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Subaru Outback Suspension Problems and Repair Histories

1705 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Subaru Outback. 300 of these members (17.6%) have reported suspension and steering repairs for their car. A total of 320 suspension and steering repairs to Subaru Outbacks--an average of 0.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

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

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

Don't infer 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 Subaru Outback repairs by problem area

30% of the Subaru Outback repairs were to the engine, 15% to the transmission, 8% to the brakes, 18% to the suspension, 17% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 8% to the body and trim, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 1805 repairs.

Subaru Outback suspension and steering repair cost distribution

Of the Subaru Outback suspension and steering repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 15% cost less than $100, 43% between $100 and $499, 25% between $500 and $999, 14% between $1000 and $2499, and 3% more than $2500.

Chart based on 242 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Subaru Outback Suspension and Steering problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2008 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Outback in Delaware, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2007 0    
4000 0 Rattle, something loose in the rear suspension. 
58000  

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2007 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

Subaru Outback in Connecticut, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2006 3000    
31000 0 Bad rear wheel bearings, Warranty extended to 100K on wheel bearings, known problem 
 

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2007 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

Subaru in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2007 11780    
14880 0 drivers front wheel bearing making noise, replaced under warranty...passenger side ordered to be replaced at next convenience...also under warranty. passenger front wheel bearing to be replaced after mechanic diagnosis and recommendation. 
 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in Connecticut, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008 30000    
32000 0 Steering brace and steering pump failed. 
65000 360 SWAY BAR AND BUSHINGS REPLACED.  
 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

250-horsepower 3.0L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2007 25420    
26040 0 Replace a defective ONR rear hub bearing. 
 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

Subaru Outback in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2006 7000    
25000 0 Wheel hub replaced under warranty. 
108000  

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

250-horsepower 3.0L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in Delaware, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 33000    
39000 255 Clunking noise rear sway bar links replaced. 
70500 1080 Ball joints cracked, these days have to replace whole A Arm, they don't just press out and replace ball joint. Boots around CV joints cracked, had to be replaced. Front sway bar had to be replaced. 
82000 0 Wheel bearing was making noise - was subject of recall, warranty for bearing was extended to 100K and 8 years. This failure was outside that, dealer said I was out of luck. Appealed to SOA, they reimbursed me $514 for repair with 0 hassle. 
88000  

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

Subaru Outback in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2006 12000    
37000 0 Replaced rear wheel bearing on warranty extended to 100k miles by manufacturer. 
66000 600 Replaced cracked lower control arm bushings that caused excessive inner tire tread wear, new front tires and front end alignment.  
85000 0 Noisy left rear wheel bearing replaced under extended warranty. 
99000 1000 Front struts replaced. Shop claims this is the reason for uneven tire wear on inside of front tires. 
103000  

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in Alberta, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 97960    
99200 300 After requesting an alighment, it was discovered the right rear alignment parts were seized and needed to be cut out and replaced 
 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 109000    
115000 1100 New tie rods. 4 wheel alignment. Oil change. 
 

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