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Subaru Outback Engine Problems and Repair Histories

1701 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Subaru Outback. 399 of these members (23.5%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 549 engine repairs to Subaru Outbacks--an average of 0.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Subaru Outback problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Subaru Outback problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Subaru Outback problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Subaru Outback repairs by problem area

31% of the Subaru Outback repairs were to the engine, 15% to the transmission, 8% to the brakes, 18% to the suspension, 16% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 8% to the body and trim, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 1794 repairs.

Subaru Outback engine repair cost distribution

Of the Subaru Outback engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 16% cost less than $100, 37% between $100 and $499, 17% between $500 and $999, 24% between $1000 and $2499, and 7% more than $2500.

Chart based on 336 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Subaru Outback Engine problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2005 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

Subaru Outback in Connecticut, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2008 110000    
113000 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

Subaru Outback in Manitoba, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2006 1240    
19840 0 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 0 part finally arrived 
32240 0 left and right generator valve motors 
32240 0 New generator valve motors installed. 

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

Subaru Outback in Kentucky, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2005 12000    
35000 0 check engine light due to air brush problem. Dealer fixed it, covered by warrantee. 
54000 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 0 loose muffler realigned. 
88000  

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

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

Subaru Outback in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 27000    
35000 0 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 0 Replace heat shield that was ordered earlier. Took longer then expected to get the part (or it never was ordered the first time)? 
40000 0 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

Subaru Outback in Colorado, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2006 20000    
50000 107 cruise control not working 
 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Outback in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 75000    
91300 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 260 Difficult to read the mechanics notes, but it looks like "replaced Anful Ratro Sensor." 
108000 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. 
109000  
Subaru Outback in Vermont, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2008 118000    
119000 160 Knock sensor was not working correctly; car frequently lit CEL. Code "P0325" came up. 
124000 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 15 Belt slipping. Was tightened right then and there with no appointment needed. Junction Auto (New Haven, VT) is an excellent repair shop. 
167000  

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