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2002 Subaru Outback Repair Histories

2002 Subaru Outback Repair Histories 2002 Subaru Outback Repair Histories

81 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2002 Subaru Outback. 31 of these members (38.3%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 100 repairs to 2002 Subaru Outbacks--an average of 1.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Percentage of 2002 Subaru Outback repairs by problem area

Chart based on 100 repairs.

2002 Subaru Outback repair cost distribution

Chart based on 52 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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2002 Subaru Outback

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Subaru Outback in New Hampshire, United States
Jan 2010 - Feb 2010
Feb 2010 US $700 Needed a new driveshaft. 

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2002 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

212-horsepower 3.0L H6 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in Florida, United States
Feb 2009 - Dec 2011
Jan 2010 US $270 Outer tie rod needed replacing but had both the outer and inner replaced. 
Jul 2010   Idler pulley seized which fried the belt. Replaced pulley and belt. 
Aug 2010   Cracked CV boots. Had boots replaced and joints regreased. 
Oct 2010   Tensioner pulley seized. I should have replaced when idler pulley seized two months ago. Guess they both have the same bearing life. 
Subaru Outback in Montana, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2011
Jan 2010 US $250 Idler pulley bearing went out trashing serpentine belt and bracket that held pulley. Belt $50, Pulley $50, Bracket $120. Stuck wife on road during a trip. I should have replaced pulleys as routine maintenance. My bad thinking dealer did it earlier 
Apr 2010   Axle boots torn. Replaced axles.  

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2002 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Outback in California, United States
Sep 2009 - Oct 2009
Oct 2009   The mechanic (independent shop) found a small amount of leaking around the head gasket. This was part of why I decided to trade it in. 
Subaru Outback in Ohio, United States
Feb 2009 - Jan 2012
Jan 2010 US $1594 Exhaust leak 
Dec 2011   Check engine light, O2 sensor replaced. 
Subaru Outback in Nova Scotia, Canada
May 2009 - Jul 2009
Jun 2009 C $775 catalytic convertor failing. Subaru part over $1800. Opted for Meineke part @ $775. installed. Engine light coming on again. Subaru says convertor no good. 

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2002 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2010 - Jun 2011
Feb 2010 C $120 Key fob stopped working. No physical damage to the device. Rear light cluster cracked due to stress from opening and closing the hatch - not fault of owner, rather part design. Did not replace as too expensive. Told by dealer common problem. Rear light housing cluster now has chronic water leaking into it. 
Apr 2010   minor oil leak noted on garage floor. Problem not fixed, for now left and will monitor. 
May 2010   Rear hatch lock unable to insert key as lock mechanism is jammed. Not repaired - left as is. Rear seat no longer able to fold up as jammed mechansim - not repaired. Left as is. 
Jan 2011   Dealer stated head-gasket leak and oilpan leak. Total cost $3500 or 70% of residual value of car, hence repair for now not attempted. 
Subaru Outback in New York, United States
Feb 2008 - Jul 2013
Oct 2008 US $200 Replaced radiator and thermostat. 
Mar 2009   Replaced head gaskets, timing belts, tensioner and idler pulleys. 
Feb 2010   Engine randomly skips and sputters. O2 sensor replaced. 
Nov 2010   Replace head gaskets and machined warped heads. 
Jan 2011   Replaced a front halfshaft. 
Nov 2012   Worn out lower ball joints replaced. Front struts also replaced and alignment performed. 
Jan 2013   Small part on wiper transmission worn, replaced wiper transmission. 
Jun 2013   Replaced rotors, pads and hardware. 
Subaru Outback in Michigan, United States
Apr 2009 - Oct 2011
Aug 2009 US $140 Rattling noise from cracked suspension part. Replaced it. 
Nov 2009   Brake pads and rotors replaced 

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2002 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

212-horsepower 3.0L H6 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in Tennessee, United States
May 2008 - Mar 2015
Nov 2009 US $150 Inner CV joint boot broken on right front wheel. Replaced entire half shaft with new for $ 120 and had transmission oil changed. 
Aug 2010   Check engine light was ON.Replaced both upstream oxygen sensors.Problem solved. 
Jun 2011   Replaced Left CV drive shaft due to busted boot.  

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