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Subaru Outback Transmission Problems and Repair Histories

1701 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Subaru Outback. 287 of these members (16.9%) have reported transmission and drivetrain repairs for their car. A total of 269 transmission and drivetrain 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

31% 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 1799 repairs.

Subaru Outback transmission and drivetrain repair cost distribution

Of the Subaru Outback transmission and drivetrain repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 16% cost less than $100, 39% between $100 and $499, 24% between $500 and $999, 16% between $1000 and $2499, and 4% more than $2500.

Chart based on 256 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 Transmission and Drivetrain problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

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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2008 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Outback in Alberta, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2007 0    
2000 Bearing in center differential ceases due to incorrect install tolerances. Bearing failed, damaging center diff case, assembly and associated bearings. 
2480 0 Bearings replaced in transmission case due to oil starvation; same failure mechanism as earlier center differential assembly failure. 
3100 0 Front differential bearings failed. New diagnosis for all failures is oil starvation given shared lubrication oil supply for all three parts that have failed. Full transmission replaced. 
 

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Outback in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
100 Replaced Driver side Inner CV boot 
81000 100 Passenger side CV joing boot shredded. Caused CV joint to wear prematurely. Both replaced 
88600 0 Replaced Passenger side half shaft. Inner CV joint torn 
95500 100 Replaced Driver side inner CV boot 
112300 400 Passenger Side Inner CV joint leaking grease 
115000 400 Replaced Passenger side drive shaft AGAIN, due to torn boot. 
 
Subaru Outback in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008 31000    
31620 0 3rd replacement of front axle due to loud clicking sound upon hard acceleration when cold 
 

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

Subaru Outback in Utah, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2006 21000    
35000 0 Four-wheel-drive system was binding during tight, low speed turning. Transmission shifting problems when cold. Ordered complete transmission/center differential component. 
37000 0 Four-wheel-drive system was binding during tight, low speed turning. Transmission shifting problems when cold. Subaru replaced the complete transmission/center differential component. 
 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Outback in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 75000    
76000 394 Replaced Rt inner axle boot (DOJ boot) 
109000  

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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 CV joint 
130000 2500 Cracked axle boot replaced. 
131000 395 Half shaft replaced. This was in addition to the other side axel boot replaced in January. Two down, two to go. 
 

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2000 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2008 138000    
140000 1750 Water pump, timing belt, valve cover gaskets, both front halfshafts, halfshaft seals, . 
145000 2400 Transmission seals leaking into transfer case, diluting transfer case grease, transfer case seals leaking diluted grease onto exhaust, bad burning grease smell. Transmission was also slipping a little. Inspected transmission while out, did complete rebuil 
185000 500 replaced both front cv joints (total axle assemblies) 
195000  

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2000 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

Subaru Outback in Arkansas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008 78000    
80000 400 Half axle boot covering split, spewing grease on exhaust system and causing contamination of bearings, so entire boot was replaced. 
 

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1998 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

Subaru Outback in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2009 99000    
100000 900 Failed R front CV joint 
101000 400 Replaced other CV joint. 
 

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