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2012 Subaru Outback repairs by problem area

Engine (12%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (8%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (29%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (34%)

Other (8%)

Chart based on 106 repairs.

2012 Subaru Outback repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (56%)

< $100 (44%)

Chart based on 9 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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2012 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

256-horsepower 3.6L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in Georgia, United States
Nov 2011 - Jul 2013
Jun 2012

6000 mi
Driver's seatbelt latch broke. 
Subaru Outback in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2011 - Dec 2013
Nov 2011

300 mi
Driver's side headlight had condensation on the inside, dealer replaced headlight assembly. 
Dec 2011

3000 mi
Was having a harsh downshift issue with the 3.6R engine. Found that there was a TSB issued for this. A new software was avaialble, went to the dealer, and they installed new software, problem fixed. 

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2012 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

Subaru Outback in Maryland, United States
Nov 2011 - Sep 2015
Jun 2012

8000 mi
Repaired and reattached torn mudflap 
Aug 2013

23000 mi
Rear driver side door weather stripping was incorrectly installed. Part adjusted. 
Jan 2014

26500 mi
door trim readjusted. deformed again after a few days. 
Jul 2014

29500 mi
door seal is misaligned. 
Sep 2014

31000 mi
Door trim replaced 
Dec 2014

33000 mi
Door trim again not sitting flush. Replacement part ordered. Moonroof would not open or close. Realignment. 
Jan 2015

33700 mi
Installed replacement door trim Moonroof would not close properly. Hitting close button resulted in 3 inches of movement and then stop. Repeated close attempts required to close the moonroof. Lubricated. Failed again. Replaced entirely assembly. 
May 2015

36000 mi
Wiper blades began operating without operator activation. Wiper switch replaced 
Subaru Outback in Arkansas, United States
Apr 2012 - Nov 2013
Jul 2012

8000 mi
Check engine light, brake, traction control, and cruise lights all stayed on. Dealer told me was a false emissions leak code. 
Aug 2012

10000 mi
Right front speaker grill was loose. Replaced under warranty at no charge. 
Subaru Outback in Ohio, United States
Feb 2012 - Jun 2014
Jul 2012

5300 mi
Leaking seal on the gas cap tripped a check engine light. Gas cap needed replaced. 30 minute visit. 
Dec 2012

12000 mi
Had a significant windshield whistling noise at highway speeds. Dealer isolated the problem to be air flow changes created by the factory front air deflector (accessory) that was channeling the air over the top of the glass. 
Subaru Outback in Nebraska, United States
Nov 2011 - Sep 2015
Mar 2012

2000 mi
check engine code p0456. dealer reset code. 
Subaru Outback in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2011 - Sep 2015
Dec 2011

3000 mi
seatbelt latch was replaced 
Mar 2013

29000 mi
Both headlights burned out. Service writer was not surprised and because less than 36,000 miles covered by warranty. 
Apr 2015

64700 mi

US $75
Second time replacing low beam head lamp. Needs to be done through wheel well. Appears to be very common with these cars. 
Jun 2015

70000 mi

US $75
Passenger side headlight burned out again. Replaced headlight access from wheel well after removing fender liner. 
Subaru Outback in Tennessee, United States
Feb 2012 - Mar 2012
Mar 2012

1000 mi
Moonroof leak. Drains cleaned and connected. Still leaks around rear seal. 
Subaru Outback in Rhode Island, United States
Aug 2011 - Mar 2014
Oct 2011

3000 mi
OEM Remote Start stopped working two weeks after dealer installed. Dealer resolved this problem during first recommended LubeOilFilter change at 1,300 miles (Dealer believes first service should be at one month / 1,000 miles on their dime 
Jan 2013

32000 mi
Flashing Brake & Cruise Lights, Check Engine Light on and AT temp light on. Dealer checked codes and ran diagnostics-this was charged to SofA $316. diagnosis fee and then reset the codes. Running fine all along. Software Glitch??? 
Nov 2013

55000 mi

US $285
Navigation System started acting up with error message regarding DVD not installed, unable to go to saved way points. Service removed dvd & found a sticky substance- they cleaned disk & re-installed. 
Subaru Outback in Oklahoma, United States
Nov 2011 - Jan 2014
Feb 2012

3000 mi
Bluetooth sync and mileage computer both malfunctioned. 
Jul 2013

21700 mi
Gas cap issue, sensor causes dash display and cruise control to malfunction if gas cap is perceived to be incorrectly tightened. 

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2012 Subaru Outback Repair Histories

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