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2009 Subaru Outback repairs by problem area

Engine (17%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (15%)

Brakes and Traction Control (10%)

Suspension and Steering (20%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (14%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 183 repairs.

2009 Subaru Outback repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (25%)

$100 - $499 (44%)

< $100 (16%)

Chart based on 57 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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2009 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in Minnesota, United States
Jun 2009 - Oct 2015
Nov 2009

5000 mi
Turbocharger ball bearing dropped into the engine. Complete upper engine block replaced. 
Sep 2013

35000 mi
Had trouble unlocking the car. Remote lock system was reset. 
Aug 2014

40000 mi
Power steering oil was leaking, and the whole unit required replacement. 
Subaru Outback in Illinois, United States
Aug 2009 - Jun 2011
Sep 2009

1000 mi
Right lower A Pillar replaced. The Hazard Light button was not connected. 
Apr 2010

6000 mi
Bad crank bearing, replace the entire engine with a brand new engine. Guess there were quite a few 09's with weak netal bearings.  
May 2010

9000 mi
Outside temperature gauge needed to be replaced, and rattle in steering column fixed by realignment. 
Jun 2010

9000 mi
Plate around gearshift. Brake module. 

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2009 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Outback in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2010 - Jan 2012
Jul 2010

18000 mi
Center console came apart Trunk cover screen replaced because plastic part snapped off Plastic trim on rear passenger side running board loose. Parts ordered were not the correct parts; re-order necessary. 
Jan 2012

38000 mi

US $800
Pads replaced, rear rotors replaced, front rotors cut Rear left passenger seatbelt stuck Sunroof gasket came off 

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2009 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Outback in Maine, United States
Mar 2009 - Dec 2012
May 2009

2000 mi
A "humming" noise was detected at 40-45 mph during new car test drive. Driveshaft, bearings, and finally the (manual) transmission replaced under warranty. Noise was eliminated. 

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2009 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2009 - Mar 2015
Mar 2010

12000 mi
Rattle in dash 
Feb 2011

27500 mi
Leaking water pump was replaced under warrantty Brakes grate on moderate to hard stops, especially when hot. Was told it is normal by 2 different dealer repair shops after their examination of the complaint. 
Jul 2012

47300 mi
Seat belt wouldn't retract - repaired Plastic seat base housing the power seat device kept popping out - the clip to hold it in place failed and had to be replaced. 
Jul 2013

65000 mi

US $6
Squealing and rough feel when turning the steering wheel. Power steering fluid was required. A possible leak will be checked out later by a mechanic. 
Oct 2013

69500 mi
Leaking P/S fluid re-occurred after a similar complaint & repair last year. On this visit, Dealer decided to replace power steering rack assembly (steering gear)at no charge on account of previous history. 
Jan 2015

93500 mi

US $160
Replaced battery and burned out headlight bulb. 
Feb 2015

95000 mi
Burning odor turned out to be leaking valve gasket. 
Subaru Outback in British Columbia, Canada
Sep 2009 - Sep 2015
Oct 2009

6510 mi
driver's door latch misaligned - dealer adjusted 
Jul 2010

9500 mi
a/c not very cold. Drained .3KG, added dye and .43KG. Temp went from 60F before to 42F after. A/C still not very cold, but "that's as good as they get". 
Apr 2011

13640 mi
Driver's side sun visor strap tore at one end. Part ordered by dealer after quick inspection - took about 2 weeks to arrive, 1.5 hours to change and change from winter to summer tires (both mounted already) 
May 2011

13940 mi
Armrest cover latch broken - replaced cover 
Nov 2011

15500 mi
fender molding (plastic) clip broken leaving gap between molding and body. Part ordered for replacement next week. wheel arch molding clip came loose. Bumper and fender cover had to be removed to re-attach clip. Dealer covered cost as only just out of warranty 
Jan 2014

25532 mi

C $54
Adjusted hood bumpers to correct position. 
Oct 2014

28520 mi

C $640
Driver's seat back bolster had a hole in it. Classed as "normal wear". Seat back cover replaced with discount from dealer. Gas cap tether broken 
Nov 2014

28820 mi

C $36
Gas cap tether was broken - had to buy a new gas cap and tether assembly -- dealer installed at no charge. 
Jun 2015

31620 mi

C $1711
front R boot torn; front L boot weeping. Replaced both axles complete. Also did rotors and pads on all 4 corners (included in cost) 
Subaru Outback in Illinois, United States
Jun 2009 - May 2013
Aug 2009

1000 mi
brake pedal noise on removing pressure from pedal- ? malfunctioning booster 
Sep 2009

1000 mi
brake booster pump replaced 
Nov 2010

20000 mi
nav DVD drive needed replacing as well as some connections 
Mar 2012

47000 mi
TPMS and VDC light on dash 
Sep 2012

59000 mi
ignition coil cracked, misfiring 
Subaru Outback in Wisconsin, United States
Jan 2009 - Dec 2014
Mar 2009

1000 mi
The floor heating vents are undersized for the Subaru. On cold days (I live in Wisconsin), the cabin can be warm but my feet and legs are cold. I was told that the low air flow from the floor vents is due to the design. The floor does warm up eventually. 
May 2010

17000 mi
Leak from left axle side O-ring and axle seal. Replaced left axle retainer O-ring and axle seal under warranty. 
Aug 2011

31405 mi
Replaced drivers side visor, which would "flop" and not stay positioned. 
Sep 2011

32000 mi
Outside temperature gauge "sticks". New sensor ordered. 
Oct 2011

32700 mi
The outside temperature indicator was replaced. 
Subaru Outback in New Hampshire, United States
Aug 2008 - Oct 2014
Jun 2009

18000 mi
A piece of paint bubbled up and chipped off the left side protective door trim molding (not from being hit or from a rock, etc.). The strip was replaced under manuf. warranty. 
Feb 2010

33000 mi
Noticed "bouncing" & loud "squeaking" noises when going over even small bumps. Inner tie rod needed to be replaced. Helped somewhat but another trip was needed as similar problem existed or returned; reported as a separate trip (stabilizer bar +). Car continued to "bounce" when going over bumps & a squeak or strained noise occurred at same time. The manuf. replaced "stablizer lk f, rub bush stab, both stablizier bar busings/brackets/link R & R." Not sure what to check above. Car would not turn over or start one morning. Later, was able to start after several attempts. Manuf. couldn't find anything wrong & so far, problem has not recurred. 
Nov 2011

89500 mi

US $333
Loud, high-pitched "squealing" noise. Suspected brakes. 
Mar 2013

124000 mi

US $315
Replace L rear wheel bearing 
Jul 2013

134000 mi

US $431
Replace right rear wheel bearing Replace AC belt 
Mar 2014

152000 mi

US $188
Rear brake pads replaced; rotars cleaned. 
Apr 2014

153000 mi

US $600
4 sway bar bushings replaced Left front CV axle was replaced. 
May 2014

154000 mi

US $1558
Head gaskets, water pump, timing belt replaced 
Jul 2014

156000 mi

US $234
Grinding noise assessed; left front wheel bearing replaced. 
Sep 2014

158000 mi

US $727
Rack and pinion had to be replaced - very noisy, could not steer car. left brake caliper replaced 
Subaru Outback in Maryland, United States
Jul 2008 - Jan 2012
Jan 2009

18000 mi
Headlights were adjusted to low from factory. Subaru dealer would not repair. I did the work myself. 
Nov 2010

62000 mi

US $212
Repaired rear brakes. New pads and turned rotors. 
Dec 2011

91000 mi
I had to change an axle due to a torn inner CV boot. I replaced it with a non-Subaru axle. It was from A1 Cardone. Feburary 2012: I am going to replace it again because of vibrations from the axle from time to time. 

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2009 Subaru Outback Repair Histories

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