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2004 Subaru Outback repairs by problem area

Engine (39%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (18%)

Brakes and Traction Control (1%)

Suspension and Steering (23%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (15%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (4%)

Other (0%)

Chart based on 95 repairs.
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2004 Subaru Outback repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (19%)

$100 - $499 (46%)

< $100 (18%)

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Chart based on 79 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2004 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

Subaru Outback in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2012 - Nov 2012
Nov 2012

111000 mi

US $330
Wheel bearing failed; replaced bearing 

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2004 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

212-horsepower 3.0L H6 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in Colorado, United States
Jul 2012 - Oct 2012
Oct 2012

75000 mi

US $500
Front boots on axle were bad. Axle was replaced. 
Subaru Outback in Minnesota, United States
Dec 2012 - Jun 2014
Apr 2013

116800 mi

US $200
Throttle body censer, belt, pulley. 
Subaru Outback in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2010 - Aug 2016
Dec 2010

91760 mi
Replaced the right rear wheel bearing. 
Aug 2011

97540 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. 
Apr 2012

99500 mi

C $100
Exhaust flange (between muffler & midpipe) had a leak. Took it to an exhaust shop to have the old flanges cut off and patched together with a piece of pipe. 
Nov 2012

103420 mi
Replaced alternator due to low voltage output. 
Jul 2014

111800 mi
Turn signal stalk was randomly clicking (triggering the relay, but not signal lights) Opened up the steering column and took the stalk out, and cleaned the grease on the contacts as outlined on subaruoutback.org 
Aug 2015

118100 mi

C $600
Replaced a/c condenser due to hole. Replaced front right ball joint. Replaced the oil pressure sender due to oil leak 
Subaru Outback in Illinois, United States
Mar 2011 - May 2015
May 2011

41000 mi

US $660
AC was not blowing cold. Replaced high and low hoses, recharged system. Left front door power lock actuator was not working. Replaced part. Rear sway bar linkages (both) were worn. Replaced. 
Jan 2015

59000 mi

US $50
Oil leak. Filter gasket leaked. 
Subaru Outback in Michigan, United States
Feb 2013 - Jun 2017
Jul 2013

115500 mi

US $390
torn CV boots 
Sep 2013

121000 mi

US $180
Replaced "crunchy" radiator hoses 
Apr 2014

135000 mi

US $157
Vibrating noise when idling and when first started. Replaced belt and idler bearing (power steering pump shaft bearing). 
Jul 2014

140800 mi

US $655
Replaced worn steering rack boot Replace AC hose and recharged Freon 
Jul 2015

158483 mi

US $500
Replace left front rear control arm bushing 4 wheel alignment after replacement of arm bushing 
Aug 2015

160170 mi

US $2000
Replace RH and LH catalytic converter 
Feb 2016

171530 mi

US $678
Replace oxygen sensor Replace right front wheel bearing and seals 
Jul 2016

180265 mi

US $400
Replace steering rack boots and alignment after replacement 
Subaru Outback in Florida, United States
Sep 2010 - Nov 2013
Jun 2011

74000 mi
Leaky sunroof was dripping water into the trunk. The dealership thought it was fixed with their water testing, but on another heavy rain it reappeared. Dealer noticed something (I can't think of what it was) broken dealing with the suspension/steering going to the front right tire. 
Jul 2011

74200 mi
On previous trip reconnected drain tube. This time unclogged it. Fixed leak. 
Subaru Outback in British Columbia, Canada
May 2013 - Jul 2013
Jul 2013

83700 mi

C $3000
Head gaskets need replacing, gasket warped,water pump cracked 
Subaru Outback in Connecticut, United States
Sep 2013 - Jul 2015
Dec 2013

171000 mi
Rear sway bar, connector rods needed to because of cracked grommets. I had replaced the connectors in March 2013 and they were still under warranty. 

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2004 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Outback in Alabama, United States
Nov 2014 - Sep 2016
Jun 2015

232000 mi

US $597
The A/C compressor, idler pulley and belt were replaced. 
Jul 2016

242500 mi

US $425
Replaced rear struts 
Subaru Outback in Wisconsin, United States
Jan 2011 - Apr 2011
Feb 2011

101000 mi

US $800
New water pump, timing belt and thermostat. replaced clutch assembly. replaced front and rear differential fluid replaced seal in rear differential oil change 
Subaru Outback in Colorado, United States
Jun 2014 - Jun 2018
Nov 2014

136600 mi

US $350
Replaced leaking valve cover gaskets 
Sep 2015

143000 mi

US $140
Alternator stopped putting out. Easy replacement except for the fan shroud adjustment. 
Mar 2016

146000 mi

US $230
Passenger front axle was making noise. Replaced axle Valve cover leaking, grommets and gasket replaced. Valves adjusted. 
Aug 2016

149000 mi
Front passenger side axle failed again. Strong clicking noise when turning right while accelerating, then as it got worse, louder noise while accelerating straight as well. Covered under warranty from prior visit. 
Oct 2016

149000 mi

US $1200
Steering was pulling to the left. Mechanic found blown strut. Replaced all four as ride was degrading anyhow. 
Apr 2017

152000 mi

US $575
Leak in high side pressure line from compressor to condenser. Replace line, recharge system 
Dec 2017

153641 mi

US $5252
Replaced the head gasket. Known/common problem on this engine and model year. Water pump leaking, replaced. Replaced shift shaft oil seal. The dealership noticed it while they were diagnosing the bad head gasket. Given how weak this vehicle is it wouldn't surprise me to find that it had also sprung a leak in the blinker fluid gasket. 
Subaru Outback in Massachusetts, United States
May 2011 - May 2015
Jun 2011

92000 mi

US $2300
clutch replacement and pulleys replaced 
Jul 2014

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

Subaru Outback in Utah, United States
Jul 2010 - Dec 2016
Jul 2011

77000 mi

US $1450
Head Gaskets replaced. Discovered during routine maintenance that oil and coolant were mixing and that the head gaskets were in poor condition. 
Subaru Outback in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2010 - Mar 2014
Jul 2011

89280 mi

C $120
missing link on a rear wheel 
Jun 2012

105400 mi

C $80
Replaced left front boot 
Jun 2013

111600 mi

C $100
heater sensor 
Nov 2013

117580 mi

C $120
replaced cv joint 
Subaru Outback in Idaho, United States
- Jun 2008
Sep 2006

30000 mi

US $5000
Full repaint of the car covered under manufacturer's warranty. 
Jun 2008

58000 mi

US $450
Rear Shock replacement. 
Subaru Outback in Maryland, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2018
Dec 2010

96000 mi

US $350
Gas Tank Sending unit sending erratic readings causing check engine light. Gas gauge seemed to be working correctly, however CEL said otherwise. 
Jun 2011

102000 mi

US $3100
Car Overheating. Head Gasket Failure. Subaru Dealer removed engine from car did a complete engine re-seal replaced the intake, exhaust, spark plug, rear main, and oil pan seals/gaskets.  Also replaced Water Pump, Thermostat,  Power steering pump. 
Dec 2011

110000 mi
Power Steering Belt squeal when cold. 
Nov 2013

138300 mi

US $160
End links worn. 
Apr 2015

157200 mi

US $100
Exhaust bracket broken. Welded bracket back together 
May 2015

158000 mi

US $220
Cracked CV Boot. Replaced entire half shaft to be safe. 
Jul 2016

161000 mi

US $200
Replaced all four sway bar end links. 
May 2017

166000 mi

US $250
Braking was poor. Found the front left brake caliper was seized. Disassembled the caliper, rebuilt and lubricated. Replaced rotors and pads both sides. 
Jul 2017

167000 mi

US $300
Exhaust leak at cat converter and down pipe joint. Replaced gasket. CV boot failure. Replaced entire half shaft. 
Feb 2018

168000 mi

US $250
Left front sway bar end link fractured in half. Had all replaced and oil/filter change. 
Jun 2018

170000 mi

US $5
Removed the shims in the AC compressor clutch 
Subaru Outback in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2010 - Feb 2013
Sep 2010

157000 mi

US $140
Overheating, cleaned radiator, flushed, new thermostat and fluids 
Mar 2012

181000 mi

US $336
Leaking struts 
Apr 2012

181700 mi

US $500
rusted and leaking transmission oil lines 
Subaru Outback in New Hampshire, United States
Aug 2011 - May 2015
Aug 2012

165000 mi

US $250
new cv joints and axle 
Jun 2013

170000 mi

US $275
cv joint failed 
Jul 2013

170800 mi

US $1600
repair front transfer case. carrier bearings shot 
Mar 2014

176000 mi

US $550
replace MAF sensor 
Jan 2015

171200 mi

US $300
replace power steering pump 
Subaru Outback in Wisconsin, United States
Dec 2015 - Mar 2017
May 2016

184900 mi

US $200
Overheating so they did pressure test, and other stuff. New radiator cap and thermostat. 
Jan 2017

183000 mi

US $1300
Heads warped. Repairing as funds permit. 
Subaru Outback in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2012 - Mar 2015
Dec 2012

155000 mi

US $600
Replaced passenger side catalytic converter. 
Feb 2013

158400 mi

US $3100
Replaced catalytic converters. 
Jul 2014

190800 mi
AC hose replaced 
Oct 2014

196000 mi

US $621
Replaced left front wheel bearing, alternator belt, battery terminal, & license plate light. 
Subaru Outback in Connecticut, United States
Dec 2012 - Jun 2013
Mar 2013

108000 mi

US $1000
Head gasket leaking was causing temp gauge to peg on "H" after a few miles of driving. Last time was just 24 months ago. This is the THIRD time the head gasket has had to be machined and replaced, in the 8 years since purchased new. 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Jan 2012 - Jun 2018
Apr 2012

101200 mi

US $241
Valve cover leak and spark plug tubes leaking 
Mar 2014

127000 mi

US $2000
Head gaskets leaking oil. 
Apr 2014

127300 mi

US $322
replaced CV joints causing vibration at idle. 
Mar 2017

154000 mi

US $242
Suction line leaking. R&R both hoses. 1st AC service in 13 years. 
Subaru Outback in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2012 - Apr 2013
Jan 2013

150300 mi

US $1800
Replaced head gasket, etc. 
Subaru Outback in New York, United States
Sep 2011 - Apr 2015
Nov 2011

148300 mi
Blown head gasket caused overheating. 
Dec 2012

172000 mi

US $32
Exhaust flange rusted out just ahead of the muffler. Pipes were cut and a piece of tubing welded in. 
Jun 2013

185000 mi

US $339
inner cv joint seized. 
Mar 2015

206000 mi

US $1300
Blown head gaskets. Also had running hot issue. Fix with new radiator. Gaskets replaced on each head. 
Subaru Outback in Michigan, United States
Sep 2011 - Apr 2014
Oct 2011

89000 mi

US $950
Moderate sized area of rust through on driver's side rear wheel well and rust area in center of hood. 
Jan 2014

94500 mi

US $38
Fix leak in exhaust system. Fuel(gasoline) dripped on hot engine while driving in very cold weather. Fumes entered car by heater. Problem traced to leak in fuel line at hose connection and confirmed by dealer. 

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2004 Subaru Outback 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in California, United States
May 2011 - Sep 2011
Sep 2011

70000 mi

US $350
6 CDs stuck in cd changer. Removed cd/radio unit and sent to Subaru for removal of CDs and a refurbished/replacement unit. Took over 3 months to complete work (get replacement unit and get CDs returned)! 

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2003 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

Subaru Outback in Maryland, United States
May 2011 - Oct 2011
Oct 2011

194000 mi
Car would not pass emissions inspection that was due.  Mechanic also found a major suspension issue. But at over 190,000, I really can't complain. This car has been, still is, great. 

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2003 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

212-horsepower 3.0L H6 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in Utah, United States
Mar 2011 - Sep 2016
Apr 2011

129000 mi

US $600
Frozen pulley  O2 sensor replaced  
Jun 2014

189000 mi

US $330
New struts 
Subaru Outback in Texas, United States
Nov 2010 - Dec 2011
Mar 2011

99000 mi

US $150
Head light covers hazed over. Refinished to like new. 
Subaru Outback in New Hampshire, United States
Feb 2012 - Oct 2016
Mar 2012

119000 mi

US $63
Leaking transmission fluid 
Apr 2012

120000 mi

US $86
Leaking A/C hose 
Jun 2012

122000 mi

US $200
CV joint failed. Was replaced 
Jan 2013

128000 mi

US $200
Axle and CV joint replaced. 3rd time. 
Mar 2013

129000 mi

US $300
Serpentine belt broke. was replaced 
Aug 2013

132000 mi

US $380
O2 sensor in exhaust failed Head shield rattle 
Sep 2013

133000 mi

US $50
heat shield tightened, second repair 
Jul 2014

140800 mi

US $100
rust and erosion on flanges in exhaust sytstem 
Sep 2014

145000 mi

US $300
erosion of flanges 
Jan 2015

138300 mi

US $170
Failed Fuel pump. Replacement failed 1 day later requiring another (2nd) tow. Fuel pump replaced on previous day failed. Was replaced with another fuel pump 
Oct 2016

167000 mi
The Outback was giving signs of impending catastrophic failure. Plus the heat shield sounded like I was dumping 200 pounds of metal scrap onto a tin roof.  
Subaru Outback in New Hampshire, United States
Aug 2010 - Nov 2010
Sep 2010

174000 mi

US $100
Pipe detached from catalytic converter. Mating surfaces cleaned/ground and pipe reattached. 
Nov 2010

177000 mi

US $270
Intermittent shaking when driving at a constant highway speed for awhile. (such as when using cruise control) Shaking continued after last trip to shop. Noticed axle boot was torn. Took car back to shop, and they replaced right axle. 
Subaru Outback in Michigan, United States
May 2011 - Dec 2011
Dec 2011

123000 mi

US $250
Boot was torn 
Subaru Outback in Nova Scotia, Canada
Jan 2009 - Jan 2011
Jun 2009

71920 mi

C $30
Clunk in front of car, found front swaybar bushings wore out. 
Apr 2010

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. 
Subaru Outback in Vermont, United States
Jan 2009 - Jan 2018
Sep 2009

150000 mi

US $600
failed state inspection. Needed cracked windshield replaced and both lower ball joints.  c/v joint boot replaced 
Aug 2010

158000 mi

US $50
Lower ball joint failed state inspection 
Dec 2010

162000 mi

US $250
Coolant pipe from thermostat housing to oil filter, and coolant pipe to heater core rusted through, leaking coolent. Pipes needed to be replaced, dealer items. Up stream oxygen sensor faulty, replaced 
Mar 2011

170000 mi

US $400
Left rear wheel bearing and right tie rod worn out, replaced. Both rear sway bar links broken, replaced. Front rotors and pads worn out, replaced. 
May 2011

172900 mi

US $200
Both front wheel bearings replaced. Loose/noisy. 
Sep 2012

197000 mi

US $100
Car overheated, thermostat stuck. Thermostat, radiator cap and coolest replaced 
Mar 2013

204000 mi

US $560
Rear brake lines rusted through, requiring replacement Rear calipers frozen, rotors rusty, parking brake shoes worn out. New pads, parking brake shoes and rotors CEL code 420. Down stream O2 sensor faulty, replaced 
Jun 2013

205000 mi

US $2100
Head gasket leaking, coolant pushed out of radiator, car overheating, both heads milled .007". New water pump, hoses, pipes seals and gaskets 
Aug 2013

206000 mi

US $123
Coil for cylinder 6 needed replacement 
Mar 2014

217000 mi

US $300
Muffler rusted through, replaced 
Nov 2014

224000 mi

US $250
Rear wiper motor Fuel filler pipe rusted through 
Jan 2017

177200 mi

US $300
Exhaust. Air/fuel sensor bank 1 replaced 
Jan 2018

264000 mi

US $150
L/f brake caliper frozen, replaced Camshaft position sensor defective 
Subaru Outback in Georgia, United States
Jul 2012 - Jul 2013
Aug 2012

43000 mi

US $800
had to replace 2 cv joints. 
Subaru Outback in British Columbia, Canada
Jan 2009 - Oct 2011
Sep 2009

54560 mi
AC leak, requires new discharge hose 
Dec 2009

56420 mi

C $250
Completed AC leak repair, dealer paid half. 
Aug 2010

59600 mi

C $100
rear sway bar replaced 
Subaru Outback in Connecticut, United States
Mar 2009 - Jan 2018
Jun 2012

70000 mi

US $3000
Power sunroof not working 
Aug 2014

77600 mi

US $3000
Also wipers, engine noise fixed. A bunch of expensive little things rather than a single really expensive problem. 
Nov 2015

87000 mi

US $300
Hood release cable broken 
Apr 2017

99000 mi

US $300
Headlights 2 tires 
Oct 2017

103000 mi

US $600
Replaced rear shock springs 
Nov 2017

105000 mi

US $70
Front light replacement 
Dec 2017

105000 mi

US $600
Head gasket replaced, other minor work 
Jan 2018

109000 mi

US $100
Alternator belt broke. Brakes and calipers rusted and worn down. Chassis rusted to point of being dangerous 
Subaru Outback in Colorado, United States
May 2008 - Jun 2018
Jun 2008

52063 mi

US $102
Replaced brake pads on all 4 wheels. Rotated tires. 
Mar 2009

58566 mi

US $341
A/C hose replaced, A/C system recharged 
Sep 2009

62792 mi

US $8
Replaced right side low beam 
Jan 2010

65317 mi

US $57
Car parts store replaced battery (old battery was still under warranty) 
Apr 2011

74700 mi

US $8
Replaced driver side low beam bulb Replaced driver side low beam bulb 
Dec 2011

78000 mi

US $172
Idle Air Control Valve was malfunctioning (scanner code P0508). Replaced the valve and gasket, engine idle improved and the check engine light went off. 
Mar 2012

80000 mi

US $315
High pressure hose replaced, system recharged. Serpentine belt replaced. 
Apr 2014

94200 mi

US $75
The serpentine belt idler pulley needed to be replaced. The bearing wore out. 
Jun 2014

95000 mi

US $300
Fuel pump and fuel filter replaced. Inner CV boots on both front axles split open. 
Apr 2015

99500 mi

US $149
Battery replaced 
Jun 2015

102000 mi

US $131
The check engine light was on. My scanner returned a code indicating the TPS (Throttle Position Sensor) was malfunctioning. The TPS was replaced and the check engine light went off. 
Dec 2015

105000 mi

US $156
The bearing in the tensioner pulley failed. The idler pulley and serpentine belt were both damaged when this occurred. Both pulleys and the serpentine belt were replaced. 
Dec 2017

116000 mi

US $144
Both rear struts were replaced. One of the rear struts was leaking. 
Subaru Outback in Quebec, Canada
Jan 2014 - Jun 2018
Dec 2014

141980 mi

C $80
the original anti-start just would'n let us start the car again! 
Apr 2015

145680 mi

C $300
front left UJ was starting to make alot of noise wan turning 
Jul 2015

149000 mi

C $1500
fuel pump failure replace the pump 
Dec 2015

150660 mi

C $62
Front driver cv joint wase making alot of noise. 
Jul 2016

153740 mi

C $350
two front calliper seized in the slides. 
Apr 2017

160580 mi
Front passenger airbag changed. Recall. 
Mar 2018

176700 mi

C $560
The car was starting to act very bizarre in bumps and the rear wheels were not standing straight... all the rear-end bushing were changed and everything is back to normal! Front passenger caliper was seized again... 
Subaru Outback in British Columbia, Canada
Jun 2016 - Jun 2018
Aug 2016

115400 mi

C $1400
Serpentine belt and tensioner were worn and were replaced. Rear sway bar was audibly broken. 
Mar 2018

125860 mi

C $50
diagnosed leaky transmission. Not fixed in this trip 
Subaru Outback in New York, United States
Sep 2017 - Jun 2018
Nov 2017

150000 mi

US $200
fixed axle tie rod 
Mar 2018

151000 mi

US $200
ac compressor 

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2003 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Outback in Michigan, United States
Feb 2010 - Oct 2010
Mar 2010

79000 mi

US $90
Head gasket beginning to leak oil. Intend to contact SOA to see if they will reimburse all/part of repair. 
Aug 2010

85000 mi
Rear stabilizer bar check engine light - emission valve Gas tank exhaust valve faulty, allowed back pressure to build up during fueling 
Oct 2010

86000 mi
Emission valve, gas tank exhaust valve needed when sold to Subaru mechanic. Head gasket starting to leak when sold. 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Nov 2009 - Jun 2012
Jun 2009

88167 mi

US $380
Replaced bad o-ring, dryer, and recharged A/C system 
Jul 2009

89025 mi

US $1341
Dealer recommended center differential needed replacing due to binding when turning at slow speeds. I called and complained to Subaru (2nd major repair on 90K car - they sent me a $750 discount on new Subaru if purchased by 12/31/11. 
Sep 2009

91091 mi

US $1541
Leaking head gaskets replaced. Subaru agreed to pay for part of the cost even though car not under warranty. Also replaced timing belt at same time. 
Feb 2011

105732 mi

US $339
Valve adjustment done (in retrospect, this should have been done when dealer replaced head gaskets/timing belt at 90K but I wasn't advised about this by dealer - jerks!). 
Feb 2012

118000 mi

US $756
Clutch was becoming hard to push to floor and it was recommended I replace it, so I did. 
Subaru Outback in Colorado, United States
Jul 2009 - Sep 2009
Sep 2009

69000 mi
Sold car. A pre-purchase inspection by SuperRupair in Boulder, CO found the right front ball joint needed replacement. 
Subaru Outback in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2016 - Jun 2018
May 2017

168000 mi

US $200
calipers rotors pads parking brake shoes. one caliper was frozen. 
Jul 2017

168000 mi

US $5
Rusted oil pan was leaking. JB weld!! 
Aug 2017

168000 mi

US $70
driver side control arm rear bushing leaking fluid. Replaced with oem part. 
Oct 2017

168700 mi

US $106
inner and outer tie roads replaced 
Feb 2018

171000 mi

US $5
Headlight bulb burned out. Replacement didn’t work until harness was cleaned of oxidation in a vinegar/salt bath 
Subaru Outback in Maine, United States
May 2011 - Aug 2011
Jul 2011

150000 mi

US $28
Headlights cloudy. Polished them with a headlight repair kit and they look good as new. 
Aug 2011

152000 mi

US $425
replaced water pump, radiator, thermostant, timing belt, and hoses 
Subaru Outback in Texas, United States
Jan 2016 - Feb 2016
Feb 2016

190000 mi

US $1900
Bad clutch, right after a new clutch (defective) had been installed. 
Subaru Outback in Ohio, United States
Nov 2014 - Jun 2018
Jul 2016

74200 mi
Right front half shaft replaced. Inboard boot split, spraying grease all over. 

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2003 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in Tennessee, United States
- Jun 2007
Jun 2007

61000 mi

US $450
I brought the car in for its 60000 mile service. It was found to have 2 spark plugs had oil residue on them. It cost $400.00 to replace the oil seals on one side of the engine. I have had similiar engines that did not display this anomoly until after 100k 
Subaru Outback in Vermont, United States
Mar 2012 - Jul 2018
Aug 2012

105100 mi
Noted an oil burning smell and saw that oil was dripping on the exhaust. The shop said it was a small head gasket leak. Will cost $1,000 to fix. Since the engine also has "piston slap", both problems can be fixed for $2,000. Can't afford now 
Aug 2013

113000 mi

US $355
Right front wheel bearing was bad and needed to be replaced. 
Feb 2015

126100 mi

US $300
1 ball joint replaced and alignment done. 
Sep 2015

132000 mi

US $235
Sway bar links replaced 
Jun 2016

139000 mi

US $125
Exhaust leak and heat shield rattle 
Apr 2017

147000 mi

US $300
Front left axle replaced 
May 2017

147000 mi

US $300
Left rear tail light assy. had water in it 
Subaru Outback in Virginia, United States
Dec 2016 - Jul 2018
Feb 2017

121000 mi

US $38
Driver's side front / lower ball joint replaced, due to original being worn. 
Apr 2017

123000 mi

US $100
replaced old factory rear shocks / struts 
Mar 2018

141000 mi

US $190
Front brake pads worn down to the 'squealer' tab. So did a full pad and rotor replacement for front and back brakes. 
Jun 2018

14500 mi

US $115
worn out bushing in both rear upper control arms, which were causing excessive wear on outer portion of rear tires 
Subaru Outback in New York, United States
Jun 2013 - Jun 2015
Feb 2015

120200 mi

US $500
Exhaust. Rear pipe flange rusted out. Needed new pipe and muffler. 
Subaru Outback in Vermont, United States
Nov 2012 - Mar 2013
Mar 2013

127000 mi

US $700
Alternator replaced. Alternator was charging intermittently, so very difficult to diagnose. 
Subaru Outback in Washington, United States
May 2009 - Jun 2014
Jun 2009

143000 mi

US $2500
Replaced steering box 
Dec 2009

146000 mi

US $1600
External head gasket leak. Head gasket replaced. 
Jun 2010

149000 mi

US $202
Air conditioning not working. Checked for leaks, found none. Recharged system. 
Subaru Outback in Oregon, United States
Feb 2009 - Mar 2015
Mar 2012

135000 mi

US $400
blown head gaskets 
Jun 2012

137000 mi

US $65
Right front CV joint boot deteriorated due to heat from nearby cat converter Poor design. 
Aug 2013

156000 mi

US $1672
Replaced both head gaskets, heads resurfaced. replaced radiator and hoses. replaced both head gaskets and radiatorl 
Subaru Outback in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2009 - Aug 2011
Apr 2009

105000 mi

US $600
replaced alternator in aug. 08..battery stopped charging 3 weeks later told by mechanic to replace battery..problem occured again in in late march...battery would not hold a charge...replaced the battery again...1 week later faulty alternator replaced 
Subaru Outback in Quebec, Canada
Jul 2013 - Jun 2014
May 2013

74400 mi

C $1000
Front left wheel bearing replaced 2 front lower ball joints oil pan front right cv boot alignment 
Aug 2013

77480 mi

C $2100
2 Head gaskets replacement (oil/coolant leaks) Timing belt 2 Idlers Rear differential oil leak 
Oct 2013

79040 mi

C $200
Module for door locking remote was leaking current and emptied the battery 
Subaru Outback in Virginia, United States
Nov 2009 - Jun 2012
May 2009

82000 mi

US $500
Radiator began leaking, had to replace. SHortly afterwards the AC had to be replaced (entered as a separate instance.) 
Jun 2009

85000 mi

US $1000
Replaced AC 
Subaru Outback in Missouri, United States
Feb 2009 - Mar 2009
Mar 2009

88000 mi
Car sold with A/C not working, brakes behaving badly. 
Subaru Outback in Missouri, United States
Jun 2014 - Oct 2014
Jun 2014

239000 mi

US $50
overheating at idle 
Oct 2014

239000 mi
head gaskets again 
Subaru Outback in Wisconsin, United States
Sep 2009 - Jun 2018
May 2009

130000 mi

US $300
AC repair 
Apr 2010

144000 mi

US $150
Leak in Condenser, Freon gone, AC non-operational. Not yet replaced, parts on order. 
Aug 2010

146000 mi

US $1700
Head Gasket leaking oil and coolant. Head Gasket needs to be replaced. 
Nov 2010

150700 mi

US $200
Front CV boot leaking throwing grease up under the car causing burning grease smell. CV Boot replaced and car underbody cleaned. 
Jan 2013

160300 mi
Left front outer CV boot is also damaged, recommended to replace entire front axle due to play in wheels. 
Jan 2014

186700 mi
Windshield wiper fluid hoses have deteriorated and cracked, disconnecting from the hood spraying fluid inside engine. Jury Rigged. 
Mar 2014

190000 mi
Rear drivers side sway bar end link replaced. 
Jan 2018

206000 mi
Takata Airbag Recall 
Subaru Outback in Kentucky, United States
May 2011 - Jan 2018
Jun 2011

139000 mi

US $350
Rear axle differential needed replaced (replace complete axle).  Oil leak over converter not repaired.  Drivers window off track, repaired.  Non-functioning rearview mirror replaced. 
Sep 2012

167000 mi

US $190
Overheated 
Mar 2013

177000 mi

US $2000
Threw a rod 
Apr 2014

203700 mi

US $100
Had not used AC for six months - turned it on and it was out of refrigerat. 
Aug 2014

210100 mi

US $600
Most gaskets were replaced due to oil leaking. 
Subaru Outback in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2014 - Jun 2018
Dec 2014

130000 mi
Car had its headgasket replaced before being purchased. 
Jul 2015

135200 mi

US $600
New rear tie rods. One new front axle. 
Sep 2017

156000 mi

US $400
Front Brake Pads Accessory drive belts (X2) replaced 
Jan 2018

162000 mi

US $1500
New alternator New wheel bearing 
Subaru Outback in Connecticut, United States
Mar 2015 - Jul 2016
Sep 2015

82000 mi

US $497
Replaced front pads, calipers & rotors. 
Nov 2015

89400 mi

US $358
Replaced rear pads, calipers & rotors Replaced belts 
Subaru Outback in Washington, United States
Oct 2010 - Jun 2011
Nov 2010

96000 mi
head gaskets replaced. had a slow leak that started around 75k miles finally needed repairing. head gaskets replaced. had a slow leak that started around 75k miles finally needed repairing. 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Feb 2011 - Oct 2018
Apr 2011

77099 mi

US $217
Inspect AC and complete recharge 
Jan 2012

86124 mi

US $1622
Replace front and rear struts Replace right side front axle shaft 
Mar 2012

88000 mi

US $785
Remove and replace AC condenser and condenser high pressure hose. 
May 2012

90003 mi

US $695
Replace AC compressor and clutch 
Jun 2012

90209 mi

US $584
Replace AC compressor and evaporator expansion valve 
Oct 2012

94716 mi

US $3929
Remove and replace head gasket Replace oxygen sensor bank 1 sensor 1 Replace timing belt, water pump and cooling system hoses 
Jun 2015

127000 mi

US $1445
Transmission and oil pan leak. Replaced gaskets. Remove and replace rear suspension struts due to squeaking. mechanic recommended replacing them, but after being better, it's now squeaking even worse. Repair and replace under car covering, skid plate. Battery not providing enough amps, needs replacement. 
Dec 2017

152886 mi

US $180
Transmission mount replaced Exhaust pipe hanger Exhaust flex joint replaced 
Apr 2018

156126 mi

US $194
Service front rotors and calipers due to lateral runout Emergency brake way out of adjustment Replace right front inner and outer tie rod ends 4 wheel alignment Replace drivers side valve cover gasket 
Subaru Outback in New Hampshire, United States
May 2011 - Dec 2016
Jun 2011

273000 mi

US $3700
The engine died. Lost A/C, then when heard fluttering noise on highway, pulled over (thought might be the water pump). Something major in the engine cracked and unrepairable. Dealer didn't replace T-valve properly during earlier service. Replaced engine. 
Aug 2011

276500 mi
Window (driver's and front passenger's) switches replaced this month. 
Mar 2012

300000 mi

US $150
Car wouldn't start. A wire in the driver's side wheel well was corroded and had to be replaced. Wheel well (behind the panel protecting it from the tire) was full of mud & dirt. Suggested that we periodically wash out all 4 to prevent rust. Replacement engine (put in by Subaru dealer at 69,000 mi.) spark plugs, ignition coil 7 wires worn - found by new mechanic. Will NEVER use specific Subaru dealer again that destroyed 1st good engine and did not check out these items. 
Jul 2012

311200 mi

US $288
Spark plug tube seals leaking (in replacement engine) - Replaced seals, valve cover gastkets & oil filler tube seal Found 3 timing belt idlers worn/noisy - Replaced idlers in conjunction with timing belt service Checked pressures - A/C output low; recharged A/C system Found Upper Rear Control Arm Bushings Worn -- Replaced both rear ones Right front wheel bearings worn 
Sep 2012

317000 mi

US $277
Front oxygen sensor failing at 319,300 mi. 
Jan 2013

296200 mi

US $1565
Ring & Pinion failing. Replaced w/used transmission at 327,750 mi. 
Feb 2013

329000 mi

US $173
Rear Gate pistons on hatch/wagon back door weak at 328,000 mi. 
Jul 2013

340300 mi

US $283
Radiator - replaced with new aftermarket part. AC on/off in temp. since last summer. Temp. gauge on the dashboard began going up slightly when was AC was working hardest, so mechanic rec. to replace radiator at 339,000 mi. Engine heating up with a/c on - replaced radiator and cap 
Oct 2013

348300 mi

US $260
Crankshaft Pulley (harmonic balancer) came apart - Replaced front crank pulley & serpentine belts 
Nov 2013

351300 mi

US $317
Power Steering making noise - replaced Power Steering Pump 
Dec 2013

355000 mi

US $119
Engine "straining" sound - Found Coolant Flush fitting on hose leaking - replaced heater hose 
Jul 2014

371300 mi

US $2190
Repaired and painted rusting dog leg, left qtr panel plus several small dings that were beginning to rust: Right Fender, Front & Rear Doors, Qtr panel. Replaced front bumper from parking space hit by anonymous other driver. 
Jun 2015

393000 mi

US $33
Dash Lights not working. Replaced shorted fuse under dash. 
Aug 2015

395900 mi

US $325
RF sway bar end link broken; LF coil spring broken at top -- Both replaced 
Sep 2015

398000 mi

US $31
Radiator coolant tank overfilled while radiator low; Replaced cap 
Jan 2016

336900 mi

US $33
Interior Light switch sticking; Repaired switch 
Apr 2016

408800 mi

US $389
Evacuated & Recharged A/C, $85. RR shock broken - Replaced Upper Shock Mount, $304.05. 
Subaru Outback in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2014 - Jan 2016
Apr 2014

155000 mi

C $1200
Replaced the transmission 
Feb 2015

165940 mi

C $350
Shifting cable broken 
Mar 2015

166780 mi

C $200
Exhaust pipe soldered 
Subaru Outback in New York, United States
Mar 2012 - Jul 2018
Aug 2015

128990 mi

US $2570
Replace head gasket Head gasket Head gasket/timing belt replace left front axle assembly 
Dec 2015

133000 mi
A bolt on the exhaust system was missing. No charge. 
Mar 2016

135000 mi

US $400
Caliper issue; replaced front brakes 
Apr 2016

135500 mi

US $633
AC leak, diagnosed and replaced bad AC line, $493. Replaced rearview mirror after the mirror's night shading seemed to drop like a falling sheet covering half the mirror, $140. 
May 2016

136000 mi

US $500
Catalytic converter Replaced 2 front axles due to vibration when braking 
Jun 2016

138000 mi
driver's side front ball bearings needed replacement. 
Sep 2016

126000 mi

US $12
Owner changed headlight. Owner changed headlight. 
Sep 2017

150000 mi

US $150
Added clips to sway bar. 
Dec 2017

152000 mi

US $410
Ball bearings replaced on rear tire. 
Apr 2018

150214 mi

US $310
2 sway bar links and 2 bushings 
Subaru Outback in Colorado, United States
Jun 2012 - Aug 2015
Oct 2014

138000 mi

US $500
Replaced struts  Replaced cv axles 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Dec 2010 - Mar 2018
Jan 2013

28600 mi

US $200
interior mirror fell off. fuel cap had to be replaced. 
Mar 2018

51000 mi

US $200
power steering belt broke and got caught in another belt. 
Subaru Outback in Maine, United States
May 2015 - Jul 2016
Jun 2015

140000 mi

US $300
replace muffler and some exhaust system pipes 

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2003 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Outback in Ohio, United States
Nov 2010 - Sep 2014
Feb 2014

124300 mi

US $1500
engine gasket needed replaced. 
Mar 2014

124000 mi

US $105
Down stream oxygen sensor needed replaced due to engine light. Believed it was damaged when we had the vehicle at the repair shop having the engine gasket replaced. 
Jun 2014

125000 mi

US $120
Hub needed replaced. 

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2002 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

Subaru Outback in New Hampshire, United States
Jan 2010 - Feb 2010
Feb 2010

104000 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

Subaru Outback in Oregon, United States
May 2014 - Jun 2014
May 2014

144000 mi

US $550
Valve cover leaking oil over engine, had to replace valve cover gaskets. Took care of replacing spark plugs while everything was apart. 
Jun 2014

145000 mi

US $350
Accessory belt worn, pulleys began squealing while engine was running. Bad tensioner and no longer self lubing pulleys could seize easily, had to be replaced along with new accessory belt. 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Dec 2011 - Jun 2018
Feb 2012

115000 mi

US $775
Right front boot completely split. Sprayed grease on catalytic converter -nasty smell. Replaced leaking valve cover gaskets. 
Aug 2013

140000 mi

US $100
Car overheated in hot stop and go traffic, and climbing a mountain. Was fine in normal driving. I noticed that driver's side radiator fan did not come on. Mechanic found that one of the relays was bad and replaced it. 
Sep 2014

156000 mi

US $138
Car overheated again, mostly when going uphill or on very hot days. Pressure checked cooling system, replaced radiator cap and thermostat. 
Feb 2015

161000 mi

US $45
Replaced all 4 headlight bulbs 
Mar 2015

162000 mi

US $550
Left front bearing noisy. Replaced bearing and alignef 
Jun 2015

165000 mi
Overheated again, uphill trip. Seemed like 2nd radiator fan was not engaging. Reseated relay, seems better (though I haven't really had a chance to be sure). 
Dec 2016

177000 mi

US $330
Replaced canister vent solenoid valve. Check engine light came on, code P1443. Also, car had stumbled immediately after most recent fill-up. 
Apr 2017

180412 mi

US $847
Car would intermittently lose gauges, buck if it was in 4th gear, all electrics dim or slow. Happened once in January and then was ok for a couple months. Finally failed completely while on a trip. Towed to AAA mechanic. Replaced alternator, belt, and idler pulley 
Subaru Outback in New Mexico, United States
Nov 2014 - Jun 2016
Dec 2014

223000 mi

US $869
Valve Covers were leaking. Replaced Valve covers. Also, replaced rack and pinon boot covers. Replaced internal air cabin filters. 
Oct 2015

234500 mi

US $240
Transmission mount failed/broke. New transmission mount installed. 
Subaru Outback in Quebec, Canada
Oct 2011 - Oct 2012
Oct 2012

182900 mi

C $16000
discs, tie rods,bearing, 
Subaru Outback in Texas, United States
Aug 2014 - Sep 2018
Feb 2017

139000 mi

US $250
Replace CV axles driver and passenger side 
Subaru Outback in Florida, United States
Feb 2009 - Dec 2011
Jan 2010

US $270
Outer tie rod needed replacing but had both the outer and inner replaced. 
Jul 2010

143000 mi

US $220
Idler pulley seized which fried the belt. Replaced pulley and belt. 
Aug 2010

143800 mi

US $220
Cracked CV boots. Had boots replaced and joints regreased. 
Oct 2010

147000 mi

US $100
Tensioner pulley seized. I should have replaced when idler pulley seized two months ago. Guess they both have the same bearing life. 
Subaru Outback in Nevada, United States
Nov 2017 - Jun 2018
Feb 2018

140000 mi

US $110
Had a rough idle in the morning and then it clear up. Had shop keep it over night and they agreed that it did have a rough idle when 1st started but not find anything wrong. Suggested just drive it until something happens. I drove on a 225 mile trip and on the freeway about 140 miles it just passed what was causing the problem and runs fine now. 
Subaru Outback in Minnesota, United States
Apr 2016 - Jun 2018
Nov 2016

176200 mi

US $700
Tie Rod end,  CV shafts both bad. 
Mar 2017

177000 mi

US $361
Rear Wheel Bearing 
Mar 2018

178000 mi

US $125
rusted exhaust pipe. 
Subaru Outback in Minnesota, United States
Jun 2014 - Dec 2015
Jun 2015

157000 mi

US $2300
Head Gasket - also had pump & other things replaced as long as they had it taken apart. leaking hose 
Oct 2015

159000 mi

US $40
AC leaking. Found missing O ring (from head gastket work - mechanic) and replaced. Recharged. working 
Subaru Outback in Montana, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2011
Jan 2010

130000 mi

US $250
Idler pulley bearing went out trashing serpentine belt and bracket that held pulley. Belt $50, Pulley $50, Bracket $120. Stuck wife on road during a trip. I should have replaced pulleys as routine maintenance. My bad thinking dealer did it earlier 
Apr 2010

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

Subaru Outback in California, United States
Sep 2009 - Oct 2009
Oct 2009

68000 mi
The mechanic (independent shop) found a small amount of leaking around the head gasket. This was part of why I decided to trade it in. 
Subaru Outback in Nova Scotia, Canada
May 2009 - Jul 2009
Jun 2009

118420 mi

C $775
catalytic convertor failing. Subaru part over $1800. Opted for Meineke part @ $775. installed. Engine light coming on again. Subaru says convertor no good. 
Subaru Outback in Maine, United States
Apr 2010 - Aug 2010
May 2010

191000 mi

US $300
Ball joint replaced. 
Jul 2010

194000 mi

US $2400
Car threw a rod and the engine pulled and used engine with 75K put in. 
Subaru Outback in New York, United States
Oct 2010 - Jul 2014
Apr 2012

155800 mi

US $700
center pipe and muffler fan belt tensioner 
Subaru Outback in New York, United States
Jun 2011 - Mar 2017
Jan 2012

143000 mi

US $600
replace warranty CV replace exhaust replace oxygen sensor 
Jun 2012

153000 mi

US $190
Axle replaced 
Mar 2015

187000 mi
clutch 
Subaru Outback in New York, United States
Mar 2011 - Jan 2013
Jan 2012

157500 mi
Both left and right front axles need to be replaced. Car was making a lot of noise when pulling into parking spots. Check engine light on. Shop tested the catalytic converters and one is running under efficiency and a connection flange is rotted. Both are only 2 years old. 
Jul 2012

163300 mi

US $800
Replace entire exhaust system, both cats and muffler. 
Jan 2013

157000 mi
The new catalytic converter clogged and made the car undrivable. 
Subaru Outback in Ohio, United States
Feb 2009 - Jan 2012
Jan 2010

106400 mi

US $1594
Exhaust leak 
Dec 2011

110000 mi

US $350
Check engine light, O2 sensor replaced. 
Subaru Outback in Washington, United States
Jan 2011 - Mar 2013
Mar 2013

219000 mi

US $50
intermittent miss on cylinders 1 and 2 

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2002 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2009 - Apr 2013
May 2010

118200 mi

US $70
Caliper sticking, repaired myself. 
Jul 2011

127000 mi

US $2200
Brake pads/rotors/calipers replaced on all 4 corners, brake fluid flushed. Transmission pan gasket leaking - replaced. 
Jul 2012

136700 mi

US $1550
Rear sway bar broke. Exhaust system replaced - worn out. Check engine light - Evap system 
Nov 2012

140700 mi

US $350
Car was hesitating and not running properly 
Subaru Outback in Michigan, United States
Apr 2009 - Oct 2011
Aug 2009

274000 mi

US $140
Rattling noise from cracked suspension part. Replaced it. 
Subaru Outback in New York, United States
Feb 2008 - Jul 2013
Oct 2008

103000 mi

US $200
Replaced radiator and thermostat. 
Mar 2009

106000 mi

US $800
Broken swaybar link on rear swaybar. Replaced head gaskets, timing belts, tensioner and idler pulleys. 
Feb 2010

121000 mi

US $380
Engine randomly skips and sputters. O2 sensor replaced. 
Nov 2010

134500 mi

US $1050
Replace head gaskets and machined warped heads. 
Jan 2011

137800 mi

US $250
Replaced a front halfshaft. 
Nov 2012

175000 mi

US $800
Worn out lower ball joints replaced. Front struts also replaced and alignment performed. 
Jan 2013

177500 mi

US $130
Small part on wiper transmission worn, replaced wiper transmission. 
Subaru Outback in Washington, United States
Sep 2012 - Jun 2014
Jun 2013

111000 mi

US $230
replaced upper & lower radiator hoses. Upper hose was leaking at attachment to motor due to bad installation after a different shop replaced timing belt 
Jun 2014

115000 mi

US $2800
replace headgaskets, complete timing belt & component service. 120K service, plugs, all filters, all fluids. 
Subaru Outback in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2010 - Jun 2011
Feb 2010

70060 mi

C $120
Key fob stopped working. No physical damage to the device. Rear light cluster cracked due to stress from opening and closing the hatch - not fault of owner, rather part design. Did not replace as too expensive. Told by dealer common problem. Rear light housing cluster now has chronic water leaking into it. 
Apr 2010

76880 mi
minor oil leak noted on garage floor. Problem not fixed, for now left and will monitor. 
May 2010

78120 mi
Rear hatch lock unable to insert key as lock mechanism is jammed. Not repaired - left as is. Rear seat no longer able to fold up as jammed mechansim - not repaired. Left as is. 
Jan 2011 Dealer stated head-gasket leak and oilpan leak. Total cost $3500 or 70% of residual value of car, hence repair for now not attempted. 
Subaru Outback in Great Britain
Mar 2011 - Apr 2016
Apr 2011

126000 mi

£800
crankshaft pulley separated from anti-vibration core 
Mar 2012

130000 mi

£180
Front calipers seized 
Feb 2013

135000 mi

£390
siezed brake caliper 
Apr 2014

135500 mi

£200
Starter failed 
Jan 2016

137200 mi

£400
Exhaust wadding ejected Steering column u-joint worn 
Apr 2016

148000 mi

£100
Leak in via rear light cluster 
Subaru Outback in Ohio, United States
Jun 2011 - Jul 2017
Oct 2011

103000 mi

US $94
One the keyfobs received in 2002 stopped working in 2010 (1 keyfob all winter, yuck)...decided in 2011 - NEW SET OF KEYFOBS needed. Subaru Buck $100 paid most of the bill...I paid the rest. 
May 2012

105600 mi

US $200
4 parts maintenance-oil change, A/C recharge. Removed a rattling protective metal cover that had rusted out due to OHIO extreme weather conditions - this is the 2nd one that had been removed since 2005, and oil pan cover replaced, torn. 
Jan 2013

108000 mi

US $447
2002 Subaru Outback Limited Wagon. 10 year old Alternator and Battery replaced. 
Jul 2013

109200 mi

US $43
Oil Change & Check under car for fluid leak. Not sure for what. Wet spots on driveway. Sweet smell. "Add coolant dye. advised to drive 10 days - 2 weeks - return for re-check.  Depending on cost for fluid want a/c recharge - address later." 
Aug 2013

109300 mi

US $2070
WaterPump, 2 head gaskets, cylinder head bolts, Timing belt, Dexcool antt-freeze, labor. Car running well except for- Power steering whines. Possible Power steering pump issue. 
Oct 2013

109200 mi

US $417
"10/29/2013. P/S Whine. Could hear slight noise from P/S pump. Also detect slight leak coming from rack & pinion. Replaced P/S Pump. Fill bleed system. Road test. Advised customer to watch for rack & pinion leaking." 
Oct 2014

114000 mi

US $300
Lube, oil filter $26.95, 4 Cooper CS5 Grand $425.68 Touring Tires; Set of Advantage All Season Wiper Blades $32.00 and Valve Lash Adjustment to help eliminate engine noise disc $58.25, replace 4 tires, mount & computer spin balance $76.00. Total 975.25. 
Mar 2016

120144 mi

US $237
"code present P0442-Smoke Test required . Smoked Evap System . Traced to 2 leaks. Gas cap & canister Vent Valve. cleared code & test drove ok." 
May 2016

120981 mi

US $300
Evap System Replaced & new gasoline cap 
Nov 2016

123158 mi

US $1387
"replaced exhaust from frt Y-pipe manifold all the way back to the flange right before muffler. swapped 1 oxygen sensor & replaced 1 pre-cat oxygen sensor with new welded new flange on muffler." 
Subaru Outback in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2014 - Sep 2015
Mar 2015

155000 mi

US $150
Replaced ignition coil, spark plugs. Replaced valve cover gaskets. 
Apr 2015

155500 mi

US $800
Ripped CV boots - both replaced 
Subaru Outback in North Carolina, United States
Jun 2014 - Apr 2016
Feb 2015

201000 mi

US $1500
Major maintenance - replace all major gaskets on engine to reduce leaking, spark plugs & wires, replace timing belt and drive belts. Wheel alignment and replaced water pump. Repair leaking steering rack by replacing it. 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Jul 2012 - Jul 2013
Oct 2012

165756 mi

US $500
Replaced head gaskets. Was leaking coolant from driver's side rear lower of head. Research indicated this is common for this type of engine. No problems 8K miles later. Used 6 star head gaskets. 

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2002 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

212-horsepower 3.0L H6 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in Maine, United States
Mar 2013 - Jul 2013
Apr 2013

135500 mi

US $275
Failed thermostat fuel line hoses failed; gas smell 
Jul 2013

138000 mi

US $125
The passenger side front inner CV boot split. Radiator hose. 
Subaru Outback in New York, United States
Nov 2002 - Jun 2018
Oct 2002

154000 mi

US $120
Replaced transmission fluid, and transmission spin on filter. 
Jan 2013

126200 mi

US $303
Accessory belt idler pulley bearing failed. Had that plus belt tension pulley and serpentine belt replaced. 
May 2013

127000 mi

US $1100
Also replaceded rear struts.  Had thermostat and upper and lower radiator hoses replaced. I filled the cooling system with antifreeze myself. 
Aug 2013

131000 mi

US $1500
I had driver front axle replaced with a rebuilt unit.  Had valve cover gaskets replaced. Had rusted cooling metal hose replaced. 
Oct 2013

134200 mi

US $430
Replaced front stabilizer links.  Also replaced Worn front Drivers seatbelt assembly. 
Sep 2014

142000 mi

US $1300
Had rear stabilizer links replaced. Had upper and lower control arm bushings replaced. Had left front wheel bearing replaced. 
Aug 2016

154000 mi
Had exhaust pipe section cut out, and another piece spliced in. 
Nov 2016

154000 mi

US $720
No charge condition, once car very warm. Had OEM new alternator installed. 
Oct 2017

154000 mi

US $1100
Had air conditioning condenser replaced, and system evacuted and recharged. I scanned engine, found defective oxygen sensor, Had it replaced at shop Replace battery hold down hardware 
Jun 2018

157000 mi

US $220
I repaired the rust on inner rear inner fenders, and rust on towing hitch. And detailed both rear rims. Oil and filter change with Amsoil 5w/30. Change Amsoil ATF, and transmission filter. Detail under hood. 
Subaru Outback in Tennessee, United States
May 2008 - Aug 2015
Nov 2009

102300 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. 
Aug 2010

110000 mi

US $356
Check engine light was ON.Replaced both upstream oxygen sensors.Problem solved. 
Jun 2011

120000 mi

US $140
Replaced Left CV drive shaft due to busted boot.  
Aug 2015

149000 mi

US $900
CV boots busted on both front axles. Replaced both front axles, Valve cover gaskets leaking, both. H6 3.0 engine. Replaced valve cover seals. Also replaced spark plugs since they were already out for Valve cover repairs. 

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2001 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

Subaru Outback in Colorado, United States
Oct 2012 - Jul 2013
Jun 2013

217000 mi
My check engine light would come on when the ac was on, and the car would overheat. I've replaced the o2 sensor and the thermastat. My friend suggested I pull off the front and power wash the vent to the front. I have not had a problem since 
Subaru Outback in Washington, United States
Oct 2008 - Jan 2009
Dec 2008

75000 mi

US $250
Car died in middle of a busy street. Was told it needed new alternator, old one running at about 50 percent. Decided to sell instead. 
Subaru Outback in District of Columbia, United States
Sep 2010 - Nov 2010
Nov 2010

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

Subaru Outback in South Africa
Dec 2009 - Jun 2011
Jan 2010

94860 mi

R 24000
Tail light was leaking into the boot. Needed replacement as it is a sealed unit and seal could not be fixed, but whole light needed to be replaced. Apparently a common problem on these Legacy Outbacks. Left front lower control arm bush was replaced – was leaking oil and rubber was cracked. 
Jul 2010

97960 mi
Replaced radiator and main cooling fan. Now looks like head gaskets need replacement. Possibly piston rings and bearings as well. 
Jan 2011

97960 mi

R 24000
Auto Transmission failed two weeks after engine repairs (engine was removed from vehicle in order to replace head gaskets). New transmission cost is more than vehicle's second hand value!! Had to opt for second hand transmission. 
Subaru Outback in New South Wales, Australia
Jun 2012 - Jul 2013
Dec 2012

154380 mi

A $400
Radiator replaced. 
Subaru Outback in Alberta, Canada
Dec 2010 - Apr 2017
Jan 2011

75020 mi

C $1472
check engine light was on. During repair trips in Oct Nov and Dec technicians informed gaskets, rocker covers needed replaced.  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. 
Dec 2011

79360 mi

C $500
rear brakes were shot 
May 2012

81700 mi

C $800
power steering linkage broke replace serpentine belt and tensioner, idler pulley, bracket and bolt. 
Jun 2013

87420 mi

C $200
right front axle repair 
Jan 2015

82460 mi

C $594
replace sway link leaking oil 
May 2016

108280 mi

C $2400
Major corrosion. Ten percent on rear brakes. Rotors, pads, calipers, plates, shoes front and back replaced. 
Subaru Outback in Oregon, United States
Jul 2009 - Jun 2014
Mar 2010

116000 mi

US $492
Replaced both rear wheel bearings. Replaced idler bearing. 
Jul 2010

120000 mi

US $269
Replaced front outer CV boots both sides. Belt broke. Fixed overheating problem by replacing a fan behind the radiator. 
Jul 2013

166800 mi
A/C would not work under very hot weather. 
Subaru Outback in New York, United States
Nov 2009 - Jun 2013
Feb 2010

93600 mi

US $200
Idler pulley on serpentine belt seized and unscrewed itself, causing belt to lose tension and power steering, power brakes, alternator, etc to lose power. 
Jul 2011

107000 mi

US $30
Sway bars AC recharged 
Nov 2011

112000 mi

US $1350
Bent driveshaft, replaced Exhaust leak, patch welded into place wheel bearing replaced oil leaks, estimate given 
Jun 2013

124000 mi
oil leaks 
Subaru Outback in Connecticut, United States
Jan 2012 - Mar 2014
Feb 2012

117300 mi

US $100
CV joint failure driver side Idler and tensioner pulley bearings failed replaced both pulleys and belt 
Jun 2012

124000 mi

US $28
Leaking O-ring on AC comp required replacement and AC recharge 
May 2013

142000 mi

US $35
O ring failed on AC compressor replaced and recharged AC. SO far it's holding a charge 
Jun 2013

145000 mi

US $150
Rear drive shaft vibration. Replaced rear drive shaft with one from junk yard Dealer want $700.00 for new part. 
Feb 2014

150300 mi

US $38
Replaced inner tie rod 
Mar 2014

152000 mi

US $2000
Engine died stalling, started knocking. Engine failure mechanic found it to be rod bearings quoted 3,000 to replace with used engine declined to repair will sell for parts. Engine lost power started ticking then knocking metal found in oil appears one or several connecting rod bearings may have let go. Junking the car most likely 
Subaru Outback in Maryland, United States
Sep 2013 - Jan 2014
Jan 2014

192000 mi

US $1100
Catalytic converter replacement as well as 3 other sensors. My car would not pass emissions testing. It failed again as another catalytic converter is bad. Apparently I have 3!! 
Subaru Outback in Minnesota, United States
Apr 2015 - Apr 2016
Apr 2016

168000 mi

US $295
right bank CAT below threshold, was replaced. 
Subaru Outback in Colorado, United States
Jun 2016 - Sep 2018
Jan 2017

180000 mi

US $10
Car overheats when under extreme load: going uphill, hot weather. AC makes it worse but happens even without AC. I tried to fix this by replacing the coolant and using the Subaru coolant conditioner, but it still overheats. Possibly head gasket on its way out? The problem is rare enough that I have chosen to live with it. 
Subaru Outback in Utah, United States
Feb 2015 - Jan 2019
Feb 2015

128000 mi

US $250
replaced aftermarket failed alternator, known to work improperly on the H6 subaru, do yourself a favor and get a factory or mitsubishi or denso replacement alternator 
Feb 2018

175000 mi

US $100
replaced serpentine belt and idler pulleys a new o ring for power steering pump 
Subaru Outback in Texas, United States
Feb 2013 - Nov 2014
Mar 2013

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. 
Apr 2013

114300 mi

US $240
Replaced power steering pump, went thru 3 remanufactured pumps before 1 was received that did not have a broken connector on it 
May 2013

114900 mi

US $255
Replaced battery, then alternator when car continued to malfunction, local alternator did not work, had to order a Mitsubishi alternator online, which is working so far. A/C hose had a leak, was replaced and system re-charged, charge lasted only 2 uses. 
Jun 2013

116000 mi

US $375
Leak was due to small holes in condenser, which was due to the screws holding in the horn assembly being too long. Found out the car had previously been wrecked, but did not show up on carfax, and repair shop did not use correct screws. 
Subaru Outback in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2015 - Sep 2015
Aug 2015

138000 mi

US $108
The transmission line leading to the radiator had a hole in it. It was replaced. 
Sep 2015

138000 mi
I had a loose body in the catalytic converter that rattled at times. The 'check engine' light was on. However, my mechanic was able to make it pass emissions. 
Subaru Outback in Ohio, United States
Feb 2016 - Jan 2018
May 2016

155900 mi

US $900
Tie rod was wearing out and was replaced. Wheel bearings were failing and were replaced by mechanic. Cooling hoses were cracked and coming apart. 
Subaru Outback in Michigan, United States
Jul 2010 - Jul 2014
Jan 2010

140000 mi
Car was running fine until stalling. Would not restart could hear the fuel pump but engine had no fuel pressure. There is a metal can on the fuel pump assembly that is normally under pressure but developed a crack on the mounting tabs=no psi 
Subaru Outback in Oregon, United States
Jan 2015 - Jul 2016
Jun 2015

293000 mi

US $100
Recharged A/c. 
Jul 2015

296000 mi

US $100
Replaced strut mounts in 11/2014.Took to local les schwab for re-alignement. Started noticing vibration while driving in July, removed front tires to examine rotors,front tire down to cords. Alignment not done. 4 new tires and re-align Persistant oil and coolant leak. Replaced oil filter gasket. Clamps for coolant fell off. Replaced clamps, replaced oil and coolant. 
Apr 2016

322000 mi

US $500
Catalytic converter had being going out this past year, check engine light on giving codes for air sensor, insufficient air flow. Finally blew apart on highway. Bypass CC, new exhaust system. Runs great now. Brake caliper froze up, again. This time ruining the rotor. Replace rotor, caliper and pad(?) 
Jul 2016

322000 mi

US $800
Update on bypass of cc. Failed. Too much pressure. Cheaper to replace ALL cat. Converter(3). Selling car. 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Outback in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2017 - Aug 2018
Aug 2018

142000 mi

US $1700
Leaking fluid, shop claimed cracked pan of some sort connected to trans and not rear seal. However replacing trans has different gear shift set up that now needs replaced because of different style and possibly still has leak, just got car back so trying to test it out. Shifter very loose till parts come in to fix it. 
Subaru Outback in Michigan, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2016
Jun 2012

47000 mi
Dead battery 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Oct 2011 - Jan 2012
Dec 2011

164000 mi

US $1800
Deferred maint: New radiator, catalytic convertors, knock sensor. 
Jan 2012

167000 mi

US $1200
New axles. Boots for the power steering. 
Subaru Outback in Wisconsin, United States
Sep 2010 - Sep 2012
Nov 2010

120000 mi

US $120
Pre-cat o2 sensor defective. Replaced o2 sensor. 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
May 2008 - May 2015
Jun 2008

76000 mi

US $394
Replaced Rt inner axle boot (DOJ boot) 
Jan 2011

97000 mi

US $120
The engine code identified the idle air control valve as the problem. My mechanic cleaned the idle air control valve rather than replacing it. This problem crops up every 3 years in the winter time.  
Aug 2012

100500 mi

US $260
Difficult to read the mechanics notes, but it looks like "replaced Anful Ratro Sensor." 
Dec 2012

103000 mi

US $250
Car gradually became more difficult to start, refusing to turn over. When it quit completely, mechanic replaced the starter. 
Nov 2013

108000 mi

US $561
When the car refused to start, it had to be towed to the mechanic, who diagnosed a bad fuel pump. He replaced the fuel pump with sending unit. Labor was only $110, but the parts were $414 before tax. 
Sep 2014

111000 mi

US $146
Car failed to start, on more than one occasion. Finally drove it to my mechanic, who replaced a bad crank position sensor. 
Dec 2014

113000 mi
More than once, car failed to start once hot, and had to be push-started. Later, check engine light also went on. Mechanic kept it a week, but since the problem never recurred for him, he fixed nothing, but also charged nothing. 
Apr 2015

113000 mi

US $522
Replaced knock sensor. Cleaned EGM tunnel high resistance. Replaced idle air control valve assembly. Checked codes and tested.  
May 2015

113000 mi
Mechanic advised me that steering rack had a leak some time ago, but also said that I could get by with keeping the steering fluid topped off. During my most recent visit, he reminded me that the rack needed replacement. Mechanic also recommended replacement of both front axles shafts and CV boots. 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Nov 2013 - May 2016
Jan 2013

138000 mi

US $1300
heads machined and head gaskets replaced 
Subaru Outback in Quebec, Canada
Oct 2010 - Jul 2013
Jul 2011

89280 mi

C $400
I had to replace the exhaust system 
Nov 2012

96920 mi

C $500
ball joint changed 
Mar 2013

97340 mi

C $60
coolant fluid leaking 
Subaru Outback in New York, United States
May 2008 - Oct 2016
Jun 2011

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... 
Sep 2012

201000 mi
would not pass emission test... po420 code was flashing... replaced both o2 sensors and reset the computer... was able to pass inspection.. 
Aug 2013

210400 mi
skipped a tooth in timing belt... 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Sep 2009 - Feb 2014
Jan 2012

223000 mi

US $150
Replaced tie rod to pass safety inspection. 
Feb 2014

243000 mi
Transmission seized. Needed replacement. 
Subaru Outback in Oregon, United States
Feb 2011 - Oct 2016
Jun 2011

85000 mi

US $1500
Head gasket was leaking. I researched online and discovered my VIN was part of (lapsed)warranty extension due to defective head gasket. I complained to Subaru of America, they agreed to pay 50% of $1500 repair bill. Head gasket was leaking. I researched online and discovered my VIN was part of warranty extension due to defective head gasket. I complained to Subaru of America, they agreed to pay 50% of $1500 repair bill. 
Oct 2012

91600 mi

US $610
Replaced front/rear pads. Turned front/rear rotors. 
Feb 2013

94300 mi

US $143
Replaced damaged CV boot (axle boot) 
Oct 2016

116000 mi
Check engine light on= code for oxygen sensor. 
Subaru Outback in Vermont, United States
Jan 2013 - Nov 2014
Nov 2014

218000 mi
Motor blew timing belt, interferance engine bit the dust. 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Sep 2014 - Mar 2015
Sep 2014

219000 mi

US $250
starter needed to be replaced 
Subaru Outback in Vermont, United States
Jun 2008 - Apr 2015
Jul 2008

119000 mi

US $160
Knock sensor was not working correctly; car frequently lit CEL. Code "P0325" came up. 
Dec 2008

123000 mi

US $350
Mechanic replaced the rear-right wheel bearing that was unusually loud. Car was in for other reasons but the bearing was the only non-wear item. 
Feb 2009

124000 mi

US $450
Radiator was leaking. Noticed it one day while parking car after a snowstorm. Green dots covered the driveway. Mechanic found radiator leaked during high-pressure testing. Dropped car off 8 AM, had loaner for the day. 
Aug 2009

129000 mi

US $85
Front-right CV boot split, causing a burning smell through the heater vents. Made appt.; fixed in a day. 
Jan 2010

167500 mi

US $15
Belt slipping. Was tightened right then and there with no appointment needed. Junction Auto (New Haven, VT) is an excellent repair shop. 
Feb 2010

137400 mi

US $100
Turn signal worn... kept clicking even when not used. Was replaced with one from another car. 
May 2010

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. Oxygen sensor replaced 2 days later. Quoted $180. Expressed disappointment, and because I'm a frequent/loyal customer, they waived the labor and half of the cost of the sensor. Paid $60 instead. Very happy with repair shop. Exhaust heat shields rattled since first day of ownership (with 103,000 miles). Never bothered to do anything with it until transmission was replaced. Heat shields were tightened and now car doesn't rattle anymore. 
Sep 2010

144000 mi

US $200
Oil changed. Needed both steering boots replaced because they were split. Mechanic assumed they were CV boots that needed replacing. Found out they weren't, and didn't have any of the correct ones in stock. Was told to come back 7 days. Steering boots finally arrived. Both were replaced. Four-wheel alignment also done due to taking apart steering components.  
May 2011

150000 mi

US $893
Both front calipers, all four rotors, plus all brake pads had to be replaced. Front calipers were sticking, rear pads completely worn out, front rotors warped. Heat shields rattling... they were tightened. No more rattles currently. Second time in 50,000 miles of ownership I've needed to do this. 
Oct 2011

153200 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. 
Jan 2012

153200 mi

US $4
Doors froze shut during cold weather. Opened driver's door and weather stripping detached on the bottom, dangling. Super glued back on. 
Feb 2012

154000 mi

US $60
Viscous coupling binds after it's warmed up. Mechanic replaced fluid. Problem not gone but improved slightly. 
Feb 2013

158700 mi
Speedometer and odometer stopped working, but worked while backing up. Disconnected/reconnected battery; worked then failed again. Stopped driving it for a couple hours and it apparently fixed itself. Haven't had an issue since. 
Apr 2013

160300 mi

US $122
Replaced two spark plug wires and cleaned all spark plugs due to poor work done at another business. Car had misfired under load. Repair successful. 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. 
Aug 2013

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. 
Jun 2014

169000 mi

US $250
Replaced oil pan for rust spots. 
Oct 2014

172200 mi

US $526
Rust repair to make it legal for inspection in rear-right door. Half shaft needed replacing, plus a CV boot 
Feb 2015

174100 mi

US $4000
Replaced flange. Replaced radiator Oil leak Entire underside rusting, suggested I trade it in. 
Subaru Outback in Missouri, United States
May 2008 - Jul 2010
Dec 2009

99000 mi

US $160
Fuel rail line is metal, hooked to a rubber fuel line using worm connector. When cold weather sets in, metal line shrinks, allowing fuel leak, which permeates smell in cabin. 
Feb 2010

99600 mi

US $200
Leaking metal fuel rail line fixed. Valve clatter....told Subarus need valve adjustment every 100K. Will have to take to dealer. Does not prevent driving. Smell of anti-freeze comes from car after shutting engine off. Manifestation of Subaru "Fix" for leaking head gasket/sludge issue with flat-4 engines. Persistent problem that Subaru warranties until 100K. Will take into dealer to fix. 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2015
May 2012

70900 mi

US $400
CV joint replacement 
Subaru Outback in Colorado, United States
Feb 2012 - Sep 2013
Jul 2012

107300 mi

US $2000
repaired head gaskets - oil leak 
Jul 2013

115000 mi

US $500
exhaust replaced from catalytic converter back, not including c.c. 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in North Carolina, United States
Jun 2011 - Dec 2014
Jun 2012

170000 mi

US $450
Check engine light and grinding noise. Replaced alternator. 
Apr 2013

186200 mi

US $100
AC not working 
Aug 2013

189600 mi

US $200
AC relay replaced. 
Subaru Outback in New York, United States
May 2008 - Dec 2014
Apr 2009

91000 mi

US $300
replaced knock sensor 
Feb 2010

103000 mi

US $2500
Replaced Timing belt, water pump.  Replaced starter. Replaced engine sensor. 
Subaru Outback in Ohio, United States
Oct 2009 - Oct 2014
Dec 2010

111000 mi

US $250
replaced timing belt at 110k miles 
Jan 2013

143000 mi

US $5
Brake light housing was cracked (internally) and leaked water in - continually blowing bulbs (but not fuses...) I pulled the housing, drained the water, drilled a hole in the bottom and its been fine ever since. 
Mar 2013

143000 mi

US $150
one CV joint on each front half-shaft had a torn boot, both half-shafts replaced ($150 in parts). 
Nov 2013

163200 mi

US $550
Headgasket failed - I took the time to replace the headgaskets, timing belt and idlers, 4 sparkplugs. I disassembled the heads and had them milled flat. 
Oct 2014

180000 mi
Cell P0420 
Subaru Outback in Illinois, United States
May 2009 - Feb 2018
Aug 2010

69000 mi

US $940
 
Sep 2012

81000 mi

US $305
Dealer claimed needed new head gaskets-about $2200.  
Feb 2013

83000 mi

US $2094
In September dealer claimed needed new head gaskets-about $2200. Today, Jan 24, 2013, a different trusted mechanic confirmed seeing antifreeze between the block and head. So, Jan 30 I dropped off at dealer for repairs; runs quieter now. 
Oct 2015

105000 mi

US $425
Replace driver side inside boot Check engine light, code p0420, cat converter 
Subaru Outback in Connecticut, United States
Aug 2008 - Oct 2011
Nov 2008

63000 mi
Leak in the cargo area due to "clogged drains" 
Jul 2009

72000 mi

US $2100
Found oil leak around headgasket.  
Dec 2009

76000 mi
replaced 02 sensor. 
Subaru Outback in Alberta, Canada
May 2008 - Jun 2011
Jun 2008

99200 mi

C $300
After requesting an alighment, it was discovered the right rear alignment parts were seized and needed to be cut out and replaced 
Subaru Outback in Ohio, United States
Dec 2009 - Nov 2018
Feb 2010

164000 mi
Still trying to fix I believe the drain for the moon-roof is clogged. Going to try fixing myself. Two places say the drains are fine??? 
Mar 2010

168000 mi

US $92
The right front drain tube for the front moon roof was clogged. 
Apr 2010

169200 mi

US $300
Front axle and serpentine belt replaced. 
Mar 2013

250000 mi

US $3000
The engine needed to be replaced. 
Jun 2013

254000 mi
The AC system blew an O-ring that needed to be replaced. Fuel system O-ring was leaking and the car smelled like gas. 
Jul 2014

283700 mi

US $250
Sway bars replaced. 
Nov 2014

292000 mi

US $351
Lower ball joint 
Oct 2015

319500 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. 
Dec 2015

327000 mi

US $1600
During another long trip the wheel seemed to almost bouncing. The mechanic confirmed all struts needed to be replaced. Rack and pinion boot replaced. 
Jun 2017

357000 mi
After 16 years and almost 360,000 miles the sub-frame has rusted through and it is no longer safe to drive. Trying to figure out what to do with it. 
Nov 2018

357000 mi

US $1000
Replaced rusted subframe. 
Subaru Outback in Wyoming, United States
Feb 2012 - Mar 2012
Mar 2012

121000 mi

US $30
Ck engine light coming on and going off every week or so. 
Subaru Outback in Oregon, United States
Sep 2011 - Jun 2018
Nov 2011

218700 mi
Replaced front right tie-rod. 
Nov 2012

230500 mi

US $162
The check engine light was on. Diagnotics sent back a knock sensor code. The knock sensor had failed and the wires were melted. Replaced sensor and wires. 
Feb 2013

232300 mi

US $715
catalytic converter, replaced 
Sep 2013

236000 mi

US $95
Steering wheel wobbles. 
May 2014

241000 mi

US $250
Replaced left tie rod and bellow boot. Replace radiator. replaced right front axle. 
Jun 2015

245000 mi

US $76
Fluid changes & front end shimmy. Inspected & advised that suspension is fine. Advised new tires. They rotated the tires, which helped. I was planning on new tires but wanted suspension evaluation first. 
Subaru Outback in Iowa, United States
Nov 2011 - Nov 2016
Feb 2012

205100 mi

US $70
replaced cracked CV joint boot 
Feb 2013

213300 mi

US $75
Replaced original knock sensor and original spark plug wires 
Oct 2013

217200 mi

US $1525
Headgasket failure at no. 3 cylinder - replaced both headgaskets (with complete engine removal) with new MLS Felpro gaskets since they have a very good reliability history Replaced knock sensor (had code). 
Jul 2014

222200 mi

US $266
Schreader valves and another fitting were replaced - system was vacuumed and recharged 
Aug 2015

229000 mi

US $30
Replaced broken rear sway bar ends 
Dec 2015

230000 mi

US $510
EXHAUST SYSTEM CRACKED - REPLACE CAT-BACK WITH NEW AS THERE WAS TOO MUCH CORROSION TO SALVAGE ANY OF THE OLD 
Aug 2016

234000 mi

US $130
Air pressure/temperature sensor quit working. I used a scan tool to find this problem. It was running very rough with the check engine light flashing so we quit using it until it was fixed. 
Subaru Outback in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2012 - May 2013
Jun 2012

138880 mi

C $150
Rusted out joint. Worn out turn signal switch 
Oct 2012

142600 mi

C $850
Oil leak replaced oil pressure sensor Front wheel boot torn wheel bearing replaced 
Nov 2012

143100 mi

C $950
Replaced both rear struts and mounts. One mount was broken and one strut was leaking. 
May 2013

145700 mi
Front and rear bushings needed to be replaced 
Subaru Outback in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2014 - Jun 2014
May 2014

170000 mi

US $1500
Blown Head Gasket...second time replaced first was at 75,000mi by original owner 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2012
Aug 2010

103000 mi

US $150
changed thermostat, water pump, radiator cap, anti-freeze and flushed radiator 
Subaru Outback in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2010 - Nov 2011
Jun 2010

119112 mi
front left interior tie rod replaced New Alternator and serpentine belt 
Jan 2011

120000 mi
Leak in water pump. Replaced water pump, thermostat & gasket replaced timing belt New Alternator turned out to have a faulty pulley. Replacement alternator ordered. Alternator replaced.  New Alternator turned out to have a faulty pulley. Replacement alternator ordered. Leak in water pump. Replaced water pump, thermostat & gasket front left interior tie rod replaced replaced timing belt Alternator replaced 
Mar 2011

121000 mi

US $1200
Replaced Head Gasket and Valve Cover Gaskets. Valvoline overfilled engine with motor oil. Check Engine light came on b/c Piston 4 misfire due to oil pressure. Alternator replaced Replaced Head Gasket and Valve Cover Gaskets. Valvoline overfilled engine with motor oil. Check Engine light came on b/c Piston 4 misfire due to oil pressure. 
Nov 2011

124000 mi
Needed a new catalytic converter. 
Subaru Outback in Michigan, United States
Jul 2012 - Sep 2013
Jul 2013

193800 mi

US $250
Boot was worn and rod needed to be changed 
Aug 2013

194400 mi

US $200
O2 Sensor and a hole in the tail pipe 
Subaru Outback in Yukon Territory, Canada
Jan 2009 - Mar 2011
Apr 2009

109120 mi

C $110
4 wheel alignment 
Dec 2009

118659 mi

C $448
Minor tune-up 
Mar 2011

138260 mi

C $700
Front struts replaced. 
Subaru Outback in British Columbia, Canada
Oct 2009 - Jun 2015
Apr 2010

94240 mi
Lug nuts came loose on three tires, lost two, one wheel wobbled badly. 
Jun 2010

96100 mi

C $24
Resistor block for fan went, only had high speed. 
Sep 2011

119040 mi

C $250
Torn axle boot above cat. and front bearing making noise. 
Jun 2013

136400 mi

C $19
Heard clunking and found rear sway bar link was worn ...ordered parts and changed both links. 
Jun 2015

172980 mi
Rack started to leak. 
Subaru Outback in Oregon, United States
Mar 2010 - Sep 2013
Jun 2011

108000 mi

US $1700
replace head gasket 
Mar 2012

116000 mi
gas smell in car. Mechanic replaced torn fuel hose under warranty from the head gasket replacement CEL came on. Code read catalytic converter malfunction. Repair shop told us not to replace it, they just reset warning light. 
Jan 2013

121000 mi
fuel line leak 
Jul 2013

123000 mi

US $713
AC service catalytic converter set off check engine light several gaskets leaking, both transmission fluid and oil leaking 
Subaru Outback in Wisconsin, United States
Aug 2016 - Aug 2016
Aug 2016 second head gasket failure during 15 ywar ownership 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in California, United States
Aug 2008 - Aug 2013
Oct 2008

115000 mi

US $1100
New tie rods. 4 wheel alignment. Oil change. New CV joint 
May 2009

120000 mi
Car died on road. Wouldn't restart. Tow truck driver was able to start the car. Transmission lockout switch suspected, but wouldn't replicate. 
Jul 2009

124000 mi
Check engine light came on after a long trip over mountains, etc. No obvious failure, likely emissions related. Within a week the light went off. I should have it checked out, but likely won't unless it returns. 
Sep 2009

124000 mi

US $750
#1 cyl misfire. Full valve adjustment. All valves were out of spec. Repair was fully successful, and the car drives like new. fuel injectors replaced.  
Jan 2010

130000 mi

US $2500
Both head gaskets replaced, heads machined. This is the third time head gaskets were replaced. First repair @45K under warranty, one side replaced, no machining. Second repair at 95k, both gaskets repaired, no machining. This repair at 130k. Cracked axle boot replaced. 
Feb 2010

130500 mi

US $395
Half shaft replaced. This was in addition to the other side axel boot replaced in January. Two down, two to go. 
Subaru Outback in Colorado, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2015
Feb 2010

110000 mi

US $840
Head gaskets and timing belt. Subaru of America paid 75% of the head gaskets, since they were under recall, and BARELY out of warranty.  Also knock sensor. 
Aug 2010

118000 mi

US $15
"Arcing" of #3 spark plug. Local mechanic replaced #3 plug wire with a used one from their shop, and replaced the #3 plug. The electrical charge was flowing down the OUTSIDE of the plug, making a long black streak & burning the plug wire. 
Sep 2010

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. Replaced Turn-Signal module, switch, and stalk. The "Turn Left" position had not worked for months. $114 for the part. Entire assembly replaces. This was NOT the bulb, problem in the switch area. Replaced bad knock sensor causing "Check Engine" light. Mechanic said that it was not a "necessary" fix, but I might lose some power AND having the "Check Engine" light stuck ON all the time might mask any other problems tha 
Jun 2013

157000 mi

US $25
Replace battery hold down clamp and positive terminal - severely corroded 
Nov 2013

164200 mi

US $420
Dead Alternator. Replaced with Subaru OEM, also replaced all belts. 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in California, United States
May 2008 - Mar 2010
Jun 2008

74000 mi

US $250
The driver and passenger window gaskets, or gussets around the side mirrors were replaced due to excessive wind noise. This is known problem with this model and year Subaru. 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

Subaru Outback in Saskatchewan, Canada
May 2009 - Dec 2009
Dec 2009

99820 mi
Headgasket failure. Was leaking badly on one side(driver), and the pass side was just starting to leak. 

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2001 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in Ontario, Canada
May 2008 - Sep 2009
May 2009

57660 mi

C $800
Electronic device failed and was replaced. As well rear suspension rubber bushings were replaced. Your form above assumes only one problem! 
Jul 2009

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

Subaru Outback in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2011
Sep 2010

155000 mi

US $12000
alternator 
Subaru Outback in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2009 - Jun 2011
Dec 2009

125860 mi

C $1200
Head gasket blew. 
Subaru Outback in New York, United States
Dec 2012 - Dec 2013
Jun 2013

182000 mi

US $120
Front left wheel bearing failure. It was my fault, forgot to stake axle nut after previous axle replacement. 

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2000 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Outback in New York, United States
Jul 2014 - Jul 2016
Oct 2014

154000 mi

US $240
jury-rigged exhaust until replacement arrives. 
May 2015

156600 mi

US $250
replaced pads and rotors as well as parking brake pads. Also replaced the intermediate pipe and muffler. 
Subaru Outback in Indiana, United States
May 2011 - Jul 2011
Jul 2011

162000 mi

US $900
Clutch replaced, as well as clutch hydraulics 
Subaru Outback in Connecticut, United States
Dec 2010 - Jul 2012
Jan 2011

161000 mi

US $350
check engine light on....extreme fuel vapor smell at idle. replaced 2 fuel rubber hoses. cleared check engine light 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Oct 2014 - Nov 2014
Nov 2014

135000 mi
Headgasket weep from drivers side cylinder bank 
Subaru Outback in Maryland, United States
Dec 2010 - Jun 2011
Feb 2011

155800 mi

US $260
O2 sensor error message and idle control message. Car is old and diagnosis and repair is not worth the cost, so nothing was done. 
Subaru Outback in West Virginia, United States
May 2011 - Jun 2018
Jun 2011

151000 mi

US $90
Replaced Knock sensor. Replaced O2 A/F sensor, up stream. 
May 2015

154000 mi

US $5
Replaced original positive terminal on battery with 3rd party replacement. 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Apr 2013 - Jun 2018
Jun 2013

153000 mi

US $1400
Replaced both headgaskets. 
Jul 2013

155000 mi

US $100
Replaced rear 02 sensor 
Oct 2013

158300 mi

US $200
Replaced header 
Apr 2014

161300 mi

US $60
Replaced o-rings and recharged AC 
Nov 2014

167000 mi

US $125
Cylinder #4 stopped firing. Replaced plug wires and coil/igniter. 
Subaru Outback in Maine, United States
Jan 2016 - Jan 2016
Jan 2016 head gasket or engine block need repair; steering column loose; brakes; water pump 
Subaru Outback in Nebraska, United States
Jan 2015 - Aug 2016
Feb 2015

154500 mi

US $26
Turn signal wouldn't work when turning left. Replaced w/ aftermarket stalk. Replaced faulty knock sensor 
Subaru Outback in Alabama, United States
Dec 2015 - Jun 2016
Jun 2016

202000 mi
The clutch on the manual transmission wore out. 

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2000 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in Ohio, United States
Nov 2009 - Oct 2012
Jan 2010

110600 mi

US $140
replaced left axle boot 
Jul 2011

112000 mi

US $450
ac did not work all the time various componets replaced ending up being a $10 relay. 
Subaru Outback in Michigan, United States
Jan 2010 - Feb 2012
May 2010

141000 mi
Rear wiper motor froze. New motor $214.00 not includind labor. I removed motor, not easy, external nuts were rusted. Drove out frozen shaft, cleaned, lubed shaft, reinstalled wiper motor, good as new! Pays to do it yourself. 
Sep 2010

145000 mi
Dreaded leaking head gasket! Good drip after driving, as car cooled stopped. Went to dealer, $1700 -$2000 for fix. Called Subaru, going to review it. Out of Extended Warrenty. Mec. bottle of stop leak, stopped leaking. Waiting. 
Nov 2010

145000 mi
Head gasket leak. Mechnic gave me bottle bottle of Subaru stop leak, stopped leaking. I called Subaru. Will help pay. Can't tell u how much. Cant believe it stopped leak for 2 months. I was good (bad) dripping leak. Time will tell. 
Nov 2011

155500 mi

US $179
Oh boy, head gaskets replaced. Can't believe it took only 1day. Amazing pull the engine, heads off. Check for warped heads. Mine were OK. No machine shop. That would have added 2 more days. Great mechanic Fox Subaru GR, MI. . Nasty hard rattle going over little bump let alone bigger bumps. Dealer thought with out looking a rear strut. I put it up on ramps in my garage. Thank goodness link that holds anti-sway bar to chassis broke. Replaced both sides today. 
Dec 2011

157000 mi

US $150
Lose of coolant in about 1 hr of driving. A by-pass hose maybe 8 -10 inches long failed. It's tees off near the thermostat housing. $15 forhose, $91 labor, clamps and new coolant etc. Waited for it. 1 HR. 
Subaru Outback in Virginia, United States
Jul 2010 - Sep 2010
Aug 2010

127000 mi

US $100
Catalytic converter needs replacing because it is (supposedly) very dirty. Cleaning it out did not solve the problem. 
Subaru Outback in Minnesota, United States
Apr 2014 - Jul 2019
Jan 2015

US $300
Antifreeze leaking 
Jun 2018

173000 mi
Condenser failed 
Jul 2019

176000 mi
Heat gasket needs to replaced as does radiator. Elected to not repair at this time. 
Subaru Outback in Washington, United States
Apr 2015 - Jul 2017
Sep 2015

226089 mi

US $25
I smelled raw fuel on some cooler mornings. Bought 5 feet of Gates fuel injection fuel line to replace all of the lines in the engine compartment. 
Subaru Outback in New Mexico, United States
Nov 2008 - Jun 2015
Apr 2009

88000 mi

US $150
alternator malfunction - replaced 
Sep 2011

100000 mi
Replaced previous remanufactured alternator with fresh remanufactured one provided under warranty through NAPA. Previous NAPA alternator lasted <20,000 mi and < 3 yr, but warrantied for 3 yr (better than Subaru warranty). 
Oct 2011

101000 mi

US $1200
Thermostat and radiator hoses replaced 
Dec 2011

102000 mi

US $1340
Replaced both struts in front and both shocks in rear, followed by an alignment. 
Oct 2012

106200 mi

US $250
Both CV joint boots on one axle were split. Replaced entire axle. 
Subaru Outback in Missouri, United States
Nov 2008 - Jun 2015
Dec 2008

97000 mi

US $290
Needed a sensor replaced because of hesitation in shifting into drive from park. 
Nov 2009

105000 mi

US $1600
Replace O2 sensor triggering CEL  Replace CV boots 
Dec 2010

115000 mi

US $2500
Automatic transmission replaced. Had been delaying in shift into gear from P. 
Mar 2014

147000 mi

US $2000
Dreaded headgasket Fuel line leak 
Subaru Outback in North Carolina, United States
Nov 2008 - Mar 2012
Dec 2008

140000 mi

US $1750
Water pump, timing belt, valve cover gaskets, both front halfshafts, halfshaft seals, . Catalytic converter. 
Apr 2009

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 
Jul 2011

185000 mi

US $500
replaced both front cv joints (total axle assemblies) 
Dec 2011

191000 mi

US $350
rough idle, fuel odor, cleaned throttle body, replaced fuel filter 
Subaru Outback in Michigan, United States
Mar 2009 - Nov 2012
Apr 2009

131000 mi

US $900
The head gaskets were leaking externally (no mixing of water and oil in either the block or cooling system). 
Mar 2010

150000 mi

US $150
Brake hoses wore out. 
May 2012

197100 mi

US $400
Replaced the pads, rotors, calipers, brackets, hardware and hoses for both the front and rear 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Oct 2009 - Mar 2015
Apr 2010

204000 mi

US $500
Cracked universal joint boot on driver side front axle. Fix is to replace axle.  Also needed new front sway bar linkage bushings. 
Nov 2010

220000 mi

US $2000
Cracked head gasket leaking coolant externally. I decided to get it fixed before it got worse. The shop that I took it to did an exceptional job Garage 1 Auto Repair (Subaru Specialist) in San Jose, CA 
Sep 2012

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. 
Jan 2015

255800 mi

US $500
Front axle boot torn, replaced axle 
Subaru Outback in Michigan, United States
Oct 2009 - Mar 2012
Nov 2009

96000 mi

US $2000
I purchased the car in 3/09 with 73,000 miles had it checked by dealer and indepenant shop. At 94,000 head gaskets started to leak! Dealer did not pay a dime! My car was well taken care of by the prior owner and myself. Sub North Amer. Cheap! 
May 2011

145600 mi

US $400
Alternator went bad and I had to have it replaced. 
Subaru Outback in North Carolina, United States
Sep 2010 - Oct 2010
Oct 2010

96000 mi

US $359
CVC boots front ruptured - had to be replaced. 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2011
Aug 2010

235000 mi

US $300
Right headlight going out intermittently Engine will "hiccup" briefly (less than 1 second)while climbing any hill. Likely valve replacement needed...not economical at this car mileage. 
Subaru Outback in New Mexico, United States
Dec 2012 - Apr 2013
Apr 2013

130000 mi
Engine light came on. Code for back two cylinder misfiring. Inspected wires - ok. Put in a jar of fuel injection cleaner and cleared codes. One week later still no recurring codes. Engine light came on again. Code for back 2 cylinders again. Car runs fine. Filled with higher grade of gasoline (knock/ping could be cause for that code). After 400 miles, still no engine light. 
Subaru Outback in Oregon, United States
Nov 2010 - Mar 2011
Dec 2010

168000 mi

US $1550
Oil leaks at CAM and crankshaft replaced timing belt and cover. Replaced left front axle and CV. 
Mar 2011

172000 mi
Right front axle replaced due to faulty part from previous repair. 
Subaru Outback in Quebec, Canada
Feb 2013 - Mar 2014
Jun 2013

181660 mi

C $300
heating radiator replacement. 
Mar 2014

184760 mi
Timing belt failure : engine blowed ! 
Subaru Outback in Ohio, United States
Nov 2014 - Jun 2018
Jan 2015

US $2500
Leaking head gaskets replaced, all seals, rear main seal, and gaskets too. 
May 2015

117100 mi

US $600
pads, calipers, rotors 
Jun 2015

118000 mi

US $300
wheel bearing bad - replaced sticking caliper 
Sep 2015

120000 mi

US $2400
Seal leaks and slippage from first to second when "cold" 
Subaru Outback in Tennessee, United States
Nov 2014 - Jun 2018
Jun 2015

191000 mi

US $230
Steering column bearing was bad, causing steering to occasionally lock or freeze while driving. Upgraded to wood steering wheel while the new (used) column was being installed. Much tighter steering and no wobble in the wheel now. 
Apr 2016

202000 mi

US $35
Smacked out old wheel studs, smacked new ones in, and replaced all five lug nuts. Four of the five studs broke at highway speeds, noticed after intense vibration. 
Jan 2018

216000 mi

US $600
Wheel bearings had to be replaced on one side, which meant a used wheel hub from another car. Required new tie rod ends as well. 
Subaru Outback in Alabama, United States
Oct 2011 - Jul 2012
Dec 2011

156000 mi
rack and pinion leaking replace rack and pinion, one month later began leaking again new rack and pinion began leaking, took it back to the dealer 
Jun 2012

168000 mi

US $2800
replaced engine due to blown head gasket 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Sep 2012 - Jul 2016
Aug 2013

256000 mi
Problem diagnosed. Driver side wheel bearing. Will attempt DIY. 
Jan 2014

264000 mi

US $575
Replaced driver side wheel bearings. 
Apr 2014

259500 mi
Went for biannual California smog certification passed, but Check Engine light on. Exhaust problem codes. Estimate $800 fix. Saving money to get it done. Car running well in the meantime. 
Nov 2014

265000 mi

US $1800
Check Engine light, 3 codes indicated evap issues internal air intake and Cat conv. Traced problems to broken and corroded wires near MAP sensor and Evap sensor solenoid. Guide roller bearings broke out of casing sending shrapnel into timing belt compartment other roller disengaged. Somehow belt stayed on! Replaced belt, pulleys tensioner, water pump and thermostat. Serviced transmission & replaced gasket. 
Jan 2015

258300 mi
Check engine light (CEL)came on for a couple days, then went off. Did this twice more. Light was off, mechanic checked code. Code Cat malfunction. Cleared code. CEL has stayed off. 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Jun 2011 - Jan 2013
Sep 2011

147000 mi

US $3600
Original 147K engine overheated (stuck thermostat), parts melted. Replaced engine w/ refurbished engine with 88K from salvage shop, dealer installed.Happy to have my really nice car back w/ a younger engine. I will drive slowly from now on! 
May 2012

154300 mi

US $150
Still so happy I got a used engine with 88K on it for my lovely Subaru car with 167K miles. Since the new engine 9/2011, I have just needed recharge or repair on my air conditioning system, I am not sure which. Yay! 
Jul 2012

169000 mi
The AC stopped working at full cold, got that fixed with Mechanic A, but then it still cooled poorly but a little. 
Aug 2012

169300 mi
I decided to take it to the dealer, got it recharged and it worked great. But then the fan and related temp electrical went out. The dealer then charged me 135 to change the fuse! 
Jan 2013

148000 mi

US $131
Retractable Cargo Cover Broke, First time a few years ago, the screw housing end cap came part. I just replaced the cover. This time a spring inside has broken and it will not auto retract. I will get a used one. 
Subaru Outback in Great Britain
Mar 2011 - Apr 2015
Apr 2011

115000 mi
Worn prop shaft joint 
Jul 2011

115200 mi

£300
Rear left brake caliper piston seized 
Mar 2012

118000 mi

£200
Exhaust flanges corroded 
Feb 2013

124700 mi

£100
seized brake caliper 
Subaru Outback in Rhode Island, United States
Sep 2015 - Sep 2015
Sep 2015

141000 mi

US $50
Car wouldn't start. Mechanic found a bad Alternator/PS Drive Belt. Removed and replaced with a new belt and starts just fine now. Prior to non-start radio was all static, not working well and only other symptom was slight rough idle. 
Subaru Outback in Oregon, United States
Feb 2015 - Dec 2015
Apr 2015

101000 mi

US $875
Tire technician noted that all four struts were bad and the rear two were leaking. Replaced all four struts. 
May 2015

101800 mi

US $300
Both front inner CV boots leaking, both replaced. 
Jun 2015

103000 mi

US $55
Torn passenger-side inner tie rod boot. Replaced entire tie rod, $50. Intermittent code for upstream oxygen sensor. Replaced oxygen sensor. 
Nov 2015

106600 mi

US $40
Idler pulley whining when running at idle, replaced and fixed the problem. 
Subaru Outback in Virginia, United States
Mar 2011 - Apr 2011
Apr 2011

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 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

Subaru Outback in Oregon, United States
Nov 2009 - Apr 2010
Apr 2010

180000 mi

US $257
Knocking/vibration at highway speeds when turning slight left. Tire shop said front bearings bad and needing repair. Quoted at $257. Was trying to sell car anyway. Purchaser was aware of problem and bought car for $250 less than my asking price. 
Subaru Outback in Arkansas, United States
Sep 2008 - Jan 2009
Nov 2008

80000 mi

US $400
Half axle boot covering split, spewing grease on exhaust system and causing contamination of bearings, so entire boot was replaced. 
Subaru Outback in Colorado, United States
May 2009 - Mar 2010
Jul 2009

184000 mi

US $700
timing belt failure 

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2000 Subaru Outback 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

Subaru Outback in Oregon, United States
Oct 2009 - Jun 2011
Dec 2009

156000 mi

US $28
Check engine light came on; code P0420. Checked exhaust system for leaks/damage, found none. Went ahead with replacement of front catalytic converter Passenger side valve cover gasket leaking oil. Replaced, no leaking after repair. 
Mar 2010

167000 mi

US $385
knocking/clicking sounds coming from left side while in a turn and accelerating. Replaced both axles and stub shafts. 
Subaru in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2008 - Mar 2009
Mar 2009

181040 mi
Head gasket leak. No repaired due to cost, and due to it being endemic to the 2000-2004 model years (recall issued years ago, no longer applicable) 

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