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2002 Subaru Outback repairs by problem area

Engine (50%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (13%)

Brakes and Traction Control (12%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (7%)

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

Other (4%)

Chart based on 113 repairs.

2002 Subaru Outback repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (24%)

$500 - $999 (24%)

$100 - $499 (45%)

< $100 (4%)

Chart based on 55 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

Engine not specified

Subaru Outback in New Hampshire, United States
Jan 2010 - Feb 2010
Feb 2010

104000 mi

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

135000 mi

US $270
Outer tie rod needed replacing but had both the outer and inner replaced. 
Jul 2010

143000 mi

US $220
Idler pulley seized which fried the belt. Replaced pulley and belt. 
Aug 2010

144000 mi

US $220
Cracked CV boots. Had boots replaced and joints regreased. 
Oct 2010

147000 mi

US $100
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

130000 mi

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

137000 mi

US $750
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

68000 mi
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

98300 mi

US $1594
Exhaust leak 
Dec 2011

110000 mi

US $350
Check engine light, O2 sensor replaced. 
Subaru Outback in Nova Scotia, Canada
May 2009 - Jul 2009
Jun 2009

118420 mi

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

70060 mi

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

76880 mi
minor oil leak noted on garage floor. Problem not fixed, for now left and will monitor. 
May 2010

78120 mi
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

77900 mi
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

103000 mi

US $200
Replaced radiator and thermostat. 
Mar 2009

106000 mi

US $800
Replaced head gaskets, timing belts, tensioner and idler pulleys. 
Feb 2010

121000 mi

US $380
Engine randomly skips and sputters. O2 sensor replaced. 
Nov 2010

135000 mi

US $1050
Replace head gaskets and machined warped heads. 
Jan 2011

138500 mi

US $250
Replaced a front halfshaft. 
Nov 2012

175500 mi

US $800
Worn out lower ball joints replaced. Front struts also replaced and alignment performed. 
Jan 2013

178000 mi

US $130
Small part on wiper transmission worn, replaced wiper transmission. 
Jun 2013

186000 mi

US $100
Replaced rotors, pads and hardware. 
Subaru Outback in Michigan, United States
Apr 2009 - Oct 2011
Aug 2009

274000 mi

US $140
Rattling noise from cracked suspension part. Replaced it. 
Nov 2009

285000 mi
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 - Aug 2015
Nov 2009

104000 mi

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

110000 mi

US $356
Check engine light was ON.Replaced both upstream oxygen sensors.Problem solved. 
Jun 2011

120000 mi

US $140
Replaced Left CV drive shaft due to busted boot.  
Aug 2015

149000 mi

US $900
CV boots busted on both front axles. Replaced both front axles, Valve cover gaskets leaking, both. H6 3.0 engine. Replaced valve cover seals. Also replaced spark plugs since they were already out for Valve cover repairs. 

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2002 Subaru Outback Repair Histories

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