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2000 Subaru Outback repairs by problem area

Engine (47%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (18%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (13%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (1%)

Other (1%)

Chart based on 104 repairs.

2000 Subaru Outback repair cost distribution

$2500+ (9%)

$1000 - $2499 (28%)

$500 - $999 (13%)

$100 - $499 (45%)

< $100 (4%)

Chart based on 53 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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2000 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

Subaru Outback in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2009 - Jun 2011
Dec 2009

125860 mi

C $1200
Head gasket blew. 

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2000 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in Michigan, United States
Oct 2009 - Mar 2012
Nov 2009

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! 
May 2011

146300 mi

US $400
Alternator went bad and I had to have it replaced. 
Subaru Outback in New Mexico, United States
Nov 2008 - Jun 2015
Apr 2009

88000 mi

US $150
alternator malfunction - replaced 
Sep 2011

100000 mi
Replaced previous remanufactured alternator with fresh remanufactured one provided under warranty through NAPA. Previous NAPA alternator lasted <20,000 mi and < 3 yr, but warrantied for 3 yr (better than Subaru warranty). 
Oct 2011

101000 mi

US $1200
Thermostat and radiator hoses replaced 
Dec 2011

102000 mi

US $1340
Replaced both struts in front and both shocks in rear, followed by an alignment. 
Oct 2012

106300 mi

US $250
Both CV joint boots on one axle were split. Replaced entire axle. 
Subaru Outback in Michigan, United States
Mar 2009 - Nov 2012
Apr 2009

131000 mi

US $900
The head gaskets were leaking externally (no mixing of water and oil in either the block or cooling system). 
Mar 2010

150000 mi

US $150
Brake hoses wore out. 
May 2012

198700 mi

US $400
Replaced the pads, rotors, calipers, brackets, hardware and hoses for both the front and rear 
Subaru Outback in Missouri, United States
Nov 2008 - Jun 2015
Dec 2008

97000 mi

US $290
Needed a sensor replaced because of hesitation in shifting into drive from park. 
Nov 2009

105000 mi

US $1600
Replace O2 sensor triggering CEL  Replace CV boots 
Dec 2010

115000 mi

US $2500
Automatic transmission replaced. Had been delaying in shift into gear from P. 
Mar 2014

147000 mi

US $2000
Dreaded headgasket Fuel line leak 
Subaru Outback in North Carolina, United States
Nov 2008 - Mar 2012
Dec 2008

140000 mi

US $1750
Water pump, timing belt, valve cover gaskets, both front halfshafts, halfshaft seals, . Catalytic converter. 
Apr 2009

145000 mi

US $2400
Transmission seals leaking into transfer case, diluting transfer case grease, transfer case seals leaking diluted grease onto exhaust, bad burning grease smell. Transmission was also slipping a little. Inspected transmission while out, did complete rebuil 
Jul 2011

185000 mi

US $500
replaced both front cv joints (total axle assemblies) 
Dec 2011

191000 mi

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

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2000 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

Subaru Outback in Colorado, United States
May 2009 - Mar 2010
Jul 2009

184000 mi

US $700
timing belt failure 
Subaru in Arkansas, United States
Sep 2008 - Jan 2009
Nov 2008

80000 mi

US $400
Half axle boot covering split, spewing grease on exhaust system and causing contamination of bearings, so entire boot was replaced. 

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2000 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in Oregon, United States
Oct 2009 - Jun 2011
Dec 2009

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. 
Mar 2010

167000 mi

US $385
knocking/clicking sounds coming from left side while in a turn and accelerating. Replaced both axles and stub shafts. 
Subaru Outback in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2008 - Mar 2009
Mar 2009

181040 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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2000 Subaru Outback Repair Histories

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