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 5 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 (243 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 (250 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 (245 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2007 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

Cylinder head

"$2700 repair bill!"

Scott B., WI (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Both the head and cylinder gaskets failed at 62,000. Subaru wanted to charge me $2,300 to fix. I complained effectively and the charge was reduced. I ended up paying $700 for the work"

John G., NH (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cylinder head was warped. It had to be machined"

Phillip N., CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cylinder head gasket leaking. Had it replaced and had timing belt done at same time"

Anonymous, MN (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"burned exhaust valve # 3 cylinder replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"required valve job after 120000 miles. Was told this is common for the subaru outback but usually at around 180000"

Anonymous, NV (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This is the 4th Subaru we have had and all of them have had to rebuild the head and replace the gasket. I will never own another Subaru again. It works well in the snow but knowing the head repairs are a given after 100,000 miles it's too I just don't trust the brand anymore"

James K., CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"head gasket failed then valves were ruined"

Anonymous, MT (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"engine seem to blow up at 58000 miles had to be rebuilt to the point of having it milled. No financial help from company or dealer but they replaced all cables while they had the engine out"

Charles S., CA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cracked cylinder heads at 120,000 miles. Engine had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking head gasket required complete rebuild"

Anonymous, ID (2007 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Lots of work one on engine prior to purchase (head gasket, cylinder refinish, timing belt). Oil leak caused cam shaft to seize and shear in half, necessitating an engine rebuild"

Jake S., WA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"turbo charger failure led to loss of cylinder"

Anonymous, AB (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Head gasket

"Found on head gasket leaking, got both replaced. cost was about 1,800 dollars"

Anonymous, OH (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to replace head gaskets at only 75000 miles. It was expensive. Later learned this is a common problem with this model"

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to have the head gasket replaced at 90,000 miles. The service manager of the Subaru dealership that did the work said that was VERY common with Subaru's"

Robert R., ID (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leaks and have to add oil and coolint"

Mitchell M., AR (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Actually valve seal failure"

Anonymous, VT (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine had to be retooled"

Anonymous, IA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"head gasket replaced at the same time the timing belt was replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"premature head gasket failure, requiring engine removal and repair"

Paul S., WA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"head gasket failure, leaks oil"

Daniel S., PA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Subaru had a service bulletin or recall on head gaskets on previous models. When the problem occurred on my 2007 Subaru should have immediately admitted the problem and fixed without complaint on my part"

John G., NH (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At only 69,000, miles the dealer discovered that the head gaskets were leaking. The extended warranty had expired. As a long time Subaru customer, I contacted Subaru about it, particularly the low mileage. They reimbursed me for one half of the c"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket leaked oil onto the exhaust headers. I just had the head gaskets replaced during the scheduled timing belt replacement - $3000 total"

Stephen W., NM (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking head gasket"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Moderate oil leaking attributed to head gasket"

Craig W., MA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Poor original head gasket leaks both oil and antifreeze. Had heads and block milled and a new thicker-better quality head gasket installed by independent mechanic"

Rit R., ME (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket needed replacing after 65k miles, city conditions. Very lame. Subaru comped me ~25%"

Anonymous, VA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine was leaking oil and diagnosed as having head gaskets that needed replacement and since they were into the enging that much it was cheaper to replace the timing chain then, rather than do it separately when schedule 10000 miles later"

Anonymous, AK (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Because there are two head gaskets the parts were <$100, labour was >$800"

John R., NB (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Warping and had to re-machine the heads and replace the head gasket at 90K. This car has never been overheated and has had regular oil changes"

Jeff K., WA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Big oil leak around gasket. Had to pull engine to replace. Should have been caught earlier buy dealer when it was under warranty. Took it back for leaks/smells and was missed every time.Very expensive"

Douglas M., MT (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leak around head gasket leaked oil on spark plugs"

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"blown head gaskets"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"aluminum engine warps had to remove engine and grind it down and replace gaskets"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My head gasket blew with less than 56000 miles on it and just after the 5 year warranty expired. Luckly my salesperson went to bat for me and I only had to pay for the labor(around $200)"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil leaking from front of engine. Cost to repair--$2500. Have not repaired yet"

Sheila M., IN (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket started leaking at 70,000 miles. Cost of repair was over $2000"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to have new head gaskets and found out later that Subaru is noted for having to head gaskets replaced. Cost me $3000"

Paula R., CA (2007 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The head gasket blew just after 100,000 miles. The car began leaking oil. When I had it repaired they also found the power steering pump leaking and the oil pan seal leaking"

Jon P., PA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I just don't think one should have to replace a head gasket on a car with less than 66,000 miles but evidently this is a huge problem for Subaru, at least for several years around 2007 models. They tell me they've redesigned the gasket and this isn't a problem any more"

Linda M., MN (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We've actually had dripping oil from head gaskets, going back many years. Frustrating, since the problem was a known design flaw, and supposedly was corrected before our model year. Fix involves removing engine from car, and this started around 38,000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the head gasket on one side it was leaking oil so the engine was pulled out to replace the head gasket so did the other side at the same time also did the timing belt"

Marvel H., BC (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Small leak.found some fuel in coolant"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Went to mechanic for oil leak and smell of burning oil. With car up on lift could see oil leaking from head and running down exhaust pipe. No problem since repair"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking oil and had the head gasket replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"blew after radiator leak repaired"

Anonymous, SC (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seals were leaking and the engine had to be completely resealed"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had this done at the same time the leaking head gasket was repaired"

Rit R., ME (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Turbo or supercharger

"failure"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The turbocharger "blew up" and sprayed oil all over, lost power, needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"blown turbo 2 x's"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Turbo has failed twice. Was told it has to do with defect in tubing getting oil to turbo. Was told other subaru turbos have experienced similar problems. Subaru denies there are any defect in design"

Anonymous, NV (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Alignment

"I didn't have any alignment problems, but the front end needed an alignment after the lower control arm bushings were replaced, so that cost me another $99"

William K., GA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"cv boot & axle replacement"

Anonymous, OR (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"both front CV driveshafts replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Just had a boot leak around the ball joint. Had to replace the boot and the ball joint"

Todd L., WA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed and required replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The bushings on the lower control arms wore out and had to be replaced (I'm trusting my Subaru dealer that this problem actually existed). The repair included a requirement for a front-end alignment. Previously, both CV axles had been replaced"

William K., GA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both sides: Front suspension control arm rear mount bushings & related sway bar links replaced at 60,280 miles for $690 + tax"

Anonymous, MN (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The control arm bushings showed wear. They were replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Actually it was both front cv axles over the last several years. Boots split and leaked. I also needed rear struts last year, and a wheel bearing several years ago"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"The rack and pinion assembly had to be replaced"

Dale T., OR (2007 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The pump or hoses have some kind of leak that causes air to be mixed in the system, making it noisy. I have heard that this model needs the pump replaced usually at 100K miles"

John H., VA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Struts weak to soon, most all the driving on paved roads"

Dale J., CA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"needed replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic Unsure)

"Rear struts needed replaced. I wasn't hard on the vehicle"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking strut/shock"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needs new struts and shocks"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Rack and pinion leaking"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The power steering pump and rack and pinion both wore out 3 months ago at 103000 miles and both had to be replaced for $1500"

Stephen W., NM (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Original part would have been >$1000. Not including labour"

John R., NB (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"wor out"

R B., CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"went thru brakes in 6 months; have always gotten great mileage out of brakes in the past; rotors were warped; suspect poor quality on previous brake job"

Michael B., MT (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One of the front drive shafts need to be replaced due to boot leaking causing loss of lubrication. Also the left side engine mount had broken. These were the first repairs, except normal maintenance, since bought the car"

Lloyd N., CA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bearing failure. Replacement needed"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed new rear driver side wheel bearing"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace both wheel bearings at different times"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Experienced noise at highway speeds. Both rear wheel bearings were replaced"

Mark V., NY (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"For an AWD car with low miles (we live in the country) it was very beat up by our 1/2 mile dirt driveway. It uas only been 2 years in dirt road. Bearings, control arms, cv boots etc. seems like a cute AWD city car but actual dirt on a very limited basis seems too much. Also fit and trim was weak, small issues on finish"

Sean A., CA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced front bearings due to excessive noise"

Anonymous, TX (2007 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 computer

"Service people have re-programmed the "learning" computer, but it never gets better"

Alexander Y., CA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine warning light is constantly on. Cruise control doesn't work. This has been an intermittent problem for over 5 years"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dash board electric componets intermittently go off and on including: air bag light, and engine light. Over head light does not work"

Paula R., CA (2007 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine knocks any time it is above idle. A bit disconcerting but it doesn't seem to cause any practical problems. Replaced the knock sensor and tried premium fuel, to no avail"

Ken K., PA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cylinder misfire started early in the year. Suburb dealers insisted problem was incurable but were willing to sell a new vehicle!"

Anonymous, AB (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"Head gasket leak required engine to be pulled to replace"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Outback)

"too soon for an oil leak"

Lawrence B., VA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The oil leak was because of the head gasket being "bad". I think 90,000 miles is not good considering the overall quality of the Subaru"

Robert R., ID (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gaskets leaked onto exhaust manifold causing very bad smell in car"

Les H., MT (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needs a new head gasket"

Anonymous, VT (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Starting to notice several drip spots on garage floor"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"un-fixable oil leaks that resulted in motor having to be pulled out to re-seal the leaks. Car was undrivable due to smoke from oil burning"

Jeff K., WA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil drops on garage floor. Minor leakage"

B C., OH (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leak was minor. fixed in one morning"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)

"oil dripping on motor causing smell"

Mike K., NJ (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic Unsure)

"There was an inherent flaw in the head gasket. We started requesting repair at 5,000 miles. Subaru denied a leak or flaw and we drive the car to this day with the constant smell of burning oil. Yes, we've had it "repaired" it still smells. We call it "the Subaru smell" and we can tell when there is a similar Subaru near us by that smell. Shame on Subaru"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"pressure valve sensor leak"

Carol P., WI (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have a very small oil leak. It cannot be fixed without a major engine overhaul. I choose to let it leak and check the oil often. It is only a few drops a day"

Anne C., TN (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The oil pressure sensor failed, causing a major oil leak"

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 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

"Axle Boot leakage/replacement"

John F., WA (2007 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The boots or rubber covers on both front axles had to be replaced"

Anonymous, SD (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CVU boot split and sprayed grease all over under the car and onto the exhaust system"

Anonymous, MI (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seal failure on the CV joint. 2nd time it has been replaced"

Michael M., CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Left driveshaft boot was ripped. had to replace driveshaft and boot"

Sheila M., IN (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking axle seals/boots"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Boots on front driveshafts leaking"

John J., NY (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After front drive shafts replaced"

John J., NY (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"Failed connector produced check engine light... Dealer not helpful (would not see us on short notice) -- two visits to another mechanic resolved"

Anonymous, SC (2007 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
CV joint

"Have to replace CV joints almost every year. had to be towed three times over the last 6 years"

James E., CA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cracked boot"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced both front CV joints/boots in the last year, about 8 months apart"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"cv joint boot failure. Dealer replaced cv/shaft/boot"

William B., MO (2007 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Rear CV joint goes out after 60000 miles. Dealership told me it is a known problem. Also Cabin filter is tied into catalytic converter error message which gives wrong repair, the difference between $90 to $1000"

George G., CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 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

"gasoline gauge- incorrect reading (too low). was repaired and then repaired a second time"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Outback)

"lamps need replaced every 4-6 months"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights seem to burn out faster than in any vehicle I have ever owned"

Richard D., MO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The wires for the rear lights and door locks snapped in half from the rear gate opening and closing"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Interior lights keep burning out. It's a big problem"

James E., CA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Rear hatch could not be locked or unlocked. Wiring harness that links to the locking solonoid was replaced. There is no manual method (with or without a key) to lock/unlock the hatch"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Keyless now unlocks but will not lock doors. Also the rear hatch lock broke for years as a lot of other Subarus in area. Ends up the problem is numerous brittle wires broke in rear hatch wire bundle from years of bending from hatch operation. Poor D"

Steve S., UT (2007 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"Unreliable from date of purchase. Comes on when tires perfectly OK"

Steve S., UT (2007 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Had to replace all 4 because they kept indicating I had low pressure on every trip"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Warning lights

"The engine check light and the brake light went on and off randomly, and several codes were recorded. None of the codes were related to an actual problem with the hardware. Either there was a software problem, or the car's memory is going bad"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The airbag light comes on periodically, usually with low temperatures. It goes out when the car is parked with the steering wheel to the right, or the outside temperature is up, or when ever it damn well pleases"

John G., NH (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"rear wiper motor had to be replaced. Probably burned out while bike rack blocked action"

Anonymous, CO (2007 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

"Replaced brake pads"

Anonymous, IA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The brake wear is normal, but I had to have my struts replaced because of a leaking shock absorber. No longer can you just replace a shock......$500+ is a lot to pay for a leaking shock. That is one way to design a car without regard to the owner!"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"removed parking brake due to repeated problems"

Anonymous, MI (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Took the car to Subaru dealership and they checked the car over and explained that I needed a new sensor but all else looked well and then my family took the car on vacation and the brakes were completely worn down and had to be replaced. When I spo"

Anonymous, TN (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Unsure)

"Brakes required replacing with less than 12,000 miles. Wore unevenly. Rotors warped"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"3 complete changes of calipers ad rotors"

Anonymous, MI (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Warped prematurely"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake replacement was normal wear"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We had noise in the wheel but were not having braking problems. Our repair man found the the pads were coming off and the wheel bearings needed replacing"

Anonymous, WI (2007 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

"Had to have it replaced. Same thing happened in previous Outback, both before 100000 miles. Will not be buying another"

Anonymous, VA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"3 converters failed due to extreme (5000 F) temperature"

Anonymous, MD (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"check engine light came on and per the diagnostic code, it was running at less than 50% efficentcy"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Broke down and clogged exhaust system"

Anonymous, NS (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cat converter was used up at 152,000 miles. Replacement needed"

Christian H., NY (2007 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Car exhaust was loud and probably would not have passed inspection"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There are two of them, dual exhaust system, which makes replacement very expensive!"

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Exaust leak at Y seperator/split.toward rear of car"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"corrosion of pipe leading to mufflers"

Anonymous, CT (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 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

"pin hole in radiator top tank"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind noises"

Anonymous, WA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"coming from rear of car, can't find"

Lawrence B., VA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"power steering belt and A/C belt"

Evan C., OR (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Undercarriage/heat shield noise when under load"

Anonymous, VA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Drivers side door/window doesn't fit correctly"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"VERY noisy when driving at moderate speeds"

Lamar W., NH (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 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

"Began to leak oil, I contacted Subaru they said it is a known problem. Catalytic converter also tied into cabin filter which gives a faulty OBD report"

George G., CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seems to have a lot of problems with sensors malfunctioning. In addition, it has become rather insistent that it wants a new catalytic converter, which I plan on replacing this weekend. In fairness, with the miles it has none of these is a major disgrace. Just seem like collectively there are a lot of things going wrong at the same time"

Ken K., PA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"2 sensors failed replaced all is okay"

Anonymous, SC (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"o2 sensor problem not identified by dealer and led to catalytic converter replacement"

Anonymous, OR (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The catalytic converter as well as sensors set off "check engine" indicators. Due to cost, the failed catalytic converter will not be worked on. The sensors were changed"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"O2 sensors were used up at 152,000 miles. Replacements needed"

Christian H., NY (2007 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"L/S OSV valve inoperable. Installed new OSV switch at a cost of $216"

Anonymous, WA (2007 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

"Mud flap, drivers side front, became detached"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"ash tray was stuck closed with loose coins in it"

Anonymous, MI (2007 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Details everywhere, cupholders, door hinge, compartments. Not designed well, cheap"

Sean A., CA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Extreme fading"

Dale J., CA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint fading is not uniform resulting in a modeled look"

Loyd D., WA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Our California climate climbs into the 100's and this high temp and exposure has caused the tailgate and back fender paint to deteriorate. Only this area. The rest of the vehicles paint remains in good shape"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Rut occurs on the body around the wheel wells and roof in the same spot's as seen on other outback's of this vintage"

Lamar W., NH (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"Throw-out bearing and clutch required replacement at 100000 miles. Never had to replace a clutch in a Subaru before"

Eric R., NM (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"clutch went out w/very little warning"

Anonymous, OR (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"clutch throwout bearing arm pivot punctured arm"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Clutch was finicky during test drive and dealer agreed to replace, but neglected to refinish/replace the fly wheel. New clutch failed after ~800 miles, third party mechanic properly replaced both"

Jake S., WA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch went out while we were driving and we had to have the whole thing replaced"

Ryan K., UT (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed new flywheel"

Anonymous, MD (2007 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic Unsure)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

"The antifreeze leak was related to the head gasket"

Linda M., MN (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Overheating

"when I asked dealer where water was coming from he said the air conditioner always dropped water even though I never turned it on....that water soon become steam"

Charles S., CA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radiator

"Radiator developed leak at the joint between the plastic tank and aluminum cooling fins"

Dan-Cindi M., CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sudden failure, all the fluid drained after the plastic radiator seam split"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Thermostat

"Thermostat stuck in open position, resulted in check-engine-light and programmed interruption of cruise control"

Craig W., MA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump was leaking and worn. It had to be replaced"

Phillip N., CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 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

Alternator

"Alternator failed and had to be replaced"

Dan-Cindi M., CO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Battery never seemed to work since purchasing so I bought a Kirkland Battery and haven't had any problems since. The original battery was especially poor in the cold weather"

Anonymous, AK (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Coil

"Had crack in coil and needed to replace"

Anonymous, CT (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"Replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean 3.0-L 6 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

"intermittent failure"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C stopped working, had it repaired at an independent shop for about $250 now works fine"

Anonymous, OR (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Passenger side heating does not work"

Anonymous, VT (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 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

Radio

"Started taking up to a half hour before sound came out of the speakers. Apparently the amplifier was going bad. Had to get radio repaired"

Anonymous, OR (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"On/off function stopped working"

Les H., MT (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio, neither AM or FM works. The Auxillary feature and CD features work fine"

Richard D., MO (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 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

Rough shifting

"After being stopped at a light, when I accelerate, the transmission clunks as it engages with a jar. Dealer's people say it doesn't happen. I know it does. Then the transmission is slow to release the lower gears and shift higher"

Alexander Y., CA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 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

"Hatch does not stay in the air at times and has hit myself and my mother in the head a couple times after being lifted to upright position and when it returns to closed position on it's own without any provocation"

Anonymous, TN (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Unsure)
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