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2001 Subaru Outback Problems and Repair Histories

87 TrueDelta members own a 2001 Subaru Outback. 45 of these members (51.7%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 174 repairs to 2001 Subaru Outbacks--an average of 2 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2001 Subaru Outback problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2001 Subaru Outback problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2001 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 2001 Subaru Outback repairs by problem area

40% of the 2001 Subaru Outback repairs were to the engine, 17% to the transmission, 9% to the brakes, 13% to the suspension, 15% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 4% to the body and trim, and 2% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 174 repairs.

2001 Subaru Outback repair cost distribution

Of the 2001 Subaru Outback repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 10% cost less than $100, 49% between $100 and $499, 22% between $500 and $999, 16% between $1000 and $2499, and 3% more than $2500.

Chart based on 94 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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Repair costs are in local units.

2001 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

Subaru Outback in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2008 73000    
75000 250 Car died in middle of a busy street. Was told it needed new alternator, old one running at about 50 percent. Decided to sell instead. 
 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

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. 
120000 220 Front brake discs and pads. 
123000 350 Mechanic replaced the rear-right wheel bearing that was unusually loud. Car was in for other reasons but the bearing was the only non-wear item. 
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. 
128000 180 Front brakes were warped. Caused noticeable sharking during braking. Made appt. for oil change and to check front brakes. They were resurfaced, and now things are OK. 
129000 85 Front-right CV boot split, causing a burning smell through the heater vents. Made appt.; fixed in a 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. 
136700 100 Turn signal worn... kept clicking even when not used. Was replaced with one from another car. 
140000 1200 Transmission was replaced with used one of similar mileage. There was a bearing failure in the old transmission, causing a clicking sound. Exhaust heat shields rattled since first day of ownership (with 103,000 miles). Never bothered to do anything with it until transmission was replaced. Heat shields were tightened and now car doesn't rattle anymore. 
144000 200 Oil changed. Needed both steering boots replaced because they were split. Mechanic assumed they were CV boots that needed replacing. Found out they weren't, and didn't have any of the correct ones in stock. Was told to come back 7 days. Steering boots finally arrived. Both were replaced. Four-wheel alignment also done due to taking apart steering components.  
150000 893 Both front calipers, all four rotors, plus all brake pads had to be replaced. Front calipers were sticking, rear pads completely worn out, front rotors warped. Heat shields rattling... they were tightened. No more rattles currently. Second time in 50,000 miles of ownership I've needed to do this. 
153000 0 Bad CV joint. Junction Auto in New Haven, VT promised loaner but said on day of repair I couldn't have one, so CV joint wasn't repaired due to time constraints. Will find different shop. 
153500 4 Doors froze shut during cold weather. Opened driver's door and weather stripping detached on the bottom, dangling. Super glued back on. 
154000 60 Viscous coupling binds after it's warmed up. Mechanic replaced fluid. Problem not gone but improved slightly. 
159000 0 Speedometer and odometer stopped working, but worked while backing up. Disconnected/reconnected battery; worked then failed again. Stopped driving it for a couple hours and it apparently fixed itself. Haven't had an issue since. 
160700 122 AWD system binds in front in sharp corners once driven out of town. Dealt with this for two years now. Dealer replaced transmission fluid but did not fix it. 
162000 575 Replaced transmission with one that had 88K on it. Mechanic put in synthetic tranny fluid. Waited about a month to get it done due to scheduling problems on their part. 
167000  
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 75000    
76000 394 Replaced Rt inner axle boot (DOJ boot) 
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." 
103000 250 Car gradually became more difficult to start, refusing to turn over. When it quit completely, mechanic replaced the starter. 
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  

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in Connecticut, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 60000    
63000 0 Leak in the cargo area due to "clogged drains" 
72000 2100 Found oil leak around headgasket.  
76000 0 replaced 02 sensor. 
 
Subaru Outback in Alberta, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 97960    
99200 300 After requesting an alighment, it was discovered the right rear alignment parts were seized and needed to be cut out and replaced 
 
Subaru Outback in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 82000    
91000 300 replaced knock sensor 
103000 2500 Replaced Timing belt, water pump.  Replaced starter. Replaced engine sensor. 
134000  

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 109000    
115000 1100 New tie rods. 4 wheel alignment. Oil change. New CV joint Brake rotors resurfaced. 
120000 0 Car died on road. Wouldn't restart. Tow truck driver was able to start the car. Transmission lockout switch suspected, but wouldn't replicate. 
124000 0 Check engine light came on after a long trip over mountains, etc. No obvious failure, likely emissions related. Within a week the light went off. I should have it checked out, but likely won't unless it returns. 
124000 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 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. Resurfaced rotors and replaced pads. Cracked axle boot replaced. 
131000 395 Half shaft replaced. This was in addition to the other side axel boot replaced in January. Two down, two to go. 
141000 550 Routine brake job. Replaced all 4 rotors, 2 pads. Tires balanced. rotated. 
 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

Subaru in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 73000    
74000 250 The driver and passenger window gaskets, or gussets around the side mirrors were replaced due to excessive wind noise. This is known problem with this model and year Subaru. 
 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

Subaru Outback in Saskatchewan, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 96720    
99820 0 Headgasket failure. Was leaking badly on one side(driver), and the pass side was just starting to leak. 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 49600    
57660 800 Electronic device failed and was replaced. As well rear suspension rubber bushings were replaced. Your form above assumes only one problem! 
58900 995 rotors replaced, pad replaced Bearing in Transmission noisy. Changed transmission oil and added additive, and the noise disappeared. 
 

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