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2006 Subaru Outback repairs by problem area

Engine (36%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (21%)

Brakes and Traction Control (1%)

Suspension and Steering (25%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (13%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (1%)

Chart based on 296 repairs.
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2006 Subaru Outback engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (9%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (13%)

$100 - $499 (32%)

< $100 (34%)

Chart based on 103 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2006 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

113100 mi

US $3728
Typical head gasket issue. Subaru paid $750 toward repair. Again right around 90,000 
80500 mi

US $300
Poly rib belt failed. It should have been done at 75K, but I let it slip 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

59200 mi Turbo replaced. Repair covered by the factory 6 mi./60k powertrain warranty. Turbo replaced. Repair covered by the factory 6 mi./60k powertrain warranty. 
71000 mi

US $5285
Fuel injector failure caused a burned exhaust valve. Engine-out rebuild of valves and cylinder heads performed. 
62000 mi Subaru replaced the computer as there was a known issue (TSB). The computer was replaced at no cost to me.  
61700 mi

US $1591
oil cooler oring, timing belt, brake pads, labor. 
120000 mi Replaced ignition coil for one of the cylinders to fix an intermittent rough idle problem. 
129500 mi

US $250
Replaced the turbo in order to fix an oil leak (warranty maneuver). 
132000 mi Disassembly of radiator precipitated a break in a hose attachment piece. Could not re-attach, had to replace radiator. 
135000 mi Replaced Oil Cooler seal to fix oil leak. 
113000 mi

US $550
repeatedly generated a code and went into limp mode 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

83000 mi

US $5800
Two cracked exhaust valves in #2 cylinder, most likely due to bad work done by dealership. 
98800 mi

US $200
Front O2 sensor replaced to fix surging idle. MIL did not illuminate. Shop reported that sensor was unusually difficult to remove. 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

179000 mi

US $300
Check engine light came on. Bad O2 sensor 
42160 mi

A $209
Engine had coolant smells and showed loss of coolant from bottle and low level in radiator. Problem was not solved with thorough coolant flush and new coolant. Radiator cap rubber showed wear marks. Replaced cap with new one. 
66340 mi

A $85
Oil leaking from AVCS gasket for solenoid and pressure sensor. Cleaned area and ordered new gasket. 
68200 mi

A $20
Oil leaking from rear of heads. Cleaned area and found AVCS control valves source of leaks. Removed valves and replaced the 19mm Orings. No more leaking. 
79360 mi

A $4
Oil leaking from rear of heads again. Replaced 19mm O rings on AVCS valves. Using Neoprene O rings but these are unsuitable for the high temperature. No O rings available from dealer. Dealer practice is to replace the whole valve. His price for the valve is too high. 
74000 mi

US $65
Code P1844 - Lower Clutch Pressure Fault Cleaned electrical connections and cleared code. If problem returns they'll need to drop the pan and check electrical connections in transmission. If that fails, they will have to replace valve body. 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

175-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

65700 mi

US $700
Car was misfiring. Replaced coil, wires, plugs and performed other routine maintenance.  
107 mi

US $450
Check Engine Light. Stutter when accelerating. Replaced coil and spark plug wires. 
124000 mi

US $354
Misfire in a cylinder. Removed, cleaned, and replaced fuel injector. Update: Problem recurred less than a month later. 
124700 mi

US $279
Replaced ignition coil. 
133000 mi

US $737
Replaced dry/cracking drive belts (2). 
117000 mi

US $4800
Oil leak from drain pan. 
147000 mi TSB said to come in and get ECM reflashed. 
104000 mi Replace accelerator pedal. 
118700 mi

US $52
Check engine light intermittently comes on. Check codes. codes point to a problem with catalytic converter. Trying better gas. 
126000 mi

US $498
Car loosing power, check engine and cruise light on. Cleaned catalytic converter. Lost power again soon after. 
1280000 mi

US $800
Car Had no power. Replaced catalytic converter. 
89000 mi

US $400
Poss Moisture intrusion in plug wires causing misfires. Problem seems to have cleared up, but waiting to see... 
109000 mi

US $100
Engine is starting to use oil at a higher rate 
5000 mi New spark plugs/wires. Apparently they got wet and the car was misfiring. Covered under warranty. 
80000 mi

US $325
Y pipe rusted through. Rust cut out and repaired/replaced with new pipe section. 
84000 mi

US $20
Exhaust heat shield rattling. Welded and repaired. 
66700 mi

US $690
All drive belts (except timing belt) were cracking and needed to be replaced. Oil Oil pressure sensors on both cylinder banks leaking. Replaced sensors. 
75200 mi

US $350
Intermittent engine misfire under load at low RPM. Sometimes would produce check engine light. Found two spark plug wires with above spec resistance. Replaced all plug wires and now works fine. 
116560 mi

cracked radiator replace 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

83000 mi CHeck engine light comes on and cruise control is disabled. Per dealer, I tightened the gas cap and that seems to fix it for a while, but the problem repeats later. 
107700 mi

US $134
hestitaion stumbling under stop and go situations. replaced plugs and wires with NGK specified parts. Situation slightly resolved continuing issue suggested part to replace in addition to this coil pack. 
111000 mi

US $150
cooling system, no heat, blocked heater core. Backflush new coolant added. 
123000 mi

US $38
Hesitation and stumbling never fixed. 
150300 mi

US $3200
This is the second repair I have had on this car in 12 months with the engine. This time per the mechanic I burned a valve an, the piston hit the cylinder head and then the camshaft broke. 
165000 mi

US $200
Top seal on radiator leaking. Replaced radiator with OEM part. 
47000 mi Currently at 65K have small oil leak in back of engine and driver side CV booth have small leak. 
240300 mi

US $100
Dead battery and PCV valve replaced. Used car so maintanence was unknown, but based on excessive oil consumption I figured it was plugged. After removal, diagnosis was confirmed and car is no longer using oil excessively. 
245000 mi

US $130
Check engine light, dealer said was front O2 sensor, I replaced it myself for $96 since dealer wanted $350 for 15 minutes of work. But then code reads misfire cyl #2. Replaced spark plugs and wire set and so far so good. 
42000 mi Engine shuddering, "Check Engine" and "Cruise" light began flashing, engine lost all power. Vehicle was purchased 2-3 weeks prior, still under a 60-day, 5K mile warranty. Dlr found 1 Defective spark plug, replaced all for free. 
53000 mi

US $10
Exhaust shields. 1 fell off, another very loose. 
88000 mi Reflash computer module 
96000 mi newly replaced drive belt was causing sound when turning the wheels. Shop mentioned that they had a bad batch and replaced it with a heavy duty version at no cost. No problems so far. 
119000 mi

US $1600
Replaced Head Gasket 
125000 mi Replaced Oil sensing unit. Gasket within unit was bad. 
127700 mi

US $60
Cleaned Throttle body Replaced spark plugs and ignition wires. Car had a CEL light in the dash. 
90000 mi

US $3019
Blown head gasket. Also had new timing belt and tension adjuster done during the HG replacement. 
8000 mi Ignition key suddenly would not turn lock. Ignition replaced. 
72000 mi

US $850
No cruise control, replaced o2 sensor to fix it. 
93200 mi

US $2500
Head gasket. Planned timing belt.  
83000 mi

US $650
Radiator cooling fans need to be replaced. 
88000 mi

US $2200
Head gaskets burn out on each side. The car has all the maintenance done, dealer perform.  
117000 mi

US $3000
Blown head gasket 
87000 mi

US $1500
Diagnosed oil leak as a failed head gasket. Didn't actually do the repair. Chose to buy a new car instead. (another Outback). Estimated cost included in my amount paid. 
79000 mi

US $200
Drive Belt was worn so it was replaced 
101700 mi

US $2200
The head gasket was leaking and about to blow 
105500 mi

US $2200
The catalytic converter was busted and the header had a 1/4" crack in it 
108500 mi

US $1200
Engine was pinging, took it to my mechanic who advised the engine needed to be 'decked' 
118000 mi

US $300
I had a weld break loose in the exhaust and the rattling noise kept getting worse so I took it to a local muffler shop and got a new exhaust 
97000 mi Engine went into limp home/idle mode when started, check engine light with code 2138; cleaned electrical connector to throttle body, connector to gas pedal assembly. 
110300 mi Code P2138 - accelerator pedal unresponsive, engine lost power. Removed accelerator pedal, disassembled, cleaned all contacts with electrical contact cleaner, reassembled and reinstalled pedal 
41000 mi

US $10
Shudder when shifting and vibration at certain speeds. 
55000 mi #4 cylinder head gasket leaking . Replaced under 60k 5 year powertrain warranty 
101000 mi

US $250
Had pass side headgasket replaced. 
39260 mi

C $300
Symptoms: Ran rough after/in heavy rain. Check engine light on. Scan: Misfire cylinder #3. Diagnosis: Cracked Coil. Repair: Replace Coil. So far, so good. 
111600 mi

C $2300
head gasket leaking. smoking after hill climbs. Garage changed gaskets 
119660 mi

C $150
Connector broke at front of muffler. Garage welded and installed new connector. 
61000 mi Noticed an oil leak prior to purchase. Dealer agreed to fix as part of the purchase. After purchase dealer diagnosed a leaking head gasket. Dealer made the repair. 
103000 mi

US $1240
Holes in exhaust & bad catalatyc converter 
98500 mi

US $80
head gasket leaking oil on both side on the exhaust pipe 
101000 mi

US $1978
head gasket. afterwards started to leak again. preventive: water pump straps thermostat valves adjustment 
103000 mi head gasket leaked oil pressure sensor leaked valve cover leaked 
106000 mi pressure oil sensor leaking 
39260 mi

C $900
car overheated in traffic - we brought it home and took it in after the long weekend; repair shop identified faulty relay motor and 2 faulty rad fans+motor assemblies; test/tune A/C also did oil chg at same time. $700 parts and $200 labor 
48240 mi

C $645
oxygen sensor(threading stripped) was causing check engine light to be on and disabled cruise control;(400) also, battery needed replacement (200) and swapped snow tires on (45) chk eng lt had been on and off problem for months; now fixed 
63740 mi

C $1100
exhaust sensors x 2 
77500 mi

C $200
replaced rad hoses that were soft 
14000 mi Took car back in to look at the heatshields. There was no rust problem. The problem is the pads inside the heatshields which cannot be repaired without replacing the heatshields. Why can't they replace the pads only and save the enviroment 
19200 mi

US $1000
Replaced brakes and rotors, alignment, something with the fuel injection. 
27000 mi

US $750
O2 sensor failed. Replaced spark plugs, and while it was there had all systems flushed and fluids replaced. 
28000 mi

US $500
2nd exhaust sensor was bad. 
21500 mi Again, check engine light and cruise control light. Replaced battery after less than 2 years. Check engine light came back on a few days ago for a short time. I am always told that I don't drive enough. lol 
110095 mi

US $1690
Head gasket replacement, heads machined, thermostat replaced. 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

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

176000 mi

US $73
idler bearing began making howling noise 
183000 mi

US $315
Pressure fitting in radiator for transmission fluid cooling blew out, dumping all of the fluid. 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

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

178000 mi

US $995
replace catalytic converter 
190000 mi

US $130
Power steering belt and one other belt 
195000 mi

US $130
Fuel sensor was dirty 
197500 mi

US $100
One of the belts needed to be replaced. 
61000 mi

US $3199
Oil Smell. Had dealer perform CPO inspection to see what the car needed. Had to replace both head gaskets and opted to also replace, Timing belt, Water pump, Thermostat and spark plugs.  

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2006 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

72000 mi

US $600
water pump replaced 

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2006 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

285000 mi

US $185
Engine bogs down on acceleration. Replaced both exhaust sensors, still not fixed. 

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