The Subaru Outback is a raised AWD wagon. It's a good alternative to an SUV and features a rich, nicely detailed interior. The Subaru rides comfortably and handles better in normal driving than its forebear. When pushed to its limits however, the Outback can abruptly slide its rear end if the driver goes into a turn too fast. Steering, ride, fit and finish, controls. Acceleration, braking, at-the-limit handling, rear seat.
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There are 9 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Subaru Outback owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"Pulls to the right"

Mark W., CA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Siezed rear eccentric bolts in the right rear control arm. Bolts and arm replaced to correct rear alignment which had caused uneven tire wear leading to four tire replacement. Total cost about $1200.00"

Dan R., MI (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"recall"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Both lower ball joints needed to be replaced, but access to them was restricted by rusted in bolts in both steering knuckles. Various methods were tried to free up these bolts, but with no success. So both knuckles were also replaced; not happy with this extra expense"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R VDC Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Just wore out"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R VDC Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"We began to hear a noise in the engine compartment while driving. Our mechanic investigated and discovered that the bushings and straps (?) needed replacement. Since we were putting new tires on the car we had the work done and an alignment. $1500"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Unsure)

"some worn so causing metal on metal rattles"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bushings in front control arms were very worn and required replacement"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The car is ten years old and ;has over 200000 miles on it so replacing things like bushings is expected"

Christopher B., MA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had to replace the front bushings"

Martin G., ON (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bushings were worn and had to be replaced. Struts need to be replaced this spring"

Anonymous, AB (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I had to replace all the bushings at 120,000 miles, along with sway bars, and ball bearings, leading to premature wear of my tires. Incredibly frustrating that a car that's supposed to be so rugged breaks down so easily. And I drive on paved roads"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced several times in the last 3 yrs. I don't believe there are good replacements parts available, but I live in an areas with crappy roads and that doesn't help nor does the amount of miles on this car"

Anonymous, ME (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The power steering fluid leaked from line onto engine block where it burned"

Anonymous, UT (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed whole new power sterring box, hoses , etc. $2000"

Jody B., MA (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean Unsure)

"I had a power steering leak, but they were able to fix it"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Power steering pump failure"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"the power steering pump needed to be replaced"

Jamie F., NY (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Thought the problem was the power steering pump. After replacing it, found that it was the steering rack that needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, IA (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"pump leaked and had to be replaced"

James D., CO (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rear shocks needed replacement. It was obvious. Perfect work. Independent garage- specialized in Subaru. $400"

Ginger R., CO (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"need replacement"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had hat to replace the struts every 3 years which seems excessive with the amount of driving I do"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"shocks/struts needed replacement"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front shocks and struts will be replaced this spring"

Anonymous, AB (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Both subaru and after market struts fail frequently"

Jeffrey H., CA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rear shocks were beyond their useful life"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Broken rear strut"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front struts worn out and leaking after 40,000 miles"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Both rear shock struts were rotted out and had to be replaced"

Donna C., MA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I replaced the struts on the Subaru. It started feeling like I was driving a boat. I was concerned that the car would not respond as expected"

Robert H., CA (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R VDC Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Just told the rear trailing arm bushings need to be replaced at a cost of $580-"

Anonymous, NH (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Some suspension noise and rattles have occurred over the past year. Might be end links, but have not serviced matter as I have been advised it is not a safety issue"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R VDC Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"bad noise replaced bars"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"had to replace the rack and pinion"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"worn steering control linkage"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Steering made difficult and concerned me to the point of having problem immediately repaired"

A E., OR (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to replace the power steering pump first to finally find that the rack needed to be replaced. Of course, it was the most expensive of the two"

Anonymous, IA (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Michigan roads are less than ideal and this past winter proved to be no exception to the rule. Alignment is almost the norm come spring time. This steering wheel vibration may be due to routine brake/rotor maintenance along with alignment issues"

Dan R., MI (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Steering Wheel vibration occurred only when going very slowly and backing up - mostly. Very stiff feel"

Gail K., OR (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Steering wheel vibration occurs upon acceleration from 20-50 mph. Vehicle drives smoothly at constant speed but shakes during acceleration"

Kevin K., MI (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the steering wheel shakes upon acceleration to 30 miles per hour then stops"

Dennis B., WA (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"These are making noise when driving"

Martin G., ON (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced due to normal wear"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"maybe a problem with my Fountain Tire installer, vibration at 80 or 100 km / hr especially with winter tires. Decreased when re-balanced, but strange that a supposedly competent tire service company would consistently have a problem"

Anonymous, AB (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"clearly a premature failure. dealer did not advise us that there was an extended warranty on the problem...independent shop told us about the warranty...but it was too late for Subaru to honor it"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Needed new boots on front axle near bearings to contain lubrication"

Fred-Marie M., OR (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"We started to hear a grinding noise to we took it in and had them replaced"

James H., OR (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced due to wear and tear"

Kevin K., MI (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both rear wheel bearings needed to be replaced, separately"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Front left wheel bearing was replaced. Mechanic had trouble diagnosing the noise I was reporting"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear wheel bearings have had to be replaced twice (first time was a recall)"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)

"Wheel bearings are a known issue in the generation of Subarus. Both rear bearings were worn but I replaced all four hub assemblies"

Raymond B., PA (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Had to replace both rear wheel bearings. They started to get noisy.They were getting progressively louder over a 6 month period"

Curt L., UT (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This was the third time we replaced a wheel bearing on this car"

Robert P., OH (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Both rear wheel bearings failed at less than 50,000 miles. One covered under warranty, one not"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Have had to replace 3 out of 4 wheel bearings"

Donna C., MA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Left front wheel bearing failed"

Douglas B., AK (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Loud noises due to wheel bearings. Not worth repair according to trustworthy mechanic"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Replaced wheel bearings 7 times on this car! Most at Subaru dealer"

Allan K., MN (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

"This vehicle has had an oil leak for years. Finally got it fixed this year at significant cost"

Angie S., IA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cylinder head was cracked and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Cylinder head components completely replaced, new head gasket and seal required, and engine needed to be pulled to complete repairs"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Poor head gaskets. A long time problem of Subaru"

Anonymous, KS (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"replacement necessary because of mysterious intermittent loss of engine oil, the cause of which could not be identified"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace head gasket and then found "other" problems"

David K., AR (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The turbo charger is a bad design and overheats easily, burns oil"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car bought used from a dealer that specializes in restoring older Subaru cars. Engine mysteriously lost oil, not gradually, but a noticeable amount all at once. No diagnostics revealed cause, so dealer and I agreed to a new engine on which we split the cost. Run flawlessly since then"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"I had the timing belt replaced as suggested, at 105,000. At 108,000, the head gasket started leaking and it and the timing belt had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"known issue with boxer engine. Replaced by dealer along with timing belt while engine was apart"

Steve S., OR (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket began to leak. It did not totally fail. Very expensive repair ~ $4500 at an independent garage. It is a well known trouble area with many Subaru models"

Mark B., OR (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Went in for scheduled timing belt. Independent shop advised I should have the head removed, resurfaced, valves ground. Reason: coolant and oil leaks. Perfect work- car like new- cost = $2900. Included new seals, new water pump, new belt. Happy camper"

Ginger R., CO (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both head gaskets were leaking badly on a well-maintained (dealer maintained), lightly driven car. As it turns out, Subaru has long known about this head gasket issue and it is unacceptable that Subaru has not done recalls and will not assist with t"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Known and very common issue with head gasket failure. Subaru has not adequately supported this EXPENSIVE issue or supplied more durable replacement parts"

Jay W., MA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking fluids onto the exhaust system. This causes a "hot" smell in the car when stopped. Upgraded head gasket designs are now available"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Our subaru started to leak oil. Our mechanic said it was a common problem for subarus because of the way that the engine is placed (transmounted?) We spent $4,000+ to rebuild the head on our then 9 yr old car. No regrets - it's still a great car"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Unsure)

"Head gasket blown at 265,000 miles - this is a 2002 not at 2005 Outback"

Mike Y., CO (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The gaskets before 2010 have a coating that tend to deteriorate in time especially if you don't change the oil often. The oil will develop acid over time and eat at the coating. Subaru changed the gaskets to a triple metal gasket in 2010"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking, car lways garaged, only 80000 miles"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gaskets were very leaky, and are very expensive to repair"

Chris B., WA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leak resulting in oil loss"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Head gasket failed, as evidenced by oil leaks. Dealer worked with me and local Subaru rep to cover most of the repair cost, due to premature failure and long history with dealership. I paid for replacement of timing belt and water pump when head gask"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In typical fashion for Subaru the head gasket went out -- known issue for Subaru. (Also exhaust guides were out)"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have avoided fixing it due to high cost"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I was told by the dealer a few months ago that I need a new head gasket. Engine is leaking oil, about a quart every 2 tanks of gas. I have not had the work done yet because it will be very costly"

Anonymous, AK (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)

"With less than 78,000 miles on the car, the head gaskets failed requiring a $2,500 repair. This on top of a timing belt failure 8 months previous which cost $1,200 to fix"

Keith A., MD (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking - will require car to be eventually scrapped...now it is manageable but engine rebuild/replacement not practical $$$ for age of vehicle"

Duane F., AB (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The head gasket needed to be replaced at about 110,000 miles for about $2000. On top of all the other car repairs, some of which were covered by warranty after arguing with a dealer about it, the total amount spent or covered is about $8000. Comple"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking head gaskets"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I was informed after I had the car at the Dealer Maintenance shop that I now have a seep/leak on the Head Gasket. That was after I had them replace the Oil Pan Gasket"

Rexford A., AZ (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have used the dealership exclusively for service on this car. The mechanics had told me for several visits that I needed to replace the head gasket, although it was not immediately necessary, so I had it changed just recently"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket failure. Burning oil smell inside car in city driving at low speeds. Repair cost $2700"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Took the Subaru to a dealer for a radiator leak, and while repairing, they told me I needed the head gasket replaced, and a valve job. The mechanic said that head gasket problems are common with the 4-cyl boxer engine at 100K+ miles"

Terry S., IL (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Major repair over $1,300"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaked oil and expensive to repair"

A E., OR (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This was an expensive repair. This car had only about 80000 miles and was well maitained and always garaged"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to have head gadget replaced. Cost over $3000"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Preventative maintenance. Just replaced the timing belt and some pullies. No symptoms of problems beforehand"

Andrew B., ON (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"bearing holding timing belt failed"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"I had my timing belt changed according to the time table in the manual, but when I had my engine head gasket replaced the dealership informed me that the carriers for the timing belt were badly worn and should be replaced since the engine was already"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Turbo or supercharger

"Turbo went out at 100k miles and had to be replaced for $1800"

James M., CO (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Turbo charger failed and had to be replaced"

Scott B., CA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the turbo had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Turbo failed at about 85,000 miles. Metal fragments from this failure caused damage to the engine requiring a rebuild"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine was burning oil and was determined by dealer to be seals leaking inside turbo"

Andrew B., ON (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The turbo failed and had to be replaced with an after-market turbo"

Brian K., TX (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Turbo replaced for second time (first time at 61800 miles), subsequently replaced both variable camshaft gears, turbo bypass valve seal, and PCV hose"

Robert P., OH (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Turbo failed and had to be replaced for the second time"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"GOES OFF BY ITSELF.......turns out is v expensive to fix... drives us crazy,,, had to disengage horn"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a short in the electrical system which made the security system inoperable"

Eric K., ON (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Cruise control

"Stuttering feeling when engaged. Neither private dealer or Subaru dealer could fix"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the cruise control doesn't work because I had ozone system install the engine light stays on and unable to use my cruise control"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"cruise control disengages after a few seconds of operation"

Christopher S., ON (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Headlights repeatedly burned out"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This vehicle has an unexplained problem with the headlights burning out one after the other"

Angie S., IA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Faded and dim headlight lens"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I've had to replace the passenger side headlamp twice in the last year. Why? Also, the headlights are aimed at the ground making their effectiveness at night poor"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replace one of the headlights. What is it about Subaru headlights?"

Carol N., CO (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R VDC Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Headlights burn out quite often (they are always on when car is running)"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Have had to replace headlight bulbs in inordinately short periods. Have always used premium lights and used electrical gel on inserts and took great care to not get any oil or residue from hands or other sources on bulbs during replacement"

David K., AR (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"light had to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The headlights burn out very quickly"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replacement bulb required"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean Unsure)

"Electrical Harness to rear hatch frayed/broke leading to Backup lamps and License Plate lamps to fail. This is the second instance and I believe it is not uncommon due to the Hatchback open/close sequences. $400. replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Driver seat heat not working. Wanted $700 to replace"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean Unsure)

"driver seat heat failed"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the heated seats stopped working when I fixed the ozone system"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"High repair cost"

Anonymous, MT (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The seat bottom heater stopped working. The seat back heater continues to function"

Anonymous, AK (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"The car started locking up on us. Can not trust it at all"

Anonymous, ME (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seems to blow fuses and shop not sure where it is coming from"

Anonymous, NV (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"tire pressure warning light comes on after 15-20 miles of continuous driving. cant tell which tire is causing the problem. only solution recommended was to change all the sensors which was expensive"

Frank M., TN (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R VDC Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"TIRE SENSORS QUIT WORKING AND CAN ONLY BE REPLACED. NO OPTION FOR BATTERY REPLACEMENT. VERY EXPENSIVE TO REPLACE ALL 4 SENSORS"

Jim S., TN (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"After a tire change, the TPM will flicker when on the highway even though tire pressure is ok"

Peter B., MD (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Warning light on. Apparently a battery in one (or more) of the sensors is weak. Expensive to analyze and replace all 4 which is recommended. Pain in the neck"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"intermittent activation of check engine light. not clear of the cause. possible small leak in air intake? has to be reset by mechanic"

Frank M., TN (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R VDC Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Check engine light comes on every time gas gauge is between 3/4 and 1/4. Subaru dealers cannot figure out why this has been occurring for several years now. They say I do not close the gas cap properly which is not true"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The wires leading to the rear wiper motor/washer have all broken from the opening and closing of the rear hatch"

Peter B., MD (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"harness to lift gate failed. Wiper stopped retuning to proper "off" position, lift gate heater / defrost not working. Sometimes static on FM radio when lift gate window heater / defrost was on"

Anonymous, AB (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the rear wiper stopped working and the quotes to repair it seem very high"

Scott L., CA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear wiper operating, but not as it should"

Rolf F., ON (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"The U joint on the drive shaft was bad but I had to replace the entire drive shaft with a new one because the U joint itself couldn't be replaced. I also had to get two new axles because the boot rubber had disintegrated"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"covering to CV joint split, dirt got in, axle had to be replaced (this is approximately what happened)"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)

"vibration in drive shaft to rear differential"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Replaced 2 set of rotors"

Ben S., NY (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The front-to-rear AWD driveshaft broke, stranding us 150 miles from home"

Tim A., TX (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CV boots failed"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the passenger side axle and hub assembly"

Anonymous, SD (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Boot covering driveshaft joint was split, exposing the bearing to dirt"

James D., CO (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Multiple failures of axles and wheel bearings"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced both rear wheel bearings"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I have had to replace three of the four wheel bearings at under 55,000 miles. I have also had to replace two cv joints. Subaru knows of this design flaw, but because they do not see it as a safety issuer are not doing a recall"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear axle bearing went out"

James Y., NM (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We had a loud noise in the rear of the car at highway speeds. Numerous trips to the dealer resulted in "No problem found." After the 5th attempt they finally realized what was wrong and replaced the axle"

Keith A., MD (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"front axles needed replacing"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear wheel bearing noise"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replace both rear axle bearings. Noise and vibration"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My universal joints needed to be fixed/replaced. Major cost as they are fixed to the axle"

Eric K., ON (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"right front driveshaft passes directly over the catalytic converter, and the heat causes the rubber boot to stiffen and crack open prematurely, causing the drive shaft to wear and need replacement"

Oliver O., CA (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

"Needed new front bearings"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One front and one rear wheel bearing needed replacement"

William J., MI (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R VDC Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"rear wheel bearings"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The U bolts started to fail, which requires the entire drive shaft to be replaced. An $800 fix!"

Nicholas H., NV (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattling when turning corners. Bad u-joint in driveshaft. Not replaceable... have to buy entire direveshaft"

Robert B., QC (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"When wet, especially slush, the ABS and similar systems go out, causing the cruise control to shut off and various warning lights to go on. No solution provided by dealer"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
4WD/AWD components

"Rear wheel hub bearing failed. As a note the other hub bearing had failed more than 12 months ago"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"3 of the 4 bearings failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, LA (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
CV joint

"Rubber boot was cracked. Apparently this is attached to the axle so the whole axle/boot/joint assembly had to be replaced"

Mark B., OR (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had to replace the CV boots and wheel bearings more than 2times per wheel (over the last 60,000miles). The CV boots, 'explode' as stated by our technician. This causes oil to leak onto the catalytic converter, which has to be cleaned or the oil"

Anonymous, SD (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had to replace two cv joints in under 55,000 miles"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CV boots failed"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

"Just normal wear. They were changed as part of replacing the head gaskets"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Idler pulley and tensioner failed leaving car stranded requiring tow"

Raymond B., PA (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Bad pulley caused severe cam and valve damage - Subaru eventually replaced cylinder head. ALSO - OBD2 code (P2138) throttle position error causes engine to throttle DOWN to IDLE... WHILE DRIVING! - very dangerous situation in traffic because you los"

Ralph D., MD (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"crankshaft pulley failed at 112,400 miles, destroying the serpentine belt"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

"check engine light & affected cruise control"

Frank R., NY (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One of the three ECM's fails when outside temp is below -25 C. Vehicle goes in limp mode until error code is cleared. Once modules are warmed up (even with hairdryer) code disappears. Difficult to reproduce as shops are usually heated or vehicle has"

Andreas R., MB (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Constantly losing on average 2 quarts of oil a quarter"

Mark W., CA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"car is getting older. Head gasket problems"

Anonymous, RI (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"slow oil leak for past few years"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Repaired engine oil pan seal, both valve cover gaskets, engine oil cooler o-ring"

Dave L., WA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the head gasket has to be replaced hence the oil leaking"

Suzie R., NY (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I've had 5 Subarus over the past 30+ years, and they are great cars, but they all develop oil leaks sooner or later. My current car is 10 years old, so it's to be expected, but I would like Subaru to address this chronic problem"

Laurie P., NY (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rust required oil pan replacement"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Pan gasket oil leak. For the small number of miles that I drive this car it is not worth fixing it at a cost of $300-500"

Joann H., NC (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"had leak around the valve cover since it was new"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leak around oil drain plug"

James D., CO (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Head gasket aging"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head Gasket Failure"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"My car has a slow oil leak--don't have to replenish with oil. It is too expensive to fix"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"calipers had seized"

Thomas B., PA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced dust boot on front brake"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Calipers replaced twice and repaired three times"

Anonymous, RI (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R VDC Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"As I previously mentioned, it seems that Subarus have problems with the brake calipers failing prematurely and having to be replaced one or more times over the life of the vehicle"

Michael D., VT (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced front Rotors and pads"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Lots of driving; lots of stopping; lots of highway and city traffic; normal brake wear"

Eric H., NJ (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes seem to wear out fast"

Anonymous, ME (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"seems like braks don't last very long"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"The rear parking brakes were totally corroded and fell apart from road salt. My mechanic says rear disc brakes are crazy to have up north with all our road salt. It is best to have rear drum brakes"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"brakes are a problem for this car. replace the rotors every 25k. never had to do this before. wife drives the car and she generally got 50k-60k out of her previous toyota"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R VDC Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"It seems that on all the Subarus I have owned (5) they all have problems with the brake pads, rotors, and wheel bearings wearing out prematurely. I just bought a 2005 Outback with 74000 miles on it that was gently used by an elderly gentleman an have already replaced all four wheel bearings, the exhaust system, catalytic converters, oxygen sensors, a ball joint, and the sway bars and bushings are failing !"

Michael D., VT (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"went in for recall work. brakes failed 8 weeks later"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Brakes were shuddering when stopping so replaced rotors"

Anonymous, AE (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"While the rotors had enough material to be turned a second time, there was too much rust build up, so new and expensive rotors were needed; I'm not sure if this is a real problem or just normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R VDC Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Rotors worn and pulsate with high speed braking. After market parts failed rapidly"

George H., NE (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"rotors needed replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"water leak to turbo"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"leak in radiator"

Stephen R., OR (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I find standing water in the rear from time to time. No idea where it comes from"

Charlie W., WV (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Moonroof Leak, slow Moonroof stuck open"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Head Gasket Leaks/Seeping, CV Boot replacement Front and Rear Struts Leaking, Batter Cable leaking, Transmission slippage, Power Steering box leaking,"

Rexford A., AZ (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"We've done CV boots, axels, bearings, bushings, and other in last 12 months. All after hearing noises. Each time, something new. It's been bad. Had new engine at 117k. This is a lemon car"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car is getting older. Axles both front and back have been replaced but just still sound old"

Anonymous, RI (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Several rear suspension bushings are squeaking loudly and need replacing"

Tim A., TX (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have an appt to have repairs done but it sounds like a tie rod or something with an axel"

Walter K., NY (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear hatch rattle, instrument cluster rattle, under body rattles"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Road noise"

Anonymous, MT (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Persistent squeaking and rattling. Took 2 visits to mechanic to repair"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Starting with a cold engine and turning sharply, I sometimes hear a clicking noise"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Aging vehicle"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A clicking noise on the driver side dash needed a replacement part that was no longer made by Subaru. Fortunately the mechanic was able to fix the part. During the repair, inspection showed all the leaks etc. that will need to be done in the future"

Laura T., CO (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Failed catalytic converter"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine fault code relating to catalytic computer"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine light reporting sensor and converter errors. In the process of getting both replaced"

Ben S., NY (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At approximately 90K miles, the check engine light first appeared on in my vehicle. The computer chip indicated it was the catalytic converter. This has been an ongoing issue ever since. The light would come on and off, periodically, up until about 1"

Anonymous, NH (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both catalytic converts have failked"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It stinks, I haven't gotten it repaired yet"

Erin D., NJ (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Catalytic converter was recalled on this car. Apparently it overheats when the car is used to climb long steep hills. I never got the memo and now it is too late, so I just have a constantly blinking check engine light and no cruise control"

Nicholas H., NV (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced failed converters at about 78000 miles. Did factory recall to reprogram engine controller. They died again at about 150000 miles. Way too expensive to replace. Dead converters won't allow cruise control to work. California model. I'd never buy another"

Allan K., MN (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"needed a new exhaust system from the CAT back"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Broken pipe; welded"

Brian K., NY (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Exhaust heat shield continue to decline at points of attachment. I have one section replaced. More are loose now"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"right front shield fell off in driveway. Others were loose; had them tack welded"

James M., MA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"Y pipe between converter and dual mufflers rotted out and needed replacement. In all fairness, it was the original and lasted 177K miles"

Harold L., NY (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"one pipe rusted through"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Entire AC system failed. Compressor and maybe other parts replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Merchant's Tire told me I had a problem with the compressor which would cost between $1000-1200 to replace. A local mechanic repaired rather that replaced the compressor for $300. It works fine"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Compressor was replaced one month ago at a cost of $750. I own a dog and frequently leave the motor running with the heat or air on when the dog is in the car and don't know if this was a contributing factor"

Paul T., CT (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

""OFF" does not seem to mean off. Settings made when system is ON (AUTO) remain in force while system is off. OFF only seems to affect the fan, not the temperature output"

Ralph D., MD (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Extremely difficult for the driver to adjust. Tiny and obscure controls"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Unsure)

"Ac control does not power ac on or off. It's intermittently on but does not stay on"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The XT trim level employs a fully automatic-dual zone HVAC system. Shame on you Subaru for allowing this HVAC into production. Panasonic is the OE. The MY05 thru 09 Legacy/Outback "Full auto-dual HVAC is a joke, amateur hour. Our Subi's HVAC is exhibiting control door/flap failures. Without a thorough CAN bus to effect the HVAC system,, component replacement is but a guess. Shame on you Subaru, our 1st and last Subaru"

Mike S., GA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the blower fan went out and I had to replace it"

Anonymous, DC (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"Air Conditioner stopped working"

S D., FL (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"heater core gets blocked"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"cannot get heat on passenger side & repair is too expensive"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Subaru dealer took six return trips to correctly diagnose problems. They faulted defective replacement parts. Some work was performed at no additional charge and a loaner car was provided to minimize my inconvenience"

Kenneth K., CT (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"AC quit working on a hot day during a 2 hour commute. Electrical part to run compressor burned out. Also low on refrigerant"

Mark B., OR (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

"2 Catalytic Converters and oxygen sensors had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Check engine light comes on - said to be catalytic converter code"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cataletic converter failure at 160,000 miles. No drop in mileage per gallon"

Peter R., VT (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Due to ethanol gas the catalytic converters fouled out"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Extremely sensitive, frequently sending error messages requiring service"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pressure bleeds down when i park it for extended times,Subaru can not fix this problem. I am a professional mechanic,replaced the fuel pump myself because it had metal shavings in it"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R VDC Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"CEL still on after $thoUSnds in repairs, so no cruise control for last 4000 miles. Two different O2 sensors are expensive. Fuel/Air mixture problems. Repeated expensive ignition system repairs"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had to replace 2 sensors in the last 12 months. They sensor 1 bank 1"

Wynn M., CA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"check engine light was on all the time . needed O2 sensor"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is the 2nd O2 sensor that has had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"had to be repaired 3 times"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"NEVER HAVE HAD AN O2 sensor. Replaced at least ten during extended warranty period. PROBLEM kills cruise control"

Peter R., VT (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced fuel mixture sensor after check engine light came on and vehicle would die at idle"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

"Won't play any disk after a few uses of that disk"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CDs jammed in 6 disc player. This has happened before"

Joyce L., CT (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R VDC Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"CD player failed within a year. Subaru replaced it. New player failed within a year. I gave up"

Charlie W., WV (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"it is almost impossible to read any of the instruments on the dashboard while driving. And just plain difficult to read when not driving. STUPID design!!!"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Unsure)

"Occasionally (seemingly when it is slightly sunny outside yet cool ~low 40s F) the climate and radio display (this is a combination unit) will freeze up (no response to button inputs for climate or radio) and the display blinks briefly about once per second. Search of the internet finds this to be a known problem and the (temporary) fix is to push firmly on the bezel of the display near the "3" button for the radio. So far this works and is much less expensive than having a stock part (combinati"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"We're on either our 3rd or 4th center console. It's still possessed. Volume random up/down. Screens go blank. Have to restart car to reset. Now bad seat sensors. Seat belt bells"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"No am does play FM and cd"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean Unsure)

"brttle wire harnes in tailgate door"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Actually it was both the radio and AC controls. The electronics are packaged together"

Brian K., NY (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"loss of stations"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"radio failed twice. Defects in wiring harness"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Short in CD player interface drained battery"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R VDC Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

"Normal replacement of the battery"

Mike Y., CO (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Battery won't hold a charge"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The battery died twice"

Anonymous, ME (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cable carodded and broke. Had to have replaced"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Coil

"coils failed multiple times, aftermarket replacements lasted about 20,000 Kms, OEM now installed the last 30,000 kms"

Andreas R., MB (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Distributor or rotor failure

"Ran rough. Lost some cylinder firing, Check engine light on. Distributor needed replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"Had to replace electronic ignition computer"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Ignition switch

"When car is washed there is a problem with wiring that requires vehicle's shift lever to be engaged and then overridden"

Duane F., AB (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"After 128,000 on the first clutch, I replaced it! Best number of miles on a clutch ever!"

Chris T., CA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is the fourth new clutch I have had to install in this car"

Christopher B., MA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Clutch failed at the appropriate milage"

Jeffrey H., CA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"difficult to up or down shift"

Anonymous, QC (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The 2005 Subaru is driven by my young adult son. He's had issues with slippage and we did something to help that and then after that the transmission failed while on a trip to mountains"

Anonymous, KS (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Subaru replaced it at 55000 miles, no charge, even though it was beyond warranty. As a result of my experience, my adult children bought Subarus"

James M., MA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Hard shifting began early for our MY05 Outback XT w/5EAT automatic gearbox. Had the Subi dealership (CO) change to trans fluid at the end of year 1. A year 2 production saw a TSB for hard shifting - again a follow up with Subi dealership (CO). Hard 1,2 and 3rd shift character diminished for some time, eventually returning. At 94,000 miles the 5EAT automatic had a failure requiring a replacement transmission at Subi dealership (CO)"

Mike S., GA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"Paint on included fender trim is fading and dull"

Betsy N., CA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"some paint chipping, car starting to rust"

Debra S., UT (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Rust

"Considerable amount of rust spreading around the front windshield, causing moisture to leak into the interior of the car"

Claudia S., NY (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rust in certain spots not rusted through anywhere"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car is always garaged, but washed infrequently. small amount of rust over driver's rear wheel"

Paul T., CT (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"First the radiator fitting for the transmission and all lines rusted out so the car started smoking on the highway and lost power to the transmission.The radiator had to be replaced! Then the belt tensioner assembly rusted out and 2 pulleys fell off!"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

"Siezed thermostat caused overflow of antifreeze and engine overheating"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"radiator failure is clearly premature"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There was an apparent internal radiator leak between the transmission and engine cooling systems, requiring a new radiator. Appears to be no engine damage, but despite several flushes, trans clutch plates bind when cold and when turning the wheel"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R VDC Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"As I mentioned before,my son almost crashed on the highway when the radiator pipe that connects to the transmission broke due to rust so the car was smoking and wouldn't move. All lines also rusted out - Subaru's shouldn't rust like this!"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Cracked radiator needed to be replace"

Joe H., CA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"In Mar-2015 the original radiator developed an internal leak between the transmission oil and antifreeze cooling systems. It was replaced at a Subaru dealership for $1570 and appears to not have damaged the auto transmission. Then in Jun-2016 this 15 month old radiator failed and was replaced at an independent garage for $430 and is still working. So two points of contention, the new radiator failure within 15 months and the huge difference in cost between the dealership and the independent g"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 R VDC Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"The car shifts from 3rd to 4th very roughly. The deal or can't figure it out after several computer resets"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"See previous note"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"The right drive shaft boot cracked and had to be replaced, at about 55,000 miles and 10 years of age"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Tailgate latch has been deteriorating over several years and doesn't work very well, have to manually latch before closing"

Claudia S., NY (2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Drivers side quit heating"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
Jan 02 2020
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2009-2013 Forester, 2003-2006 Baja, 2004-2011 Impreza, 2004-2014 WRX (including STI), 2003-2014 Legacy and Outback, and 2005-2006 Saab 9-2X vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming or "Zone C." These vehicles had their passenger frontal air bag inflators previously replaced under a prior recall using inflators of the same design. The inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify their owners. General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflators, free of charge. The recall began January 7, 2020. Subaru owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Saab owners may contact the Saab Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-955-9007. Subaru's number for this recall is TKC-20.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V003000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 111562
AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
Jan 02 2020
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2009-2013 Forester, 2003-2006 Baja, 2004-2011 Impreza, 2004-2014 WRX (including STI), 2003-2014 Legacy and Outback, and 2006 Saab 9-2X vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia or "Zone B." These vehicles had their passenger frontal air bag inflators previously replaced under a prior recall using inflators of the same design. The inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify their owners. General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflators, free of charge. The recall began January 7, 2020. Subaru owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Saab owners may contact the Saab Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-955-9007. Subaru's number for this recall is TKB-20.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V002000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 127547
AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
Jan 02 2020
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2009-2013 Forester, 2003-2006 Baja, 2004-2011 Impreza, 2004-2014 WRX (STI included), 2003-2014 Legacy and Outback, and 2005-2006 Saab 9-2X vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands or "Zone A." These vehicles had their passenger frontal air bag inflators previously replaced under a prior recall using inflators of the same design. The inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify their owners. General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflators with alternate inflators, free of charge. The recall began January 7, 2020. Subaru Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Saab owners may contact the Saab Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-955-9007. Subaru's number for this recall is TKA-20.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V001000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 258813
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:SWITCH
Apr 11 2019
The engine turning off unexpectedly can increase the risk of a crash. If a crash occurs under this condition, the air bag may not deploy, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, 2008-2011 Impreza vehicles, 2008-2014 WRX vehicles, 2005-2014 Legacy vehicles, 2005-2014 Outback vehicles and 2006-2008 Tribeca vehicles equipped with a mechanical key ignition switch installed as a replacement part. The ball spring inside the switch may break, reducing the strength of the ignition switch. If this occurs, the weight on the key ring and certain road conditions could cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position to the accessory position, turning off the engine.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the ignition switch, replacing the ignition switch, if necessary, free of charge. The recall began May 10, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WUF-91.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V297000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 511
AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
May 28 2015
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 Subaru Baja vehicles manufactured January 22, 2003, to July 21, 2004, 2004-2005 Impreza vehicles manufactured January 28, 2003, to May 31, 2005, 2003-2008 Subaru Legacy vehicles manufactured January 22, 2003, to May 2, 2008, 2003-2008 Subaru Outback vehicles manufactured February 18, 2003, to May 5, 2008, and 2005 Saab 9-2x vehicles manufactured February 11, 2004, to March 17, 2005. The affected vehicles are equipped with a passenger side frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture upon its deployment.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify their owners and General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The Subaru recall began on June 17, 2015. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. The Saab recall began on July 27, 2015. Owners of Saab vehicles may call 1-800-955-9007. Subaru's number for this recall is WQR-53. Note: The recall completely supersedes recall 14V-399 (WQL-48) and partially supersedes recall 14V-763 (WQP-51) in that model year 2004 through 2005 Subaru Impreza and model year 2005 Saab 9-2x vehicles are now only part of this campaign. Note: On December 18, 2015 Subaru informed NHTSA of an expansion of this recall to include certain model year 2003-2004 Subaru Baja, 2003-2008 Subaru Legacy and 2003-2008 Subaru Outback vehicles.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V323000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 432016
AIR BAGS
Dec 01 2014
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger¿s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 Legacy and Outback vehicles, and 2003-2005 Baja vehicles sold, or ever registered, in geographic locations associated with high absolute humidity. Specifically, vehicles sold, or ever registered, in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Florida and adjacent counties in southern Georgia, as well as the coastal areas of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify their owners. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began on January 15, 2015. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WQP-51. Note: This recall supersedes recall 14V-471. This recall has been partially superseded by 15V-323. All 2005 model year Subaru Legacy and Outback vehicles will now be repaired under recall 15V-323.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V763000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4175
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Jun 10 2014
Brake line corrosion may result in brake fluid leakage. Fluid leakage may result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2005-2009 Outback and Legacy, 2008-2011 Impreza and 2008-2014 Impreza WRX/STI, and 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, currently, or formerly, registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Salt water could splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector, resulting in excessive corrosion of the brake lines. Note that affected vehicles not currently, or formerly registered, in the salt belt states identified above are eligible for repair, at no cost to the customer, upon request.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will test the brake system by depressing the brake pedal and inspecting for brake fluid leaks. If no brake fluid seepage is observed, the affected areas will be rustproofed with anti-corrosion wax. If brake fluid seepage is observed, the brake lines will be replaced followed by rustproofing with anti-corrosion wax. These services will be performed free of charge. The recall began July 2014 and second notifications will run through November 2014. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's recall campaign number is WQK-47. Note: This recall supersedes recall 13V-110 which applied to certain 2005-2009 Legacy/Outback vehicles. Vehicles that were remedied under the previous campaign still need additional areas rust-proofed.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V311000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 461338
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Mar 27 2013
Brake line corrosion may result in brake fluid leakage. Fluid leakage may result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2005-2009 Outback and Legacy vehicles manufactured from December 2003, through April 2009 and currently, or formerly, registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Salt water could splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector, resulting in excessive corrosion of the brake lines.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles. If no brake fluid seepage is observed, the affected area will be rustproofed with anti-corrosion wax. If brake fluid seepage is observed, the brake lines will be replaced followed by rustproofing with anti-corrosion wax. These services will be performed free of charge. The recall began on May 30, 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's recall campaign number is WQG-43.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V110000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 274402
AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
Jun 09 2004
THIS MAY RESULT IN FAILURE TO PROVIDE THE INTENDED HEAD PROTECTION, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY TO A SEAT OCCUPANT.
Summary:
THE LEFT AND RIGHT SIDE CURTAIN AIR BAGS IN CERTAIN VEHICLES INVOLVED IN THIS CAMPAIGN MAY NOT FULLY DEPLOY RAPIDLY ENOUGH WHEN ACTIVATED IN A SIDE IMPACT COLLISION. DURING A SIDE IMPACT TEST CONDUCTED BY THE INSURANCE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY (IIHS), THE TEST RESULTS INDICATED THAT THERE WAS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE IIHS TEST RESULTS AND THE RESULT OF SIDE IMPACT TESTS CONDUCTED BY FHI.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE LEFT AND RIGHT SIDE CURTAIN AIR BAG MODULES. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 11, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783. .
For more information:
SUBARU RECALL NO. WWR02.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 04V274000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1987
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