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2001 Subaru Outback repairs by problem area

Chart based on 222 repairs.

2001 Subaru Outback repair cost distribution

Chart based on 110 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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2001 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

Subaru Outback in Washington, United States
Oct 2008 - Jan 2009
Dec 2008

75000 mi

US $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
Jun 2008 - Apr 2015
Jul 2008

119000 mi

US $160
Knock sensor was not working correctly; car frequently lit CEL. Code "P0325" came up. 
Aug 2008

120000 mi

US $220
Front brake discs and pads. 
Dec 2008

123000 mi

US $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. 
Feb 2009

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. 
Jun 2009

128000 mi

US $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. 
Aug 2009

129000 mi

US $85
Front-right CV boot split, causing a burning smell through the heater vents. Made appt.; fixed in a day. 
Jan 2010

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. 
Feb 2010

136700 mi

US $100
Turn signal worn... kept clicking even when not used. Was replaced with one from another car. 
May 2010

140000 mi

US $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. 
Sep 2010

144000 mi

US $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.  
May 2011

150000 mi

US $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. 
Oct 2011

153000 mi
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. 
Jan 2012

153500 mi

US $4
Doors froze shut during cold weather. Opened driver's door and weather stripping detached on the bottom, dangling. Super glued back on. 
Feb 2012

154000 mi

US $60
Viscous coupling binds after it's warmed up. Mechanic replaced fluid. Problem not gone but improved slightly. 
Feb 2013

159000 mi
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. 
Apr 2013

160700 mi

US $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. 
Aug 2013

162000 mi

US $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. 
Jun 2014

169000 mi

US $250
Replaced oil pan for rust spots. 
Oct 2014

172300 mi

US $526
Rust repair to make it legal for inspection in rear-right door. Half shaft needed replacing, plus a CV boot 
Feb 2015

175700 mi

US $4000
Replaced flange. Replaced radiator Oil leak Entire underside rusting, suggested I trade it in. 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
May 2008 - May 2015
Jun 2008

76000 mi

US $394
Replaced Rt inner axle boot (DOJ boot) 
Jan 2011

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.  
Aug 2012

100500 mi

US $260
Difficult to read the mechanics notes, but it looks like "replaced Anful Ratro Sensor." 
Dec 2012

103000 mi

US $250
Car gradually became more difficult to start, refusing to turn over. When it quit completely, mechanic replaced the starter. 
Nov 2013

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. 
Sep 2014

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. 
Dec 2014

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. 
Apr 2015

113000 mi

US $522
Replaced knock sensor. Cleaned EGM tunnel high resistance. Replaced idle air control valve assembly. Checked codes and tested.  
May 2015

113000 mi
Mechanic advised me that steering rack had a leak some time ago, but also said that I could get by with keeping the steering fluid topped off. During my most recent visit, he reminded me that the rack needed replacement. Mechanic also recommended replacement of both front axles shafts and CV boots. 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in Connecticut, United States
Aug 2008 - Oct 2011
Nov 2008

63000 mi
Leak in the cargo area due to "clogged drains" 
Jul 2009

72000 mi

US $2100
Found oil leak around headgasket.  
Dec 2009

76000 mi
replaced 02 sensor. 
Subaru Outback in Alberta, Canada
May 2008 - Jun 2011
Jun 2008

99200 mi

C $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
May 2008 - Dec 2014
Apr 2009

91000 mi

US $300
replaced knock sensor 
Feb 2010

103000 mi

US $2500
Replaced Timing belt, water pump.  Replaced starter. Replaced engine sensor. 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in California, United States
Aug 2008 - Aug 2013
Oct 2008

115000 mi

US $1100
New tie rods. 4 wheel alignment. Oil change. New CV joint Brake rotors resurfaced. 
May 2009

120000 mi
Car died on road. Wouldn't restart. Tow truck driver was able to start the car. Transmission lockout switch suspected, but wouldn't replicate. 
Jul 2009

124000 mi
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. 
Sep 2009

124000 mi

US $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.  
Jan 2010

130000 mi

US $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. 
Feb 2010

131000 mi

US $395
Half shaft replaced. This was in addition to the other side axel boot replaced in January. Two down, two to go. 
Oct 2010

141000 mi

US $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
May 2008 - Mar 2010
Jun 2008

74000 mi

US $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
May 2009 - Dec 2009
Dec 2009

99820 mi
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
May 2008 - Sep 2009
May 2009

57660 mi

C $800
Electronic device failed and was replaced. As well rear suspension rubber bushings were replaced. Your form above assumes only one problem! 
Jul 2009

58900 mi

C $995
rotors replaced, pad replaced Bearing in Transmission noisy. Changed transmission oil and added additive, and the noise disappeared. 

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2001 Subaru Outback Repair Histories

101 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2001 Subaru Outback. 50 of these members (49.5%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 222 repairs to 2001 Subaru Outbacks--an average of 2.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

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