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Subaru Outback Transmission Problems and Repair Histories

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 (18%)

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

Other (5%)

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Subaru Outback transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (18%)

$500 - $999 (25%)

$100 - $499 (39%)

< $100 (14%)

Chart based on 368 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

6000 mi Shifter lock mechanism malfunctioned. Could not shift from Neutral up to reverse or park. Could not remove key, or lock doors. Dealership found the retaining clip missing under the console, replaced new clip and works perfect again. 

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2014 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

11000 mi Car shudders periodically. 
13000 mi Car shuddered occasionally. Dealer replaced torque converter under warranty. 

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2014 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

9000 mi CVT Transmission started making raspy whirring sound. 
15300 mi This car has a very jerky, rough transmission and the dealer keeps insisting that the jerkiness is normal. Let me put it this way: It is an automatic transmission that feels like a manual. 

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2013 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

1000 mi high frequency vibration noticed on steering wheel and armrest between 50 and 60 mph 
3000 mi My vibration between 50-60 mph was resolved by replacing the drive line. 
15000 mi grabing between front axle and rear axle, pulled off transfer box/case and replaced clutches inside, 5 hr job and gave us a rental to run a round in 

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2012 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

14000 mi low oil warning light- false alarm 
14300 mi low oil light- dealership cannot reproduce the problem. 
15000 mi low oil light- third time- car towed to dealer. could not duplicate. told there is no low oil level and oil light is normal. now working with subaru of america. 

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2012 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

40300 mi

C $400
Reverse Interrupt Switch failed. Car thought it was in reverse gear all the time and would not start. 

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2012 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

1000 mi Excessive noise from engine between 2800 to 4000 rpm. on manual transmission. This is an additional rattling sound that is throaty and quite annoying. 

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2011 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

7000 mi Transmision shifting problems from first day,new trans after 3 weeks of hassle,and one tow in and two times delivery by me. 

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2011 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

53320 mi

C $1400
Valve sticking. Replaced. 
41000 mi The torque converter was replaced due to severe vibration between 1500 and 2000 rpm under light loads. 
18700 mi Transmission is slipping into passing gear going uphill at high speeds. Also, transmission is having a hard time going from 2nd to 3rd gear going uphill. 

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2011 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

62000 mi

US $399
Numerous dash lights, car was shifting harshly when engaging reverse or drive. Diagnosed as a faulty valve body which was replaced. Problem continued, transmission controller replaced, problem solved. 
91000 mi Transmission oil pan had a tiny leak. It didn't warrant repair as it wasnt dripping but I had the seal replaced to avoid future issues. 
182000 mi

US $1942
Transmission valve body replaced. $900 part, 8q T fluid, 5 hr labor. 
2000 mi Have a metal clanking sound that appears to be coming from the transmission when slowing to a stop...dealer hasn't been able to fix it as they have not been able to replicate the sound. 
7000 mi On going problem of metal rattling under transmission when slowing to a stop. Level of noise ranges from loud to soft and is intermittent. Dealer heard it once but then could not replicate the problem. 
72000 mi Instrument panel started looking like a Christmas tree. Cruise and auto emerg. brake release not working. Error code indic. bad CVT valve and/or harness, but code cleared okay. 
39000 mi Car randomly shudders front to back after coming to a full stop, like waiting at a light. Also riding very rough at times, like it is off-roading. Poor acceleration when need it most. No error codes, computer updated, still a problem. 
32300 mi Reprogram transmission computer because car would shudder and nearly stall when climbing very steep hills at low speed (parking garage ramps) 
20000 mi shifts hard out of park when on any incline. Dealer stated this was "normal." Nothing was done... 
11000 mi Front differential fluid is BLACK. They do not know what is causing it, drained & replaced fluid now tracking at next oil change if it is turning black again. 
108650 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. 
88500 mi

US $350
Replace rear axle bearing 
68700 mi

US $2300
Malfunction solenoid in transmission valve body. Needed new valve body and transmission fluid flush 
127000 mi

US $1550
Multiple indicator lights illuminated or blinking; trouble code P0743 Torque converter solenoid circuit low. Dealer diagnosis recommended replacement of valve body assembly. 
51000 mi Engine would stall when coming from high speed to a stop. They replaced the entire transmission. 

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2011 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

135000 mi

US $1300
replaced clutch. pedal stuck down at a stop light on way to work but was stilll in gear, allowed me to start out and switch between 1 and 2 on last mile to work.. could lift the pedal to up position but if touched, it went back to floor no tension. 
156000 mi

US $110
check engine and cooresponding cruise, slippery when wet and flashing brake lights on. code read p0420 catalytic converter, but tech indicated car running rough and ck age of spark plugs. 
76000 mi

US $2000
New clutch. Throw out bearing .flywheel resurfaced and pilot bearing. 

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2010 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

32000 mi

US $450
Manual transmission failed to stay in "reverse" when needed. Transmission rebuilt with replacement gears and plastic fork, along with addition of shim material. 

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2010 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

2000 mi Hesitation on acceleration from slow speeds, then sudden power surge. 
17000 mi Transmission software TSB 

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2010 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

18600 mi Tires, one rim and drive axles replaced. Unsuccessful repair, sold car. 
65000 mi shudder at 1200-1500 rpm, at 20-30-40 mph, is when problem can be experienced always mechanic and shop can feel shuddering but will not acknowledge----they do not know what is causing shuddering,therefore they feel problem is normal--problem can not be reproduced in same vehicle with same engine,trans,and year 
97000 mi

US $100
CVT converter needed to be replaced. Extended warranty covered 
25000 mi

US $77
Vibration in front end. Not tire issue as thought. Right Front Axle needed replacement. Part Ordered. Right Front Axle replaced. Vibration issue fixed. 
4340 mi The car was test driven by Subaru rep. Observed the vibration at highway speed. He thinks this is a road feel or normal performance of the CVT transmition. Very frustrating experience. Will not recommend this model to any potential buyers. 
4000 mi CVT transmission sometimes locks in 2nd, 3rd, or 4th. Will not automatically return to drive. Also, periodic low groan from right rear when making a left turn from a stop. 
257300 mi

US $600
At time of front rotor replacement, grease was noticed on inside of wheel. Further inspection showed small cut in outer CV boot. Part is too new to be supplied by aftermarket , so an OEM replacement was installed. No mechanical failure. 
77500 mi

C $1500
Hanger bearing failed, needed new drive shaft. 
6820 mi Vibration 

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2010 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

50640 mi Manual transmission was sticking and resisting going into reverse. Car was just out of warranty, but dealer advocated and transmission was basically rebuilt (four synchros replaced) at manufacturer expense. 
51000 mi Car vibrated and shook upon low speed turns such as parking. Replaced front center differential. 
90000 mi

US $2100
Clutch and throw out bearing replacement. This is a 6 spd manual transmission 

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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. 
38000 mi Deterioration major transmission part. Dealer repaired. But afterwards still felt iffy, sold car. 
63700 mi

US $500
Both front CV boots had split. Notice burning smell that turned out to be grease from the joint dripping on the cat. It was cheaper to replace the whole axle rather than just the boots. 
56000 mi Noise from engine compartment area under low torque, not knocking noise but more like rumbling noise, worse with time. Dealer has not been able to locate the source. Drivetrain? 
109000 mi

US $1193
Clutch hose leaking, repaired Replaced timing belt, cam belt/pulleys and tensioners Right front inner axle and boot replaced, 
125300 mi Replaced right front axle and boot, warranty repair 
138000 mi

US $2000
Viscous coupler had failed, damaged the transfer gears and bearings 
144700 mi

US $200
Left front axle and CV 

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2009 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

104000 mi

US $350
Found inner drivers front CV split at end of 1300 mile trip. Had dealer replace CV boot and service joint. Had only been split for short time no additional damage noted. 
110700 mi

US $300
Front passenger side inner CV boot failed 
127000 mi

US $470
Brakes, tires, and rear cv boot 
191300 mi

US $500
Bad cv joint; axle replaced. 
89300 mi

US $350
cv boot 
107000 mi oil leaking from passenger side front boot. Not brought for repair yet. This car continues to have repair issues. Undecided as to what to do - car is a lemon. 
17000 mi Leak from left axle side O-ring and axle seal. Replaced left axle retainer O-ring and axle seal under warranty. 
31620 mi

C $1711
front R boot torn; front L boot weeping. Replaced both axles complete. Also did rotors and pads on all 4 corners (included in cost) 
33480 mi

C $350
CV joints causing severe vibrations. Replaced both front axles with aftermarket HD axles, and I paid an upcharge for the price difference ($300) 
48340 mi

C $250
Clunky shift when cold. Flushed tranny. 
62000 mi clunk on first shift when engine cold 
65000 mi Right Inner CV Boot torn. Replaced. 
74245 mi

US $312
Took vehicle to dealer for left front doj boot replacement, oil change, and rear window wiper replacement. 
75291 mi

US $248
Right front doj boot separated on the way to the dealer. Grease was slung onto the exhaust system causing smoke to pour from under right side of car at red lights. Dealer had it fixed within 2 hours. 
91000 mi I had to change an axle due to a torn inner CV boot. I replaced it with a non-Subaru axle. It was from A1 Cardone. Feburary 2012: I am going to replace it again because of vibrations from the axle from time to time. 
153000 mi

US $600
Left front CV axle was replaced. 

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2008 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

82000 mi CV Boots both torn 

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2008 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

70680 mi

C $1800
changed rubber parts - cv boots and other 
118800 mi

C $2
drive shaft replaced 
89500 mi Clutch wore out. Something else broke so extended warranty covered that part and the labor. I had to pay for the parts only for the clutch. 
127000 mi

US $25
CV joint boot cracked and needed to be rebooted. 

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2008 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

101000 mi

US $700
Both of my cv boots tore open on a cross country trip. In all fairness, all of the off-roading I have done probably helped dry them out more than the avg user. The dealership in Knoxville Tn, did the work. Replaced boots only, not cv joints. 
28520 mi

¤1000
Axle boot 
89000 mi

US $300
Right front CV boot ripped open. 
50000 mi

US $620
CV Joint boot cracked due to heat from catalytic converter. 
51000 mi

US $550
Replace passenger side front inboard CV boot 

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2008 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

99000 mi

US $700
Both front inner CV boots torn, CV's contaminated, could not be cleaned and lubed, both CV's too worn. Both front axles replaced with re-man'd axels 
120000 mi

US $1001
Clutch release bearing failure, requiring complete clutch job. Replacement bearing was defective, but shop redid the entire job at no cost. 
122000 mi

US $1001
Clutch release bearing failure. Repair included a complete clutch job. 
123700 mi Repeat clutch release bearing failure. Replaced with another Subaru bearing, which failed a month later. Replaced that with a Six Star kit which includes an oversize Timken release bearing and a stainless steel sleeve for the input shaft. 
127000 mi

US $160
Torn CV boot. Replaced whole CV shaft as the 'long-term' solution. In other words, I hope to get two years out of it. 
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 mi 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. 
97000 mi

US $1188
This vehicle has a manual transmission. The throwout bearing failed and damaged the clutch fingers. The bearing, the pressure plate, and the clutch disc needed to be replaced. 
116300 mi

US $2400
Bearing failure in transmission and  bad universal joint in driveshaft. 
92300 mi

US $250
Right front CV driveshaft was worn/loose. Replaced. I was having difficulty shifting into reverse so the mechanic lubricated the shift linkages 
84920 mi

A $300
replace drive shaft boot (split) 
58000 mi

US $1000
Not sure of details. Wife dealt with dealer. 
94500 mi Driver side front axle replaced. 

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2008 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

87000 mi CV boots torn. 
32700 mi Replaced front axle because of torn CV boot. 
88660 mi Right front balljoint with free play movement. 
70700 mi

US $295
Front inner axel boot split and leaking grease on exhaust, tons of black smoke coming out from under hood on the freeway. Dealer replaced axel boot. 
75300 mi

US $600
Driver side front wheel axle boot cracked and leaking grease. 
78000 mi

US $1460
Replaced cracked front driver's side CV joint that was identified in Dec. 
42000 mi

US $50
Hard shifting from low to second gear with a noticable sound but it coud not be duplicated at the dealer 
93000 mi

US $1776
Replace front cv joints. 
108000 mi

US $300
torn axle boot 
104300 mi

US $700
CV boots on both front driveshafts had split. I could have waited longer but decided to get it done before winter. I elected to replace both front driveshafts, at a cost of $460 with a lifetime parts/labor warranty. 
80000 mi

US $391
RF inner axle boot torn. Axle shaft removed and CV boot kit installed after shaft and related parts cleaned 
65700 mi

US $100
Slight leak from the front differential. Problem was fixed with a new seal. 
67000 mi

US $68
Replaced inner small axle clamps due to minor leak 
84300 mi

US $350
Replace driver side axle due to to torn axle boot 
93000 mi

US $600
Replaced front passenger side axle due to torn CV boot Vibration at idle when in drive after replacing front passenger side driveshaft. Shop is investigating cause. Repair not successful yet. Still investigating 
104700 mi Front right axle replaced last April 2015 with brand new after market axle. That axle failed and replaced with Subaru rebuilt axle 
94300 mi

US $1300
Replacement of cv joints and boots 
99000 mi

US $3800
Front right differential bearing had to be replaced, was told ( by dealer repair shop) it was cheaper to replace the entire transmission than to dismantle the transmission to replace the individual bearing. 
105000 mi Right front wheel bearing began to make a low noise, traded car for 2014 Outback 
132300 mi

US $430
Drive axles were replaced 

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2007 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

115000 mi

US $650
Both front drive shafts had to be replaced due to split rubber boots 
123000 mi

US $950
replaced one front axle again due to rubber boot split 

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2007 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

Replace front right CV joint 
52000 mi

US $250
Right front CV boot ripped, CV axle and boot replaced. 
96000 mi

US $235
Replaced drivers side front CV axle/boot 
60595 mi

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

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2007 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

104700 mi

US $500
Front left DOJ boot torn and leaking grease 

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2007 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

100420 mi

C $300
along with a CV joint boot. 
200000 mi

US $500
Replaced front CV shafts 
45000 mi

US $950
CV joints 
84000 mi

US $600
CV joint torn, so they replaced the right front axle. as it comes in a unit with the CV joint. 
102000 mi

US $800
CV joint torn. 
42000 mi Torn CV boot replaced. 
50000 mi Replaced torn CV boot. 

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2007 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

175-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

116000 mi

US $900
Replaced front axle shafts 
82000 mi

US $580
Replaced left front axle 
88500 mi

US $800
Yet another CV axle 
67000 mi

US $100
CV joint on LF axle was tearing. 

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2007 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

70000 mi

US $540
Shift cable failed, 
87000 mi

US $350
Replaced axle due to perished boot. 
225000 mi

US $37
leak at front differential fluid at passenger side half axle 
226000 mi

US $68
Car shifts with a jolt. Replace aftermarket AT spin on filter with OE and topped trans fluid with TranX 
229300 mi Leak at front differential appears to have stopped, may have been related to weather, cold temps, and high humidity??? 
132060 mi

C $370
torn CV boot on passenger side 
52000 mi

US $700
Leaking transmission cooler line replaced. Rear brake pads and rotors replaced. 
53000 mi

US $400
Front right CV Joint Boot failed, grease everywhere. Replaced both front axles. 
125000 mi

US $921
two new front axles 
68200 mi

C $300
fluid change, belt replacement, CV boot,  
21000 mi hard shift 2nd to 3rd, engine runaway then slam in to gear 
108000 mi

US $90
Replaced transmission filter and flushed transmission. Unsuccessful attempt to fix a problem with jerky upshifts when transmission cold. 
39060 mi Since the car was new it was hesitaing and then jerking into motion on acceleration from a stop sign as if the rear wheels were trying to catch up. Now it got worse. Dealer has never heard of this problem but sais it's normal! 91 gaz helps 
40300 mi

C $35
ATF small leak. ATF was leaking from ATF radiator inlet hose and pan gasket. Hose is no longer on warranty, but gasket is. Clip on hose was tightened and gasket replaced. I had to pay for ATF refill, fluids are never covered by warranty. 
101000 mi

US $1200
Replacement of two halfshafts due to boot tears, lube loss 
69000 mi

US $214000
front right C/V shaft/axle booting held C/V joint. grease had hole and grease was sent everywhere in engine compartment and on front exhaust system pipes. Replaced assembly with aftermarket product. This is bad unit/need to use OEM. 
71000 mi

US $200
replaced after market junk cvjoint/axle on front driver side with used excellent OEM unit. Now car runs like new and problem solved, but will have to sue original shop to get my money back. 
89000 mi

US $125
front CV joint boot broke and heavy grease released. Replaced boot and grease with factory rebuild kit. Typical Subaru issue in hot climate. 87,000 miles on car. Front C/V joint boots known tofail around 60-100 thousand miles in hot climat. 

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2007 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

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

132000 mi

US $700
transmission cooler failure 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

87000 mi

US $360
The passenger side CV joint was broken. This required a new CV joint and axle replacement and alignment. 
62300 mi

US $1591
Had the car inspected prior to buying, several things came up. Had them fixed after I purchased the car. Needed new CV joint,  
71000 mi

US $5285
Replace damaged CV Joint boots with new boots 
135000 mi Replaced front driver side CV Boot 
115000 mi

US $533
Newly purchased vehicle. Clicking noise when turning rt. & Lt. Steering wheel vibration between 15-25 mph. Replaced remanufactured front axles with 2, NEW front axles. Problem eliminated :) 
67000 mi

US $582
Brakes and CV joint boots 
77000 mi Throw out bearing and clutch replacement 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

84700 mi Adjustment to improve drivability of recently installed clutch 
89000 mi Leaking inner front CV boot. Replaced boot. 
91000 mi

US $600
Replaced other front inner CV boot. 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

52700 mi

A $140
Cracked LHS inner CV boot expelled grease all over LHS catalytic converter and LHS exhaust pipe. 
62000 mi

A $130
RH Front inner CV boot leaking. Replaced with after market brand. 
70060 mi

A $120
Transmission vibration for a few seconds or short rough shudder of transmission mostly in a straight ahead direction. ATF oil changed at 100,000km to Dexron 111. This had to be swapped to Castrol ATF 'J' to stop the problem. 
71300 mi

A $165
Shudder continues in transmission even with new Castrol J fluid changed in November 2015. ATF fluid changed to Idemitsu ATF-HP 8-litres on recomendation of independent long term Subaru repair shop. 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

175-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

117000 mi

US $140
CV joint had made some noise on right turns, garage looked at front while changing oil and spark plug wires. The rubber boot was torn. I believe CV was original to the car.Replaced with a lifetime wrnty. unit. 
940775 mi

US $240
replace RF axle shaft  
66500 mi

US $690
left side CV joint boots cracked and leaking grease. Replaced left side drive shaft, CV joints, and boots. 
70000 mi

US $300
Right side CV joint boots cracked and leaking grease. Replaced right side drive shaft, CV joints, and boots. 
75000 mi

US $185
Replaced right front axle seal 
90000 mi

US $369
Replace axle 
96000 mi

US $1863
Replace center differential bearings and transfer case 
67300 mi

US $355
inner cv boots almost worn through 
81000 mi

US $875
Clutch fluid bled and flushed. 
106000 mi

US $697
also had passenger CV boot replaced. 
142000 mi

US $301
I had the driver's side half shaft replaced. The CV boot was torn. 
117000 mi

US $4800
Transmission stuck in 5th gear (even when shifter was in neutral). Used transmission replaced the damaged one. 
78000 mi

US $500
replaced front transaxles 
83000 mi

US $1200
inner right half shaft boot 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

68000 mi

US $1400
One front CV joint damaged. Replaced damaged, and replaced other side as preventive maintenance. 
14000 mi

US $107
Shifting bushing replaced. Car wouldn't start because sensor didn't know it was in Park. Paid extended warranty deductible. Again, dealer said the problem was because I don't drive the car enough! This is my 4th Subaru, this is BS. 
105026 mi

US $81
Replaced Front Passenger CV shaft. 
115000 mi

US $636
Replaced both front CV shafts 
59520 mi

C $310
cracked CV boot resulted in replacing CV joint and axle assembly ($160 parts, $150 labor) 
117000 mi

US $3000
Both CV joint boots damaged. Remaining grease contaminated. 
61000 mi

US $1040
Replace front axles. Also replace battery (8yo) and light bulb. Also wiper blades and oil change. 
169000 mi

US $2300
transmission failed to engage anything above 2nd gear. suffered hesitation and jerking for 1 week prior to trans failure. 
61000 mi

US $325
Axle Both front DOJ Boots replaced. 
85000 mi

US $480
CV joints/boots leaking grease onto exhaust. 
69000 mi

US $140
Ripped DOJ boot. 
67000 mi

US $500
Replaced Front passenger side axle due to leaking CV Boot 
78000 mi

US $200
Passenger-side inner CV joint boot torn, grease lost, replaced drive axle with high-quality rebuilt unit. 
85000 mi

US $190
Replaced front driver's side axle due to damaged inner CV joint boot. 
114000 mi

US $382
Replaced driveshaft to fix bad carrier bearing (mid-driveshaft support bearing) 
109000 mi

US $300
replaced rear brake pads and installed new rear cv boot 
116000 mi

US $136
Replaced front right CV boot 
128000 mi

US $180
Clicking noise when car was making turns. Replaced right front axle. 
82000 mi

US $520
Inner pass side boot split. Had both pass and driver side boot replaced. DS was about to split also. 
80300 mi

US $300
Replaced torn right front inner axle boot. 
103000 mi

US $2300
Axle replaced 
72000 mi

US $850
Burnt oil smell after long drives. Replaced axle and boot to stop burnt oil smell (original boot was torn and spraying oil). 
93500 mi

US $2500
CV boot. Recall check on bearings. 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

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

227700 mi

US $720
Removed and replaced both front axles. 

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2005 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

64300 mi

US $4000
the flywheel failed, taking out the clutch and the transmission in the process 

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

102000 mi

US $263
Right front CV joint boot was torn. Had CV and Boot replaced. 
84300 mi

US $180
Car ceased to shift in gears and froze/died. Shop car was towed to said front axle repaired one side and upon pick up their was a noticeable vibration in front end. Return=hard acceleration&vibrations safe to drive 
86000 mi this shop took out drive axle and replaced found no difference in vibration on acecleration, took out replaced drivetrain , put old one back in and was at loss as to cause 
120000 mi

US $500
Both Left and Right Front CV Joint Boots were torn. Replace Both Left and Right Axel Assemblies. Work done by Les Schwab's 
67000 mi

US $40
CV boot needed replacement. 
74000 mi

US $250
CV boot ripped and leaking fluid. Replaced boot. 
68000 mi

US $300
replaced torn CV boots bilaterally. 
92000 mi

US $1100
Right front CV boot 
107000 mi

US $2000
cv boot 
86700 mi

US $910
Replaced Rt Front Axle and oils seal. 
71700 mi

US $658
driver's side inner cv boot cracked, replaced 
86000 mi Right side CV joint boot split and leaked. Tech replaced boot and axie. 
95000 mi

US $600
Front driver and passenger axle boots ripped, replaced with new Subaru axles. 
107000 mi

US $700
Needed a CV joint boot replaced, replaced entire axle as it was about the same price. 

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

90000 mi

US $179
Replaced inner CV Boot Assembly 
95000 mi

US $550
Blown right front CV boot. Replaced with remanufactured axle assembly 
31620 mi 3rd replacement of front axle due to loud clicking sound upon hard acceleration when cold 
47000 mi

US $700
CV boot torn. Replaced axle shafts. 
56300 mi

US $1600
Clutch replaced. It was worn out, but also there was heatspots on the flywheel and damage to the throwout bearing. 
91000 mi

US $150
Torn front inner CV boots. Rebuilt joints and replaced CV boots. 
64000 mi

US $100
Replaced Driver side Inner CV boot 
81000 mi

US $100
Passenger side CV joing boot shredded. Caused CV joint to wear prematurely. Both replaced 
78000 mi Replaced Passenger side half shaft. Inner CV joint torn 
94000 mi

US $100
Replaced Driver side inner CV boot 
112300 mi

US $400
Passenger Side Inner CV joint leaking grease 
115000 mi

US $400
Replaced Passenger side drive shaft AGAIN, due to torn boot. 
67000 mi

US $170
Passenger inner CV boot was torn. Believe to be caused by excessive heat from turbo/exhaust manifold which is in very close proximity. 
99000 mi

US $300
Noticed torn boot on driver's side front axle when changing oil. Had shop replace axle 
105000 mi

US $1700
Whirring sound when depressing clutch. Throw out bearing failed, and output shaft was worn down. New clutch kit: Replaced flywheel, throw out bearing, clutch, as well as a snout kit with bigger T/O bearing to remedy the worn output shaft Passenger side axle CV boot slowly leaking. Replaced axle while transmission was out for clutch job 
40000 mi Small vibration in the front end when cruising on the expressway. After time it got worse and would hear a clicking in the front from a acceleration from a stop. It was a front impeller shaft. Returned 2-3 weeks later. 

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

106020 mi

C $200
A homocinetic joint boot had to be replaced, front driver side. Been done at the same time as oil change. 
69500 mi

US $216
Replace front right axle. 
92000 mi

US $571
Nipple on radiator for transmission cooling line broke off, spewed transmission fluid for 1.5 miles. Car was undriveable needed to be towed to dealer. Radiator had to be replaced, fluids replaced. Second time car had to be recently towed, t. 
150000 mi

US $800
Mechanic found failed Front passenger drive shaft boot,  
167000 mi

US $320
Failed inner CV boot - Half shaft replaced. 4 wheel alignment done 
76000 mi

US $1200
Error code p1844 with engine light and vdc lights on. Dealer advised that vehicle would require a valve body replacement for approximately $1200. About 76,000 miles on vehicle, all maint. done at dealer. 
76000 mi Contacted Subaru main office about prior repair. They have been silent on covering this repair despite an expired extended warranty that would cover out to 80K miles (expired on time). Very displeased with Subaru at this point. May sell. 
80000 mi Contacted Subaru a second time and told them I reported their lack of response here. Subaru claimed they never received the first complaint. I sent them all info they requested about a week ago. I am requesting they honor the time expir 
80000 mi Subaru offered to pay $500 of the $1200 estimate. They declined to honor time expired but not mileage expired ext. warranty I had purchased for $1K. I declined and plan to purchase a more reliable vehicle with a 10 year powertrain warranty. 
90700 mi

US $300
CV joints cracked and leaking. Replaced. 
117000 mi

US $565
Replace drive shaft and left and right CV Joints 
88300 mi

US $400
front inner cv joints 
160000 mi

US $1600
U-joint lose, likely from towing too much weight. 

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

168-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

138000 mi CV boot ruptured, spraying grease all over the engine compartment. Thought it was a blown head gasket, had it diagnosed and a new CV boot was packed and installed. 
148000 mi

US $550
Other front cv joint boot ruptured. Replaces and repacked. 
66540 mi

C $880
Manual transmission shifter seal leak; Manual transmission shifter yoke worn out (stiff, estimated repair cost: $380). Interior CV joint covers cracked; estimated repair cost: 365$ Interior CV joint covers changed 
71500 mi

C $950
Front drivetrain binding when turning tight at low speed; problem getting worse since first identified 5 years ago. Manual gearbox and rear diff fluids changed. Situation improved somehow. Suspecting problem with viscous coupler 
137640 mi

C $400
Right Front Inner CV boot split, and CV joint worn. Replaced complete axle assembly and replaced Left Front CV boots at same time 
90000 mi

US $600
Torn CV boots. Design leads to early failure. Aftermarket axles cause horrible noise & vibration, three tries before trying Subaru rebuilt parts (new unavailable), which are still not as smooth as the originals. No shop would reboot them. 
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. 
60000 mi 3/4 transmission syncro replaced. 
144000 mi

US $750
Replaced both front drive axles, cv joints and boots. 
145300 mi

US $1250
Clutch fork and slave cylinder failure. Hydraulics replaced, new clutch kit installed. 
70000 mi

US $100
Rubber boots were torn on CV shafts. I replaced both front shafts. 

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

81400 mi

C $45
Torn inner passenger cv boot. Cleaned, lubed and reboot 
86800 mi

C $45
Torn inner cv boot drivers front 
128980 mi

C $850
Drive shaft replaced. 
89000 mi

US $400
Broken CV boot front driver side, replaced with new axle due to mileage and previous failure of passenger side boot ~75K miles 
88000 mi

US $200
CV boot split, replaced axle front passenger. New battery. 
112000 mi

US $75
Replace driver side CV joint boot cracked 
53000 mi

US $1064
Right front CV axle boot busted, installed new axle assembly Left rear wheel bearing failing. Removed wheel bearing hub, installed new hub assembly. 
106000 mi

US $350
Replced front passenger-side axle half shaft with new OEM axle due to broken CV boot (inner). 
128000 mi

US $290
Replace front axle shaft...performed by local NTB 
176000 mi

US $500
replace front cv joints and axles. going back to show, think c/v was defective or damaged upon installation. 
47000 mi

US $350
Inner front CV boot required replacement. 
53000 mi

US $250
Rt front CV boot replaced. 
88000 mi

US $250
had to replace worn out CV joint. 
83000 mi

US $145
The front passenger side axle boot was cracked and leaking grease. The joint was not bad yet, so I just had the boot itself replaced. 
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 mi Four-wheel-drive system was binding during tight, low speed turning. Transmission shifting problems when cold. Subaru replaced the complete transmission/center differential component. 
136000 mi

US $600
Front axle shafts were noisy. Got them replaced with after market parts but those parts transferred vibration to rest of car. Returned to shop to have shafts replaced with OEM rebuilts. 
79560 mi

C $600
Replaced transmission shifter cable and bushing 
79980 mi Torn front passenger side cv boot 
44700 mi

US $1840
Replaced front passenger side CV/axle assembly. 
81000 mi

US $953
Replaced both front half-shafts. Seals on both were leaking. 

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2005 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

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

116300 mi

US $500
CV Boots (both front drive shafts replaced) Sway Bar Links 

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2004 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

212-horsepower 3.0L H6 4-speed automatic AWD

97640 mi

C $260
Scraping noise on the front left side when the brakes were heated. Investigated and noticed scrape marks on the top brake pad retaining clip. Brought it to my mechanic and replaced the Front left wheel bearing & hub. 
116300 mi

US $390
torn CV boots 
75000 mi

US $500
Front boots on axle were bad. Axle was replaced. 

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2004 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

146000 mi

US $230
Passenger front axle was making noise. Replaced axle 
137000 mi

US $700
CV joint replaced. 

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2004 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

182300 mi

US $500
rusted and leaking transmission oil lines 
185000 mi

US $339
inner cv joint seized. 
165000 mi

US $250
new cv joints and axle 
170000 mi

US $275
cv joint failed 
171700 mi

US $1600
repair front transfer case. carrier bearings shot 
105400 mi

C $80
Replaced left front boot 
117780 mi

C $120
replaced cv joint 
158000 mi

US $220
Cracked CV Boot. Replaced entire half shaft to be safe. 
127700 mi

US $322
replaced CV joints causing vibration at idle. 

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2003 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

212-horsepower 3.0L H6 4-speed automatic AWD

146280 mi

C $300
front left UJ was starting to make alot of noise wan turning 
150660 mi

C $62
Front driver cv joint wase making alot of noise. 
179000 mi

US $270
Shaking continued after last trip to shop. Noticed axle boot was torn. Took car back to shop, and they replaced right axle. 
119000 mi

US $63
Leaking transmission fluid 
122000 mi

US $200
CV joint failed. Was replaced 
128000 mi

US $200
Axle and CV joint replaced. 3rd time. 
177940 mi slippy transmission... 
150000 mi

US $600
c/v joint boot replaced 
42500 mi

US $800
had to replace 2 cv joints. 
129000 mi

US $600
Frozen pulley  
82460 mi

C $40
Right front cv boot started to leak grease, found boots starting to crack, installed new cv boot kits on right front axle. 
95000 mi

US $300
Inner CV boots on both front axles split open. 

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2003 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

190000 mi

US $1900
Bad clutch, right after a new clutch (defective) had been installed. 

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2003 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

139000 mi

US $350
Rear axle differential needed replaced (replace complete axle).  
327300 mi

US $1565
Ring & Pinion failing. Replaced w/used transmission at 327,750 mi. 
86124 mi

US $469
Replace right side front axle shaft 
127000 mi

US $1445
Transmission and oil pan leak. Replaced gaskets. 
155000 mi

C $1200
Replaced the transmission 
166140 mi

C $350
Shifting cable broken 
152000 mi

US $200
Front CV boot leaking throwing grease up under the car causing burning grease smell. CV Boot replaced and car underbody cleaned. 
186300 mi Left front outer CV boot is also damaged, recommended to replace entire front axle due to play in wheels. 
135300 mi

US $600
One new front axle. 
138000 mi

US $500
Replaced cv axles 
137000 mi

US $65
Right front CV joint boot deteriorated due to heat from nearby cat converter Poor design. 
8000 mi The car lags or stalls for several seconds when accelerating from a rolling start last time about 7 sec. The dealer told me it was a common complaint and was an engineering problem with the CVT trans., they did nothing! Major safety issue! 

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2002 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

105000 mi

US $700
Needed a new driveshaft. 

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2002 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

212-horsepower 3.0L H6 4-speed automatic AWD

144000 mi

US $220
Cracked CV boots. Had boots replaced and joints regreased. 
115000 mi

US $775
Right front boot completely split. Sprayed grease on catalytic converter -nasty smell. 
137000 mi

US $750
Axle boots torn. Replaced axles.  

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2002 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

143000 mi

US $600
replace warranty CV 
153000 mi

US $190
Axle replaced 
158000 mi

US $600
Both left and right front axles need to be replaced. Car was making a lot of noise when pulling into parking spots. 
250000 mi Car must be warm after being driven over 1 hour, happens when warm, during sharp turning only. Transmission transfer case shutters very abruptly. Diagnosed as sticky clutch in awd, recommend 1st change transmission oil. 

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2002 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

156000 mi

US $800
Ripped CV boots - both replaced 
138500 mi

US $250
Replaced a front halfshaft. 
127000 mi

US $2200
Transmission pan gasket leaking - replaced. 

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2002 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

212-horsepower 3.0L H6 4-speed automatic AWD

104000 mi

US $150
Inner CV joint boot broken on right front wheel. Replaced entire half shaft with new for $ 120 and had transmission oil changed. 
120000 mi

US $140
Replaced Left CV drive shaft due to busted boot.  
149000 mi

US $900
CV boots busted on both front axles. Replaced both front axles, 
131000 mi

US $1500
I had driver front axle replaced with a rebuilt unit.  
138000 mi

US $125
The passenger side front inner CV boot split. 

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2001 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

176000 mi

US $2800
Transmission, first gear slipping, first estimate at $2800, car has 176K miles... Not worth it, going to attempt a flush and filter replacement in hopes this temporarily resolves slippage... 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

212-horsepower 3.0L H6 4-speed automatic AWD

118000 mi

US $2700
The car is 2007 Subaru Legacy 2.5 SE 5spd manual. The transmission housing and fork need to be replaced on 118,000. SOA does not want to admit manufacturing defect on the housing. The original clutch outlived the housing 
120000 mi

US $168
Replaced front outer CV boots both sides. 
112000 mi

US $1350
Bent driveshaft, replaced wheel bearing replaced 
138000 mi

US $108
The transmission line leading to the radiator had a hole in it. It was replaced. 
75020 mi

C $1472
transmission fluid leak detected nov 10 by Kal Tire missed by subaru technicians in oct 10 120 km inspection and service cost was $545. Subuaru service reps made excuses for their failure to notice the leaks. O-ring replaced. 
117000 mi

US $175
CV joint failure driver side 
145000 mi

US $150
Rear drive shaft vibration. Replaced rear drive shaft with one from junk yard Dealer want $700.00 for new part. 
114000 mi

US $485
U-joint went bad, but entire driveshaft had to be replaced, because the OEM unit has the u-joint as part of the driveshaft, replaced with after market that allows u-joint to be replaced separately. 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

167000 mi

US $1200
New axles. 
248000 mi Transmission seized. Needed replacement. 
76000 mi

US $394
Replaced Rt inner axle boot (DOJ boot) 
113000 mi Mechanic also recommended replacement of both front axles shafts and CV boots. 
129000 mi

US $85
Front-right CV boot split, causing a burning smell through the heater vents. Made appt.; fixed in a day. 
140000 mi

US $1200
Transmission was replaced with used one of similar mileage. There was a bearing failure in the old transmission, causing a clicking sound. 
153000 mi Bad CV joint. Junction Auto in New Haven, VT promised loaner but said on day of repair I couldn't have one, so CV joint wasn't repaired due to time constraints. Will find different shop. 
154000 mi

US $60
Viscous coupling binds after it's warmed up. Mechanic replaced fluid. Problem not gone but improved slightly. 
160700 mi

US $122
AWD system binds in front in sharp corners once driven out of town. Dealt with this for two years now. Dealer replaced transmission fluid but did not fix it. 
162000 mi

US $575
Replaced transmission with one that had 88K on it. Mechanic put in synthetic tranny fluid. Waited about a month to get it done due to scheduling problems on their part. 
172300 mi

US $526
Half shaft needed replacing, plus a CV boot 
70700 mi

US $400
CV joint replacement 
186000 mi

US $1800
clutch pedal fell into firewall. rpl master and slave. fail again because of clutch rubber hose. rlp master cylinder again and clutch pack... 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

105000 mi

US $425
Replace driver side inside boot 
241000 mi

US $250
replaced right front axle. 
123000 mi

US $713
several gaskets leaking, both transmission fluid 
143000 mi

US $150
one CV joint on each front half-shaft had a torn boot, both half-shafts replaced ($150 in parts). 
142600 mi

C $850
Front wheel boot torn wheel bearing replaced 
119040 mi

C $250
Torn axle boot above cat. and front bearing making noise. 
170300 mi

US $300
Front axle and serpentine belt replaced. 
321000 mi

US $1839
Driving back from a 7 hour trip noticed the transmission starting to slip. The AT fluid level light began to flash. The trans went out. It had been whining louder and louder so it's no surprise. Flat bed home. Local shop rebuilt trans. Also replaced the spindle and drive shaft. 
204700 mi

US $70
replaced cracked CV joint boot 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

119000 mi

US $440
Replaced passenger-side CV Boot. mechanic says that it is always the "right" CV boot that fails, because it is mounted directly above the (hot) catalytic converter. 
115000 mi

US $1100
New CV joint 
130000 mi

US $2500
Cracked axle boot replaced. 
131000 mi

US $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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2001 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

58900 mi

C $995
Bearing in Transmission noisy. Changed transmission oil and added additive, and the noise disappeared. 

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2000 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

120000 mi

US $91
Front differential fuel low, transmission noise, recommended transmission replacement, got second opinion (same), sold the car. 

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2000 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

162000 mi

US $900
Clutch replaced, as well as clutch hydraulics 

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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 mi

US $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 mi

US $500
replaced both front cv joints (total axle assemblies) 
2000 mi Nasty vibration from torque converter going in and out of lock-up. Dealer had car several times unable to replicate. I took off from work to take service manager and tech for instrumented ride, had no problem recreating problem. Replaced valve body. 
4000 mi Valve body suffered major failure a month or so after replaced (lit up dash big-time), limp-home mode. The second valve body started acting up within a day or two, needed to be replaced when I traded it. 
102000 mi

US $300
Both front inner CV boots leaking, both replaced. 
168000 mi

US $1550
Replaced left front axle and CV. 
172000 mi Right front axle replaced due to faulty part from previous repair. 
105000 mi

US $1600
Replace CV boots 
115000 mi

US $2500
Automatic transmission replaced. Had been delaying in shift into gear from P. 
106300 mi

US $250
Both CV joint boots on one axle were split. Replaced entire axle. 
204000 mi

US $500
Cracked universal joint boot on driver side front axle. Fix is to replace axle.  
255000 mi

US $1100
servo controlling locking torque converter was bad. Replaced servo pack. Torque converter would not disengage at stop which caused engine to stall.Otherwise car runs great. 
298000 mi

US $500
Front axle boot torn, replaced axle 
115000 mi Worn prop shaft joint 
120000 mi

US $2400
Seal leaks and slippage from first to second when "cold" 
257000 mi

US $200
Trans delayed 30 sec to 3 min before going into 1st gear. Replaced filter and used Castrol Dexron III Mercon AMSoil with a quart of Trans-X. Problem gone. 
73700 mi

US $140
replaced left axle boot 

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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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2000 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

167000 mi

US $385
knocking/clicking sounds coming from left side while in a turn and accelerating. Replaced both axles and stub shafts. 

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1999 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

157500 mi

US $40
Clutch pedal stays on floor when engine hot (pop back up with toe). I replaced clutch slave cylinder. $40 for new part. Simple repair job took at most an hour. 
240000 mi

US $325
Clutch slave cylinder failure rendered transmission inop; replaced, flushed, filled. 

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1999 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

73000 mi

£500
slow to engage drive. transmission overhaul new filter and oil. 
78000 mi

US $300
Left front axle replaced. 
152000 mi

US $600
Was leaking transmission fluid and causing smoke. Transmission serviced including new filter, flush and fill.  

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1998 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

100000 mi

US $900
Failed R front CV joint 
101000 mi

US $400
Replaced other CV joint. 

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1998 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

132000 mi

US $215
Front drive axle replaced due to worn CV joint  

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1998 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

184000 mi

US $1800
Tranny/Diff seal blown, replaced seal and other wear items in transmission during repair. 

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1997 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

254000 mi

US $220
clutch rubber hyrdraulic line broke 
182000 mi The clutch wore out fast, The carrier bearing always chirped. Something in the shifter gave out making the knob feel like dead weight. Sold it before it was looked at. 

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1996 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

190000 mi

US $1450
The center differential went out before I bought it. I didn't notice the problem until I drove it in a tight circle which makes the center diff really work to keep all the wheels turning in sync. 

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1996 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

128000 mi

US $250
Right front axle. 
128000 mi

US $18
Left front axle replaced. 2 year old axle failed due to not enough grease from re-builder. New axle when inspected did not contain enough grease. Packed in more CV grease installed w/new ball joint. Got a full 92.00 refund. Keep receipts! 

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Subaru Outback Transmission Problems

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