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.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A 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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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A 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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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2000. ESC available in 2001, standard from 2009. Side air bags available from 2000, standard from 2005. Head protection air bags standard from 2005.
Road Test

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.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (175 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (250 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 (250 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Subaru Outback owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

"A dropped valve guide caused a major repair/teardown of the engine. The rebuild might have been faulty on the drivers side in that I may have a head gasket leak there"

Anonymous, ME (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cam wear"

Sharon B., MD (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"One cylinder head had valve problems requiring a valve job"

Anonymous, ME (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head was machined to correct a design flaw that caused the head gasket to fail"

S A., WA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This I was told is a chronic problem with this make and model and year"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Had all valves replaced on one side because they had begun to pull out of the head"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"rockers needed to be replaced. Engine rebuild at80k miles. I may have to replace the head gasket again and deal with replacing steering unit/ hydraulic problems"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket leaks repaired in Nov. 2014 at considerable expense then engine bearing seized in April 2015 due to low oil but NOT leaks. Now engine must be replaced or car scraped"

Jack B., CO (2006 Subaru Outback)

"CEL, cyl misfire code, valves burned, cylinder head refurbished"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Head gasket

"I replaced the head gasket a couple of years ago. It started leaking again and needed to be replaced a second time. The first gasket was replaced at a Subaru dealer. The second one was replaced by a local shop that specializes in Subarus. The second place told me that the gasket used by dealers is original equipment and they use a better gasket that is more effective. We'll see"

J A., ME (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The head gasket was leaking for over a year, but it never leaked enough that I had to add oil. It was giving an odor in the car so since it was my wife's car I had it fixed"

Ralph B., WI (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The cooling hoses that connect the transmission to the radiator were leaking so they were replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket leak common Subaru problem. Bad design should be covered by manufacturer. Repair cost $2700"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket required replacement"

Roger M., CA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket required replacement at a cost of about $4000"

Roger M., CA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket was leaking oil; I had it replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaky head gasket"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket went at about 80000 miles. Expensive to repair"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both head gaskets failed in 2015. Local mechanic fixed both, car running fine 6 months later"

Gerard H., NH (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Gasket failed at 88,000 miles"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"head gasket leaked oil"

Daniel S., PA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car was leaking a small amount of oil onto garage floor. Dealer diagnosed head gasket. Both head gaskets were replaced at my expense. Timing belt was done at the same time"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The head gasket failed for the second time in about 30,000 miles. This is an extremely expensive repair for this car (about $2400)"

Anonymous, KY (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Defective gasket design led to oil leakage onto exhaust manifold. Replacement of gaskets is very expensive but the burning oil smell became overpowering so I paid for the repair"

SUSn T., IL (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gaskets were replaced by previous owner as conidtion of sale as Subaru has had problems with these. Subaru did this for $1200+, but gave him an estimate of $600 (which was for one; one should never replace just one of these). I still believe"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The head gasket failed because of a design flaw in the cylinder head, so the head was machined to correct the problem"

S A., WA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking oil, had to replace"

Anonymous, ID (2006 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Fans stopped operating, causing an engine overheating situation, which eventually warped the cylinder heads and caused seal leakage"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Was told that the left head gasket is leaking during 90000 mile service and that it would be a $2700 repair. Will probably trade the car in as a result. Will not get another Subaru!"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sudden head gasket failure resulted in serious oil and coolant leak"

Stephen L., NY (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Subaru leaked oil for years - small drops. Finally got worse and had engine removed and all gaskets replaced. Also timing belt done. Cost of job was $1800 from Subaru"

Jeff H., ON (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking head gasket at about 120000 km - apparently a common fault with this engine. Expensive repair - $1600. Would expect better design / reliability"

Glen S., QC (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace it with less than 80,000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"total engine pull out with maching metal parts and replaceing all belts hoses, etc. new seals"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is a relatively common problem that head gasket needs work around this age, according to the dealer. It cost us around $2,000 to repair. Otherwise it has lost power once when very low on gas (showed 1/4 tank but likely on fumes)"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket failure at 95000 miles. Should have been a recall issue a very common problem. No support from Subaru US. Would not buy a vehicle from them again. Just terrible"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaked, had it replaced. Very expensive"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head Gaskets leaking, needed complete replacement"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"OIL LEAK. DEALER RECOMMENDED REPLACEMENT"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"Timing belt didn't really fail, it was just due to be replaced at 103000 miles, so I did so as part of a routine maintenance visit"

Richard L., PA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"New timing belt failed after only 65,000 miles and because of the engine design is a catastrophic failure. Car is dead"

Anonymous, MT (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing belt replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Turbo or supercharger

"Turbocharger failed in November. The dealer replaced it but the new unit failed in five months. We believe the banjo bolt filter was not replaced and the new unit did not get proper lubrication"

Ross M., CA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The turbo was malfunctioning, causing warning lights to come on and had to be replaced for $2500. Since then, the engine has run loudly and the warning lights are still on"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"turbo parts wearing out at half-life of vehicle. Still driveable, but full turbo function can only be had by expensive replacement. There is some safety concern as ability to suddenly accelerate to merge with highway traffic, or avoid accidents, is d"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"belt replaced when head gasket changed"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It was time for replacement--no problem"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"when rebuilding the front end of the motor we replaced the tiing belt"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

"Car responded very positively to a 4 wheel alignment"

Susan P., ME (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The mechanic told me this is a common problem for this car to have the joint boots fail due to the placement of the joints in an area of high heat"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Leaking fluids"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Typical for Subaru at a 25000-30000 interval"

Ernest M., VT (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"cracked from age; airbag harness under seat corroded [red light went on]"

Roy S., OH (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"loose front end from normal USge"

C M., MA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front control arm bushings were torn and needed replacement"

Zack R., MI (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"3 years ago, I had to replace 4 other suspension bushings"

Alan M., ON (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had to replace them with only 136,000 miles on the car. I am not sure if that is normal"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Power steering pump had a chronic, very slow leak of fluid"

Anonymous, KY (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace steering pump"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"THE STEERING IS STICKY AND SQUEELS ON START UP IT IS EITHER THE STEERING PUMP OR RACK THAT IS GOING OUT?"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Steering pump continued to get air in the lines and pump so the pump eventually had to be replaced"

Alfred F., FL (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replacement needed"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Power steering pump leaking, caused steering to freeze up on cold days. Had to replace pump and hoses"

Jonathan B., GA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The problem was the power steering pump. It was leaking fluid and I had it replaced"

Anonymous, NM (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Routine strut replacement. But it cost me $900 for the front struts and bushings and is back at the garage for strange noises when the car goes over bumps"

David W., CA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They simply wore out after so much mileage"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Noisy rattle from shocks & other suspension parts"

Joseph H., PA (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"replaced because of normal wear"

Gary S., TX (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Expensive Repair - $800"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"had to be replaced due to age"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The strut was leaking at 38,000 miles out of warranty but Welsh Subaru covered the cost as I have bought my Outback wagons from them. I replace our cars every 8 to10 years or 100,000 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"creaking noise"

Greg J., WA (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"I HAD THE RIGHT REAR SHOCK REPLACED AT 20000 MILES NOW AT 72000 THEY ARE TELLING ME ALL NEED TO BE REPLACED. i HAVE NEVER HAD BAD SHOCKS LIKE THIS BEFORE"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The struts were leaking fluid"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"HAD LOCAL GARAGE RPAIR @ COST OF $650.00"

Anthony S., NY (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"front end links replaced"

Lynn B., CT (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking wheel joints"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The steering wheel (and the whole front of the car) vibrate when I'm in gear and stopped at a light. Vibrates and makes a lot of noise. The steering wheel also vibrates when I apply the brakes. I know neither of these is a good sign"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"shimmy on front steering traced to worn steering linkage"

John P., CO (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"I took the Subaru in for oil change and the mechanic found that the front end was loose and showed it to me. I had noticed that the car was a little loose in the front when I was taking it in. It is my wife's car so I seldom drive it"

Ralph B., WI (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn end needed replacing"

George E., MA (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Both rear wheel bearings had to be replaced"

Donna C., MA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Common. Problem. Occurred after extended warranty expored"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"not sure, car had more problems than I expected, but I paid a low price for it and use it for hauling and other rough jobs"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Needed replacing"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At about 36000 miles on odometer while on a road trip the right rear wheel bearing started making noise. We had it diagnosed and then replaced by a dealer in Ogden, Utah. I feel this was a potentially dangerous and premature occurrence"

Lawrence E., MI (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R VDC Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Loud whirling noise when driving, most irratating"

Anonymous, QC (2006 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"axle problem"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Happened quickly"

Anonymous, NY (2006 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

Driveshaft or axle

"Drive shaft needs replacement"

Donna C., MA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Vibration on acceleration. Multiple diagnoses finally led to a slightly worn left front CV joint. A 4 wheel alignment dramatically changed the steering and handling"

Susan P., ME (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Vibration"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Half shaft boot leaked with less than 70k miles on it. So I replace both half shafts"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driveshaft bearing vibration / failure. Bearing can't be replaced separate, entire front to rear driveshaft had to be replaced - $1000 cost for a bearing. Yikes"

Glen S., QC (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver side front axle shaft boot tore and leaked grease onto the car"

Zack R., MI (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rubber housing around the u-joint failed causing the lubricant to leak out. This required replacing the ENTIRE axle. It seems that the housing should be able to be replaced to save the waste of throwing away an entire axle with it. Seems like a de"

David W., NY (2006 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"bushings went out. Had to be replaces along with front axel"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Some connector in the all wheel drive system failed and had to be replaced. Replacement company says it is common in Subarus"

Merl C., NV (2006 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced both front axles at 68000 miles. I don't know if this is normal or not"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear Wheel Bearing & driveshaft replaced at dealer @ 129,247 km. Initial noise from Real Wheel Bearing. Dealer said driveshaft had vibration also & needed replacing. Unable to get 2nd opinion. Extended warranty expired. Subaru refused to help"

J C., QC (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"see previous"

Robert C., CO (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rubber boot split and allowed water and dirt to get into the axle area and leaking fluid"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wore out and had to be replaced"

Marshall A., CA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had to replace r front wheel bearing, noisy"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car is falling apart--I've put $5,000 in it the last 2 years"

Chris C., MI (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer said driveshaft had a vibration. I was unable to detect. Could not get a 2nd. opinion. Independent garages are unable to verify if true. Subaru would not help at all. Subaru customer service is for dealers, not consumers. Subaru couldn't c"

J C., QC (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We noticed a vibration while driving. We took it to our Subaru dealership and they fixed it quickly"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear wheel bearing. Subaru Sent out a extended warranty on the Rear wheel bearings but it ran out last year.They should of recalled them and Fixed Them right"

Anonymous, VT (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"the AC compressor relay was busted"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Sensor for gas petal. Press portal but car wouldn't move forward"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"broken front axel drive shaft"

Michael B., CA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Boots, Rotors, CV's all went bad over the past year"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seals for the cv on both side tore and caused a leak of fluid"

George S., WA (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Torn boot that needed replacement to prevent lubrication leaks"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced two times in 24 months"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Both CV joints went bad within four months of the last major servicing done at the dealer. I would have expected the dealer to notice some signs of impending failure during the servicing if the vehicle had been inspected properly. I also find it odd"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The right front axle shaft inboard boot split and axle grease leaked out, necessitating replacement of the axle shaft"

Zack R., MI (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Was told that the CV boots are leaking at the 84000 oil change and that it was going to cost $1100 to replace the boots. Got a second opinion that it would cost $600 to install rebuilt axles which is a much better solution. This should be happening"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"covers tore and leaked grease, had to replace one on each side"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"boot was bad and it also needed a new axle on the same CV joint"

Robert C., CO (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

"Engine Oil leaking requires head gasket replacement. Apparently this is a common and known issue for these Subaru engines"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leading head gasket, with slow oil drip onto exhaust when driving (get burning oil smell) and drip onto floor when parked. Mechanic says this is common in Subarus"

L C., CA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I put oil leaks, it is the valve cover gaskets that are blown"

Martin M., CO (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"valve cover gaskets leaking on both sides. cost $400 to replace, along with new spark plug wires"

James S., CA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It leaked a small amount of oil in the area of the oil filter. I had a recall notice so when I took it to the dealer for that I asked them to check the oil leak. The leak turned out to be a cracked oil pump housing. They replaced that for free but it was time to replace the timing belt so they did that while the engine was apart. Total cost about $1000"

D P., CA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil leak started after timeing belt was changed at 105K miles. No discernable leak dripping onto ground due to extensive exhaust system under the car until early 2017. Oil drips onto the exhaust pipes and burns, so there is a constant smell of burning oil when idling. Now there is a couple of drops of oil present under car when sitting for a period of time. I put in about a quart of oil per month. I was told by a mechanic the cost to fix this issue would be more than the car is worth at this poi"

Pamela S., IN (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Highway speeds caused all oil to drop Had switch and valve I think replaced"

Anonymous, ME (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"head gasket leaks oil"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"bad oil leaks in the main seal started around 110,000 miles and caused the engine to smell bad which also gets into the main cabin"

Anonymous, MT (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Persistent oil leaks from l and r valve cover gaskets. Have to add 1-2 qts every 1k miles. I will be repairing this myself in the near future"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil seeping from a gasket; not sure exactly where. Does not drip on ground, but onto exhaust shield which then causes a burning oil smell. Burning through at least a quart of oil per month or less"

Pamela S., WI (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leak from the main seal"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced oil pan seal. Had engine work done in 2013 and most likely seal was damaged or not reinstalled correctly. Engine work was done by Subaru dealer"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a persistant head gasket oil leak. The oil drips onto the hot manifold and the smell gets into the cabin which is unpleasant"

Michael P., NY (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"both head gasket have started to leak oil. can smell burning oil in the car"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It was more than motor oil. Other fluids leaked onto exhaust system and caused terrible odors while driving and a lot of smoke when stopped. I also had oil leak and another that were dripping on garage floor. Got fixed but it was pricey. Re the f"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking around oil level indicator sensor. Replaced sensor to resolve issue"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very light head gasket leak. Not enough to ad oil between changes"

Ralph B., WI (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car had a slow oil leak for over 5 years. Finally had burnt oil smell getting into cabin of car. Had to get the gaskets changed"

Jeff H., ON (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to get a new head gasket. Waited til time for new timing chain and also got new water pump. Head gasket started leaking about 80k miles or so, but was very slow seepage, so waited to fix"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil leak out of the head gasket. The motor was removed to replace the gaskets at a cost of $2500. This is a big problem in Subaru vehicles but Subaru will not compensate for it"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel leaks

"gasket seal on fuel tank top sender mount shrank and left gap, Subaru has spec'd an expanded cushion gasket but has not issued service bulletin or recall. This is a potential fire hazard"

Stephen L., NY (2006 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

"brake wear seemed high"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"One of the anchor bolts was broken. The repair shop that fixed it thought it might have been broken by the Subaru dealership that had performed previous work on the rear brakes"

Christopher B., NJ (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Frozen caliper"

George E., MA (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"rear brakes fell completely apart and were rubbing, making hideous noises. no one would claim responsibility until we pushed the issue"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I've had what seems to be continuous problems with brake components. Rotors, calipers, pads"

Anonymous, ME (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"see previous answer"

Michael E., CO (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"wear"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes have apparently trapped stones between the rotors and a 'shield' causing a squeaking or metallic sound. It is intermittent and stops when the brake is applied"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Antilock system (ABS)

"Recently started getting an error message, says "error 55". Per the car manual, the brakes are still working, but the ABS system is malfunctioning. When applying the brakes harder, feels like the ABS system is acting sporadically"

Cecilia H., MN (2006 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"needed replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Had to get them replaced, after buying the car from used car dealer. Normal maintenance. Car had rusting from being used in winter salted road driving conditions. *Also have to still get the car into dealer to take care of Brake Pipe Corrosion rec"

Anonymous, HI (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to get new rotors and pads and discovered that the ones I was replacing were the ORIGINALS, from 2006! Not bad to need a brake job after 73K miles!"

Michael E., CO (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wear on pads"

Anonymous, ME (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It was just normal wear and tear on the brakes"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"routine front rotor and pad replacement for this High mileage vehicle"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"both rotors and pads had to be replaced"

Anonymous, QC (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace these on all 4 wheels"

Anonymous, KY (2006 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

"gauges worked intermittently. Cause by a grounded wire below the drivers seat"

Jason P., CT (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The plastic headlights became cloudy. Subaru just used a brightening kit. The results were very good"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They burn out every 7-9 months"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights wear out far too quickly"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"wiring harness' in tailgate failed multiple broken wires. Brake, running and turn signal lights failed. Rear wiper failed locking mechanism failed. Very tough to repair"

David T., CO (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced right rear parking bulb"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Harness wiring in hatchback connection failure due to wear, backup lights not working. Had to replace wiring"

Jean G., ID (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Wiring harness to backup light needed replacing"

Anonymous, DC (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Unsure)

"Our reverse lights weren't working. We had them replaced, then we had other electrical problems come up"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Interior lights

"The overhead interior light has never worked consistently. The few times it has been "fixed," it hasn't worked for very long"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)

"dome lights do not work"

Jason P., CT (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"At junction between the wagon hatch and main body the several of the wires of the wiring harness have been severed. In my vehicle it included the license plate lights, alarm for the hatch, wiper blade, and the defrost. Based on postings this appears to be a known and common problem and nothing has been done about it"

Martin M., CO (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"wiper drive linkage broke without warning while I was on the highway in a rainstorm. I had the same problem with my 1994 Legacy Turbo"

Alan M., ON (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Getting warning light about fuel sensor which was replaced"

Anonymous, KY (2006 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

"It failed and was replaced"

Anonymous, NH (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It failed. Replaced and it works fine. Known defect in this model. we missed the warranty window"

Richard M., WA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced under warranty"

Ernest M., VT (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had to get the catalytic converter replaced twice in the past 18 months"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This car has 83000 miles on it. Replacing the expensive catalytic converter does seem reasonable to me, but I did it at the recommendation of the dealer repair shop"

Jack B., CO (2006 Subaru Outback)

"The check engine light recently came on, and the computer code indicated the need to replace the catalytic converter (it had already been replaced once before at around 90,000 miles). I have not replaced it for a 2nd time yet"

Jon B., MA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"Exhaust pipes rusted though, needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leak before muffler was welded"

Raymond B., PA (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"An exhaust leak required replacement of the entire exhaust system at a cost of $914 in order to pass emissions inspection"

Jon B., MA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"The exhaust pipe between catalytic converter and muffler developed a crack and as a result was leaking"

Zack R., MI (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The Exhaust Resonator Pipe assembly had rusted and a hole opened up. The Subaru OEM part cost $430. A ripoff in my opinion. The total estimate for the repair was $580. I purchased all that I required to do the repair myself from Rock Auto for a tot"

Russell F., MI (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The "Y" pipe was very expensive to purchase and install"

Michael L., NS (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

"Both front CV boots failed and leaked"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"window rattles"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front lower arm bushings are torn; rear lower lateral links need repair or replacement"

Roger M., CA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bearing had to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"creaking noise, intermittent"

Greg J., WA (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"loud rattles come from the undercarriage when I drive over rough roads"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"front suspition rattles"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Outback has persistent rattle of heat shield, have it tightened/adjusted every time I'm back at the dealer"

Adam-Kasey C., CT (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattles under the dash board on the driver side, but only on the bumpy roads and broken peyvment"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"Clutch replaced at 135000 due to worn thow out bearing. Normal wear and tear due to driving conditions of bumper to bumper traffic and holding the clutch in for long periods likely contributed to premature failure"

Anonymous, NH (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced clutch normal wear after 120,000 miles"

Anonymous, ME (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car had 200000 miles on it and the clutch finally wore out. I got very good use from it"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"clutch slipping in 5th gear. clutch replaced 4/15"

Lynn B., CT (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Throw out bearing went at 90000 miles, requiring a transmission removal and clutch job. Clutch disc was fine, just the $20.00 bearing needed replacing, but since the tranny was out, we replaced the whole thing"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission was jolting car when shifting up in cold weather"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

"the gear shifts to 2nd and 3rd are very rough specially during cold weather while the car is cold after driving for a 20-30 min it will be much less and will eventually turn to hesitation"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"2nd Sub. we've owned with transmission shifting. Premature shifting up/down - jerking and thumping into gears. Esp. when cold. But exists throughout"

Anonymous, NH (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Shifts rough when cold. Fluid level was fin and changed after 3 years"

David T., CO (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"Car lags when transmission switches gears"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leak between radiator and transmission. Repaired with new hose"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gaskets need replacing"

Anonymous, WA (2006 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

"Neede repair"

Anonymous, ME (2006 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C is not working. Will take to the dealer to be repaired"

Gary S., CT (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R VDC Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I replaced the compressor in approximately May 2012 and again June 2014 and have experienced overheating since 2012"

J D., AZ (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"HVAC/Entertainment module failed at around 102000 miles. I chose to replace it rather than get a new car and it has worked fine since"

Richard L., PA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Blower (fan) motor

"Right now... blower fan is VERY noisy. Needs new motor. Bearings shot, I suspect. Not a blockage or interference issue"

Anonymous, NH (2006 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

"Check Engine light. Improperly cast catalytic converter. Replaced under CA sero emissions warrantee"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"O2 sensor issue may be related to the oil leaking onto the exhaust system causing it to fail"

Pamela S., IN (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One of the input O2 sensors failed causing a check engine light. It was intermittent for a few weeks and then failed hard"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Caused check engine and needed replacements"

Robert R., NJ (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It was actually the catalytic converter. The CC's on this car do not last as long as they should. The last time and had to replace both converters. I've had to replace the metered CC twice now. They should last longer than that"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 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

Spark plugs or wires failure

"Check engine light came on. Code was "misfire on cylinder 2. engine lost power and was running rough. cured by replacing all four spark plug wires"

James S., CA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"2 of the 6 spark plugs misfired. There was also an oil leak from the core which required replacing the gasket"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R VDC Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Alternator

"The alternator started making noise due to its bearing failing. When it was replaced it was hard to turn the spindle. Subaru was backed up on replacement alternators and I had to replace it with a third party part"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Positive battery cable terminal adapter failed, had to be replaced. Lightweight OEM part not very durable"

Glen S., QC (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

"Coolant hose leak"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Overheating

"Car overheated and caused a blown head gasket, warped head, and radiator leak. even after being repaired it continues to overheat"

Robert C., CO (2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"sudden failure of the plastic parts causing total radiator failure and risking thereby total engine overheating and destruction and sudden undriveability. The composition of the plastic degrades due to time and heat with no warning, causing leaks or"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback Unsure 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

"The spoiler on the rear liftgate blew off while driving in strong winds. Apart from the shock of it just flying off, there was no way to disconnect the power and washer fluid cable bundle so it slammed up and down until we could pull over"

Geoff D., CO (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Paint is fading in spots, considering repainting in near future"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"It just rattles. Everywhere"

Geoff D., CO (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 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

Sunroof

"Sunroof shade has become detacked from the sunroof. Needs to be manially opened and closed"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 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

Display screen goes blank

"Intermittent problem with central consul including GPS screen, radio controls and heater/AC controls flashing or going blank. Radio sometimes still works on last setting but cannot control volume and heater stays on last setting"

Robert S., QC (2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
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