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Subaru Outback Problems and Repair Histories

1701 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Subaru Outback. 716 of these members (42.1%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 1793 repairs to Subaru Outbacks--an average of 1.1 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, 17% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 8% to the body and trim, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 1793 repairs.

Subaru Outback repair cost distribution

Of the Subaru Outback repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 12% cost less than $100, 48% between $100 and $499, 20% between $500 and $999, 16% between $1000 and $2499, and 4% more than $2500.

Chart based on 723 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 problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2007 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

Subaru Outback in Connecticut, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2006 3000    
4000 0 Sunglass holder did not operate correctly. 
31000 0 Bad rear wheel bearings, Warranty extended to 100K on wheel bearings, known problem 
60000 400 60,000 mile tune up needed front brake pads & rotor turn down 
 

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

Subaru Outback in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2006 57000    
60300 1100 full tune up, plus transmission service plus timing belt 
69000 1100 60,000 mile tune up including timing chain and also did brakes 
176000 500 replace rear wheel hubs. third time on this car. replace front cv joints and axles. going back to show, think c/v was defective or damaged upon installation. 
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. 
59000 10 car was making rattling noise in low gear, brought the car to local mechanic, he said he just needed to tighten up something underneath and charged $10. 
68000 500 noise from under the car, louder as car run faster. Dealer said bad rear wheel bearing. repair covered under the extended warrantee. 
81000 0 loose muffler realigned. 
88000 250 had to replace worn out CV joint. 
88000 0 replaced rear wheel bearing which was repaired less than a year ago. repair cost covered by the warrantee provided by the shop. 
88000  
Subaru Outback in Utah, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2006 21000    
35000 0 Four-wheel-drive system was binding during tight, low speed turning. Transmission shifting problems when cold. Ordered complete transmission/center differential component. 
37000 0 Four-wheel-drive system was binding during tight, low speed turning. Transmission shifting problems when cold. Subaru replaced the complete transmission/center differential component. 
 
Subaru Outback in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2006 12000    
20000 0 Headlight burnt out. From LegacyGT.com this seems to be a trend that the correct bulbs were not installed to account for the increased load due to the daylight running headlights. 
37000 0 Replaced rear wheel bearing on warranty extended to 100k miles by manufacturer. 
56000 20 Burned out right headlight replaced. 
59700 16 Burnt out headlight. 
66000 600 Replaced cracked lower control arm bushings that caused excessive inner tire tread wear, new front tires and front end alignment.  
70000 16 Another burnt out low beam headlight replaced. 
85000 0 Noisy left rear wheel bearing replaced under extended warranty. 
90000 17 burnt out right low beam headlight replaced. 
99000 1015 Front struts replaced. Shop claims this is the reason for uneven tire wear on inside of front tires. Replaced driver's low-beam headlight. 
103000  

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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    
31000 0 arm rest padding was warped. replaced it under warrantee 
50000 107 cruise control not working 
 

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