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Subaru Outback repairs by problem area

Engine (30%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (14%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (19%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

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

Other (4%)

Chart based on 2790 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.
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2005 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

113000 mi

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

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

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. 

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

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. 

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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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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

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.  
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 

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Subaru Outback Engine Problems

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