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2008 Subaru Outback repairs by problem area

Engine (32%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (15%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (26%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (14%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (5%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 371 repairs.
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2008 Subaru Outback other repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (46%)

< $100 (54%)

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Chart based on 13 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2008 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

51000 mi

US $450
Car was making noise and not running smooth. could not go over 15 miles an hour.  

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2008 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

30000 mi Check engine light was on, cruise control not functional, and shift mode (intelligent, sport, sport sharp) were not available, was locked in "sport" mode.  

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2008 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

73100 mi

US $100
Hinge on the passenger sun visor broke. Had to install new sun visor. 

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2008 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

71000 mi

US $352
I left console light on all night, battery dead in morning, not even clicking. AAA charged up a little to get me started. Dealership did a slow charge and recommended replacing battery but after driving it for a week it was fully charged. Airbag light flashing intermittently on main panel codes 26 & S8 overhead pass airbag ctrl mod shorting out dlr replaced. I paid for it & complained to Subaru Corp, they promised to reimburse me. Filed complaint w/NHTSA bc common problem. 

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2008 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

169000 mi

US $100
Windshield wiper motor linkage broken, motor replaced 
80000 mi

US $244
Driver's Seat Belt not retracing properly. Replaced. 
9300 mi

C $400
tire pressure sensors corroded and let tires down 
77700 mi

US $50
Rear hatch struts were getting weak. In extreme cold last winter they would not always hold the weight of the hatch. Starting to show symptoms in the warmer weather. 
15000 mi Rear seatbelt won't operate - it won't retract nor extend further than the position it is stuck in 
23000 mi Rear passenger seat belt would not operate, it wouldn't retract and wouldn't pull out making it impossible to install a car seat for my kid. They replaced it. 
69000 mi

US $25
The wheel lug studs broke off while tire place (Costco) was trying to change my tires. I had to take car to dealer to get studs replaced then go back to get new tires put on car. And another stud broke off so back to dealer to change new. 
83700 mi Fuel door release cable, failed completely. Fuel filler door had to be manually pried opened. It was rusted out, or cracked. Replaced with new part. It should have been fixed during a safety inspection before it was transported. 

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2008 Subaru Outback Other Problems

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