling blew out, dumping all of the fluid. 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

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

61000 mi

US $3199
Oil Smell. Had dealer perform CPO inspection to see what the car needed. Had to replace both head gaskets and opted to also replace, Timing belt, Water pump, Thermostat and spark plugs.  
178000 mi

US $995
replace catalytic converter 
190000 mi

US $130
Power steering belt and one other belt 
195000 mi

US $130
Fuel sensor was dirty 
198000 mi

US $100
One of the belts needed to be replaced. 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

72000 mi

US $600
water pump replaced 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

285000 mi

US $185
Engine bogs down on acceleration. Replaced both exhaust sensors, still not fixed. 

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2005 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

113000 mi

US $2000
Second turbocharger. First one rpelaced at 35000 under warranty. 
55000 mi

US $2600
Despite constant regular maintenance since day one my turbo blew at 37k miles. Subaru left me with the bill. I've found out that almost every other turbo is is blowing too. Don't buy this engine combo. 

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

120000 mi Engine began idling very rough. Threw CEL for too lean mixture, mis-fires on all 4 cylinders. Determined that vacuum hose had come off T connector under intercooler. Re-attached, cleared CEL, everything fine so far. Previously threw CEL for too rich mixture, so cleaned MAF with MAF cleaner. 
122000 mi

US $10
Had an oil leak, dripping on exhaust and smoking off, which dealer diagnosed as oil cooler gasket. Replaced it myself. Dealer was wrong, still have the leak. Suspect it is the valve cover gasket, so will do that in October some time. 
122000 mi

US $225
Determined my oil leak was a leaky right-hand valve cover gasket. Replaced that, and all four spark plugs while I was at it. Total pain in the butt with the engine in the car, but still worth doing it myself. $70 Had CEL. Replaced both the front and the back O2 sensors, and that seemed to fix it. VERY important if you do this to get a sensor wrench that fits a big breaker bar, and to get a bung tap just in case your threads are messed up. $155 
107000 mi

US $2000
had to replace the turbo 
112000 mi

US $525
head gasket replacement 
47000 mi

US $285
Replaced tumble generator valve - FP#14120AA050 
57000 mi

US $5500
Turbo failure which caused engine to fail. Towed to dealer. After battling with Subaru, they agreed to pay for half of the repair. 
95300 mi

US $30
Loose head bolt caused oil seepage 
74000 mi

US $2300
The turbo completely failed and had to be fully replaced. An oil filter became clogged and the turbo wasn't adequately lubricated. The mechanic who worked on it could not discern the exact cause of the problem. 
91300 mi

US $1400
exhaust system rusted out and needed full replacement. had to wait extra days because the turbo exhaust is different than regular and it needed to be shipped from Japan. 
84000 mi

US $9500
Rod knock and smudged up engine contaminated turbo. Required new engine and turbo. 
81000 mi

US $220
After about 10 minutes of driving the car would lose throttle response until turned off and restarted. Replaced Throttle position sensor. 
95000 mi

US $600
Code P0011 AVCS error. Determined to be oil clogging the AVCS valves, performed oil flush procedure (Subaru TSB) 
101000 mi

US $400
Turbocharger replaced with good used unit 
103000 mi

US $250
Replace leaking valve cover gasket 
125000 mi

US $2050
radiator end tank blown, replaced. 
93300 mi

US $1421
Head Gasket Leaking Oil; replaced Head Gasket. Replaced Water Pump. Replaced Timing Belt. 
100000 mi Radiator developed a leak. Dealerships repaired under warranty. 

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

151000 mi

US $2500
New clutch installed. Aftermarket clutch lining wore out after approximately 60,000 miles 
95000 mi

US $120
replace serpentine belt 
90500 mi

US $425
Replaced Timing Belt-----what a rip off--never had to replace a timing belt in my GM vehicle 
64000 mi

US $830
Radiator quickly developed significant leak. Radiator, coolant and nearby accessory belts replaced. 
132000 mi

US $400
Alternator belt broke. 
58000 mi Replaced ECU again, cooling fan staying on 
105000 mi

US $150
Threw accessory belt, harmonic balancer separating. Replaced harmonic balancer. 
106000 mi

US $140
Throwing CEL P0139, O2 sensor replaced. 
152300 mi

US $500
Tensioner seized causing power steering/alternator belt to slip 
19840 mi Fan relay would send voltage back to computer and damage it. Recall was not done soon enough, and computer was damaged. Waited two weeks for new computer. 
19840 mi part finally arrived 
32240 mi left and right generator valve motors 
32240 mi New generator valve motors installed. 
83000 mi

US $150
Noisy pulley bearing was replaced 
88000 mi

US $2000
Noisy idler pulley under timing belt cover, so ended up having timing belt done at same time (as well as 90K services) 
76000 mi

US $100
Check Engine Light indicated Evap Emissions Leak (loose gas cap). CEL would not go off without diagnostic and reset. CEL also disables cruise control when lit which is inconvenient. 
95000 mi

US $100
Sticky oil control [servo] valve for variable valve timing system (AVCS) on Bank 2 (drivers side). Part replaced. DIY labor = 10 minutes, difficulty = easy. Part cost = $100. Symptoms: CEL, rough idle, and hesitation. Diagnosed via legacygt.com. 
60000 mi

US $1400
Turbo started making a lot of noise and had to be replaced. 

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

250-horsepower 3.0L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

94240 mi

C $200
intermittent malfunction in TPS resulting in "limp" mode. CEL. OBD2 code P2135. Problem very hard to duplicate and to repair. 
104200 mi

C $150
CEL came on, after pulling the code, it was the front O2 sensor, passenger side that was the trouble. It was still the original part, thé driver side had been changed about 18 months ago. Problem solved with new sensor installed. 
116000 mi

US $6
Repaired loose exhaust shield that was rattling 
160000 mi

US $1600
Ground straps for engine were worn/frayed 
105400 mi

C $1400
 
113460 mi

C $1300
1 of 2 catalytic converters had to be replaced. After market product not available 
152500 mi

US $450
the computer was out of sync, thus forcing the car to shut down to "safe mode" and eventually die on the road. 
96000 mi

US $100
Fuel pump case cracked causing fuel to leak when tank was full 
47675 mi

US $581
Car had rough idle. Serviced fuel injector system. Replaced spark plugs (very expensive!!). Problem remained. Went back to premium gas at mechanic's suggestion (had been using mid-level). Took awhile, but problem gradually disappeared. 
69440 mi O2 sensor malfunction sending error code to ECM. "Check Engine" on. Car still drives normally, but VDC and Cruise Control are off and their indicator lamps on/flashing. Erasing the code fixed the problem.  
187240 mi Catalytic converter error displayed in the form of an engine light. Light turned off after a few weeks. 
46500 mi

US $437
Idler Pulley 
77000 mi

US $560
Engine was leaking oil, replaced valve cover gaskets, serpentine belt, oil cooler seals 
86000 mi

US $450
pulley tensioner for serpentine belt failed. replaced pulley and serpentine belt 
69500 mi

US $216
New drive belt 
159300 mi

US $160
Accessory drive pulley seized and resulted in failed FEAD (front end accessory drive) belt 

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

168-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

66540 mi

C $160
Leaking oil pan gasket; estimated repair cost: 230$ Cracked alternator and AC compressor belts; estimated repair cost: $125 
69640 mi

C $280
The front oxygen sensor triggered an Engine Check light; the sensor has been replaced. 
71500 mi

C $950
Rough and low idle; injectors were cleaned. 
111000 mi

US $900
Catalytic converters (2 apparently) replaced under recall/warranty Head gasket replaced under after-market warranty, I paid $400 
124000 mi

US $170
Replaced the A/C pulley because its bearings were bad, causing funny noises. 
129000 mi

US $1500
Water pump leaking, replaced. Thermostat replaced. Several leaking bits on the engine repaired: Cam seals leaked, were replaced. Oil on serpentine and timing belts, which necessitated replacement, too. Original belt tensioner replaced. Hydrolic line to clutch seeping, replaced. 
74000 mi Check engine light alerted issue. Dealer said it was covered under extended warranty. Replaced at no cost. 
118000 mi CEL has been on for 3 weeks. Finally took to dealer. Informed catalytic converter was not running efficiently. Est $2800. Had replaced during recall 2yrs/42k ago. Exploring options. 
30380 mi The car has had an exhaust rattle since I've owned it and when I took it to the shop for a service, they removed a broken heat shield from RH front exhaust. 
94000 mi

US $2400
replace clutch 
8000 mi Cruise control would shut off after about 30 seconds of use. Dealer fixed it at no charge by applying an ECU update (ECM CID E2ZJ113A), which not only fixed the problem, but made the cruise control work smoother than before. 
70700 mi Check engine light came on, was "catalytic efficiency low"... light reset, no repair, hasn't come on since -- may be related to recent recall that sometimes required replacement of the catalytic converters, which Subaru didn't do on mine. 
83700 mi Replaced cats under pzev warranty 
107000 mi

US $50
Started car to loud sound of stuck valve, immediately shut off and checked oil level (was fine). On restart, noise went away. Did an engine oil flush as precaution, no problem since. Worried about recurrence, but seems OK for now. 
110700 mi Cannot fill with fuel, problem with evaporative system. Mechanic unable to diagnose without special tools, told me to take it to the dealer. Haven't done so yet 
114000 mi

US $150
Could not add fuel more than about 1 gallon at a time before pump would shut off. Evap valve defective. Covered by PZEV warranty. 
133920 mi

C $375
Oxygen sensor failed -- replaced with new part and computer reset 
140080 mi

C $600
Radiator fan motors stopped working -- replaced both. 
143220 mi

C $1200
Valve cover gaskets leaking 
58000 mi

US $82
replaced an A/C pulley 
76000 mi

US $85
catalytic converter was replaced 
82500 mi

US $230
The upstream O2 sensor needed replaced. The passenger side head gasket was leaking oil on to the exhaust. I replaced both gaskets. 

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

70000 mi Catalytic Converter Replaced 
65000 mi

US $1100
full tune up, plus transmission service plus timing belt 
90000 mi Check Engine Light - Needs new Catalytic converter. Will schedule 
91000 mi

US $650
catalytic converter replacement. Dealer paid half of the cost. Subbed out to local exhaust shot, but is warrantying the repair themselves 
35000 mi check engine light due to air brush problem. Dealer fixed it, covered by warrantee. 
54000 mi

US $700
Malfunctioning mass air flow sensor. Warranty doesn't cover it after 3 years. This seems to be known problem for most subaru models. 
81000 mi loose muffler realigned. 
137500 mi

US $1150
Head gaskets 
191000 mi Occasional clunk in passenger's side axle. 
155000 mi Head gasket failure 
88660 mi

C $12
Thermostat replaced as engine was running cold. 
89560 mi

C $750
Left and right head gasket replacement. 
60000 mi

US $1256
Trouble code was found to be related to carbon deposits in the throttle body. Throttle body was cleaned and inspected. 
79560 mi

C $600
Replaced worn alternator belt 
94000 mi Check engine light. Took to dealer they did not want to replace cat converted but charged me $100 to put on computer. has been a problem with this car for many many months. I would never get another subaru...pain in the a-- 
123000 mi

US $1700
Bad oxygen sensors, cat converter...subaru warrant to 152,000 as have cal. emissions model..also had timing belt, serpentine belts and front left wheel work done on car...so far so good... 
130000 mi

US $450
Heat shield was making noise. 
196000 mi

US $1400
Head gasket was leaking oil and needed to be replaced. 
58280 mi

R 25
exhaust pipe broken in middle - had been damaged and repaired by previous owner 
105000 mi Head gasket leaking. 
90000 mi

US $1200
Performed 90,000 mile service, found oil in spark plugs. Replaced valve cover gaskets. 
98000 mi

US $2000
Head Gasket, Water Pump, 105,000 mile service (early) 

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

250-horsepower 3.0L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

34500 mi Rattle coming from under car at highway speeds (above 45 MPH). Heat shield under middle of car on side ripped off. Correct by installing large washer and rebolting. Will have the dealer look at it at next visit. 
36000 mi Replace heat shield that was ordered earlier. Took longer then expected to get the part (or it never was ordered the first time)? 
40000 mi Heat Shield on the exhaust(different area) needed to be tightend. 

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2005 Subaru Outback 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual AWD

50000 mi

US $107
cruise control not working 

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2004 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

83700 mi

C $3000
Head gaskets need replacing, gasket warped,water pump cracked 

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2004 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

212-horsepower 3.0L H6 4-speed automatic AWD

59000 mi

US $50
Oil leak. Filter gasket leaked. 
121000 mi

US $180
Replaced "crunchy" radiator hoses 
136000 mi

US $157
Vibrating noise when idling and when first started. Replaced belt and idler bearing (power steering pump shaft bearing). 
87000 mi

US $1200
Head gasket 
96000 mi

US $600
Oil starvation, catastrophic engine failure. 
117700 mi

US $200
Throttle body censer, belt, pulley. 
99800 mi

C $100
Exhaust flange (between muffler & midpipe) had a leak. Took it to an exhaust shop to have the old flanges cut off and patched together with a piece of pipe. 
118400 mi

C $600
Replaced the oil pressure sender due to oil leak 

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2004 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

92000 mi

US $2300
clutch replacement and pulleys replaced 
101000 mi

US $800
New water pump, timing belt and thermostat. replaced clutch assembly. replaced front and rear differential fluid replaced seal in rear differential oil change 
136000 mi

US $350
Replaced leaking valve cover gaskets 
146000 mi

US $230
Valve cover leaking, grommets and gasket replaced. Valves adjusted. 

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2004 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

111600 mi

C $100
heater sensor 
77000 mi

US $1450
Head Gaskets replaced. Discovered during routine maintenance that oil and coolant were mixing and that the head gaskets were in poor condition. 
151700 mi

US $1800
Replaced head gasket, etc. 
102000 mi

US $3100
Car Overheating. Head Gasket Failure. Subaru Dealer removed engine from car did a complete engine re-seal replaced the intake, exhaust, spark plug, rear main, and oil pan seals/gaskets.  Also replaced Water Pump, Thermostat,  
110000 mi Power Steering Belt squeal when cold. 
157500 mi

US $100
Exhaust bracket broken. Welded bracket back together 
155000 mi

US $600
Replaced passenger side catalytic converter. 
158300 mi

US $3100
Replaced catalytic converters. 
107000 mi

US $126
Fix leak in exhaust system. Fuel(gasoline) dripped on hot engine while driving in very cold weather. Fumes entered car by heater. Problem traced to leak in fuel line at hose connection and confirmed by dealer. 
157000 mi

US $140
Overheating, cleaned radiator, flushed, new thermostat and fluids 
149500 mi Blown head gasket caused overheating. 
172000 mi

US $32
Exhaust flange rusted out just ahead of the muffler. Pipes were cut and a piece of tubing welded in. 
206000 mi

US $1300
Blown head gaskets. Also had running hot issue. Fix with new radiator. Gaskets replaced on each head. 
102300 mi

US $241
Valve cover leak and spark plug tubes leaking 
127000 mi

US $2000
Head gaskets leaking oil. 
108000 mi

US $1000
Head gasket leaking was causing temp gauge to peg on "H" after a few miles of driving. Last time was just 24 months ago. This is the THIRD time the head gasket has had to be machined and replaced, in the 8 years since purchased new. 
176000 mi

US $550
replace MAF sensor 

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2003 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

194000 mi Car would not pass emissions inspection that was due.  

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2003 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

212-horsepower 3.0L H6 4-speed automatic AWD

77700 mi

US $3000
Also wipers, engine noise fixed. A bunch of expensive little things rather than a single really expensive problem. 
78000 mi

US $172
Idle Air Control Valve was malfunctioning (scanner code P0508). Replaced the valve and gasket, engine idle improved and the check engine light went off. 
94300 mi

US $75
The serpentine belt idler pulley needed to be replaced. The bearing wore out. 
95000 mi

US $654
Fuel pump and fuel filter replaced. 
102000 mi

US $131
The check engine light was on. My scanner returned a code indicating the TPS (Throttle Position Sensor) was malfunctioning. The TPS was replaced and the check engine light went off. 
105000 mi

US $156
The bearing in the tensioner pulley failed. The idler pulley and serpentine belt were both damaged when this occurred. Both pulleys and the serpentine belt were replaced. 
174000 mi

US $100
Pipe detached from catalytic converter. Mating surfaces cleaned/ground and pipe reattached. 
162000 mi

US $250
Coolant pipe from thermostat housing to oil filter, and coolant pipe to heater core rusted through, leaking coolent. Pipes needed to be replaced, dealer items. Up stream oxygen sensor faulty, replaced 
197000 mi

US $100
Car overheated, thermostat stuck. Thermostat, radiator cap and coolest replaced 
204000 mi

US $560
CEL code 420. Down stream O2 sensor faulty, replaced 
205000 mi

US $2100
Head gasket leaking, coolant pushed out of radiator, car overheating, both heads milled .007". New water pump, hoses, pipes seals and gaskets 
206000 mi

US $123
Coil for cylinder 6 needed replacement 
217000 mi

US $300
Muffler rusted through, replaced 
224000 mi

US $250
Fuel filler pipe rusted through 
141980 mi

C $80
the original anti-start just would'n let us start the car again! 
149200 mi

C $1500
fuel pump failure replace the pump 
129000 mi

US $600
O2 sensor replaced  
129000 mi

US $300
Serpentine belt broke. was replaced 
132000 mi

US $380
O2 sensor in exhaust failed Head shield rattle 
133000 mi

US $50
heat shield tightened, second repair 
141700 mi

US $100
rust and erosion on flanges in exhaust sytstem 
145000 mi

US $300
erosion of flanges 
150300 mi

US $390
Failed Fuel pump. Replacement failed 1 day later requiring another (2nd) tow. Fuel pump replaced on previous day failed. Was replaced with another fuel pump 

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2003 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

79000 mi

US $90
Head gasket beginning to leak oil. Intend to contact SOA to see if they will reimburse all/part of repair. 
85000 mi

US $280
check engine light - emission valve Gas tank exhaust valve faulty, allowed back pressure to build up during fueling 
86000 mi Emission valve, gas tank exhaust valve needed when sold to Subaru mechanic. Head gasket starting to leak when sold. 
91091 mi

US $1541
Leaking head gaskets replaced. Subaru agreed to pay for part of the cost even though car not under warranty. Also replaced timing belt at same time. 
105732 mi

US $339
Valve adjustment done (in retrospect, this should have been done when dealer replaced head gaskets/timing belt at 90K but I wasn't advised about this by dealer - jerks!). 
118000 mi

US $756
Clutch was becoming hard to push to floor and it was recommended I replace it, so I did. 
152000 mi

US $425
replaced water pump, radiator, thermostant, timing belt, and hoses 

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2003 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

61000 mi

US $450
I brought the car in for its 60000 mile service. It was found to have 2 spark plugs had oil residue on them. It cost $400.00 to replace the oil seals on one side of the engine. I have had similiar engines that did not display this anomoly until after 100k 
140000 mi

US $300
replace muffler and some exhaust system pipes 
130000 mi Car had its headgasket replaced before being purchased. 
96000 mi head gaskets replaced. had a slow leak that started around 75k miles finally needed repairing. 
166780 mi

C $200
Exhaust pipe soldered 
120500 mi

US $500
Exhaust. Rear pipe flange rusted out. Needed new pipe and muffler. 
77780 mi

C $2100
2 Head gaskets replacement (oil/coolant leaks) Timing belt 2 Idlers Rear differential oil leak 
300000 mi

US $150
Replacement engine (put in by Subaru dealer at 69,000 mi.) spark plugs, ignition coil 7 wires worn - found by new mechanic. Will NEVER use specific Subaru dealer again that destroyed 1st good engine and did not check out these items. 
312300 mi

US $894
Spark plug tube seals leaking (in replacement engine) - Replaced seals, valve cover gastkets & oil filler tube seal Found 3 timing belt idlers worn/noisy - Replaced idlers in conjunction with timing belt service 
317000 mi

US $277
Front oxygen sensor failing at 319,300 mi. 
341700 mi

US $567
Radiator - replaced with new aftermarket part. AC on/off in temp. since last summer. Temp. gauge on the dashboard began going up slightly when was AC was working hardest, so mechanic rec. to replace radiator at 339,000 mi. Engine heating up with a/c on - replaced radiator and cap 
349700 mi

US $260
Crankshaft Pulley (harmonic balancer) came apart - Replaced front crank pulley & serpentine belts 
355000 mi

US $119
Engine "straining" sound - Found Coolant Flush fitting on hose leaking - replaced heater hose 
146000 mi

US $1700
Head Gasket leaking oil and coolant. Head Gasket needs to be replaced. 
139000 mi

US $350
Oil leak over converter not repaired.  
167000 mi

US $190
Overheated 
177000 mi

US $2000
Threw a rod 
210300 mi

US $600
Most gaskets were replaced due to oil leaking. 
82000 mi

US $500
Radiator began leaking, had to replace. SHortly afterwards the AC had to be replaced (entered as a separate instance.) 
92000 mi

US $358
Replaced belts 
239000 mi

US $50
overheating at idle 
239000 mi head gaskets again 
135000 mi

US $400
blown head gaskets 
156000 mi

US $1672
replaced both head gaskets and radiatorl 
130000 mi

US $3000
Replace head gasket 
133000 mi A bolt on the exhaust system was missing. No charge. 
94716 mi

US $3929
Remove and replace head gasket Replace oxygen sensor bank 1 sensor 1 Replace timing belt, water pump and cooling system hoses 
105300 mi Noted an oil burning smell and saw that oil was dripping on the exhaust. The shop said it was a small head gasket leak. Will cost $1,000 to fix. Since the engine also has "piston slap", both problems can be fixed for $2,000. Can't afford now 
146000 mi

US $1600
External head gasket leak. Head gasket replaced. 
160000 mi

US $400
total engine failure. would turn over but not start. repair shop suggests that i not attempt to have the car repaired because of known reliability problems with 4 cam engine and mysterious breakdowns 

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2003 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

124000 mi

US $1500
engine gasket needed replaced. 

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2002 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

212-horsepower 3.0L H6 4-speed automatic AWD

143000 mi

US $220
Idler pulley seized which fried the belt. Replaced pulley and belt. 
147000 mi

US $100
Tensioner pulley seized. I should have replaced when idler pulley seized two months ago. Guess they both have the same bearing life. 
223000 mi

US $869
Valve Covers were leaking. Replaced Valve covers. Also, replaced rack and pinon boot covers. Replaced internal air cabin filters. 
235000 mi

US $240
Transmission mount failed/broke. New transmission mount installed. 
115000 mi

US $775
Replaced leaking valve cover gaskets. 
140000 mi

US $100
Car overheated in hot stop and go traffic, and climbing a mountain. Was fine in normal driving. I noticed that driver's side radiator fan did not come on. Mechanic found that one of the relays was bad and replaced it. 
156000 mi

US $138
Car overheated again, mostly when going uphill or on very hot days. Pressure checked cooling system, replaced radiator cap and thermostat. 
165000 mi Overheated again, uphill trip. Seemed like 2nd radiator fan was not engaging. Reseated relay, seems better (though I haven't really had a chance to be sure). 
194000 mi

US $300
O2 sensor replaced. 
144000 mi

US $550
Valve cover leaking oil over engine, had to replace valve cover gaskets. Took care of replacing spark plugs while everything was apart. 
145000 mi

US $350
Accessory belt worn, pulleys began squealing while engine was running. Bad tensioner and no longer self lubing pulleys could seize easily, had to be replaced along with new accessory belt. 
157000 mi

US $2300
Head Gasket - also had pump & other things replaced as long as they had it taken apart. 
130000 mi

US $250
Idler pulley bearing went out trashing serpentine belt and bracket that held pulley. Belt $50, Pulley $50, Bracket $120. Stuck wife on road during a trip. I should have replaced pulleys as routine maintenance. My bad thinking dealer did it earlier 

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2002 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

143000 mi

US $600
replace exhaust replace oxygen sensor 
187000 mi clutch 
194000 mi

US $2400
Car threw a rod and the engine pulled and used engine with 75K put in. 
68000 mi The mechanic (independent shop) found a small amount of leaking around the head gasket. This was part of why I decided to trade it in. 
158000 mi Check engine light on. Shop tested the catalytic converters and one is running under efficiency and a connection flange is rotted. Both are only 2 years old. 
163700 mi

US $800
Replace entire exhaust system, both cats and muffler. 
167000 mi The new catalytic converter clogged and made the car undrivable. 
98300 mi

US $1594
Exhaust leak 
110000 mi

US $350
Check engine light, O2 sensor replaced. 
219000 mi

US $50
intermittent miss on cylinders 1 and 2 
119040 mi

C $775
catalytic convertor failing. Subaru part over $1800. Opted for Meineke part @ $775. installed. Engine light coming on again. Subaru says convertor no good. 
156700 mi

US $700
center pipe and muffler fan belt tensioner 

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2002 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

76880 mi minor oil leak noted on garage floor. Problem not fixed, for now left and will monitor. 
77900 mi Dealer stated head-gasket leak and oilpan leak. Total cost $3500 or 70% of residual value of car, hence repair for now not attempted. 
105700 mi

US $200
Removed a rattling protective metal cover that had rusted out due to OHIO extreme weather conditions - this is the 2nd one that had been removed since 2005, and oil pan cover replaced, torn. 
109000 mi

US $43
Oil Change & Check under car for fluid leak. Not sure for what. Wet spots on driveway. Sweet smell. "Add coolant dye. advised to drive 10 days - 2 weeks - return for re-check.  
109000 mi

US $2070
WaterPump, 2 head gaskets, cylinder head bolts, Timing belt, Dexcool antt-freeze, labor. Car running well except for- Power steering whines. Possible Power steering pump issue. 
114000 mi

US $300
Lube, oil filter $26.95, 4 Cooper CS5 Grand $425.68 Touring Tires; Set of Advantage All Season Wiper Blades $32.00 and Valve Lash Adjustment to help eliminate engine noise disc $58.25, replace 4 tires, mount & computer spin balance $76.00. Total 975.25. 
103000 mi

US $200
Replaced radiator and thermostat. 
106000 mi

US $800
Replaced head gaskets, timing belts, tensioner and idler pulleys. 
121000 mi

US $380
Engine randomly skips and sputters. O2 sensor replaced. 
135000 mi

US $1050
Replace head gaskets and machined warped heads. 
137000 mi

US $1550
Exhaust system replaced - worn out. Check engine light - Evap system 
141000 mi

US $350
Car was hesitating and not running properly 
155000 mi

US $150
Replaced ignition coil, spark plugs. Replaced valve cover gaskets. 
165756 mi

US $500
Replaced head gaskets. Was leaking coolant from driver's side rear lower of head. Research indicated this is common for this type of engine. No problems 8K miles later. Used 6 star head gaskets. 
126000 mi

£800
crankshaft pulley separated from anti-vibration core 
146000 mi

£400
Exhaust wadding ejected 
115000 mi

US $2800
replace headgaskets, complete timing belt & component service. 120K service, plugs, all filters, all fluids. 
201000 mi

US $1500
Major maintenance - replace all major gaskets on engine to reduce leaking, spark plugs & wires, replace timing belt and drive belts. Wheel alignment and replaced water pump. 

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2002 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

212-horsepower 3.0L H6 4-speed automatic AWD

110000 mi

US $356
Check engine light was ON.Replaced both upstream oxygen sensors.Problem solved. 
149000 mi

US $900
Valve cover gaskets leaking, both. H6 3.0 engine. Replaced valve cover seals. Also replaced spark plugs since they were already out for Valve cover repairs. 
136000 mi

US $750
Failed thermostat fuel line hoses failed; gas smell 
138000 mi

US $125
Radiator hose. 
78300 mi

US $300
Engine light kept coming on.Placed on computer, no problems but light still on. 
126300 mi

US $303
Accessory belt idler pulley bearing failed. Had that plus belt tension pulley and serpentine belt replaced. 
127000 mi

US $1100
Had thermostat and upper and lower radiator hoses replaced. I filled the cooling system with antifreeze myself. 
131000 mi

US $1500
Had valve cover gaskets replaced. Had rusted cooling metal hose replaced. 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

212-horsepower 3.0L H6 4-speed automatic AWD

117000 mi

US $100
Idler and tensioner pulley bearings failed replaced both pulleys and belt 
152000 mi

US $2000
Engine lost power started ticking then knocking metal found in oil appears one or several connecting rod bearings may have let go. Junking the car most likely 
75020 mi

C $1472
check engine light was on. During repair trips in Oct Nov and Dec technicians informed gaskets, rocker covers needed replaced.  
97540 mi

C $594
leaking oil 
192000 mi

US $1100
Catalytic converter replacement as well as 3 other sensors. My car would not pass emissions testing. It failed again as another catalytic converter is bad. Apparently I have 3!! 
116000 mi

US $492
Replaced idler bearing. 
120000 mi

US $269
Belt broke. Fixed overheating problem by replacing a fan behind the radiator. 
154380 mi

A $400
Radiator replaced. 
296000 mi

US $100
Persistant oil and coolant leak. Replaced oil filter gasket. Clamps for coolant fell off. Replaced clamps, replaced oil and coolant. 
322000 mi

US $500
Catalytic converter had being going out this past year, check engine light on giving codes for air sensor, insufficient air flow. Finally blew apart on highway. Bypass CC, new exhaust system. Runs great now. 
97960 mi Replaced radiator and main cooling fan. Now looks like head gaskets need replacement. Possibly piston rings and bearings as well. 
93000 mi

US $200
Idler pulley on serpentine belt seized and unscrewed itself, causing belt to lose tension and power steering, power brakes, alternator, etc to lose power. 
112000 mi

US $1350
Exhaust leak, patch welded into place oil leaks, estimate given 
126000 mi oil leaks 
139000 mi I had a loose body in the catalytic converter that rattled at times. The 'check engine' light was on. However, my mechanic was able to make it pass emissions. 
168000 mi

US $295
right bank CAT below threshold, was replaced. 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

119000 mi

US $160
Knock sensor was not working correctly; car frequently lit CEL. Code "P0325" came up. 
124000 mi

US $450
Radiator was leaking. Noticed it one day while parking car after a snowstorm. Green dots covered the driveway. Mechanic found radiator leaked during high-pressure testing. Dropped car off 8 AM, had loaner for the day. 
136300 mi

US $15
Belt slipping. Was tightened right then and there with no appointment needed. Junction Auto (New Haven, VT) is an excellent repair shop. 
169000 mi

US $250
Replaced oil pan for rust spots. 
175700 mi

US $4000
Replaced flange. Replaced radiator Oil leak 
164000 mi

US $1800
Deferred maint: New radiator, catalytic convertors, knock sensor. 
99000 mi

US $160
Fuel rail line is metal, hooked to a rubber fuel line using worm connector. When cold weather sets in, metal line shrinks, allowing fuel leak, which permeates smell in cabin. 
99000 mi

US $200
Leaking metal fuel rail line fixed. Valve clatter....told Subarus need valve adjustment every 100K. Will have to take to dealer. Does not prevent driving. Smell of anti-freeze comes from car after shutting engine off. Manifestation of Subaru "Fix" for leaking head gasket/sludge issue with flat-4 engines. Persistent problem that Subaru warranties until 100K. Will take into dealer to fix. 
218000 mi Motor blew timing belt, interferance engine bit the dust. 
120000 mi

US $120
Pre-cat o2 sensor defective. Replaced o2 sensor. 
91300 mi

US $120
The engine code identified the idle air control valve as the problem. My mechanic cleaned the idle air control valve rather than replacing it. This problem crops up every 3 years in the winter time.  
100500 mi

US $260
Difficult to read the mechanics notes, but it looks like "replaced Anful Ratro Sensor." 
108000 mi

US $561
When the car refused to start, it had to be towed to the mechanic, who diagnosed a bad fuel pump. He replaced the fuel pump with sending unit. Labor was only $110, but the parts were $414 before tax. 
111000 mi

US $146
Car failed to start, on more than one occasion. Finally drove it to my mechanic, who replaced a bad crank position sensor. 
113000 mi More than once, car failed to start once hot, and had to be push-started. Later, check engine light also went on. Mechanic kept it a week, but since the problem never recurred for him, he fixed nothing, but also charged nothing. 
113000 mi

US $522
Replaced knock sensor. Cleaned EGM tunnel high resistance. Replaced idle air control valve assembly. Checked codes and tested.  
85000 mi

US $1500
Head gasket was leaking. I researched online and discovered my VIN was part of (lapsed)warranty extension due to defective head gasket. I complained to Subaru of America, they agreed to pay 50% of $1500 repair bill. Head gasket was leaking. I researched online and discovered my VIN was part of warranty extension due to defective head gasket. I complained to Subaru of America, they agreed to pay 50% of $1500 repair bill. 
107700 mi

US $2000
repaired head gaskets - oil leak 
115000 mi

US $500
exhaust replaced from catalytic converter back, not including c.c. 
98000 mi Catalytic converter went bad, and replaced it and an adjoining pipe. 
133000 mi Problem with exhaust system, muffler, pressure - not passing air quality test. 
135000 mi Never repaired exhaust. 
89280 mi

C $400
I had to replace the exhaust system 
97340 mi

C $60
coolant fluid leaking 
201000 mi would not pass emission test... po420 code was flashing... replaced both o2 sensors and reset the computer... was able to pass inspection.. 
210300 mi skipped a tooth in timing belt... 
138000 mi

US $1300
heads machined and head gaskets replaced 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

119112 mi New Alternator and serpentine belt 
120000 mi Alternator replaced Leak in water pump. Replaced water pump, thermostat & gasket replaced timing belt 
121000 mi

US $1200
Replaced Head Gasket and Valve Cover Gaskets. Valvoline overfilled engine with motor oil. Check Engine light came on b/c Piston 4 misfire due to oil pressure. 
124000 mi Needed a new catalytic converter. 
250000 mi

US $3000
The engine needed to be replaced. 
254000 mi Fuel system O-ring was leaking and the car smelled like gas. 
81000 mi

US $305
Dealer claimed needed new head gaskets-about $2200.  
87400 mi

US $2094
In September dealer claimed needed new head gaskets-about $2200. Today, Jan 24, 2013, a different trusted mechanic confirmed seeing antifreeze between the block and head. So, Jan 30 I dropped off at dealer for repairs; runs quieter now. 
105000 mi

US $425
Check engine light, code p0420, cat converter 
111000 mi

US $250
replaced timing belt at 110k miles 
162000 mi

US $450
Replaced both headgaskets, and while I was there I did timing belt/tensioner/idlers/ 4x sparkplugs and many other smaller gaskets that came in the Fel-Pro HS2617 kit 
180000 mi Cell P0420 
140000 mi

US $500
Check engine light Error. Problem was a idle sensor which was replaced. Check engine came on after the repair. Dealer attempted to fix the problem but could not replicate the error. 
108000 mi

US $1700
replace head gasket 
116000 mi gas smell in car. Mechanic replaced torn fuel hose under warranty from the head gasket replacement CEL came on. Code read catalytic converter malfunction. Repair shop told us not to replace it, they just reset warning light. 
121000 mi fuel line leak 
123000 mi

US $713
catalytic converter set off check engine light and oil leaking 
138880 mi

C $100
Rusted out joint. 
142600 mi

C $850
Oil leak replaced oil pressure sensor 
72000 mi

US $2100
Found oil leak around headgasket.  
76000 mi replaced 02 sensor. 
213000 mi

US $75
Replaced original knock sensor and original spark plug wires 
217000 mi

US $1525
Replaced head gaskets with new MLS style gaskets. Machine heads. Noted pistons hold good compression. Replaced knock sensor (had code). 
230000 mi

US $510
EXHAUST SYSTEM CRACKED - REPLACE CAT-BACK WITH NEW AS THERE WAS TOO MUCH CORROSION TO SALVAGE ANY OF THE OLD 
196300 mi

US $200
O2 Sensor and a hole in the tail pipe 
103000 mi

US $150
changed thermostat, water pump, radiator cap, anti-freeze and flushed radiator 
170000 mi

US $1500
Blown Head Gasket...second time replaced first was at 75,000mi by original owner 
118659 mi

C $448
Minor tune-up 
231000 mi

US $162
The check engine light was on. Diagnotics sent back a knock sensor code. The knock sensor had failed and the wires were melted. Replaced sensor and wires. 
232500 mi

US $715
catalytic converter, replaced 
241000 mi

US $205
Replace radiator. 
91000 mi

US $300
replaced knock sensor 
103000 mi

US $2500
Replaced Timing belt, water pump.  Replaced engine sensor. 
121000 mi

US $30
Ck engine light coming on and going off every week or so. 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

110000 mi

US $840
Head gaskets and timing belt. Subaru of America paid 75% of the head gaskets, since they were under recall, and BARELY out of warranty.  Also knock sensor. 
118000 mi

US $15
"Arcing" of #3 spark plug. Local mechanic replaced #3 plug wire with a used one from their shop, and replaced the #3 plug. The electrical charge was flowing down the OUTSIDE of the plug, making a long black streak & burning the plug wire. 
119000 mi

US $440
Replaced bad knock sensor causing "Check Engine" light. Mechanic said that it was not a "necessary" fix, but I might lose some power AND having the "Check Engine" light stuck ON all the time might mask any other problems tha 
124000 mi

US $750
#1 cyl misfire. Full valve adjustment. All valves were out of spec. Repair was fully successful, and the car drives like new. fuel injectors replaced.  
130000 mi

US $2500
Both head gaskets replaced, heads machined. This is the third time head gaskets were replaced. First repair @45K under warranty, one side replaced, no machining. Second repair at 95k, both gaskets repaired, no machining. This repair at 130k. 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

101060 mi Headgasket failure. Was leaking badly on one side(driver), and the pass side was just starting to leak. 

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2000 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

125860 mi

C $1200
Head gasket blew. 

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2000 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

161000 mi

US $350
check engine light on....extreme fuel vapor smell at idle. replaced 2 fuel rubber hoses. cleared check engine light 
136000 mi Headgasket weep from drivers side cylinder bank 
154500 mi

US $26
Replaced faulty knock sensor 
189000 mi head gasket or engine block need repair; steering column loose; brakes; water pump 
156700 mi

US $260
O2 sensor error message and idle control message. Car is old and diagnosis and repair is not worth the cost, so nothing was done. 
151000 mi

US $169
Replaced Knock sensor. Replaced O2 A/F sensor, up stream. 
153000 mi

US $1400
Replaced both headgaskets. 
155000 mi

US $100
Replaced rear 02 sensor 
158700 mi

US $200
Replaced header 
167000 mi

US $125
Cylinder #4 stopped firing. Replaced plug wires and coil/igniter. 
154000 mi

US $240
jury-rigged exhaust until replacement arrives. 
156700 mi

US $250
replaced pads and rotors as well as parking brake pads. Also replaced the intermediate pipe and muffler. 

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2000 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

181660 mi

C $300
heating radiator replacement. 
185380 mi Timing belt failure : engine blowed ! 
97000 mi

US $290
Needed a sensor replaced because of hesitation in shifting into drive from park. 
105000 mi

US $1600
Replace O2 sensor triggering CEL  
147000 mi

US $2000
Dreaded headgasket Fuel line leak 
131000 mi

US $5
Engine light came on. Code for back two cylinder misfiring. Inspected wires - ok. Put in a jar of fuel injection cleaner and cleared codes. One week later still no recurring codes. Engine light came on again. Code for back 2 cylinders again. Car runs fine. Filled with higher grade of gasoline (knock/ping could be cause for that code). After 400 miles, still no engine light. 
226089 mi

US $25
I smelled raw fuel on some cooler mornings. Bought 5 feet of Gates fuel injection fuel line to replace all of the lines in the engine compartment. 
140000 mi

US $1750
Catalytic converter. 
191000 mi

US $350
rough idle, fuel odor, cleaned throttle body, replaced fuel filter 
131000 mi

US $900
The head gaskets were leaking externally (no mixing of water and oil in either the block or cooling system). 
96000 mi

US $2000
I purchased the car in 3/09 with 73,000 miles had it checked by dealer and indepenant shop. At 94,000 head gaskets started to leak! Dealer did not pay a dime! My car was well taken care of by the prior owner and myself. Sub North Amer. Cheap! 
145000 mi Dreaded leaking head gasket! Good drip after driving, as car cooled stopped. Went to dealer, $1700 -$2000 for fix. Called Subaru, going to review it. Out of Extended Warrenty. Mec. bottle of stop leak, stopped leaking. Waiting. 
145000 mi Head gasket leak. Mechnic gave me bottle bottle of Subaru stop leak, stopped leaking. I called Subaru. Will help pay. Can't tell u how much. Cant believe it stopped leak for 2 months. I was good (bad) dripping leak. Time will tell. 
156000 mi

US $1670
Oh boy, head gaskets replaced. Can't believe it took only 1day. Amazing pull the engine, heads off. Check for warped heads. Mine were OK. No machine shop. That would have added 2 more days. Great mechanic Fox Subaru GR, MI. . 
157000 mi

US $150
Lose of coolant in about 1 hr of driving. A by-pass hose maybe 8 -10 inches long failed. It's tees off near the thermostat housing. $15 forhose, $91 labor, clamps and new coolant etc. Waited for it. 1 HR. 
115300 mi

US $2500
Leaking head gaskets replaced, all seals, rear main seal, and gaskets too. 
220000 mi

US $2000
Cracked head gasket leaking coolant externally. I decided to get it fixed before it got worse. The shop that I took it to did an exceptional job Garage 1 Auto Repair (Subaru Specialist) in San Jose, CA 
235000 mi

US $300
Engine will "hiccup" briefly (less than 1 second)while climbing any hill. Likely valve replacement needed...not economical at this car mileage. 
170700 mi

US $300
Antifreeze leaking 
118000 mi

£200
Exhaust flanges corroded 
260000 mi Went for biannual California smog certification passed, but Check Engine light on. Exhaust problem codes. Estimate $800 fix. Saving money to get it done. Car running well in the meantime. 
265000 mi

US $1800
Check Engine light, 3 codes indicated evap issues internal air intake and Cat conv. Traced problems to broken and corroded wires near MAP sensor and Evap sensor solenoid. Guide roller bearings broke out of casing sending shrapnel into timing belt compartment other roller disengaged. Somehow belt stayed on! Replaced belt, pulleys tensioner, water pump and thermostat. Serviced transmission & replaced gasket. 
265000 mi Check engine light (CEL)came on for a couple days, then went off. Did this twice more. Light was off, mechanic checked code. Code Cat malfunction. Cleared code. CEL has stayed off. 
101000 mi

US $1200
Thermostat and radiator hoses replaced 
147000 mi

US $3600
Original 147K engine overheated (stuck thermostat), parts melted. Replaced engine w/ refurbished engine with 88K from salvage shop, dealer installed.Happy to have my really nice car back w/ a younger engine. I will drive slowly from now on! 
127000 mi

US $100
Catalytic converter needs replacing because it is (supposedly) very dirty. Cleaning it out did not solve the problem. 
168000 mi

US $1550
Oil leaks at CAM and crankshaft replaced timing belt and cover. 
141000 mi

US $50
Car wouldn't start. Mechanic found a bad Alternator/PS Drive Belt. Removed and replaced with a new belt and starts just fine now. Prior to non-start radio was all static, not working well and only other symptom was slight rough idle. 
168000 mi

US $2800
replaced engine due to blown head gasket 
103000 mi

US $55
Intermittent code for upstream oxygen sensor. Replaced oxygen sensor. 
107300 mi

US $40
Idler pulley whining when running at idle, replaced and fixed the problem. 

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2000 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

184000 mi

US $700
timing belt failure 

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2000 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

156000 mi

US $293
Check engine light came on; code P0420. Checked exhaust system for leaks/damage, found none. Went ahead with replacement of front catalytic converter Passenger side valve cover gasket leaking oil. Replaced, no leaking after repair. 
181660 mi Head gasket leak. No repaired due to cost, and due to it being endemic to the 2000-2004 model years (recall issued years ago, no longer applicable) 

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1999 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

210000 mi For the last two years I have been dealing with the fuel line leaking while filling up at a gas station. I'm not sure if this is common among subaru owners, but recently when I would fill up $4 worth of gas, all of it emptied out onto road 
152000 mi

US $3000
Blown head gasket--replaced timing belt--replaced clutch--replaced 
60000 mi

US $3000
Head gaskets 
201000 mi

US $89
Head gasket is leaking which is allowing gas to enter into the coolant lines. This is displacing coolant and causing the coolant to leak. The car is 11 years old and has 200,000 miles, so the estimated $2500 repair is not worth it. 
102000 mi

US $1000
Oil pan badly leaking onto exhaust. Terrible burning smell/smoke while driving. Shop tried resealing pan. This didn't work, will have to take it back so they can replace the pan. 
151000 mi Bent exhaust valve 

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1999 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 -speed

175000 mi

US $500
1st set of headgaskets replaced at 80,000M, headgaskets gone AGAIN at 175000M. Not spending another 2800.00 bucks to keep Subaru profitable. 

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1999 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

150000 mi

US $3400
Blown head gasket (misfire) & oil leak (both age related): Subaru 2.5EJ pull engine & replace head gaskets, machine heads, reseat valves, intake & exhaust valve seals, oil seals, timing belt, water pump, idler pulleys, clutch kit, plugs (11 salty MD winters, age related maintenance) Pipes badly rusted, rusted flanges, holes in pipes, leaking exhaust into cabin, heat shield rattle: replaced rear catalytic converter, resonator pipe, muffler (all from rear converter back). 
170000 mi

US $30
Misfire in cylinders 1 and 3, performed compression test (ok), replaced plugs, wires, air filter, but problem persists. Diagnosis during this repair suggests burned exhaust valve(s). Will need to remove head and inspect/replace valves. 
170000 mi Misfire as above, engine runs very poorly. Now hear rod knock at around 3000 RPMs, so engine needs rebuild/replace. Also unresolved brake problem, dash lights out, tail gate works sporadically, other cosmetic/minor problems. Sold. 
212000 mi

US $120
The check engine light came on. Code thrown was for cylinder misfire. Piston ring diagnosed as failing. Did not repair due to cost. 
237000 mi Filling station pumps stopping every 1/2 gallon or so; CEL light (fuel system pressure high). Told due to clogged vent valve located on top of fuel pump. I only gas it up a couple times a month. Not worth the hassle. 
242000 mi Two different CELs, fuel tank high pressure condition and knock sensor failure. 
99000 mi

US $1100
gas tank filler neck leak 
60000 mi

US $65
Had the rest of the exhaust heat shields cut away because of the rattling. Still not completely gone. 
135000 mi

US $700
Exhaust needed replacement. 

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1999 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

225500 mi

US $275
Rad damaged during hose replacement. Rad replaced as well as coolant, upper and lower rad hoses and thermostat. 
231000 mi Coolant flowing from radiator to overflow tank. Confirmed head gasket leak (chemical block test) 
235700 mi

US $2000
Head Gasket Leak. Replaced engine with rebuilt one 
257700 mi

US $750
RPM fluctuated +/- 200-300 RPM at cruise. Check engine light P0710 Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit. Sensor and transmission internal wiring harness replaced. 

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1998 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

108000 mi

US $1450
Replace intermediate exhaust pipe. Replace crank and cam seals. 
77000 mi When sold had slight oil leak that would need repair but not for awhile. 
96000 mi

US $700
Timing belt jumped 2 teeth on cam drive cyl's 1&3. Replaced with belt kit,pulleys and hyd. tensioner. Front brake rotors and pads replaced also (worn) 
106000 mi

US $118
valve cover gaskets - both had drips- both replaced with OEM kits from dealer. 
119000 mi

US $1775
curse of the Subi's of certain years and milage...the head gasket(s)- New "Felpro" gasket set -new timing belt/kit. Heads sent out to check for flatness and cracks (none), also oil change and fresh anti-freeze & lower radiator hose. 

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1998 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

197000 mi

US $270
Needed to have the mid-pipe replaced in the exhaust system. 
89000 mi Blown head gasket. Cost estimate was "at least $1000." Online research shows this to be a common problem which can cost up to $3K to fix. Since car is worth about $3000, decided not to repair, but to instead buy new car and donate car to charity.  
108000 mi

US $1600
blown head gasket, took so long to repair because subaru has issued multiple replacement head gaskets and getting the right one, shipped to hawaii was costly and time consuming.argh. 

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1998 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

167000 mi

US $150
Exhaust pipe rusted out 
177000 mi

US $200
replaced valve cover gaskets 
206000 mi

US $250
Needed new transmission mount 
216000 mi

US $1700
Blown head gasket valve job new radiator 
177940 mi Multiple problems when car sold. Head gasket... exhaust 
107000 mi

US $2200
Brought car in for oil change (told that was what was "due" when I made the appointment) but told needed timing belt. Later called and said back brakes required service. 
96000 mi

US $1576
Replace complete exhaust system. 
181000 mi

US $80
CEL came on, code indicated problem with knock sensor. Replaced knock sensor. 
199700 mi

US $4200
Failure of connecting rod bearing, replaced engine with remanufactured engine. 
195000 mi

US $8000
Blown head gasket, overheating,  knock sensor 

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1997 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

267000 mi After many good years the passenger side head gasket failed (a common problem). I was lucky? enough to purchase the twin of this for $800 and used the old windshield, O2 sensors and brand new rear rotors and calipers in the new one. 
123000 mi Some oil leaks when sold. Also problems with car overheating, but topping off the fluids helped. 
133000 mi

US $700
Cooling system failed leading to weaping head gasket. Extimated cost to rebuild: 1,200. Sold car instead. 
142700 mi

US $2200
Valve problem in engine. 

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1997 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

252000 mi

US $580
engine knock sensor 

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1996 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

183000 mi Valve cover gasket leak 

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1996 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

249300 mi

US $400
Oil leak from engine. Oil leaks on exhaust pipe and smells. Oil seamed to be leaking from valve cover gaskets. Decided to renew valve cover gaskets and change oil at the same time. Oil leak still remains, but not from valve covers. Placed dye into oil and asked to return to check leak. Diagnosed as oil leak from cam shaft seal. Recommended replacing timing belt, water pump and drive belts while fixing cam seal(all due) 
254700 mi

US $560
Remove and install timing belt, front main seal, cam seals and water pump. 

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1996 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

128000 mi

US $200
Replaced a cracked radiator. 
138000 mi

US $1300
oil pump seal 

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Subaru Outback Engine Problems

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