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Subaru Outback Transmission Problems

1767 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Subaru Outback. 216 of these members (12.2%) have reported transmission repairs for their car. A total of 300 transmission repairs to Subaru Outbacks--an average of 0.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently Subaru Outback problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Percentage of Subaru Outback repairs by problem area

Chart based on 2047 repairs.

Subaru Outback transmission repair cost distribution

Chart based on 290 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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2009 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

2000 mi   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

C $2000 Bearing in center differential ceases due to incorrect install tolerances. Bearing failed, damaging center diff case, assembly and associated bearings. 
2480 mi   Bearings replaced in transmission case due to oil starvation; same failure mechanism as earlier center differential assembly failure. 
3100   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

64000 mi US $100 Replaced Driver side Inner CV boot 
81000   Passenger side CV joing boot shredded. Caused CV joint to wear prematurely. Both replaced 
78000   Replaced Passenger side half shaft. Inner CV joint torn 
94000   Replaced Driver side inner CV boot 
112300   Passenger Side Inner CV joint leaking grease 
115000   Replaced Passenger side drive shaft AGAIN, due to torn boot. 
31620   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

35000 mi   Four-wheel-drive system was binding during tight, low speed turning. Transmission shifting problems when cold. Ordered complete transmission/center differential component. 
37000   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

76000 mi US $394 Replaced Rt inner axle boot (DOJ boot) 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

115000 mi US $1100 New CV joint 
130000   Cracked axle boot replaced. 
131000   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

140000 mi US $1750 Water pump, timing belt, valve cover gaskets, both front halfshafts, halfshaft seals, . 
145000   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   replaced both front cv joints (total axle assemblies) 

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2000 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

80000 mi US $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

100000 mi US $900 Failed R front CV joint 
101000   Replaced other CV joint. 

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