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 8 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 turbo (243 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (175 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

"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)

"$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)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Original timing belt was replaced on-schedule at 105,000 miles by the previous owner. The replacement timing belt (Gates brand) broke spontaneously with about 70K miles on it (total mileage on the engine/car was 174,000). The car was just cruising along the highway when the engine suddenly stopped. This is an interference engine (2.2L non-turbo) -- 14 of 16 valves were bent. No other engine damage (pistons, cylinder heads, etc.). I rebuilt the engine with new valves, pistons, and bearings. Nearly all other wear parameters (cylinder bore, bearing clearances, camshaft and other valve train parts, oil pump, etc.) were measured and found to be within specifications. However, the head gasket on one bank (boxer engine) was leaking oil externally pretty badly so should have been replaced by the previous owner (engine compression and coolant passages were not yet leaking). The engine wasn't exhibiting excessive oil consumption, but the oil control rings and passages were nearly completely obstructed with carbon deposits, so likely would have started consuming oil relatively soon. Otherwise the engine block, cylinder heads, crank/cam shafts, bearings, etc. were in pretty good mechanical condition for 174,000 miles. Of note, the timing belt-driven components and bearings were all in good shape, rotating freely. The timing belt tensioner wasn't leaking and appeared to be functioning properly, though I didn't measure it's tensioning force or damping. All timing belt components other than the belt appeared to be OEM, and the previous owner believes that only the belt was replaced at 105,000 miles. Perhaps if the idler pulleys, tensioner, and water pump were replaced at 105,000 miles the belt wouldn't have broken (admittedly pure speculation) -- other than the actual break, the timing belt otherwise looked to be in good condition (rubber soft and flexible, cogs were uniform and didn't show wear, no cracks or fraying, etc.). The lesson for other owners, of course, is don't defer timing belt replacement, and always replace all components with quality parts in an interference engine!"

Anonymous, WI (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 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 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)
Head gasket

"2007 Outback continues to use oil, not through leaks or apparent burning of oil. Having the head gasket replaced was necessary because of leaks."

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

"Gasket didn't fail, but was weeping. Decided to reseal engine since I was keeping the car a few more years."

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

"Car experienced smell of burning oil. Head gasket was leaking. Changed head gasket when timing belt was due to be changed."

E D., NJ (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking compression, loss of acceleration"

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

"Both heads gaskets leaked without any reason. It seems to be a Subaru motor recurrent problem."

M R., QC (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both head gaskets had to be replaced (with aftermarket, upgraded gaskets) at 90,000 Km."

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

"My wife has had 3 Subaru wagons in her adult life. All were non turbo, automatic transmission cars. They all had very expensive problems after 100k miles. I am so sick and tired of seeing all the Consumer Reports ratings putting Subaru cars as high as Toyota and Honda. These cars all start getting sloppy interiors, with squeeky loose plastic panels due to poor materials or engineering or both. The trim parts between body and glass work is loose and last and certainly NOT LEAST are major engine transmission issues. The mechanics we have taken the Subaru's to in the past ALWAYS say, 'Oh yeah, that year had that problem' funny thing is that it was about all 3 cars and both motor and tranny problems. They are disposable junk, not half a million mile winners like most Honda and Toyota ( not all I know) No, my wife will not buy another Subaru, she has learned her lesson, maybe CR should drive cars to 200k and see what happens to them instead of publishing guestimates of their longevity."

David T., CA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 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)

"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 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"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)
Timing belt or chain

"Recommended change by Subaru after 100000 kms."

M R., QC (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Turbo or supercharger

"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)

"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)

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)
Ball joints

"Failed and required replacement"

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

"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)
Bushings

"First time replaced so..."

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

"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

"Needed to replace the power steering pump. Pretty expensive parts and labor."

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Outback 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)

"The rack and pinion assembly had to be replaced"

Dale T., OR (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"This vehicle would be very reliable, but suffers major rust damage underneath, including shocks and struts."

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

"Shocks and struts were not damping as much as they should - they were significantly worn. But amazingly at 174,000 miles they had not actually failed - most drivers wouldn't have noticed their degraded performance. They were not leaking, and even maintained a significant portion of their nitrogen gas charge."

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

"This was an expensive repair. The total invoice including some other much lesser items was over $2,700. They needed to be replaced totally, all 4."

Alfred M., OH (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"First time replaced"

Anonymous, CA (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)

"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)

"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)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Front axels needed replacing"

Dick Z., IA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"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)
Steering wheel vibration

"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)

"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)
Wheel bearings

"This vehicle would be very reliable, but has a lot of rust damage underneath, even affecting the wheel bearings."

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

"Gradually developed whirring sound. Thought was tires. Isolated to bearings at maintenance."

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

"This was at least the second time we have replaced wheel bearings."

Alfred M., OH (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"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)

"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)

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 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"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

"Leaking head gasket. Head gasket replaced and problem solved"

Jeffrey R., OH (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Spent over $1200 to have oil leaks fixed. Still leaks. Third Subaru I've had with this engine (different years) and both US made Outbacks leaked like crazy. Not so with the Japanese Forester. Could be coincidence."

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

"head gasket leak"

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

"Both engine head gasket are leaking."

M R., QC (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Some gaskets seemed to leak oil to the spark plugs."

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

"Check engine light came on, home was 1 mile away, so went back and checked oil - none on dipstick. Noticed drops of oil under car. Added oil, took to dealer. Found gaskets leaking on oil pan and had those replaced, along w/other related items. If I had driven with leak, I could've seized the engine. Full disclosure, roads are FULL of potholes, and may have damaged the pan."

Nancy H., CA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine leaks oil about 2.5 quarts between oil changes."

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

"The engine head gasket is starting to leak, dripping onto the exhaust manifold, creating smoke."

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

"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)

"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)

"oil dripping on motor causing smell"

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

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

4WD/AWD components

"have had to replace front axle boots twice due to leaks."

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

"Had a failing axle replaced at the dealer and the replacement axle failed in less than 18,000 miles."

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

"The boots broke open on both ends of the CV drive shaft for front wheels."

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

"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)
Driveline vibration

"Center drive shaft carrier bearing failure made the car undrivable. The cost for replacement exceeded the cars value. Had to replace it myself."

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

"The whole car vibrates for a second or two. It feels like the clutch in the automatic transmission is slipping. I cured it temporarily (lasted for about one year) by adding a non-slip ingredient to the transmission."

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

"Replaced front drive axles. Immediately notice undue vibration. Took it back to service center, they agreed it was not right. They replaced the drive axles and vibration was reduced but not eliminated."

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

"After front drive shafts replaced"

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

"Driveshaft bearing began to make noises. Had to replace entire driveshaft. Am planning on keeping the car, so it was worth the expense."

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

"The CV boots seem to wear out or break quickly. Some of them have been replaced twice and also the front axles have both been replaced. A little bit expensive and weird to replace axles at less than 60000 miles."

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

"left rear bearing went bad"

R G., WI (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CV joint and axle came out in one unit and were worn out."

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

"Subaru apparently has a known issue with wheel bearings. Directional tires I have on the car are very noisy so diagnosing the wheel bearing issue was difficult. Ended up replacing both rear bearings. Job was relatively easy and inexpensive, costing about $160 for both of the Timken branded bearings, a premium brand. Had one replaced at a garage a couple of years ago and they charged nearly $400 for one."

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

"Boots on front driveshafts leaking"

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

"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)
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 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Replaced catalytic converter twice in the past 12 months. First one, a PaceSetter brand lasted only a few months. From their response clearly the manufacturer knows they will fail in a short time. Recommended replacement, a Magnaflow is still operating correctly but it is poorly designed making oil changes impossible to do without getting oil on the converter pipes. Exhaust also needs to be cold, otherwise I get burned."

Ken K., PA (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)

"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)
Exhaust leaks

"A doughnut gasket in a joint in the exhaust pipes started leaking. The local mechanic could not get he badly corroded joint apart so had to cut it out and install a sleeve."

Anonymous, AK (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)
Exhaust manifold

"This car has a converter-manifold with two flex joints. The converter was still working but one of the flex joints failed and was leaking. Ordinarily, this would require replacing the entire manifold/converter. Since the converter was a high-quality replacement welded into the original pipes ~two years ago, and the pipes were high-quality stainless steel in excellent condition, I elected to hove two new (stainless steel) flex pipes welded into the old pipe (300.00 parts + labor). That cost half of what a full replacement would (with aftermarket parts), and will most likely last longer than an aftermarket replacement. It cost 1/4 of what a genuine OEM part would cost. While the flex pipe was leaking, exhaust fumes were very noticeable in the passenger cabin when the engine was running but the car was not moving (e.g. at startup, stoplights, etc.). While I would have liked the flex pipes to be separate from the catalytic converter, and/or not have failed, I can't really complain that the original part lasted 12 years and nearly 200,000 miles!"

Ernest J., WI (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"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)
Other/unsure

"Recall"

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

"This was a recall related to Takata airbag issues."

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

"Airbag warning light for passenger seat episodically lights up. Apparently nothing to do w/Takata recall & replacement. Full disclosure, I have not taken it in. I want to see if there is an easy fix I can do at home. before going to the dealer."

Nancy H., CA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"recall, passenger airbag needed to be replaced."

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

"Cost of repairing the problem would have been almost as much as automobile is currently worth."

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

"Pipe broke, exhaust dragged on ground; car had to be towed so repair could be made."

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

"The y-pipe at the rear of the car going to the two mufflers developed a leak at the Y-junction. Otherwise the original pipes were in excellent condition everywhere else. I believe that was caused by the design of that junction, i.e. if it was designed and constructed similar to the replacement pipe that I installed, it wouldn't have lasted quite a bit longer. I (or family members) have owned other cars with completely original exhaust systems that lasted 20+ years (93 Camry, entire exhaust system still in excellent condition when I sold it at ~200,000 miles and 30+ years (90 Lexus ES250, 92 Celica), all driven in northern/salt climates their entire lives). On the other hand, I recognize that even at 12 years/nearly 200,000 miles, it's still better than many other cars of the same vintage."

Ernest J., WI (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)

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

Anonymous, PA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 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

Clock

"Had to have the dashboard pulled to correct air bag issue. Ever since my clock does not update minutes. I have the built in GPS and only the hours are adjustable but not the minutes. Minutes are controlled by satellite - not happening."

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

"Because of air leak of engine tube that lightup the check engine light."

M R., QC (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It seems to be all of a package: when the 12 volt plug quit, the cruise control also stopped working. I will not take it to the dealer, they are not honest."

Alex Y., CA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"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)
Gauges

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

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Outback)
Headlights

"lamps need replaced every 4-6 months"

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

"Dashboard lights were very simple."

Karen C., CA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"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 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)

"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)
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

Normal routine brake wear

"Replaced rotors and pads"

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

"Caliper slide pins seized due to corrosion. This caused the pads to wear out and lose stopping ability."

Stanley M., NY (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front pads worn down to the point it was time to replace them. Rotors did not need any service. This was at 128000 mi and the original pads had lasted until then (5 speed manual transmission driven intelligently)."

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

"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

"parking brake failed.....spring caused parking brake to drag on drum..."

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

"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)

"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)
Rotors

"Brake replacement was normal wear"

Anonymous, NY (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)
Squeaking

"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 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Check engine light comes on, goes off, comes on. No one can find problem, always checks OK when in shop."

Mike K., NJ (2007 Subaru Outback)

"Every 6 months it seems another sensor for emissions goes bad. Giving up on car, when it fails inspection I will junk the car."

Mike K., NJ (2007 Subaru Outback)

"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)

"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)
Fuel injection system

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

Anonymous, WA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"I had an oil leak but it was fixed-$170. I also have noise coming from drive train- back wheels, sounds like an outboard boat motor. So my smart a-- son say's."

Mike K., NJ (2007 Subaru Outback)

"Mass Air Flow sensor. I have purchased several of these. Apparently depending on the failure mode it creates different problems that no garage I use has been able to definitively diagnose. Don't know if the dealer would have been able to correctly diagnose. Went to two different dealers for recalls and they royally screwed up each and every time, causing me inconvenience and expense each time."

Ken K., PA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i 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)

"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 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"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 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"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)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"dealer used wrong fluid when serviced."

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

"Transmission needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Mud flap, drivers side front, became detached"

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

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

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

"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)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"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)

"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)
Rust

"Rust on top of front windshield."

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

"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)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"pin hole in radiator top tank"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Wind noises"

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

"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)
Wind noise

"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)

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

"My battery stopped charging because the alternator was shot. A new rebuilt one cost $168. But, when I took it to my wonderful mechanic, he remembered replacing it less than 2 years before, so I was able to make a claim under warranty and get the new one free. The new one was identical to the old and he told me that I am not alone in having problems with disposable remanufactured parts. I've read that the average alternator should last around 7 years or 100,000 miles. Mine lasted 20 months and about 14,000 miles. Even if I'm able to continue getting free replacements, the labor costs, not to mention the inconvenience and potential for becoming stranded somewhere without cell service in the very rural area where I live are, in my opinion, unacceptable costs for shoddy equipment."

Kathleen W., PA (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"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 (not hybrid or electric)

"The battery simply needed to be replaced."

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

"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)
Battery cables

"Battery cable had ti=o be replaced- not making good contact."

Mike K., NJ (2007 Subaru Outback)
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)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"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

"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)

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

"Radio is slipping... changes Chanels, volume, and from am to fm at random intervals seems. to be related to loose connections and bumps in the road. This is a recent phenomena"

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

"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

"Automatic bangs into next gear before car is warmed up and when the outside temperature is below 30 degrees."

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

"It stumbles when gas is applied. When stopped for a red light and then press the accelerator, it stumbles, i.e. it tries to move, but stops momentarily and then kicks in. I've told the dealer, but they ignore me. Whenever you hit the accelerator after breaking, it will stumble. That is very dangerous in traffic when you might need to get out of someone's way."

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

"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)

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

"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)

"intermittent failure"

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

"Passenger side heating does not work"

Anonymous, VT (2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 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

Seat belts

"Pin holding metal attachment of belt fell off and metal belt attachment now falls to bottom of belt making it very difficult to retrieve."

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