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2003 Subaru Outback Repair Histories

77 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2003 Subaru Outback. 40 of these members (51.9%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 162 repairs to 2003 Subaru Outbacks--an average of 2.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Percentage of 2003 Subaru Outback repairs by problem area

Chart based on 162 repairs.

2003 Subaru Outback repair cost distribution

Chart based on 109 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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2003 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

212-horsepower 3.0L H6 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in British Columbia, Canada
Jan 2009 - Oct 2011
54560 mi   AC leak, requires new discharge hose 
56420 C $250 Completed AC leak repair, dealer paid half. 
59800   rear sway bar replaced 
Subaru Outback in Nova Scotia, Canada
Jan 2009 - Jan 2011
71920 mi C $30 Clunk in front of car, found front swaybar bushings wore out. 
82460   Right front cv boot started to leak grease, found boots starting to crack, installed new cv boot kits on right front axle. 
Subaru Outback in New Hampshire, United States
Aug 2010 - Nov 2010
174000 mi US $100 Pipe detached from catalytic converter. Mating surfaces cleaned/ground and pipe reattached. 
177000   Intermittent shaking when driving at a constant highway speed for awhile. (such as when using cruise control) Shaking continued after last trip to shop. Noticed axle boot was torn. Took car back to shop, and they replaced right axle. 
Subaru Outback in Vermont, United States
Jan 2009 - Mar 2015
138000 mi US $100 Front pads made grinding noise, found to be down to backing plate. Pads replaced, rotors turned and re-used. Also changed engine oil and filter while car was on the lift 
150000   failed state inspection. Needed cracked windshield replaced and both lower ball joints.  c/v joint boot replaced 
158000   Lower ball joint failed state inspection 
162000   Coolant pipe from thermostat housing to oil filter, and coolant pipe to heater core rusted through, leaking coolent. Pipes needed to be replaced, dealer items. Up stream oxygen sensor faulty, replaced 
170000   Left rear wheel bearing and right tie rod worn out, replaced. Both rear sway bar links broken, replaced. Front rotors and pads worn out, replaced. 
174000   Both front wheel bearings replaced. Loose/noisy. 
197000   Car overheated, thermostat stuck. Thermostat, radiator cap and coolest replaced 
204000   Rear brake lines rusted through, requiring replacement Rear calipers frozen, rotors rusty, parking brake shoes worn out. New pads, parking brake shoes and rotors CEL code 420. Down stream O2 sensor faulty, replaced 
205000   Head gasket leaking, coolant pushed out of radiator, car overheating, both heads milled .007". New water pump, hoses, pipes seals and gaskets 
206000   Coil for cylinder 6 needed replacement 
217000   Front pads and rotors replaced Muffler rusted through, replaced 
224000   Rear wiper motor Fuel filler pipe rusted through 

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2003 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Outback in Colorado, United States
Jul 2009 - Sep 2009
69000 mi   Sold car. A pre-purchase inspection by SuperRupair in Boulder, CO found the right front ball joint needed replacement. 
Subaru Outback in Michigan, United States
Feb 2010 - Oct 2010
79000 mi US $90 Head gasket beginning to leak oil. Intend to contact SOA to see if they will reimburse all/part of repair. 
85000   Rear stabilizer bar check engine light - emission valve Gas tank exhaust valve faulty, allowed back pressure to build up during fueling 
86000   Emission valve, gas tank exhaust valve needed when sold to Subaru mechanic. Head gasket starting to leak when sold. 

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2003 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in Wisconsin, United States
Sep 2009 - Mar 2015
130000 mi US $300 AC repair 
144000   Leak in Condenser, Freon gone, AC non-operational. Not yet replaced, parts on order. 
146000   Head Gasket leaking oil and coolant. Head Gasket needs to be replaced. 
152000   Front CV boot leaking throwing grease up under the car causing burning grease smell. CV Boot replaced and car underbody cleaned. 
186300   Left front outer CV boot is also damaged, recommended to replace entire front axle due to play in wheels. 
190000   Windshield wiper fluid hoses have deteriorated and cracked, disconnecting from the hood spraying fluid inside engine. Jury Rigged. 
190000   Rear drivers side sway bar end link replaced. 
Subaru Outback in Washington, United States
May 2009 - Jun 2014
143000 mi US $2500 Replaced steering box front brakes 
146000   External head gasket leak. Head gasket replaced. 
149000   Air conditioning not working. Checked for leaks, found none. Recharged system. 
Subaru Outback in Missouri, United States
Feb 2009 - Mar 2009
88000 mi   Car sold with A/C not working, brakes behaving badly. 
Subaru Outback in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2009 - Aug 2011
105000 mi US $600 replaced alternator in aug. 08..battery stopped charging 3 weeks later told by mechanic to replace battery..problem occured again in in late march...battery would not hold a charge...replaced the battery again...1 week later faulty alternator replaced 

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