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2002 Subaru Outback Repair Histories

76 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2002 Subaru Outback. 28 of these members (36.8%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 90 repairs to 2002 Subaru Outbacks--an average of 1.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Chart based on 90 repairs.

2002 Subaru Outback repair cost distribution

Chart based on 47 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
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
135000 mi US $270 Outer tie rod needed replacing but had both the outer and inner replaced. 
143000   Idler pulley seized which fried the belt. Replaced pulley and belt. 
144000   Cracked CV boots. Had boots replaced and joints regreased. 
147000   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
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 
137000   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
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
98300 mi US $1594 Exhaust leak 
110000   Check engine light, O2 sensor replaced. 
Subaru Outback in Nova Scotia, Canada
May 2009 - Jul 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
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. 
76880   minor oil leak noted on garage floor. Problem not fixed, for now left and will monitor. 
78120   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   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
103000 mi US $200 Replaced radiator and thermostat. 
106000   Replaced head gaskets, timing belts, tensioner and idler pulleys. 
121000   Engine randomly skips and sputters. O2 sensor replaced. 
135000   Replace head gaskets and machined warped heads. 
138500   Replaced a front halfshaft. 
175500   Worn out lower ball joints replaced. Front struts also replaced and alignment performed. 
178000   Small part on wiper transmission worn, replaced wiper transmission. 
186000   Replaced rotors, pads and hardware. 
Subaru Outback in Michigan, United States
Apr 2009 - Oct 2011
274000 mi US $140 Rattling noise from cracked suspension part. Replaced it. 
285000   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 - Jun 2014
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. 
110000   Check engine light was ON.Replaced both upstream oxygen sensors.Problem solved. 
120000   Replaced Left CV drive shaft due to busted boot.  

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