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2009 Subaru Outback Problems and Repair Histories

70 TrueDelta members own a 2009 Subaru Outback. 30 of these members (42.9%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 104 repairs to 2009 Subaru Outbacks--an average of 1.5 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2009 Subaru Outback problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2009 Subaru Outback problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2009 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 2009 Subaru Outback repairs by problem area

16% of the 2009 Subaru Outback repairs were to the engine, 10% to the transmission, 13% to the brakes, 15% to the suspension, 20% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 21% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 104 repairs.

2009 Subaru Outback repair cost distribution

Of the 2009 Subaru Outback repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 12% cost less than $100, 59% between $100 and $499, 18% between $500 and $999, 6% between $1000 and $2499, and 6% more than $2500.

Chart based on 17 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.

2009 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

Subaru Outback in Minnesota, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2009 3000    
5000 0 Turbocharger ball bearing dropped into the engine. Complete upper engine block replaced. 
35000 0 Had trouble unlocking the car. Remote lock system was reset. 
40000  
Subaru Outback in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2009 0    
1000 0 Right lower A Pillar replaced. The Hazard Light button was not connected. 
8000 0 Bad crank bearing, replace the entire engine with a brand new engine. Guess there were quite a few 09's with weak netal bearings.  
9000 0 Outside temperature gauge needed to be replaced, and rattle in steering column fixed by realignment. 
9000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2010 17000    
18000 0 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. 
38000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2009 0    
2000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 2000    
12000 0 Rattle in dash 
27500 0 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. 
47300 0 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. 
65000 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. 
68000 0 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. 
Subaru Outback in British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2009 5580    
5980 0 driver's door latch misaligned - dealer adjusted 
9500 0 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". 
13640 0 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) 
13940 0 Armrest cover latch broken - replaced cover 
15500 0 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 
25820 54 Adjusted hood bumpers to correct position. 
26660  
Subaru Outback in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2009 0    
1000 0 brake pedal noise on removing pressure from pedal- ? malfunctioning booster 
1000 0 brake booster pump replaced 
20000 0 nav DVD drive needed replacing as well as some connections 
47000 0 TPMS and VDC light on dash 
59000 0 ignition coil cracked, misfiring 
 
Subaru Outback in Wisconsin, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 0    
1000 0 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. 
17000 0 Leak from left axle side O-ring and axle seal. Replaced left axle retainer O-ring and axle seal under warranty. 
31500 0 Replaced drivers side visor, which would "flop" and not stay positioned. 
32000 0 Outside temperature gauge "sticks". New sensor ordered. 
32700 0 The outside temperature indicator was replaced. 
56000  
Subaru Outback in New Hampshire, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 0    
18000 0 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. 
33000 0 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. 
89500 333 Loud, high-pitched "squealing" noise. Suspected brakes. 
124000 315 Replace L rear wheel bearing 
134000 431 Replace right rear wheel bearing Replace AC belt 
152000 188 Rear brake pads replaced; rotars cleaned. 
Subaru Outback in Maryland, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2008 4000    
18000 0 Headlights were adjusted to low from factory. Subaru dealer would not repair. I did the work myself. 
62000 212 Repaired rear brakes. New pads and turned rotors. 
91000 0 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. 
92000  

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