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2002 Subaru Outback Problems and Repair Histories

72 TrueDelta members own a 2002 Subaru Outback. 26 of these members (36.1%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 85 repairs to 2002 Subaru Outbacks--an average of 1.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2002 Subaru Outback problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2002 Subaru Outback problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2002 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 2002 Subaru Outback repairs by problem area

47% of the 2002 Subaru Outback repairs were to the engine, 15% to the transmission, 12% to the brakes, 13% to the suspension, 7% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 1% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 85 repairs.

2002 Subaru Outback repair cost distribution

Of the 2002 Subaru Outback repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 5% cost less than $100, 50% between $100 and $499, 20% between $500 and $999, 23% between $1000 and $2499, and 2% more than $2500.

Chart based on 44 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.

2002 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

Subaru Outback in New Hampshire, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2010 104000    
104000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 124000    
135000 270 Outer tie rod needed replacing but had both the outer and inner replaced. 
143000 220 Idler pulley seized which fried the belt. Replaced pulley and belt. 
144000 220 Cracked CV boots. Had boots replaced and joints regreased. 
147000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 117000    
130000 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 
137000 750 Axle boots torn. Replaced axles.  
153000  

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2002 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Outback in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2009 68000    
68000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 89000    
98300 1594 Exhaust leak 
110000 350 Check engine light, O2 sensor replaced. 
 
Subaru Outback in Nova Scotia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 118420    
118420 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2010 69440    
70060 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. 
76880 0 minor oil leak noted on garage floor. Problem not fixed, for now left and will monitor. 
76880 0 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. 
77900 0 Dealer stated head-gasket leak and oilpan leak. Total cost $3500 or 70% of residual value of car, hence repair for now not attempted. 
81840  
Subaru Outback in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
200 Replaced radiator and thermostat. 
107800 800 Replaced head gaskets, timing belts, tensioner and idler pulleys. 
121000 380 Engine randomly skips and sputters. O2 sensor replaced. 
135000 1050 Replace head gaskets and machined warped heads. 
138500 250 Replaced a front halfshaft. 
175500 800 Worn out lower ball joints replaced. Front struts also replaced and alignment performed. 
178000 130 Small part on wiper transmission worn, replaced wiper transmission. 
186000 100 Replaced rotors, pads and hardware. 
 
Subaru Outback in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2009 258000    
274000 140 Rattling noise from cracked suspension part. Replaced it. 
285000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 75000    
104000 150 Inner CV joint boot broken on right front wheel. Replaced entire half shaft with new for $ 120 and had transmission oil changed. 
110000 356 Check engine light was ON.Replaced both upstream oxygen sensors.Problem solved. 
120000 140 Replaced Left CV drive shaft due to busted boot.  
141000  

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