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Subaru Outback repairs by problem area

Engine (30%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (14%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (18%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (4%)

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Subaru Outback suspension repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (17%)

$500 - $999 (27%)

$100 - $499 (40%)

< $100 (14%)

Chart based on 374 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2015 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

12700 mi Vehicle has been rumbling in the rear end since new. I reported it to the service manager at 6,000 miles. Was told it was my bike rack. Dropped car off for 12K service. They replaced the left rear wheel bearing. 
24000 mi Wheel bearing failed 
14000 mi Wheel bearing needed to be replaced on passenger front wheel 

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2013 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

44000 mi front end rattle over bumpy pavement 
16740 mi

C $240
Defective passenger rear strut noticed on brake service. Replaced under warranty. 
4000 mi 2013 H6 Outback makes constant wobbling/vibration noise from left front starting @ 1500 rpms. Brought in for service 2x in 7 days. First time "couldn't replicate". Second time called Subaru tech hotline. Known problem-no repair on horizon! 

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2013 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

30000 mi noise from the front end dealer did not repair it need to go back 

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2012 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

50000 mi

US $50
Front bushing causing squeaks. 

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2012 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

42000 mi

US $100
Front control arm busines torn and needed to be replaced. 
2380 mi Problem: Steering was stiff, requiring excessive effort to turn the whell even a small amount. Repair: Adjust steering wheel off-center Outcome: unsuccessful 
4114 mi Problem: Steering wheel off center and stiff to turn. Correction: Wheel aligned and power steering pump replaced. Outcome: unsuccessful 
4906 mi Problem: Steering wheel stiff to turn. Correction: Replace steering rack. Outcome: successful 
12580 mi Bushings on stablized bar worn out. 
32420 mi Suspension Bushing worn and required replacement 
87000 mi

US $60
Front sway bar bushings 
94000 mi

US $100
Rear wheel bearings replaced under warranty. $100 deductible paid. 

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2012 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

18000 mi gurgling noise from steering fluid when hot. 

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2011 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

4000 mi Infamous steering wheel vibration/resonance problem. After 3 road force balances worse than when they started. Had approval for the major TSB, but dumped the car before that due to transmission. 
5000 mi Vehicle bought back after repeated unsuccessful attempts to fix steering wheel shake, including TSBs 05-50-10 and 05-48-10. The 2nd TSB is the major one and was done twice. 

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2011 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 148hp 2.0L H4 Diesel 6-speed manual AWD

39060 mi Slight noise when turning steering wheel. Adjusted connection from column. 

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2011 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

4000 mi Car has pulled to the right since day one. Dealer said they adjusted tire pressure and problem was fixed, but it still pulls to the right. Returned again to have alignment checked. After having the car five hours they called to say that (a) their alignment tech didn't show up and (b) they sent it out to a vendor but the vendor's alignment rack was broken. Yes, I'm upset. 
24000 mi Steering wheel shake at freeway speed. Said front wheels were out of balance; rebalanced and apparently rotated wheels. Problem is 90% better but not gone. 
43400 mi

C $800
Bad Strut - Driver side front 
3000 mi Front end shaking. In earlier repair trip rebalanced tires. This tim installed stabilizer kit and new steering wheel, which fixed the problem. 
500 mi Shaking issue. Could not reproduce at dealership.  
9300 mi Unfixable shaking at 100km/h 
26000 mi Noisy wheel bearing replaced by dealer. 

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2011 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

211000 mi

US $400
Replace stabilizer bar and bushings 
10000 mi VIBRATION AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS 
11500 mi vibration at highway speeds. replaced steering column and front control arms 
88000 mi

US $35
Two swollen lug nuts were locked on and had to be replaced. 
111000 mi

US $397
Front right wheel bearing was making a grinding noise. Noise began in December 2014 as a rubbing noise on curves. Within one week of repair grinding noises began front front right area. Entire assembly was replaced. 
1000 mi

US $1
Slight steering wheel vibration at highway speed 
65000 mi Control arm bushing loose, replaced under warrantee 
69840 mi

C $460
rear upper control arm 
48360 mi Rear bushings and link replaced under warranty 
54500 mi a bearing in the rights back wheel had to be changed 
48000 mi Front passenger wheel bearing was making a noise. Dealer replaced under warranty. 
29000 mi two weeks before the wheel bearings, I made two separate trips to this dealer. first time they did a Road Force balance and alignment. This temporarily fixed the vibration, then it came back. They did a second RFB Vibration in steering wheel/tire. Dealer replaced two front wheel bearings 
36000 mi

US $464
struts replaced. They were leaking. 
24180 mi Replaced leaking strut. work done under warranty. 
34740 mi

C $120
Replaced power steering hose. 
4700 mi Slight vibration in steering wheel and driver seat at speeds above 68 MPH. Wheel and Tires road force balaced and problem was temporarily resolved. 
11000 mi Latest TSB performed for excessive steering wheel vibration. Problem is 95 percent fixed. Still some symptoms occassionally. 

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2011 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

12000 mi Both front struts were leaking. Both were replaced under warranty and a 4-wheel alignment was performed. 
151000 mi

US $196
Worn right front inner tie rod end. Replaced, did not have to remove engine block as originally expected. 

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2010 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

3000 mi steering wheel vibrates, car wanders and doesn't track well 

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2010 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 148hp 2.0L H4 Diesel 6-speed manual AWD

16740 mi LH rear wheel stud broken and other wheel nuts loose (possibly a result of faulty stud) reulting in thread damage to other 4 studs. Had all 5 studs replaced on LH rear wheel, and cheked all other studs and wheel nuts. 
38440 mi Steering wheel had mild shakes at 90-115km/hr, getting progressively worse. "PAC file" was performed 

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2010 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

17000 mi Wheel shake 
1444 mi 1 day - Diagnosis steering wheel shake  2 days - RFB per SOA to eliminate wheels and tires as source of shake 
60100 mi

C $300
Changed the right front tie-rod end 
37200 mi Leaking strut replaced under warranty. 

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2010 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

1860 mi The car still has steering wheel vibration at highway speed. The dealer ordered a kit per TSB 
7200 mi Steering wheel vibration problem.  
60000 mi

US $1500
Replace leaking front struts. 
30500 mi

US $150
Steering wheel shook at highway speed. Car did not feel stable. One strut found to be leaking; replaced both cost $150 per strut total bill estimated at $632 to fix. Update: Subaru later covered all but $150. 
82000 mi

US $852
Leaking front struts and bouncy all around. 
55180 mi

C $700
Left front wheel bearing replaced 
77500 mi

C $1500
Also wheel bearing failed and was replaced. 
24000 mi Steering wheel vibration, 2011 TSB performed 
220700 mi

US $373
Slight noise from left rear was bad rear wheel bearing which was failing. Replaced at independent shop for a lot less than dealer with twice the guarantee ( 2yrs./ 24000 miles. First failure of any kind on this car since new 
15000 mi Steering column support bracket was loose. Repaired by retightening bolts. 
180000 mi

US $300
replaced rear wheel bearings 
Subtle steering wheel shimmy/shaking at low speeds but greater shimmy/shaking at highway speeds 
1000 mi Steering shake, vibration, shimmy at midrange speeds and severe at highway speeds.  
6200 mi Vibration and shaking 
6400 mi Replacement of the steering rack spring  
44000 mi both front shocks leaking. covered under warranty. initially took car in for puddle light recall. 
55000 mi

US $100
Noticed a hum coming from the front of the vehicle. Had scheduled service at deales and explained problem had them check it out. They concluded that the right front wheel bearing was bad. Replaced under Subaru extended warranty 
76260 mi

C $500
Rear bearing change 
85560 mi

C $250
Replace front wheel bearing + hub 
93000 mi Wheel bearing, brakes, and rotors replaced. 
50000 mi

US $600
Front struts 
44000 mi

US $50
Pulsing in steering wheel when turned. They flushed the steering fluid. Problem persists and will be returned. 
3000 mi Steering wheel vibration, fixed after three trips. Finally replaced the steering rack spring then the bushings in the drivetrain. The real issue, in my opinion, was the new bushings. Subaru had you run a gauntlet to get the bushings. 
99560 mi

C $500
Left rear wheel bearing failure. Wheel loose. 
115320 mi

C $100
Clunking noise when driving over bumps. Sway bar bushings front and rear need to be replaced. The mechanic simply added shims for now saying it should do the trick for some time. 
3720 mi Steering wheel vibration at high speeds (>100 km/h). Replacement of steering system bushings, new tires 
7020 mi The steering wheel was replaced with the modified one (as per TSB). The new steering wheel incorporates a dynamic vibration damper. 
14880 mi Replaced lower steering arms, replaced steering column, replaced steering wheel, replaced various bushing including front stabilizer bar bushings  
3000 mi Car has vibration. Wheels balanced 3 times from dealer & 3 times by independent tire store, not fixed. Factory amits problems exists, no solution to fix. Was told POSSIBLE solution coming in mid July. Not happy with new car. 
4000 mi Subaru finally found "fix" to vibration and fix my Outback. No issues since and I'm now happy with my car. 

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2010 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

7000 mi Steering wheel shake at highway speeds. Dealer performed alignment and tire balance, but problem persists. 
17000 mi

US $150
Slight steering wheel shimmy at highway speeds persists. Dealer just keeps giving the car wheel balance and alignments. 
29760 mi

C $649
loud whining engine noise because of leak in steering fluid hose; dealer did not have part, so replaced fluid for free three times over the course of a week to avoid pump damage hose replaced a week later; problem fixed 
7000 mi The Outback has a vibration/shake in the steering wheel. Dealer tried numerous fixes, including numerous road force balances of the tires. Installed a heavier spring in the steering column. Did not solve the issue, SOA bought back the Outback. 

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2010 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

79360 mi

C $1400
Replaced seized bearings on both sides in the rear axle 

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2009 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

40000 mi Power steering oil was leaking, and the whole unit required replacement. 

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2009 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

30700 mi Rt Front wheel bearing went bad. 
45000 mi

US $65
replaced front sway bar links 

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2009 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 148hp 2.0L H4 Diesel 5-speed manual AWD

48500 mi Excessive wear on suspension bushes leading to noise when driving over bumps. Bushes replaced under warranty. Carried out at same time as 48,000 mile service. 
74700 mi

£256
Wheel bearing gone - hub replaced 
94000 mi Drop links needed replacing as bushes worn out 
109500 mi n/s front drop link and o/s rear drop link replaced Both front anti-roll bar bushes replaced 
128000 mi

£620
Front and rear suspension levelling sensors were replaced 
135000 mi

£390
Rear hub replaced due to collapsed bearing. Also replaced one tie-rod and suspension bushes 
160000 mi

£465
Renew N/S/R hub bearing 
161700 mi

£176
Replace O/S/R wheel bearing 

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2009 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

14000 mi Replace leaking strut 

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2009 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

54000 mi Rattling noise when driving over sharp bumps or on gravel road, especially when turning at low speed. 
69000 mi Suspension rattle never fixed. 
30000 mi Left rear wheel bearing 
46000 mi

US $4600
- control arm replacement - new tires - all 4 breaks - cabin filters, oil change, etc 
32000 mi also some cracked struts and the like from hot/cold contrasts and dryness. That's Colorado for you. 
141000 mi

US $938
Noise from front when driving on dirt road. Front control arm and front sway bar, bushings and links replaced. 
45500 mi

US $300
known suspension issue with Subarus 

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2009 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

119500 mi

US $300
Replaced noisy, left rear wheel bearing assembly. 
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. 
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. 
56700 mi Broken sway bar link 
57000 mi Power steering pump making noise, leaking. Replaced. 
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." 
124000 mi

US $315
Replace L rear wheel bearing 
134000 mi

US $431
Replace right rear wheel bearing 
153000 mi

US $600
4 sway bar bushings replaced 
156000 mi

US $234
Grinding noise assessed; left front wheel bearing replaced. 
158000 mi

US $727
Rack and pinion had to be replaced - very noisy, could not steer car. 
26000 mi replaced bushings and one strut 
135000 mi

US $700
replaced drivers side tie rod ends replace all 4 sway bar links Replace drivers front wheel bearing 
136000 mi

US $890
Replaced both rear bearings. They both had gotten noisy. Rotating them in hand (after removal) showed some grinding in one and a flat spot in the other. 
34720 mi

C $1800
Rear Overload springs worn out. Rear Shocks worn out. Both repalced 

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2008 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

104160 mi

C $500
Replaced all four struts with new KYB models. Used 2004 model for rear suspension to counter possible ghost walking as recommended on Subaru Outback forums. Squeaking noise when going over speed bumps, replaced stabilizer end links front and rear, also due to wear 

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2008 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

77500 mi

C $760
changes trailer arms+control arms bushings 
118800 mi

C $2
right front wheel bearing replaced 

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2008 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

43000 mi

US $100
wheel bearing and front CV boot 
99500 mi

US $340
Humming noise at 55mph, gone over 65mph. No change with road surface, no change with coasting. Suspect rear wheel bearing. Took to dealer, road test and put on lift confirm RR wheel bearing. Replaced, road test noise gone 
105000 mi

US $282
Left rear wheel bearing was replaced. The right was done a few months ago. Kind of figured this would happen. OEM parts are expensive. $149 for the OEM bearing about $90 for a Timken. Going to start doing my own repairs and maintenance. 
113000 mi

US $245
replace sway bar bushings 
128000 mi

US $100
Both front wheel bearings making noise. Both wheel bearings replaced. 
99000 mi

US $600
Right front wheel bearing was making a noise. Wheel bearing was worn out. Installed a new hub assembly. 
82000 mi

US $1419
Leak from steering rack and pinion boot. Replaced with new rack and pinion. 
121500 mi

US $2500
Front struts replaced 

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2008 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

110000 mi

US $450
Front right wheel bearing failure (second bearing in this corner). Replaced at an independent shop using a USA-made bearing with 1-year warranty for less than dealer quote on OEM bearing. 
120000 mi

US $1023
Front left wheel bearing, right rear wheel bearings, and front left lower ball joint replaced at dealer (needed one-day turnaround). 
122000 mi

US $480
Ordered Moog sway bar end links with grease fittings online to replace failed OEM links. Replaced all four worn-out struts and strut mounts. 
107000 mi

US $1200
I heard noise that sounded like a wheel bearing that got louder as time progressed. Upon closer checking it was found that both a front and rear bearing were damaged. 
119000 mi

US $2100
Left front wheel bearing failing. Replaced. Also, had the front struts replaced. 
71000 mi Loud noise on tight turns, esp when starting up. Dealer tightened my after market belts, told me they were not the correct size and tried to sell me new ones but much less expensive adjustment worked fine. $60 (survey won't let me add $) 
105000 mi

US $650
replaced wheel bearings - AGAIN! 
122300 mi

US $800
Both rear wheel bearings replaced 
34700 mi

C $1500
Rods, stabilisers. 
40300 mi

C $800
front driver-side wheel bearing replaced for safety certification 
107300 mi

US $775
Sway bar replaced. 
81220 mi

C $450
Sixth wheel bearing failure on this car. Replaced part non Subaru product. $450 for this repair which seems high but after six replacement, this appears to be the going rate. 
4000 mi Rattle, something loose in the rear suspension. 

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2008 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

96000 mi

US $1100
back left wheelbearing replacd 
99000 mi

US $450
power steering hose leaking 
30000 mi

US $22
Passenger side rear strut is weeping oil around seal. Dealer has ordered two rear struts and will replace under warranty.  Discovered front struts were leaking, had them on hand, and replaced them. 
32000 mi Replaced rear struts. 
97520 mi

C $520
Wheel alignment and all new rubbers on sway bars. 
30380 mi Left rear wheel bearing shot. 
55180 mi

C $370
Replaced struts and springs but original strut top was bad. The bearings were worn. I am now waiting for parts because the other side needs replacing also. 
55800 mi

C $100
Other strut tower replaced. An after market transmission cooler was also installed. We live in a mountainous region and travel with big loads. 
70040 mi

C $1100
Rear wheel bearing replaced 
84980 mi

C $300
Rear wheel bearing failure 
100720 mi

C $475
Replace front left and right wheel bearings for the second time. 
127000 mi

US $600
Broken rear strut 
75300 mi

US $600
Power steering pump leaking and changed out. 
122000 mi

US $2190
Replaced all 4 struts, stabilizer linke, etc. Had alignment done also. Factory original parts had finally worn out. $1,275. 
93000 mi

US $1776
Replace rear wheel bearings. 
62000 mi

US $750
Replaced rear struts and springs 
93000 mi

US $600
Replaced rear passenger side bearing 
102000 mi Replaced driver side rear bearing. Loud hum from rear 
104000 mi

US $700
replaced both rear wheel bearings 
63000 mi

US $315
Had to replace the rear bushings on the front control arms and the swaybar end links. (Drove over massive speed bumps for 3 years...) 
73000 mi Replaced left & right front lower control arm rear bushings. Replaced sway bar link. 
76000 mi

US $1000
Replace rear struts with only 76k miles on the car. 
71500 mi

US $2000
Drive belt and power steering pump Bushing 
79000 mi

US $300
Front and rear wheel bearings 
86000 mi

US $600
replaced 1st of 2 wheel bearings 
86700 mi

US $600
replaced 2nd of 2 wheel bearings 

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2008 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

58000 mi

US $350
Wheel bearing replaced passenger side front. Also replaced sway bar links and busings. 

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2007 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

44000 mi Bad wheel bearings. Replaced one side. Other side not in stock. Ordered other wheel bearing. 
46000 mi Installed other wheel bearing. 
53000 mi DRIVE SIDE FRONT WHEEL BEARING WAS EXTREMELY NOISY. THIS SAME WHEEL BEARING WAS REPLACED LESS THAN 10000 MILES AGO. 

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2007 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

61300 mi

US $700
Replaced control arm bushings (torn) and sway bar bushings (torn). 
66000 mi

US $750
rear links needed to be replaced and all four struts 
93000 mi

US $1400
The front right and the two rear wheel bearing were replaced. And the front ABS sensor was also replaced 

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2007 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

88000 mi

US $750
Replaced driver side front wheel bearing 
72000 mi

US $300
left rear strut leaking fluid. Both read struts replaced 
104700 mi

US $500
Rear Left Wheel Bearing failed 

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2007 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

54560 mi

C $310
Rear stabilizer mounts 
71920 mi

C $110
Replaced tie-rod ends. 
106400 mi

C $600
Rear wheel bearings.  Front tie rods. 
45000 mi

US $950
Tie-rod end  
60000 mi Rear wheel bearings worn out 
62000 mi

US $400
Link arms and bushings were worn out and were replaced. 
117000 mi

US $2000
Left rear wheel bearing shot. Rotors and pads worn. Wheel bearing replaced and rotors turned. Pads replaced. Rear trailing arm bushings worn out. New bushings pressed in. 
100420 mi

C $300
Rear tie-rod end had to be replaced  
103540 mi

C $900
- Replaced front driver wheel bearing - Alignment - Brake maintenance - Oil change 

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2007 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

175-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

99500 mi

US $1200
struts were in bad shape, left front shock was broken. all 4 were replaced. 
67000 mi

US $100
Seal around RF hub and bearing had disintegrated, bearing needed to replaced. 
105000 mi

US $400
Right front wheel bearing replaced 
70000 mi noisy rear wheel bearing 

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2007 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

79000 mi

US $140
Left rear wheel bearing failed, replaced hub assembly before total failure 
101000 mi

US $121
right front wheel bearing assembly 
70000 mi

US $540
Rear strut mount went bad, elected toy have both rear struts and mounters replaced. Rear stabilizers went bad and were replaced. 
147000 mi

US $300
Replaced rear struts. 
66000 mi

US $700
Took car in for highway noise - rear wheel bearings were bad. Replaced. 
89700 mi

US $1
Leak at reservoir hose to power steering pump connection. Replaced hardened o-ring at connection. Note, pump was sucking air due to failed o-ring causing foaming of fluid at reservoir and loss of power steering functionality. 
61000 mi replaced noisy front wheel bearings. Did not charge me anything. Factory paid dealer to replace. Known OEM supplier problem so factory policy is to replace bad bearings in first 80,000 miles.  
6200 mi Vibrating noise was coming from the fron suspention when driving over bumps at low speed. Dealer replaced rubber gaskets on the foront sway bar. The problem was solved. 
26000 mi Left bearings had to be replaced--covered under warranty 
29500 mi Right front bearings had to be replaced--also covered under warranty 
31000 mi Bad rear wheel bearings, Warranty extended to 100K on wheel bearings, known problem 
61380 mi

C $1200
Wheel bearings worn and had to be replaced. 
65720 mi lower arm control bushings replaced wheel bearings 
118000 mi

US $130
Replaced two bushings on rear stabilizer bar. 
41000 mi

US $629
Power steering jumpy / jittery when turning and "clunk" at full turn while sitting still. Dealer found TSB 04-13-09 which descrbed issue. TSB says valve can be replaced - dlr. said can't, replace entire pump! $629 vs. $100.  
88000 mi

US $625
Wheel bearing right rear failed 

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2007 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

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

130000 mi

US $600
right & left ball joints, sway bar end links, job made more difficult due excessive corrision. 

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2007 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

14880 mi 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

129000 mi Replaced power steering pump 
132000 mi Replaced power steering pump (again). This one was making a whining sound. Third one's a charm. 
61000 mi Rear wheel bearing noise. Was noticeable at highway speeds Subaru of America paid for the repairs. 
32000 mi Steering brace and steering pump failed. 
65000 mi

US $360
SWAY BAR AND BUSHINGS REPLACED.  

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

79700 mi

US $300
Sway bar end links and rearmost bushings on front LCA worn out. Replaced end links & bushings. Bushing wear caused some cupping of tires but not enough to warrant tire replacement (phew). 
91000 mi

US $600
Replaced shocks & struts to correct rapid rear tire wear. 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

69440 mi

A $300
Load wheel bearing noise. Shop changed left front bearings. 
26040 mi Replace a defective ONR rear hub bearing. 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

175-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

73000 mi

US $300
Lower control arm bushings and sway link end. 
81000 mi

US $875
Power steering pump working intermittently. Pump replaced. 
88000 mi

US $200
sway links replaced 
115000 mi

US $798
Replaced both front wheel bearings (worn). 
123000 mi Replace ball joint Replaced loose sway bar bushing 
127300 mi

US $385
Replaced rear wheel bearing - hub assembly and ABS sensor. 
110340 mi

C $400
Rear wheel bearing exhibited loud whining noise. 
83000 mi

US $1200
right strut dead. 
80300 mi

US $460
Replaced left rear wheel bearing 
113000 mi

US $136
Power steering pump failed. Replaced power steering pump. 
131000 mi

US $452
replaced rear drivers wheel bearing 
48000 mi

US $335
Left front strut. 
57000 mi

US $595
Front sway bar and links. Rear wheel bearings. 
78000 mi

US $500
Replaced rear swaybar 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

81700 mi Both rear wheel bearings replaced 
62620 mi

C $300
replace rt rear sway bar link 
68000 mi

US $1400
Steering rack leak. Entire Steering rack replaced 
136000 mi

US $55
Steering belt whining. Got worse and worse until power steering fluid overflowed from reservoir (air bubbles in reservoir). Replaced O-ring seal on top of power steering pump. Make sure to look for bubbles in reservoir before replacing pump 
25000 mi Wheel hub replaced under warranty. 
82000 mi

US $600
replaceboth rear wheel bearings 
108000 mi

US $139
Loose pass side trailing arm link tightened, 4 wheel alignment 
58000 mi

US $100
Steering rack leaking fluid (ATF in a Subaru) into boot. Rack replaced with new. Covered under extended warranty. $100 deductible. First time issue with this otherwise very reliable car 
71000 mi

US $80
REAR LINK KITS FRONT SWAY BAR BUSHINGS 
66000 mi

US $150
Loose sway bar identified by shop performing oil change 
105000 mi

US $200
Loud wobbling sound from tire. Worn wheel bearing/hub was determined to be the cause. 
39680 mi

C $200
Clunking noise especially in potholes. Garage diagnosed worn front stabilizer bar links and replaced them. Now clunk is gone.  
45040 mi Bumpy ride. Brought to shop and they re-replaced a part that failed. Part under warrenty 
54560 mi

C $300
Noticed a noise. Girlfriend suspected wheel bearing. Dealer diagnosed rear right wheel bearing problem and replaced it. 
90300 mi

US $150
Sway bar links worn 
138000 mi

US $500
Lower control arm bushing 
80000 mi

US $309
Diagnosis of rotational noise as failing left rear wheel bearing. Replaced left rear wheel hub. 
130000 mi

US $200
replaced wheel bearing 
77000 mi

US $20
Fluid leak and air introduced into fluid due to failed O-ring on top of power steering pump. Replace O-ring and replaced power steering fluid to eliminate air in system. 
97000 mi

US $400
Replaced both rear wheel bearing assemblies 
98000 mi

US $400
Replaced front and rear struts 
42358 mi Replaced both rear wheel bearings. No charge as work was under warranty. 
68000 mi

US $807
New rear brake pads and rotors and replaced front lower control arm bushings. 
244220 mi

US $45
Bad growling coming from rear left bearing since bought,finally got around to replacing. Took 3.5 hours, used cheap ebay part with lifetime warranty so we will see how it goes. Not hard, just time consuming working around suspension. 
166000 mi

US $544
Replaced rear passenger side wheel bearing Driver's side Shocks 
115000 mi

US $484
Replaced broken control arm. 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

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

227700 mi

US $720
Replaced RH lower ball joint. 
255000 mi

US $368
upper control arm bushings 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

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

61000 mi

US $3199
At this time they also replaced to rear bushings. 
81000 mi

US $129
Replaced the rear sway bar link. 
198000 mi

US $100
Rack and bearing is going out 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

72000 mi

US $600
steering pump had to be replaced 

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

106000 mi

US $1100
replaced front struts, bushings on rear control arms, and aligned wheels. 
54000 mi Rear strut leaking. 
79994 mi

US $250
Front-right CV boot was ripped and was replaced. Mechanic said this is a common problem on this model Subaru. He also noticed that the lower control arm bushings were ripped and recommended replacing both lower control arms. Will replace just bushings. 
77494 mi

US $350
Lower control arm bushings were ripped. Subaru said most rips do not affect function of car. However, mine were ripped half-way so I decided to replace them with after-market bushings instead of the OEM ones which only last 30,000 miles. 
116000 mi

US $1075
rear control arms were cracked and needed replacing 
58000 mi CPV boot broke, during sliding incident in snowy weather. Subaru covered it under the 60k/mile warranty. 
71700 mi

US $658
wheel bearings in driver's side rear wheel were busted, replaced. driver's side front inner cv boot was cracked, replaced. 
75000 mi

US $550
Replaced front control arms due to cracked bushings 
81000 mi replaced right rear wheel bearing under mfg extended warranty 
92000 mi

US $750
Leaking power steering pump replaced 
107000 mi

US $700
Rear control arm bushings replaced 
112000 mi

US $150
Had the left rear wheel bearing go bad again (it was replaced under warranty previously). Replaced both left rear hub/bearing assemblies. 
126000 mi

US $135
I replaced the power steering pump, as it has been giving me trouble for quite some time. 
133000 mi

US $180
During a rear brake job a few months ago, upon jacking up the right-hand side noticed that there was oil all over the rear shock. Replaced both rear shocks, bumpers, covers, nuts and the bottom mounting bolt (it was a bear to get off.) 
86700 mi

US $910
Replaced both front sway bar end links (split boots and movement in joints) 
95000 mi

US $600
Front control arm bushings replaced 
125000 mi

US $2050
power steering pump leaking from pulley bearing, replace. Sway bar links and bushing replaced, front and rear due to noise. 
92000 mi

US $1100
Front struts leaking 

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

109000 mi

US $325
Front driver side wheel bearing. 
87700 mi

US $800
Right front wheel bearing 
91000 mi

US $100
Replaced rear driver side wheel bearing due to excessive noise 
112300 mi

US $400
Noise from front of car. Replaced worn Passenger side Wheel bearing and ball joint 
62000 mi Rear wheel bearing replaced. TSB Warranty issue 
65000 mi Loud sound increasing with acceleration. Determined to be left rear wheel bearing, which was replaced under Subaru factory warranty that has been extended to 80,000 miles because of a TSB.  
67000 mi

US $180
Noticed grease on exhaust manifold causing burning smell when car gets warm. Inner passenger CV boot cracked, needed replacement 
84500 mi

US $500
Leaky rear strut. Replaced as a set. DIY and saved 300 in labor Went in for alignment after struts replaced. Camber? Bolt was seized and had to be replaced in rear. Extra labor and parts beyond original alignment quote 
103000 mi Noticed an occasional grinding/humming noise that got progressively louder over 1k miles of driving. 8yr/100k TSB warranty on wheel bearings, Subaru offered to pay even though just past warranty. 
54000 mi Front wheel bearing replacement - Covered under 60K drivetrain warranty 

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

150000 mi

US $800
Rear wheel bearing noisy, Burning grease smell. Mechanic found failed Front passenger drive shaft boot, worn suspension bushing, worn discs & pads, cracked wheel hub + worn rear wheel bearing worn suspension bushing 
160000 mi

US $602
Steering rack was leaking and had failed rubber boot 
167000 mi Changed front shocks 
92000 mi

US $289
LR wheel bearings went bad after the RR wheel bearings went bad awhile back. Cant wait to buy a non Subaru car. Never had this many problems with any other car. 
164920 mi

C $813
Leaking steering rack. Solution: replaced steering rack. 
176060 mi

C $407
Originally took car to Subaru dealer, incorrectly indicated that 2 bearings were bad. Trusted indep. mechanic indicated only 1, that which was making noise, needed to be replaced. Unimpressed with dealer, will not return for service. 
186000 mi Steering rack is leaking again. This happened two years ago and it was replaced at a cost of $600. The leak is slow, as before, and due to the problem consistently reoccurring in OBs and the mileage of the vehicle I am not repairing it. 
187240 mi Steering rack slowly leaking. 
88300 mi

US $400
power steering boot 
62000 mi Experienced infamous rear "ghostwalking" on icey road (detailed in a tread on SubaruOutback.org)Replacement of OEM rear shock absorbers - they were totally worn - for 2000-04 spec Kayabas and wheel alignment. Problem fixed. 
101060 mi

C $523
rubber bushings had to be replace on front tab, were really worn. Had the rear bushings and the stab bar link kit replace at the same time since they showed signs of wear and would be due within a few months. 
110360 mi

C $1730
the front end link kit needed to be replace (link kit for the sway bar) and they also discovered that the homocinetic joints boots needed to be replace, they were cracked. 
115000 mi

US $350
Blown rear strut 
112000 mi

US $550
Car was swaying, had the rear struts replaced 
39000 mi

US $255
Clunking noise rear sway bar links replaced. 
70500 mi

US $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 mi 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. 
49600 mi Numerous repairs. Needed a new power steering pump. Just took what we could get in trade. 

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

168-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

13700 mi Constantly vibrating. The issue has not been resolved. 
94300 mi rear wheel bearings 
127000 mi

US $550
Rear struts 
105000 mi

US $195
Replaced front left wheel bearing, rotors, front brakes. 
121000 mi

US $167
Power steering pump went out over the past few months. Replaced. 
129000 mi

US $1500
Power steering pump and top o-rings replaced after noises and jerkiness in steering. Leaks in o-rings on inlet side of pump noticed, so o-rings replaced. 
148000 mi

US $550
Right rear wheel bearing worn out and noisy. Replaced. 
67000 mi Left rear wheel bearing making loud noise, fixed for no charge by dealer under special extended warranty for this specific known problem. 
83700 mi Rear wheel bearings replaced, again, under specifically lengthened warranty 
107000 mi

US $250
Right strut bearing plate was failing, replaced. 
62000 mi

US $300
Bearings worn in driver side rear. Clicking noise heard during wheel rotation. 
73000 mi took car in for knocking noise heard in front right strut, told driver rear bearings had to be replaced. warrantied. 
128000 mi

US $785
Left side bearings making noise. Had both replaced. 
135000 mi

US $200
Ball joint replaced on front passenger side. 
144000 mi

US $750
Right side ball joint replaced. 
92000 mi

US $800
Replace rear stabilizers 
101500 mi

US $1200
Replace both rear wheel bearings/axles 
76000 mi

US $85
bearings in front passenger wheel 
59520 mi ripped front right CV boot. Just bought car last week and she covered repair under 30 day warranty. They changed the right axle. Sounds like a typical issue. 
120900 mi

C $400
LR Wheel bearing 
143220 mi

C $1200
RF ball joint had play, replaced. 
66540 mi

C $880
Sway bar bushings (front and left) worn out; estimated repair cost: $200 Rear suspension link worn out / corroded; estimated repair cost: $240 Trailing arm bushings damaged (tear), estimated repair cost: $335 Front link and table bushings worn out; estimated repair cost: $350 Sway bar bushings (front and right) replaced Trailing arm bushings replaced Front link and table bushings replaced 

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

59000 mi

US $10
car was making rattling noise in low gear, brought the car to local mechanic, he said he just needed to tighten up something underneath and charged $10. 
68000 mi

US $500
noise from under the car, louder as car run faster. Dealer said bad rear wheel bearing. repair covered under the extended warrantee. 
88000 mi replaced rear wheel bearing which was repaired less than a year ago. repair cost covered by the warrantee provided by the shop. 
62620 mi

C $150
Did not pass safety inspection, Front control arm rear bushing cracked and to much play Left and Right. Replaced with new bushings from dealer.  
68660 mi

C $100
Front sway bar end links and rubber bushings. 
74400 mi

C $430
Replaced front and rear struts and mounts 
94600 mi Right rear wheel bearing began howling. There is a technical service bulletin about this and was covered by subaru extending the warranty to 8yrs/100k miles on the wheel bearing. 
114700 mi

C $145
Top strut bearings left and right 
122800 mi

C $27
Left lower ball joint 
172000 mi

US $322
Rear sway bar endlink replacement 
90000 mi

US $1200
Found two torn bushings, replaced. 
155000 mi

US $350
One rear wheel bearing going bad. Replaced it. 
64000 mi

US $300
Rear wheel bearings. 
64000 mi

US $500
Front lower control arm bushing. 
141000 mi Noisy right rear wheel bearing. Causing vibration. I've heard 2005 Outbacks are known for this issue. 
156000 mi

US $400
Ball Joint 
177000 mi

US $400
Replace all four stabilizer links 
181000 mi Lower control arm bushings replaced 
121300 mi

US $94
Sway bar bushings replaced. 
130000 mi

US $450
Right front wheel bearing. 
127700 mi

US $250
Clunking noise in front end...replaced sway bar end links 
81000 mi

US $1000
Front rack replaced. 
78720 mi

C $20
Power steering difficult. Replaced O-ring on power steering pump and replaced fluid. Had to wait 3 weeks for dealer to source O-ring. 
98000 mi Wheel bearing started to make a loud noise they claimed was not a failure, it was covered by a free service they extended to 100,000 miles. Both rear wheel bearing have now been changed and are quiet again.  
105000 mi

US $300
rubber bushing tore and needed replaced 
110000 mi

US $30
Clunk noise over bumps. Replaced sway bar end links. 
75000 mi humming noise in rear of vehicle. Dealer replaced both rear wheel bearings under warranty extension 
37000 mi Replaced rear wheel bearing on warranty extended to 100k miles by manufacturer. 
66000 mi

US $600
Replaced cracked lower control arm bushings that caused excessive inner tire tread wear, new front tires and front end alignment.  
85000 mi Noisy left rear wheel bearing replaced under extended warranty. 
99000 mi

US $1000
Front struts replaced. Shop claims this is the reason for uneven tire wear on inside of front tires. 
106000 mi

US $125
Replaced front passenger-side wheel bearing hub due to noise. 
83000 mi

US $300
The front drivers side, and the rear passenger side wheel bearings both needed replacing. It is a common problem with this model of outback, there was even an extended manufacturer warranty on the matter. 
111300 mi Remove and replace rear sway bar links and bushings 
127300 mi

US $342
Both side front stabilizer links and bushings. 
132000 mi

US $720
Replaced rear trailing arm and bushings four wheel alignment. 
44700 mi

US $1840
Replaced all four struts. 
184000 mi

US $1000
Back end was jumping around over bumps; struts replaced 
176000 mi

US $500
replace rear wheel hubs. third time on this car. 

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

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

105000 mi

US $450
Replaced all four wheel hubs. Both back bearings were shot. 
133000 mi

US $268
Replaced lower control arm bushings and sway bar bushings to get rid of some noise.  Some improvement but the dealer says I also need a front strut mount replaced to eliminate a persistent clank, which means I should go ahead and replace both front struts. 

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2004 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

111000 mi

US $330
Wheel bearing failed; replaced bearing 

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2004 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

212-horsepower 3.0L H6 4-speed automatic AWD

41000 mi

US $660
Rear sway bar linkages (both) were worn. Replaced. 
74000 mi Dealer noticed something (I can't think of what it was) broken dealing with the suspension/steering going to the front right tire. 
91760 mi Replaced the right rear wheel bearing. 
118400 mi

C $600
Replaced front right ball joint. 
171000 mi Rear sway bar, connector rods needed to because of cracked grommets. I had replaced the connectors in March 2013 and they were still under warranty. 
235000 mi replaced bushings on suspention, rack and pinion 
240000 mi needed new wheel bearings 
141300 mi

US $655
Replaced worn steering rack boot 

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2004 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

181000 mi

US $336
Leaking struts 
58000 mi

US $450
Rear Shock replacement. 
197000 mi

US $621
Replaced left front wheel bearing, alternator belt, battery terminal, & license plate light. 
89280 mi

C $120
missing link on a rear wheel 
252000 mi

US $580
wheel bearings needed to be replaced on both front wheels 
180300 mi

US $300
replace power steering pump 
102000 mi

US $3100
Power steering pump. 
138700 mi

US $160
End links worn. 

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2003 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

194000 mi Mechanic also found a major suspension issue. But at over 190,000, I really can't complain. This car has been, still is, great. 

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2003 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

212-horsepower 3.0L H6 4-speed automatic AWD

150000 mi

US $600
failed state inspection. Needed cracked windshield replaced and both lower ball joints.  
158000 mi

US $50
Lower ball joint failed state inspection 
170000 mi

US $400
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 mi

US $200
Both front wheel bearings replaced. Loose/noisy. 
71920 mi

C $30
Clunk in front of car, found front swaybar bushings wore out. 
59800 mi

C $100
rear sway bar replaced 
189000 mi

US $330
New struts 
123000 mi

US $250
Boot was torn 
179000 mi Intermittent shaking when driving at a constant highway speed for awhile. (such as when using cruise control) 

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2003 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

89025 mi

US $1341
Dealer recommended center differential needed replacing due to binding when turning at slow speeds. I called and complained to Subaru (2nd major repair on 90K car - they sent me a $750 discount on new Subaru if purchased by 12/31/11. 
69000 mi Sold car. A pre-purchase inspection by SuperRupair in Boulder, CO found the right front ball joint needed replacement. 
85000 mi

US $275
Rear stabilizer bar 

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2003 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

143000 mi

US $2500
Replaced steering box 
74400 mi

C $1000
Front left wheel bearing replaced 2 front lower ball joints oil pan front right cv boot alignment 
86124 mi

US $1153
Replace front and rear struts 
127000 mi

US $1445
Remove and replace rear suspension struts due to squeaking. mechanic recommended replacing them, but after being better, it's now squeaking even worse. 
135300 mi

US $600
New rear tie rods. 
312300 mi

US $588
Found Upper Rear Control Arm Bushings Worn -- Replaced both rear ones Right front wheel bearings worn 
352300 mi

US $317
Power Steering making noise - replaced Power Steering Pump 
58900 mi

$9000
The steering has a knocking sound when on a rough terrain. 
190000 mi Rear drivers side sway bar end link replaced. 
113000 mi

US $355
Right front wheel bearing was bad and needed to be replaced. 
125000 mi

US $300
1 ball joint replaced and alignment done. 
132000 mi

US $235
Sway bar links replaced 
138000 mi

US $500
Replaced struts  

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2003 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

125000 mi

US $120
Hub needed replaced. 
167000 mi

US $100
Routine maintenance found loose rear sway bar. Parts replaced. 
176000 mi

US $237
Right front wheel bearing failed - grew louder and louder. Part replaced 

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2002 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

212-horsepower 3.0L H6 4-speed automatic AWD

135000 mi

US $270
Outer tie rod needed replacing but had both the outer and inner replaced. 
162000 mi

US $550
Left front bearing noisy. Replaced bearing and alignef 
182900 mi

C $16000
discs, tie rods,bearing, 

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2002 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

191000 mi

US $300
Ball joint replaced. 

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2002 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

146000 mi

£400
Steering column u-joint worn 
107000 mi

US $50
Broken swaybar link on rear swaybar. 
175500 mi

US $800
Worn out lower ball joints replaced. Front struts also replaced and alignment performed. 
274000 mi

US $140
Rattling noise from cracked suspension part. Replaced it. 
109500 mi

US $417
"10/29/2013. P/S Whine. Could hear slight noise from P/S pump. Also detect slight leak coming from rack & pinion. Replaced P/S Pump. Fill bleed system. Road test. Advised customer to watch for rack & pinion leaking." 
201000 mi

US $1500
Repair leaking steering rack by replacing it. 
137000 mi

US $1550
Rear sway bar broke. 

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2002 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

212-horsepower 3.0L H6 4-speed automatic AWD

127000 mi

US $1100
Also replaceded rear struts.  
134300 mi

US $430
Replaced front stabilizer links.  
142000 mi

US $1300
Had rear stabilizer links replaced. Had upper and lower control arm bushings replaced. Had left front wheel bearing replaced. 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

212-horsepower 3.0L H6 4-speed automatic AWD

114700 mi

US $240
Replaced power steering pump, went thru 3 remanufactured pumps before 1 was received that did not have a broken connector on it 
107000 mi

US $600
Sway bars 
116000 mi

US $492
Replaced both rear wheel bearings. 
81800 mi

C $800
power steering linkage broke replace serpentine belt and tensioner, idler pulley, bracket and bolt. 
87420 mi

C $200
right front axle repair 
97540 mi

C $594
replace sway link 
94860 mi

R 24000
Left front lower control arm bush was replaced was leaking oil and rubber was cracked. 
148000 mi

US $38
Replaced inner tie rod 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

206300 mi

US $150
Replaced tie rod to pass safety inspection. 
97120 mi

C $500
ball joint changed 
167000 mi

US $1200
Boots for the power steering. 
94300 mi

US $143
Replaced damaged CV boot (axle boot) 
123000 mi

US $350
Mechanic replaced the rear-right wheel bearing that was unusually loud. Car was in for other reasons but the bearing was the only non-wear item. 
144000 mi

US $200
Oil changed. Needed both steering boots replaced because they were split. Mechanic assumed they were CV boots that needed replacing. Found out they weren't, and didn't have any of the correct ones in stock. Was told to come back 7 days. Steering boots finally arrived. Both were replaced. Four-wheel alignment also done due to taking apart steering components.  
113000 mi Mechanic advised me that steering rack had a leak some time ago, but also said that I could get by with keeping the steering fluid topped off. During my most recent visit, he reminded me that the rack needed replacement. 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

229000 mi

US $30
Replaced broken rear sway bar ends 
136400 mi

C $19
Heard clunking and found rear sway bar link was worn ...ordered parts and changed both links. 
177320 mi Rack started to leak. 
99200 mi

C $300
After requesting an alighment, it was discovered the right rear alignment parts were seized and needed to be cut out and replaced 
143500 mi

C $950
Replaced both rear struts and mounts. One mount was broken and one strut was leaking. 
146940 mi Front and rear bushings needed to be replaced 
120000 mi front left interior tie rod replaced 
120000 mi front left interior tie rod replaced 
219000 mi Replaced front right tie-rod. 
236000 mi

US $95
Steering wheel wobbles. 
241000 mi

US $205
Replaced left tie rod and bellow boot. 
245000 mi

US $76
Fluid changes & front end shimmy. Inspected & advised that suspension is fine. Advised new tires. They rotated the tires, which helped. I was planning on new tires but wanted suspension evaluation first. 
109120 mi

C $110
4 wheel alignment 
138260 mi

C $700
Front struts replaced. 
284300 mi

US $250
Sway bars replaced. 
292000 mi

US $351
Lower ball joint 
327000 mi

US $1600
During another long trip the wheel seemed to almost bouncing. The mechanic confirmed all struts needed to be replaced. Rack and pinion boot replaced. 
194700 mi

US $250
Boot was worn and rod needed to be changed 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

115000 mi

US $1100
New tie rods. 4 wheel alignment. Oil change. 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

57660 mi

C $800
Electronic device failed and was replaced. As well rear suspension rubber bushings were replaced. Your form above assumes only one problem! 

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2000 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

118000 mi

US $300
wheel bearing bad - replaced 
123000 mi The car has been several times for the same problem--major rattling under the car. Sounds like something in the suspension is falling off. It's been in and out of two different shops four times--one shop for four days! VERY unsuccessful. 
124000 mi

US $600
Same problem--major rattling under the car. Sounds like something in the suspension is falling off. The prior repair shop replaced struts, but not the mounts. This time we replaced the mounts too. Still rattling. 
102000 mi

US $1340
Replaced both struts in front and both shocks in rear, followed by an alignment. 
156000 mi

US $1000
rack and pinion leaking replace rack and pinion, one month later began leaking again new rack and pinion began leaking, took it back to the dealer 
101000 mi

US $875
Tire technician noted that all four struts were bad and the rear two were leaking. Replaced all four struts. 
103000 mi

US $125
Torn passenger-side inner tie rod boot. Replaced entire tie rod, $50. 
256000 mi Problem diagnosed. Driver side wheel bearing. Will attempt DIY. 
257500 mi

US $575
Replaced driver side wheel bearings. 
204000 mi

US $500
Also needed new front sway bar linkage bushings. 
191000 mi

US $230
Steering column bearing was bad, causing steering to occasionally lock or freeze while driving. Upgraded to wood steering wheel while the new (used) column was being installed. Much tighter steering and no wobble in the wheel now. 
202000 mi

US $35
Smacked out old wheel studs, smacked new ones in, and replaced all five lug nuts. Four of the five studs broke at highway speeds, noticed after intense vibration. 
156000 mi

US $179
Nasty hard rattle going over little bump let alone bigger bumps. Dealer thought with out looking a rear strut. I put it up on ramps in my garage. Thank goodness link that holds anti-sway bar to chassis broke. Replaced both sides today. 

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2000 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

180000 mi

US $257
Knocking/vibration at highway speeds when turning slight left. Tire shop said front bearings bad and needing repair. Quoted at $257. Was trying to sell car anyway. Purchaser was aware of problem and bought car for $250 less than my asking price. 

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1999 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 -speed

175000 mi

US $500
Also needed new struts. 

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1999 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

155700 mi

US $220
Front driver side wheel bearing making slight noise, replaced. (This is a common problem for this model vehicle at high mileage, this repair was a proactive replacement and wasn't urgent yet.) 
159000 mi

US $570
FR wheel bearing seized, damaged hub, steering knuckle. Replaced hub, bearing, seals, steering knuckle, ball joint. Owner damaged tie rod end during disassembly. Replaced R&L outer tie rod ends, plus alignment. 

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1999 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

269000 mi

US $80
Rear swaybar links worn 
271500 mi

US $350
Rear struts and mounts failed 
273000 mi

US $350
Replaced Front Struts and Mounts. Replaced left front caliper as brake bleeder screw sheared off when bleeding brakes after strut replacement (brake hose routed through bracket on strut). 
335000 mi

US $300
replacement inner and outer tie rod ends during tire replacement 
160000 mi

US $240
rear wheel bearing 

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1998 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

136000 mi

US $1000
Had clutch, ball joint and wheel bearing replaced 

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1998 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

170500 mi

C $250
Rear struts. 
168000 mi

US $300
Both front wheel bearings replaced 
199300 mi

US $1200
Replaced Worn Struts 

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1997 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

281000 mi

US $150
Stering rack failed 
160000 mi Wheel bearing replaced. 

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1997 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

270000 mi

US $350
wheel bearings shot, new strut needed 
273000 mi inner tie rods and right front strut 

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Subaru Outback Suspension Problems

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