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2014 Subaru Outback repairs by problem area

Engine (29%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (12%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (5%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (27%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (11%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 85 repairs.
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2014 Subaru Outback repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (2%)

$500 - $999 (2%)

$100 - $499 (19%)

< $100 (77%)

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Chart based on 53 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2014 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

Subaru Outback in Arizona, United States
Oct 2014 - Dec 2014
Oct 2014

8000 mi
The car lags or stalls for several seconds when accelerating from a rolling start last time about 7 sec. The dealer told me it was a common complaint and was an engineering problem with the CVT trans., they did nothing! Major safety issue! 

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2014 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

Subaru Outback in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2013 - Dec 2016
Jan 2015

18000 mi
The car would not start after a good rain. Dealer needed to change the transmission wiring harness. 
Subaru Outback in New Hampshire, United States
Sep 2013 - Jun 2018
Jun 2014

11000 mi
Car shudders periodically. 
Aug 2014

13000 mi
Car shuddered occasionally. Dealer replaced torque converter under warranty. 
Oct 2014

15700 mi
When AC compressor is on, car makes a "brushing" noise. 
Apr 2015

22000 mi
AC compressor continues to make intermittent noise when running. Dealer acknowledges the problem but thinks six cylinders Oubacks may make the noise. Have contacted Subaru for resolution. 
Jul 2016

36000 mi
AC has continued to make intermittent noise. They replaced the condenser but this did not fix the issue. The next step is to dissemble the dash to see if they can find the source of the noise. 
Aug 2016

39000 mi
AC still made intermittent noise. They replaced the AC compressor and also needed to replace the serpentine belt. No AC sound so far but need more time to make sure that the repair worked. 
Oct 2016

41300 mi
Still made AC noise intermittently. They recharged the AC system. I do not know if this fixed the issue. 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Aug 2014 - Jun 2018
Feb 2015

15000 mi
Blown fuse replaced, but problem still exists and I have to return to the dealer. 
Mar 2015

15000 mi
Cigarette lighter socket in cabin was still dead after having the others fixed. 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Jun 2014 - Sep 2016
Jul 2014 vibration issue. they rebalance tires, didn't fix. swap tires with others, didn't fix.. on going problem 
Jan 2015 Constantly vibrating. The issue has not been resolved. 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Jan 2015 - Mar 2015
Feb 2015

18800 mi
replaced navigation/audio system; discovered defect is with design. navigation/audio has too many significant design problems; selling back the car as a lemon 
Subaru Outback in Saskatchewan, Canada
Apr 2014 - Jun 2017
Jun 2017

39680 mi

C $600
Lumbar air bag blew out. 
Subaru Outback in Ohio, United States
Mar 2016 - Jun 2018
May 2017

45000 mi

US $150
front brake pads 
Subaru Outback in Louisiana, United States
Feb 2014 - Aug 2018
Jul 2016

12300 mi
Electronic parking brake would not release - vehicle could not be driven 

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2014 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

Subaru Outback in Georgia, United States
Nov 2013 - Dec 2014
Mar 2014

4000 mi
Squeaky drivers seat back, replacement seat damaged in shipping. Given loaner while awaiting new seat to be shipped. 
Subaru Outback in Texas, United States
Sep 2013 - Mar 2018
Sep 2014

8000 mi
Replaced roof rack - buzzing nose when cargo box was on top of the car at high speeds. 
Subaru Outback in Illinois, United States
Jan 2014 - Apr 2017
Jun 2015

30000 mi
Sunglass holder would not stay closed. Holder was replaced under warranty. 
Subaru Outback in Louisiana, United States
Jan 2014 - Jan 2016
Mar 2015

12000 mi
Engine belt was loose, creating a chirping noise. Dealer service manager informed that this is a known issue and that Subaru had since changed to a smaller belt. 
Subaru Outback in Florida, United States
Dec 2013 - Dec 2015
Nov 2015

14600 mi
This car has a very jerky, rough transmission and the dealer keeps insisting that the jerkiness is normal. Let me put it this way: It is an automatic transmission that feels like a manual. 
Subaru Outback in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2013 - Jun 2018
Apr 2016

28500 mi
Premature wear on the rear breaks due to a frozen caliper 
Subaru Outback in Ohio, United States
Dec 2015 - Mar 2018
Nov 2017

71479 mi

US $129
Replaced two 7440 bulb and two 194 bulb on the tail lights. 
Jan 2018

74000 mi
Low beam headlights 
Feb 2018

74000 mi

US $120
Hard cranking in cold. Already replaced battery with one with higher cold cranking amps. Dealership suspects fuel pump. 
Subaru Outback in Ohio, United States
Nov 2017 - Jun 2018
Dec 2017

114000 mi

US $200
Pads and rotors worn beyond serviceable levels. Replaced with new pads and rotors, all 4 corners 
Jan 2018

116000 mi

US $40
gas cap not sealing causing warnings 
Jun 2018

126000 mi

US $40
P0420 error. Changed plugs cleaned MAF sensor 
Subaru Outback in Ohio, United States
Jun 2015 - Jun 2018
Nov 2017

57000 mi

US $300
Replaced rear brake pads, no rotor damage. Replace headlight bulb out. 
Subaru Outback in Illinois, United States
Jul 2013 - Oct 2017
Mar 2015

28000 mi
Headlight burned out 
Subaru Outback in Missouri, United States
Sep 2013 - Jul 2018
Nov 2014

16000 mi
Software reflash for lurching and surging, usually when cold and usually at low speeds such as driving around neighborhood. 
Subaru Outback in Missouri, United States
Oct 2013 - Apr 2016
Aug 2014

7000 mi
Cooling system. Radiator seam leaking. Dealer replaced radiator. 
Mar 2015

12000 mi
Bad serpentine belt caused chirping noise. Subaru replace belt with new improved part/belt to eliminate noise. 
Nov 2015

18000 mi
Water leaking in from top trim piece on tailgate. Dealer noted seal on 3rd brake bad/deformed. Dealer replaced 3rd brake light under warranty. Leak fixed. 
Subaru Outback in Virginia, United States
Oct 2013 - Nov 2016
May 2015

8100 mi
Accessory belt was defective (known issue, TSB out for replacement) causing it to chirp. Replaced with revised belt and issue fixed completely. 
Subaru Outback in Connecticut, United States
Jun 2014 - Dec 2017
Oct 2017

56000 mi

US $359
Replace front brake pads 
Subaru Outback in Texas, United States
Feb 2014 - Jun 2018
Mar 2016

35000 mi
Tailgate struts replaced under warranty. 
May 2018

58000 mi
Warning lights indicate emissions system problem. Codes show loose gas cap is likely the problem. Tried three new gas caps including one OEM. Warning lights go away for a period of from 10-100 miles then return. The gas cap can't be tightened the three clicks as specified, only one. It gets loose over time. No repair done. Fixed? Several attempts. The trouble lights would come back on after 10 minutes or sometimes after 100 miles. It seems to be triggered by the gas cap. But 3 gas caps later, and the problem persisted until last Saturday, about two months after I last made an attempt to fix it by cleaning the area around the filler opening. The trouble lights mysteriously disappeared and have not returned. I'm not sure what to make of it. It's an annoyance more than anything. It's a commonly reported problem on OB and other Subie forums. 
Subaru Outback in New York, United States
Apr 2015 - Sep 2016
Apr 2015

24000 mi
Replaced squeaky belt for recall. 
Nov 2015

32300 mi
Replaced front axle because of torn CV boot. 
Jul 2016

40000 mi
CVT Transmission exploded. Replaced under warranty eventually. 
Subaru Outback in Washington, United States
Sep 2015 - Oct 2015
Oct 2015

9000 mi
CVT Transmission started making raspy whirring sound. After the transmission was replaced, the car would shudder noticeably when making tight turns. Took it back to the dealer and traded it in for a 2016 WRX. 
Subaru Outback in Georgia, United States
Jun 2016 - Jun 2016
Jun 2016

53000 mi

US $80
Headlight out 
Subaru Outback in Washington, United States
Apr 2014 - Apr 2017
Oct 2014

13000 mi
short block engine replaced after oil leak. 
Mar 2015

22000 mi
Short block engine replaced for second time with the re-designed short block after oil light had come on and car failed oil consumption test. Oil light came on. Car failed oil consumption test. Short block engine to be replaced. 
Feb 2017

42000 mi
Left strut leaking and replaced. 
Apr 2017

43000 mi
Oil light sensor came on. Consumption test ordered. Car failed. Subaru to replace Short block for 3rd time. 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Jun 2017 - Jul 2017
Jul 2017

60000 mi
leaking transmission. diagnosed as bad gasket, dealer did a mickey mouse repair using a sealant. did not replace the gasket or the leaked fluid. 1 week later it is back at another dealer. this model has an extended warranty on the cvt transmission because of problems. 
Subaru Outback in Oregon, United States
Jul 2013 - May 2016
Apr 2016

41000 mi

US $300
Replaced windshield 
Subaru Outback in Minnesota, United States
Jan 2015 - Mar 2015
Feb 2015

23000 mi
Replaced head unit. Vehicle still has problem with head unit turning on and off. 
Subaru Outback in Iowa, United States
Jan 2015 - Oct 2015
Sep 2015

26000 mi
Serpentine belt was squealing and turns out a tsb was issued that corrected the problem with a new belt. Bolt broke on rear hatch strut causing it to twist. 
Subaru Outback in Illinois, United States
Apr 2014 - Sep 2018
Sep 2014

6000 mi
Rattle coming from panel underneath the steering wheel. Foam padding was added to reduce the rattle, but rattle still exists. 
Dec 2014

9000 mi
Rattle looked at again, fixed this time as I had diagnosed where it was coming from. Foam padding added to panel under steering wheel. 
Sep 2018

47000 mi

US $660
Replaced headlight Rear brake rotors, calipers, and pads replaced. 
Subaru Outback in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2014 - Jun 2018
Jun 2016

34720 mi
Rear hatch shocks were sticking at the end of extension preventing the hatch from opening completely. 
May 2017

45260 mi

C $418
Difficulty steering the vehicle at low speeds. Power steering found to be failing. Replaced under warranty. Clunking when driving over rough roads. Front Stabilizer links replaced. Serpentine belt was showing small cracks. Replaced. 
Mar 2018

60140 mi
Had to replace the transmission after the dealer overtorqued the drain plug, causing a leak. 
Subaru Outback in Florida, United States
May 2014 - Jun 2017
Dec 2015

16000 mi
There was a high pitched noise coming from the blower in front of the passenger glove compartment. They had to replace the entire blower motor and other parts of the A/C system. 
Mar 2016

19000 mi
The dealer and to re-repair the previous issue because they installed a used resister that proved to also be defective. 
Jun 2017

35000 mi
Had all four TPMS sensors replaced. Dealer in North Miami was horrible. Their only diagnostic tool of choice was a tire pressure gauge. When my air reported fine, they did not know what the PSI acceptable range was. Regardless, after replacement, they found one unit had a low battery. This took 3 trips, 3 rentals, and countless travel time (they are 2 hours away). 
Subaru Outback in Nebraska, United States
May 2014 - Jun 2018
Nov 2015

20000 mi
Dash rattle on front right side near speaker. Dealer added felt tape to resolve. 
Feb 2016

22700 mi

US $5
Dash/visor rattles. 1/2" round foam weather stripping placed between dash and windshield. One sided sticky velcro on the windshield side of the slide out on the visor. small foam pad under metal piece that runs through firewall. 
Dec 2017

50000 mi
Check engine light came on as well as brake light flashing. This was likely due to turning key forward to aux too soon after shutting down engine, causing misfire. Dealer cleared codes and light has not turned back on yet. 
Apr 2018

58000 mi

US $55
Vehicle speed sensor.. likely bad from hitting something on road or a mouse ate through the wire 3 times.. 
Subaru Outback in Connecticut, United States
Sep 2014 - Jun 2018
Dec 2016

26000 mi
Battery had a dead cell and battery needed to be replaced 

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2014 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

Subaru Outback in Michigan, United States
Aug 2017 - Aug 2017
Jan 2017

80000 mi

US $150
Was dead - replaced it 
Subaru Outback in Utah, United States
Feb 2014 - Apr 2018
Apr 2015

9500 mi
Battery went completely dead. Used Subaru Roadside Assistance to jump vehicle. Battery would not hold a charge. Dealer replaced under warranty. Serpentine belt was chirping. 
Subaru Outback in Michigan, United States
Oct 2013 - Jun 2016
Jul 2014

17500 mi
A loud squealing belt noise on engine start up and occasionally aconstant chirping noise while driving. Service department installed new belt as per an existing TSB from Subaru. 
Subaru Outback in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2013 - Dec 2017
Nov 2015

21000 mi
Replaced faulty oil level sensor. 
Jan 2017

36000 mi
Oil consumption test. (Passed) 

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2014 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

Subaru Outback in Yemen
Dec 2013 - Feb 2017
Nov 2015

17400 mi
Replacement of serpentine belt 
Subaru Outback in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2017 - Jun 2018
Dec 2017

88660 mi

C $200
Repair/adjust left front brake caliper saddle. During a regular service appointment it was identified as the source of a noise I was observing intermittently. 
May 2018

91140 mi

C $1000
mirror adjustment switch pushed in and inoperable, fixed without replacing; backup camera not working, replacement part $350 
Subaru Outback in Nova Scotia, Canada
May 2014 - Jun 2018
Dec 2014

3100 mi
engine cranked slowly in first cold weather of the season - so the computer was re-calibrated. Improved but still cranks more that previous models 

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2013 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

Subaru Outback in New York, United States
Dec 2015 - Jan 2017
Dec 2016

49000 mi

US $100
One of my low beam headlights burned out. I brought my car to the dealer in order to replace both lamps. 
Subaru Outback in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2016 - Mar 2018
Mar 2018

110360 mi

C $1000
Replacement of rotors and cleaning of calipers 
Subaru Outback in British Columbia, Canada
Nov 2013 - Jun 2018
Jan 2018

66340 mi

C $100
Gas hatchback struts not fully supporting hatch. Replaced gas cylinders. 
Subaru Outback in Oregon, United States
Dec 2012 - Jul 2018
Jun 2017

124000 mi

US $25
The driver's side puddle lights are out. The labor cost was upwards of $250.00. Repair declined. Excessive cost for value realized. 
Feb 2018

128000 mi

US $100
One headlight burned out, replaced both bulbs. One fog bulb burned out, replaced both. 
Subaru Outback in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2015 - Jun 2018
May 2016

27980 mi
Consuming oil. Now monitoring as by 4 k have to add oil, one litre 
Jun 2018

45880 mi

C $12
Oil consumption. .5 to 1 litre oil per 5000 km( 
Subaru Outback in Ohio, United States
Mar 2013 - Dec 2013
May 2013 Rear hatch wasn't latching unless door slammed. Latch mechanism lubricated and adjusted. Better, but still requires a lot of force to close. Used to automatic closing hatches, so this might be normal. 
Oct 2013

5000 mi
Liftgate closure was difficult. At times it looked closed but warning light would come on while driving. 
Subaru Outback in Colorado, United States
Apr 2013 - Mar 2016
Mar 2014

28000 mi
The CEL keeps coming on for an "intermittent misfire." The dealer cannot duplicate the fault after clearing it. At first I was told that it was a possible fuel quality issue but that has been ruled out. The issue comes after hard acceleration. 
May 2014

30600 mi
Intermittent CEL fault resolved in extreme driving situations had set off engine RPM governor, activated the CEL. Driver has been educated on how to accelerate and not exceed 6000 RPMs. 
Subaru Outback in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2015 - Jul 2018
Jun 2015

30000 mi
Replace black trim at rear of window on driver side rear passenger door. Adhesive had come loose. No rattles. Only noticed when I washed the car. 
Subaru Outback in Washington, United States
Jul 2013 - Jul 2018
Jun 2015

37000 mi
Driver's window would only go up two inches when switch was used. I reseated the switch contacts, all window features work correctly now. 
Mar 2016

51000 mi

US $50
Low beam bulbs are really hard to change - you have to get at it through the wheel well. 
Sep 2016

61000 mi

US $60
Replaced headlight, side marker, and low power parking bulb. 
Mar 2018

94000 mi

US $300
Another light bulb fix. Took about 30 minutes. Cabin filter Sensor for electronic parking brake. 
Subaru Outback in New York, United States
Nov 2012 - Jun 2018
Jul 2015

14000 mi
The power sunroof was having difficulty closing. Dealer performed adjustment and lube which did not solve the problem. They followed up by replacing the entire sunroof assembly and the problem is now resolved. 
Subaru Outback in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2012 - Dec 2012
Dec 2012

4000 mi
2013 H6 Outback makes constant wobbling/vibration noise from left front starting @ 1500 rpms. Brought in for service 2x in 7 days. First time "couldn't replicate". Second time called Subaru tech hotline. Known problem-no repair on horizon! Car will suddenly accelerate/lurch forward at slightest depression of gas pedal. Almost hit another car. Brought in 2x in 7 days. Sometimes no acceleration at all. Couldn't replicate either. Explanation:powerful engine. 
Subaru Outback in Kansas, United States
Aug 2012 - Sep 2014
Apr 2014

34200 mi
Passenger side puddle light under car was not working. Dealer replaced wire harness and both lights. 
Subaru Outback in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2012 - Jun 2018
Nov 2013

7220 mi
Passenger seat behind driver would not fold flat due to a cable issue. Cable replaced. 
Jun 2015

16740 mi

C $240
Defective passenger rear strut noticed on brake service. Replaced under warranty. 
May 2018

32240 mi

C $60
The catch for the back seat to fold flat had the wire come off. Easy fix, but note the same issue in year 2. The seat is not folded that often as mostly just one driver and no passenger. Aside from that at 5.5 years no issues to speak of. 
Subaru Outback in North Carolina, United States
Sep 2012 - Jun 2018
Nov 2016

113000 mi

US $130
Oil pan drain plug thread was stripped during a routine oil change. Oil pan was replaced. 
Feb 2017

120500 mi

US $450
Replaced rear brake pads. Resurfaced rear brake rotors. 
Subaru Outback in Indiana, United States
Sep 2012 - Dec 2015
Aug 2015

33500 mi
Tailgate creak, multiple trips to repair. It was actually just needing lubrication on the latch after each car wash. 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Dec 2013 - Jun 2014
Dec 2013

5000 mi
Bluetooth system failed and dealer had to replace the navigation system 
Jun 2014

8000 mi
Bluetooth stopped working again. Same problem as happened in December 2013 
Subaru Outback in Illinois, United States
Jun 2013 - Jun 2018
Apr 2014

15000 mi
The satellite/navi unit was on the fritz. Got a new unit and it was installed in an hour. 
Aug 2014

20000 mi
Rear wiper relay was shorted out, resulting in inability for rear wiper to be used in intermittent mode. Part replaced in under an hour. No charge. 
Sep 2015

31000 mi
Sunroof was leaking not only when it rained, but also while using the car wash. Dealer mechanic cleaned out drain holes, but this didn't even remotely fix the problem. drivers inner door panel dented. New panel ordered under warranty. 
Oct 2015

31800 mi

US $10
License plate light covers cracked and fell off because where the screws attached, it shattered the lense. 2 new covers ordered. Installed by owner. 
May 2016

39000 mi
Driver side puddle lights no longer worked. Passenger side fine. Replaced puddle light cluster. Work done under extended warranty. Without warranty, would have been a $500 plus job. Cost me my $50 deductible. 
Aug 2017

50000 mi
The leather on the driver's seat split. The car is only 4 years old, and this shouldn't have happened. It didn't split on the seam either. Subaru of America replaced it as a "one time good will" repair. It would have cost a little over $500 otherwise. 
Mar 2018

54000 mi
Was driving when I heard a loud "pop" and felt it also in my lumbar area. The lumbar support broke. Took it to the dealer and got it fixed for free, minus the $50 extended warranty deductible. While the car was in the shop, the mechanic noticed my drive belt was getting lax, so I had that replaced. 
Subaru Outback in Texas, United States
Jan 2015 - Dec 2017
Aug 2015

42900 mi
front end rattle over bumpy pavement 

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2013 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

Subaru Outback in Illinois, United States
Feb 2013 - Dec 2013
Sep 2013

14000 mi
The lock of the tailgate in a wrong position. So it makes a lot of noises 
Subaru Outback in South Carolina, United States
Feb 2013 - Oct 2014
Jul 2013

17200 mi
Overhead light cover buzzed on rough roads. 
Subaru Outback in Colorado, United States
Jan 2013 - Feb 2018
May 2013

3000 mi
Front right seat belt latch was wobbly. Found seat belt retainer bolt was cross-threaded. Removed and replaced lower seat assembly. Issue fully resolved. Took 1.5 hours. 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Jan 2013 - Aug 2017
Dec 2016

40000 mi

US $550
A radiator seal was leaking. Radiator replaced. 
Subaru Outback in Idaho, United States
Sep 2012 - Jul 2015
Jul 2014

26300 mi
Driver's side puddle lights would not work. Both lights and the wiring harness had to be replaced. 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Feb 2013 - Jun 2018
Feb 2014

15000 mi
Chirping noise from engine. Turned out to be bad idler pulley. The dealer replaced both idler pulleys and the serpentine belt. 
Subaru Outback in Wyoming, United States
Nov 2012 - Mar 2016
Feb 2014

15000 mi
grabing between front axle and rear axle, pulled off transfer box/case and replaced clutches inside, 5 hr job and gave us a rental to run a round in 
Subaru Outback in Ohio, United States
Sep 2013 - Dec 2014
Dec 2014

22000 mi
Driver Window Stopped Raising/Lowering completely at times. Dealer could not replicate. 
Subaru Outback in Washington, United States
Oct 2012 - Sep 2013
Sep 2013

11000 mi
Rear hatch door latch issue causing rattles when driving over bumps and turns. 
Subaru Outback in Arizona, United States
Apr 2013 - Jun 2018
Nov 2014

22000 mi
Squeak from under rear of car. Exhaust pipe hanger not properly aligned. 
Jan 2015

24700 mi
Rubber drivers side window trim (inside bottom) folds into window and inside of door when window is lowered. 
Subaru Outback in New York, United States
Apr 2013 - Mar 2015
Mar 2015

30000 mi

US $13
Parking light went out, then a couple days later came back on. Then opposite side headlight blew. Had to remove wheel well to get to the bulb! Traded car, did not chase down other issue. 
Subaru Outback in Wisconsin, United States
Dec 2012 - Aug 2015
Nov 2014

17500 mi
D/S window was pulling inner rubber window gasket down into door, causing binding and making the window stop and not go up or down. 
Subaru Outback in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2013 - Jun 2018
Jun 2014

12000 mi
Blocked air conditioner hose. Caused water leak in cabin on front passenger floor. 
Apr 2016

31300 mi
rear view monitor in mirror failed. Dealer replaced under warranty. 
Subaru Outback in South Carolina, United States
Nov 2012 - Feb 2017
May 2015

53000 mi
Drivers seat would not adjust. Wire insulation under seat was worn and shorted out. 
Aug 2015

56200 mi
All at once everything on the dash lit up and the engine shut off. Required extensive work to locate the problem. A wire in the center of a bundle of wires was missing insulation for several inches, causing a short, killing a module. 
Dec 2015

62000 mi
Passenger side headlight had several bulbs fail 
Subaru Outback in New York, United States
Jun 2014 - Jun 2018
Jun 2015

30000 mi

US $100
noise from the front end dealer did not repair it need to go back the suspension holding break calipers front left front wheel was loose and making noise the problem that Subaru dealer was NOT able/ willing to discover/correct - bad dealer - but independent mechanic pinpoint the defect and corrected it for total of 100 dollars 
Oct 2017

48000 mi

US $75
new battery installed by owner -Interstate battery - 75 dollars at Costco dealer asked for 180.00 dollars .... 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Jul 2015 - Jun 2018
Mar 2016

31000 mi
replace serpinteen belt 
Subaru Outback in Ohio, United States
Sep 2012 - Dec 2017
Jan 2016

34500 mi
Oil consumption is awful. Between 1500 miles and 2500 miles I have had to add a quart of oil since car was new. Dealer says I have to come back periodically for Oil Consumption Test. In the end I COULD get a new engine. 
Jul 2017

62000 mi

US $17
Replaced right headlight. Of the 15-20 cars I have owned, changing an outback headlight is absolutely the most ridiculous and difficult process. 
Subaru Outback in Ohio, United States
May 2015 - Sep 2016
Mar 2016

34000 mi
Backup camera stopped workimg 
Subaru Outback in Louisiana, United States
Jun 2012 - Jun 2018
Nov 2016

48600 mi

US $200
Seal for third brake light was allowing water into the top panel of the read door which would leak into the car. 
Aug 2017

54000 mi
There was a service bulletin for the brake calipers (I think that's what it was). They had to be removed and reattached. They found it when I asked about pad wear. Once found they deemed my car unsafe to drive. Cost of repair was covered by Subaru. 
May 2018

61000 mi
Seal for the third brake light went bad. 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Apr 2015 - Jan 2018
Oct 2015

30000 mi
TPMS malfunction--repaired under warranty 
Dec 2015

31000 mi
Drivers side window sticking 
Nov 2017

45000 mi

US $3
Occasional water leak into rear cargo area. Found that 3rd brake light assembly may be leaking water into rear hatch and into rear cargo area. Bought $3 waterproof clear caulk and smeared around the edge (between brake light lens and rear hatch). No leaks since. 
Subaru Outback in Ohio, United States
Oct 2012 - Jan 2015
Nov 2013

15000 mi
GPS Nav screen would reset itself while driving. The old unit was replaced with a new navigation unit. 
Aug 2014

23400 mi
Appeared to be burning 2 quarts of oil over the 7,000 mile oil change interval. However once the oil was changed I have since driven the vehicle for over 5,000 miles and the engine oil is about 2/3 of a quart low... Reasonable. 
Subaru Outback in Georgia, United States
Oct 2012 - Aug 2014
Aug 2014

30000 mi
Oil consumption. Subaru would not warranty repair a car that burned 1 quart of oil less than every 3K miles. Additional issue with radio. Bluetooth and radio head unit issue (replace of both to get phone to work with bluetooth) 
Subaru Outback in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2012 - Jul 2017
Jan 2015

14200 mi
Second headlight replacement. 
Jun 2017

44000 mi
Upon opening tailgate after a heavy rain, water poured out of the door from two seams at the top of the door - which was pointing down of course at the time. The dealer originally thought that the brake light at the top of the door was leaking but it was not that. They kept the car overnight because their window person was due there the next day. They resealed the window and all has been fine. The dealer did replace the brake light up top "just in case." This was all under my warranty. They also did a courtesy replacement of some dead bulbs and windshield wipers at no cost. 
Subaru Outback in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2014 - Mar 2018
Apr 2015

8200 mi
Cigarette lighter stopp working 
Subaru Outback in Kansas, United States
Jul 2015 - Aug 2017
Nov 2016

38300 mi

US $120
Wheel stud was cross-threaded and over-torqued by the wheel gorilla during tire rotation. Replaced wheel stud. 
Subaru Outback in Ohio, United States
Sep 2012 - Jun 2018
May 2013

5000 mi
Had to replace noisy fan motor 
Sep 2016

48000 mi

US $85
Replaced 3rd brake lite seal leaking water in tailgate. 
Subaru Outback in Minnesota, United States
Oct 2012 - Jun 2018
Mar 2015

38000 mi

US $60
One lower-beam replaced. 
Jun 2016

58000 mi
Oil level warning comes on and off. Dealer put the car on oil consumption testing by giving us a free oil change (Subaru pays for it). Will return there at 60k miles to check oil consumption. 
Subaru Outback in Texas, United States
May 2013 - Jul 2018
Sep 2015

45000 mi
Engine light indicating low oil turns on. Oil change at 42K, low engine oil light turned on at 44K, 45K, 46K, 47K. Service advisor advises that TSB indicates Subaru is prone to burning oil, recommends oil change at 6K interval ILO 7.5K. 
Subaru Outback in Michigan, United States
May 2013 - Sep 2015
Mar 2014

17000 mi
Windshield cracked due to cold with the heating element in the bottom of the windshield. No mechanical issues with the vehicle, just the crack all the way across the bottom of the front windshield. 
Subaru Outback in New Hampshire, United States
May 2015 - Jan 2018
Jan 2018

85000 mi

US $200
frozen caliper replaced replace spark plugs 
Subaru Outback in Texas, United States
Apr 2014 - Jun 2018
Oct 2014

32800 mi
Noticed excessive oil consumption similar to other reports by Subaru owners. The low oil level light came on after about 4000 miles since previous oil changed. Haven't had previous issues, but could be related to bad piston rings. 
Mar 2016

59000 mi
Engine found to be leaking oil. Camshafts had to be resealed/repaired. Found by inspecting before 60K mile mark, so repair still covered by powertrain warranty. 
Mar 2018

83000 mi

US $700
Standard brake repair from years of use Back rear strut leaking- replaced 
Subaru Outback in Illinois, United States
Aug 2016 - Aug 2017
Jun 2016

60000 mi

US $100
The right taillight was not sealed properly, causing water to get in it. It had to be replaced. 
Subaru Outback in Colorado, United States
Mar 2014 - Oct 2015
Jun 2014

12000 mi
Squeaky belt was replaced under warranty. Service manager said they had several 2013 with the same issue. Said they had to replace tensioners on some, but mine were still good. 
Subaru Outback in Texas, United States
Sep 2014 - Jun 2018
Mar 2018

149000 mi

US $100
Replacement of wobbly idler pulley. 
May 2018

154000 mi

US $5400
Total CVT Rebuild. Transmission completely shot after 154,00 miles. Yes had to have Outback flat bedded to trans shop for rebuild after local mechanic identified it as a trans problem. Shop gave me 3 options, a partial rebuild for $3400.00, full rebuild for $5400.00 and $7200.00 for new trans plus installation. If this had happened closer to 100,000 miles probably could have qualified for new Subaru CVT warranty. 95% of all mileage done on highway and I had trans fluid changed at 100,000 miles. Engine is still strong so I will keep it a while longer but not happy that Subaru is not being up front about servicing trans more frequently to live up to durability of non CVT transmissions. 
Subaru Outback in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2017 - Mar 2018
Feb 2018

118000 mi

US $500
Car developed a clunk - dealer replaced tie rod end. Car is better but not perfect. 
Subaru Outback in Washington, United States
Jan 2013 - Jan 2014
Jul 2013

14500 mi
Serpentine belt replaced 
Subaru Outback in Texas, United States
Jul 2014 - Jun 2018
Aug 2014

24000 mi
Rattle when driving over small bumps. Dealer found Subaru TSR addressed this issue, and performed TSR procedure. TSR 12-147-13R. 
Oct 2014

26200 mi
Overhead console door started failing to latch closed, or started popping open while driving. Dealer ordered console, and replaced it after arrival. 
Feb 2015

34300 mi
Rear 3rd eye brake light gasket on rear hatch defective-allowed water to enter vehicle. 
Jun 2018

82000 mi

US $1100
Right rear wheel bearing started to get noisy. Had both replaced. 
Subaru Outback in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2014 - Jul 2018
Jun 2016

74000 mi

US $150
Dead Battery 
Subaru Outback in California, United States
Jun 2012 - Jun 2018
Nov 2013

7600 mi
Replacement of navigation head (under warranty). 
Subaru Outback in Quebec, Canada
May 2017 - Jun 2017
Jun 2017

58280 mi
Battery Complete engine replacement. 
Subaru Outback in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2012 - Jul 2018
May 2017

68200 mi
Sounded like a bearing but turned out to be a brake shield that was a little bent and rubbing. Fixed at no charge. 
Dec 2017

76260 mi

C $150
Middle brake light was leaking into trunk. Lighting housing replaced. 
Subaru Outback in Alaska, United States
Apr 2017 - Jan 2018
Jun 2017

67000 mi
Oil pressure came on twice within two hours on June 25th. Technicians found it was short by about 1 quart of oil. The vehicle is currently undergoing an oil consumption test for the next 1200 miles. The test is no cost to me because it is covered under a class action suit against Subaru concerning certain vehicles have been found to consume oil excessively. If my vehicle fails the consumption test, then Subaru will replace the engine at no cost, and provide a free loaner. 
Subaru Outback in New Hampshire, United States
Feb 2018 - Apr 2018
Apr 2018

67000 mi
Backup camera not working. 
Subaru Outback in Colorado, United States
Feb 2018 - Jun 2018
Mar 2018

77000 mi
New battery 
Jun 2018

82000 mi

US $10
The sunglasses holder was remaining open, due to a broken ball bearing in the clip that attaches the unit to the overhead light. 
Subaru Outback in Illinois, United States
Apr 2013 - Jun 2018
Oct 2014

37700 mi
replaced v belt 
Nov 2017

95000 mi

US $600
replaced front shocks (also front rotors/pads maintenance) 
Subaru Outback in Virginia, United States
May 2016 - Dec 2016
May 2016

49000 mi

US $5
Excessive oil consumption episode #4 1 quart oil mysteriously disappears. Random, unpredictable. 
Sep 2016

61000 mi
Bluetooth still crappy and no solution. Continues to burn oil. 
Subaru Outback in Texas, United States
May 2013 - Sep 2016
Feb 2015

12000 mi
Tire pressure sensor replaced under warrantee. 
Subaru Outback in Texas, United States
Jun 2013 - Sep 2013
Jul 2013

5000 mi
noisy fanblower. replaced, but noise remains. might be the CVT. we hope this electrical hum noise resolves itself after 15k as one of the blogs we read reports dealing with a similar issue. 
Subaru Outback in Texas, United States
May 2013 - Jun 2018
Dec 2016

76000 mi

US $600
CVT transmission massive failure; undriveable 
Mar 2017

83000 mi

US $300
rear pads and rotors 
Subaru Outback in Washington, United States
May 2013 - Jun 2014
Jun 2013

1000 mi
high frequency vibration noticed on steering wheel and armrest between 50 and 60 mph 
Aug 2013

3000 mi
My vibration between 50-60 mph was resolved by replacing the drive line. 
Sep 2013

5000 mi
Intermittent lights in Nav/Audio Panel. Nav head was replaced and problem resolved. 
Subaru Outback in British Columbia, Canada
Sep 2014 - Sep 2018
Feb 2016

38440 mi
Backup cam and bluetooth were not working right, dealer replaced Head unit and Camera under warranty, 1 trip to diagnose, 2 trips to fix 
Jun 2018

65720 mi
Oil consumption test, 2nd reading, verdict to be confirmed 
Sep 2018

66960 mi
short block replacement due to excessive oil consumption 
Subaru Outback in Quebec, Canada
Jan 2017 - Jul 2018
Feb 2017

53320 mi
Right Front bearing 
Jun 2017

53940 mi

C $5
Known issue: sealing around 3rd stop light leaky 
Dec 2017

58900 mi
Ventilation and AC cluster and flashers wont turn on for 5 mn when started After aprox. 5 mn, everything works fine Outside temperature is below -15C 
Subaru Outback in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2015 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

111000 mi

US $945
rr front and rear brake pads and rotors'..four new tires and alignment 
Subaru Outback in Manitoba, Canada
Nov 2017 - Mar 2018
Feb 2018

52080 mi

C $300
Engine oil pressure switch leaking, replaced Replaced cv joint boot 
Subaru Outback in Missouri, United States
Apr 2013 - Jun 2018
Mar 2018

46800 mi

US $15
Left headlight failed right headlight failed shortly after left 
Subaru Outback in Arkansas, United States
Jun 2013 - Jun 2018
Feb 2018

86000 mi
Transmission Shudder 
Subaru Outback in Virginia, United States
Nov 2012 - Jul 2018
Mar 2018

84000 mi

US $300
The brakes started to feel shaky when I braked at high speeds. The rotors were warped. 
May 2018

89000 mi

US $40
Headlight, brake light, and other signal light replaced 
Subaru Outback in Alberta, Canada
Apr 2013 - Jun 2018
Apr 2017

39680 mi

C $84
Replace low beam headlight 
Mar 2018

52700 mi

C $525
Replace front brake pads 

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2013 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

Subaru Outback in New York, United States
Jan 2017 - Jun 2018
Apr 2017

58000 mi
Starter motor replaced as it was noisy 
Sep 2017

74000 mi
Short block replacement 
Subaru Outback in Illinois, United States
Oct 2014 - Jun 2018
Jan 2015

28700 mi
Burning oil...about 1 quart per 4000 miles. Dealer indicated this was normal. Only a concern if burning a quart every 1200 miles or less. 
Feb 2017

72000 mi
Conducted oil consumption test...results were within specs. 
May 2018

90000 mi

US $30
Replaced rear brake pads. 
Subaru Outback in New York, United States
Apr 2015 - Jun 2016
Sep 2015

43000 mi

US $15
Headlight needed to be replaced. The headlights on this vehicle are fairly difficult to replace - requiring about an hour once you've done it a couple times. 
Subaru Outback in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2015 - Apr 2018
Jan 2016

US $20
Purchased this Certified Pre-Owned 2013 Outback from Local Dealer. After 2-months the oil light came on - It was 1 quart low. Added 1 quart of oil 1/5/16. 
Mar 2016

50000 mi

US $5
We drove to Toronto 3/11/16 and checked oil before we left. Added just under 1 quart of oil. 
Apr 2016

50700 mi

US $5
Low oil alert came on again on 4/15/16 and had to add 1 quart of oil. This car is burning oil at a rate of one (1) quart every couple thousand miles. 
May 2016

51700 mi

US $1
Oil & Filter Change by Dealer - Discussed the excessive oil consumption and requested the dealer perform Excessive Oil Consumption Test. Came back after 1200 miles - it was 1/4 qrt low. Svc Mgr stated it passed test (less than 1/3 qrt) Check oil level after 740 miles and it was 1/4 quart low - added 1/4 quart of oil 
Jun 2016

54000 mi

US $2
Checked oil at 53913 miles (1,076 miles from last oil add)- added 1/2 Quart Oil 
Jul 2016

54300 mi

US $5
Oil Light came on at 54756 Miles - checked oil and it was 1 quart low Oil light came on and had to a 1 quart of oil 
Dec 2016

62000 mi

US $5
Oil light came on and owner added 1 quart of 0W-20 oil. 
Jan 2017

64164 mi

US $5
Oil light came on. Checked and added 1 quart 
Feb 2017

66325 mi

US $5
Checked oil.found it was 1 quart low. Added 1 quart of engine oil 
Mar 2017

68200 mi

US $5
Oil light came on. Checked and added 1 quart of oil 
Subaru Outback in New Hampshire, United States
Feb 2016 - Nov 2016
Jun 2016

71000 mi
was waiting on outcome of subaru court settlement. car was burning 1 quart for every 700 miles. took to dealer for oil consumption test. dealer did not believe it was that much, went through test. new short block going in next month, yep. 
Jul 2016

72200 mi
Typical oil consumption at a very high rate. Shortblock replaced in July. 4500 miles in Engine still has oil consumption issues going back for another round of OCT as burn rate qualify for another shorblock. 
Nov 2016

78000 mi
Verified after 1200 mile run that car still burning in excess still. New now 3rd shortblock on order for replacement. 

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2013 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

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

Subaru Outback in Nova Scotia, Canada
Dec 2016 - Jun 2017
Oct 2016

65100 mi

C $600
Replaced tie-rod end 

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