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 .To counter this, stability control became standard with all trim lines for 2009.
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 .To counter this, stability control became standard with all trim lines for 2009. 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
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (243 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (170 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 (245 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 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

"Related to the head gasket issue"

Joanne O., KS (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At 95000 miles had catastrophic engine failure due to metal failure in a piston, requiring a new "short block" to fix the problem, costing me 6000.00. Subaru took no responsibility though the mechanic said it was clearly a failure of the piston havi"

Craig L., IA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine lost oil that was undetected. Required replacement"

Anonymous, ID (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine died without warning. Needed major service or complete engine replacement"

Dan K., MA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"burned oil and engine blew. had other problems w/ check engine due to O2 sensor, did not realize car was burning oil"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine leaked oil, was in several times, timing belt replace, seals, and head gasket. 4 months ago, the engine seized and stopped running. A rebuild was required"

Scott B., WI (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Engine block - complete loss in March 2017. Piston detonated, creating a hole in the top of the engine block. Catastrophic engine failure required complete replacement. New engine has misfires on Cylinders 1&2"

Matthew D., NJ (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"there was an oil leak , so I chose to do the 100,000 mile items early"

SUSn J., CT (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket leak requiring engine to be pulled and repaired"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had prevuious Head Gasket issues with a 1999 Subaru Outback. Was told they were solved by 2002 year model. When this happened on the '08 at about identical mileage was told...'yeah, but it still happens sometimes.' I love Subarus - this 2008 is my 6"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket leaking and will need replacing. Dealership wants $2400"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brought the car in due to two bearing problems. While under repair, it was found the head gasket was gone and needed to be repaired"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"it failed causing expensive repair"

Blair C., CA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In a scheduled maintenance, they found cracked head gaskets. Said it was due to KC climate, quick heat and cool. Cost to repair was $3,800"

Joanne O., KS (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver's side w/active leak, pass. side showing wear. 46kmi in '14, outside the 5-yr warranty, but really? SOA covered 1/2 driver's side only, but I opted to do both at add'l personal expense. Upset, but at least dealer who did work was great"

Anonymous, ME (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We have been told by the dealership that a head gasket is leaking and should be replaced. I was told that it would be best to replace both head gaskets as if one was leaking the other would likely follow. I don't precisely remember the quote but it"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket needed to be replaced due to gasoline leak - potential for fire. Cost $1000"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replacing head gasket at 99000. this is my 5th Subaru and 1st head gasket. cannot prove if started much earlier when car always had smell of hot antifreeze"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Started smelling burning like fumes. Dealership said head gaskets were leaking and needed changing. It was covered under the warranty. Subaru had 80,500 miles at time. Car runs great now and has much more power and no more leak or smell"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem detected at service visit. Subaru fixed the problem at a cost of almost 50% less than the quoted repair price. This was due to my loyalty as a Subaru customer with other vehicles (based on a call to Subaru of America Customer Relations). Thes"

Dan M., PA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to be replaced at 108000 miles. We were assured at the time of purchase that Subaru had fixed this problem as it was a problem with our 2002 Outback also. The dealership gave us a warrantee to cover this at the time of purchase...we are now tr"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil leaking from head gasket"

Charles G., WA (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gaskets replaced at 35,000 (under warranty) Head gaskets were replaced at 62,000.(no warranty) Dealers service was terrible. Subaru of America Corporate didn't care"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Subaru Outback)

"Hx repeat oil leaks from solenoids both replaced, only to find still oil leaking major loss to point run on 3/4 litter oil and required rebuild of head gaskets and engine"

Anonymous, NS (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket seal failed costing 3500.00"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket leaked. Very costly repair"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I've owned 5 Subaru's and all have had head gasket failure around 100000 miles"

Roger L., MA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Because of leaking oil, it needed to be replaced at 61000 miles"

Lyndon S., MI (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The head gasket failure is a common problem with the 2008 Outback 2.5I engine. The gasket fails because of a design fault that Subaru admits, but that is all they do. They will not reduce or compensate customers for repair costs. Total scumbags!"

Michael B., DE (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"car was maintained on schedule. Head gasket needs replacing at 99000 miles. Dealership quoted $ 2300 repair costs. Alternate dealership quoted only $ 1700. Disappointed in Subaru reliability and feeling ripped off"

Anonymous, KY (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gaskets replaced. Major cost. Subaru admitted having problems with head gaskets in this model and reimbursed part of cost to repair"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Started to leak both sides. Dealer replaced with "turbo" gasket - gasket used in turbocharged version of same engine. Subaru picked up half of cost"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Subaru did not accept to cover the repair. The dealer discovered the problem but did not repair it at the time of the discovery. The extended warranty was terminated by a few months and Subaru refused to make the repair"

Anonymous, QC (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket problem, caused loss of coolant and overheating"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After purchasing replacement engine from Subaru and having it installed at a Subaru dealership the head gaskets failed (leaking coolent externally) in a spectacular fashion with great clouds of steam billowing out from under the hood when I stoped. The replacement engine had less than 50000km on it and it cost $5000 to replace the head gaskets as the engine had to be removed to do the job. The head gasket replacement was done by a local shop as I trust them to do the little things right that the"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The antifreeze was going down on a weekly basis and when I brought the car in they said I needed a head gasket that the antifreeze and some oil was leaking and burning off. They said that as long as I was doing this I should replace the timing belt, spark plugs, service both the front rear differentials. The car had 58,553 miles. I found out that a relative of mine had the same problem and by looking on line so did many other people. I feel that at 58,553 miles this is to early for a problem lik"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil leak; coolant leak"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket failure at 75,000 miles. Oil leaking. I reached out to Subaru at the corporate level. Corporate Subaru and local dealer were very generous and reduced the repair cost by about half"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)

"Oil leaking down and hitting exhaust pipe causing hot smell"

Anonymous, MT (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bought the vehicle at 75000 miles and head gasket was leaking, fortunately the seller fixed it for free. If I had not known about the head gasket issue and checked it out with a friend, I might have been stuck"

Gene J., CT (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Went into the dealership for an eighty thousand mile checkup and was told of multiple problems with the car i had no idea about. These included leaking head gaskets which required an engine tear-down. Many things were replaced since the engine was out and ended up costing me in excess of $5000.00"

J S., NY (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Developed oil leak in the head gasket and had it replaced"

William S., WI (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A failed head gasket needed to be replaced. The other head gasket hadn't (yet) failed, I had it replaced at the same time, while the engine was apart"

Frank R., WA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer advised they observed head gasket(s) leaking and to replace. This was not covered under warranty or recall. After inquiring with Subaru NA corporate they agreed to compensate $500 as courtesy reimbursement on the repair cost after completed. Repair was completed by dealer and Subaru NA paid as agreed"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"First time replacing head gasket at 160000 mi. Due to location of head gasket timing belt and water pump were also replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced at Hiler Subaru. After the work was done they said I needed to replace the head gasket which requires taking the timing belt off again. Don't trust there service honesty any longer"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"While doing the scheduled timing belt replacement, it was found that the tensioner was leaking. Extra $280"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing belt snapped @ 75% of its life. This was belt #2, after the scheduled replacement was done"

David W., ON (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Down tube on the turbo split requiring major engine tear down to replace and almost 3 weeks downtime at the dealer"

Alex H., TN (2008 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

"It seems to not track true. It is aligned, and seems OK for a few weeks, then starts pulling or mildly wiggling, giving the car an uncertain handling feel"

Robert K., PA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wheel alignment was done after two front lower control arm bushings were replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Difficulity aligning rear wheels"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"First the right side was repaired then six months later the left side as well. Was said to be a normal , expected repair at 80k miles"

Paul B., OR (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After replacing the other bearings and many other suspension parts - mostly rear, yet another bearing (and other suspension parts) needed to be replaced - mostly front"

Paul H., QC (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CV boots cracked and leaked lubricant onto exhaust requiring replacement"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Boots damaged axle removed to replace. Repaired at local mechanic"

Kevin L., NY (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They required replacement as well as tie rod replacement"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"2 ball joints needed replacement"

Dek S., NY (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced twice"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced two front lower control arm bushings -- possibly due to either just wear over time and/or uneven road surface (e.g., potholes). Wheel alignment was done after new bushings were installed"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"then right after new power steering pump, needed $450 in new bushings!"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"According to the Subaru dealer, the bushing wore out and that is a problem with Subarus"

Donald N., NH (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have a short ride on a gravel road with pot holes. Noise from the front end became increasingly louder as time went on. Dealer checked it out and the technician said all of the bushings were shot and I had them replaced - much better now"

Ronald K., CA (2008 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Front axle bushings and boot needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"needed new power steering pump for $640"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"got belts all messed up. chose to replace them out of caution"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"power steering pump needed to be replaced. (maybe not surprising, given the mileage on the car)"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"pump stopped working. leaked fluid on engine too"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"power steering pump noisy when cold. needed replacement"

Simon B., CO (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The power steering pump was replaced on warranty"

Jean-Sebastien T., PA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Failure of one strut"

David G., NM (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear strut broke. Replaced both rear struts"

Steve M., NY (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"one rear strut found to be leaking about 4 weeks ago"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Subaru Outback)

"Started Leaking"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Early OEM equipment failure"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive ware"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"front driver axle needed to be replaced recently. The entire rack and pinion system was replaced in first year I owned the car"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil leaking,smell from oil dropping on exhaust pipe ,and noise during stealing car"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wear and leakage caused bad power steering response"

Anonymous, WV (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"From wheel bearing and axle that lost lub"

Anonymous, WV (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Warped rotors"

Anonymous, KY (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake pads and rotors seem to wear out way too quickly"

Washington C., VA (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"stabilizer bar found to be loose about 4 weeks ago"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Subaru Outback)
Wheel bearings

"replaced hub assembly at driver front"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the left rear wheel bearing failed, and was replaced"

Robert K., PA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Grinding - bearing failure"

Anonymous, WV (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Left rear wheel bearing began howling @ 59k miles, replaced it @ $300 cost"

Jon H., IL (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wheel bearing needed to be replaced of two of four tires - not covered under warranty"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Subaru Outback)

"Eats wheel bearings with regularity No grease fittings to keep them lubricated"

Jim H., NY (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"right front wheel bearing failed"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"They went out"

Lee B., CA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

"Converter caused "check engine" light to come on and cruise control not to work. Had to replace the catalytic converter"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to be replaced"

Doris C., FL (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Catalytic converter went out but it was still under warranty so did not cost me anything"

Annette S., KY (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"supposedly they tell me the catalytic converter is not working correctly and cost $2000 to fix it. the real problem that this issue shuts off the cruise control and the engine light stays on"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It Failed"

Anonymous, MT (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Catalytic converter needed replacement"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Warnings come on only winter"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Basically while the engine was out, the entire exhaust system which was found to be leaking, including the catalytic converter, was replaced along with the clutch and timing belt"

J S., NY (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car's catalytic converter needed to be replaced. I noticed the problem because of a warning light on the dashboard. That's all I know"

Frank R., WA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Heat from converter caused damage to right front axle cup, requiring replacement"

Washington C., VA (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattling - needs replacement"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Light indicated my cruise control would not function. Dealer said I needed anew cc. I put in some "catalytic fuel?" In the gas tank and the light went off & my cruise controworks"

Anonymous, NE (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)

"Exhaust pipes and brackets rusted out. Had to replace mufflers too due to design of system"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car was noisier than usual so I asked the service people to check the muffler and exhaust. They did and they found a small hole in the exhaust pipe. Asked if I wanted them to replace it, I said yes and paid over $500 for them to do so. The car is now quieter. They also cleaned the automatic throttle because I told them the car was sluggish"

James L., MA (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhaust leaks - multiple spots since 50k miles. Additionally, exhaust heat shields rotting, loose, rattling since 45k. Terrible quality on Subaru's part"

Matthew D., NJ (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Repeatedly fixed but soon starts to rattle again"

John C., PA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Was knocked loose during catalytic converter replacement, dealer said only way to fix was to remove it. research tells me this is not true, nor is removing it a good idea. Still trying to get dealer to make the repair"

Doris C., FL (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"a persistent problem, replaced many times then told it was an unnecessary item and they were removed and not replaced. sounds like a defect that could not be fixed or a meaningless item"

Neal A., NY (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had rattles. Dealer secured with sheet metal screws"

June M., PA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Few rusted bolts replaced at no charge"

Anonymous, NS (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I heard a rattling noise from under the car. I knew the heat shield was probably loose since this has happened on all of our other Subarus"

D C., NY (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It took the dealer and two independent garages to fix the problem"

Roger L., MA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Entire exhaust system replaced"

Dick P., NY (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Muffler rusted out and needed replacement"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"they are rusted out and need replaced after about 65000 miles. the entire exhaust system"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had a small piece of exhaust replaced, only just over $200, and they also replaced a few bolts at no charge for the heat shield"

Anonymous, NS (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Whole exhaust system replaced"

Dick P., NY (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to replace a part of the exhaust pipe system where 2 pipes come together like a Y configuration it was a $650.00 repair. Seemed to be weak place in the design as it rotted. Again I knoe others who have had to replace this"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"Had to replace front axels"

SUSn J., CT (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The CV joint boot on both front axles failed within 6 months of each other. In the case of the passenger side the grease sprayed on to the catalytic conv located very close causing large amounts of smoke. Poor design having the cat conv so close"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"two axles replaced, heavy vibration since install completed"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I was experiencing oil burning. Expected it to be a torn cv joint boot, but had to replace axles"

S F., CA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both front axles needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CV Joint boot failed"

Paul F., GA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The boots on both front end transaxles leaked oil and the axles had to be replaced separately over a six month period"

Alan G., NH (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Axles were rusting (normal wear and tear). Replaced with third party axles, which caused two issues: Engine sometimes races when idle; Clunking noises are heard when making sharp turns"

Anonymous, NH (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rubber cover was torn"

Lawrence B., FL (2008 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Split CV joint cover requiring replacement of entire driveshaft. Poor install of driveshaft by professional mechanic caused leak out of differential"

Anonymous, ID (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I replaced both the right and left front axles on the car! The first was at 120000 miles the second at 135000. Almost every joint underneath has been replaced. My 1999 Outback had 315K and I never had this problem!"

Jeffrey G., NY (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rubber boots covering the four axle connections to the drive train burst quite often. Costs around $250 to get a new boot. Just another scam to increase profits"

Michael B., DE (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Plastic axle boot covers cracked, a common problem with this car. Dealership charges >$600 to replace a <$90 item"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"wheel bearing went out"

William S., WI (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front half shafts left and right had a failure of the boot at the wheel end of the universal joint and the grease flew out all over the engine bay. Caused smoke when the grease was scorched on he exhaust. Both half shafts were replaced. Noise and vibration were eliminated and the Outback is ruling smoothly. Problem fixed"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Screeching sound turning"

Carol H., CA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I've pretty much covered this in my previous comment. The more I investigate this the more I feel that nobody really, really knows what the heck is going on...very frustrating as I don't have money to burn"

Christopher R., CT (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car started making loud whistling, whining noises intermittently which were difficult to diagnose. We took it to the dealer and spent over $5000 before we got a final diagnosis. It turned out that there is a problem with a bearing in the differential which is serious and would cost another $2300. We decided at this point to look into a new car"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)

"Boot torn - lost packed lubricant. Had the CV re-booted"

Joseph R., WA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The CV housings were cut so both the front CV joints needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"only have 75000 miles and had to replace front axles, cv joints and struts"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both front CV boots have had to be repaired/replaced before reaching 100K"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Boot tore"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

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

What Owners Say

Cruise control

"when dashboard light indicators record 'service engine' cruise control turns off. problem is with dashboard light system"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i L.L. Bean Unsure)

"cruise control flashes, and I get engine warning light"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"dashboard indicator light system not reliable"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i L.L. Bean Unsure)
Headlights

"Clicking noise and lights going off unexpectedly, even when driving"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)

"replaced passenger headlight bulb"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replacing a headlight is a job for a trained mechanic. Why is it necessary to have to remove the battery? It seems to me, also, that I have needed to have headlights replaced more frequently than on previous cars"

Kathryn V., MN (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"headlights keep burning out"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The most continuous trouble spot with this car is the front lamps blowing out, headlights and Fog/Driving Lamps. Have tried all kinds of bulb brands with dielectric grease, still blows out in 3-6 months on the low beam side of the bulbs"

Shawn C., MA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"short in the bulb socket"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Clicking noise and lights going off unexpectedly even while driving"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)

"had to replace the whole wiring harness in the rear due to multiple breaks in the wire"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tail light system wasn't working and was pointed out at a regular 138000 inspection maintenance service"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Passenger air bag light came on intermittently. The service tech replaced the map light assembly to fix it"

John W., CA (2008 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Rear loading light switch failed. Would not come on when tailgate is up"

James J., CO (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

"Remote start has stopped working three times, been back to the dealer twice. Haven't gotten it fixed the third time. When I use the remote start, the car alarm goes off and the engine doesn't start"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tire pressure light comes on at irregular times that do not correspond to weather changes; next time the car is used the tire pressure light is off"

David P., CO (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Airbag light periodically comes on and off. Problem is with the light, not the airbags, but fix is $250. So can't tell if there is a problem with the airbags without paying $250, which seems high for a light"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Rear wiper lost the park switch. So blade stops every where"

James J., CO (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear wiper motor does not work"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Range of front wipers varies as they run. The rear wiper on intermittent stops before going back and forth all the way"

David P., CO (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 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

Antilock system (ABS)

"Recalled twice for repair to brake system"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"2 wheels"

Jim H., NY (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Frozen"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"New brakes pads on front and back, turned rotors"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"excess wear and rust due to neglect"

Jerry B., OR (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Number 1 complaint for every Subaru I have ever owned"

John C., PA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"this was a warranty rercall on the brake lines"

Neal A., NY (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One of my calipers got stuck and wore down the brake pad quickly"

Anonymous, VT (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited L.L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Experienced premature brake wear on both the rear drums and front disc brakes. This despite the fact that I am a careful driver and rarely use the brakes"hard." I've had twice had service with front disc and caliper replacement"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Premature brake wear in prior 2002 Subaru also"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes on this, as on all subarus I have owned, wear out in less than 30,000 miles"

Anonymous, NH (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"basic city and hwy driving, in 5 years had two complete sets of rotors installed"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors caused noise during driving the car"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I do not know wow many times I have replaced fixed rotors on this car. Supposedly they warp in salty air climates"

Anonymous, NS (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"During maintenance service we were shown a broken brake pad. My husband didn't feel it needed fixing. I, however, thought it was a safety issue so mechanic removed the front pads and resurfaced the rotors. My husband still believes the broken brake p"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Suburu discovered a problem with axles & boots and L and R rear pads"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i L.L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The squeaking was caused by aftermarket brake pads (Wagner Thermoquiet). I replaced with OEM pads and the issue was corrected"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

"The computer falsely reports angie problems"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"A light came on and said/or my book said "Don't drive the car" It was an electronic failure. There was no problem. I was on the road, pulled over and phoned AAA and was taken to Subaru dealer. The outback has been great"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)
Engine knock or ping

"rubber boot failed and could only be repaired by replacing the entire axle. This occurred two months and 1500 miles after I purchased the vehicle. Engine was knocking and performing poorly"

Myles W., CA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited L.L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Leaky head gasket"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"it was leaking enough that it smelled. the dealer fixed it immediately but it was expensive"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car developed an oil pan seal leak. Was over $300 to repair"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Mechanic said there was a head gasket leak, and that it would cost 1,900 dollars to fix. He said they could also replace the (540 dollars)timing belt (8,0000 miles) at the same time. I only brought the car into the dealer for the replacement of a b"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Valve Cover Gaskets which led to having the spark plug wires replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Chronic oil leaks. I spent $4000 to repair-can't remember what they repaired"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car began emitting a smell of oil. It required several visits to a dealer before they simply described it as engine oil leaks. They appear to have corrected the problem"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"OSV manifold failed twice in last 4 months. Both times dealer kept car at least 24 hours to diagnose and flush system"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The gaskets were leaking and needed to be replaced around 79K miles"

Stan E., OR (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking head gasket"

Anonymous, KY (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We were told when we brought our car in due to the noise issue that we had extensive leaking around the engine. The repair was very expensive. We had not previously been aware that it was a big problem"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)

"At around 100000 miles I began to smell oil while driving the car. I brought it to a dealer and after several, expensive service charges, the problem was solved. Most of the cost was covered by warranty. Recently, at about 135000 miles, when I had the oil changed, I was told that there was oil "seeping" from the engine. I was assured that this "seeping" was not a major problem. I'm not so sure and am watching the problem carefully"

James L., MA (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Valve cover gaskets had to be replaced as leaking oil was fouling the sparkplug leads and shorting out the plugs A common problem with high milage flat 4 engines"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 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

"Replaced catalytic converter. Another question asks if I would get this car again. I would get the 2008 Subaru Outback again. I would not get the current Subaru Outback. It is a completely different car which does not suit my needs"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The catalytic converter had to be replaced at a cost of $2500!"

Jeffrey G., NY (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"refer to previous box. I believed i covered it all"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"Have replaced fuel cap 3 times to get Alert Engine light to stop coming on. Very annoying -- cannot use cruise control when Alert Engine light on, which has been a lot of the time recently"

Anonymous, NS (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine runs rough when gas cap is not fully tightened and after it rains"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"cracked"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)

"Expensive to repair. Second time this has happened"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"repeated problems w/ O2 sensor. check engine light is always on b/c of it"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"check engine light indicated problem with senor & catalyc converter. Both converters and the sensor were replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car stalled frequently; EGR valve and Oxygen sensor had to be replaced"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"sensor problems caused check engine light to go on eventually had to replace srnsor"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 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

"water leaked through broken channel in car pillar that funneled water from sunroof to floor of car instead of the outside of car. It soaked the car and costs hundreds of dollars to fix"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Head Gaskets seem to be a weak link on the Boxer engine, 120K seems a little early for engine that has had all routine Mantenance"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Heat shield rattling. The heat shield has had to be clamped many times, but with only a temporary reprieve from terrible rattling.The rattling makes the car sound like it has engine problems and like a tin can"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Heat shields came loose...required bolt replacment"

Bob P., NY (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I expect to have these issues related to use and age. There were only 2 suspension related problems, a stabilizer bar and a tie rod end. Most annoying are the constantly chasing of heat shield noises"

Dan M., PA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Irritating noise from catalytic shield. Checked internet before taking for repair. Consensus is there isn't any good fix for this--likely noise will reappear. Repaired Oct. 2014, and just noticed same noise again recently--Apr '15. Repair >$900"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)

"The heat shield on the passenger rear wheel area fell off and was making a horrible noise"

Anonymous, VT (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited L.L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The heat shield comes loose repeatedly and must be reattached"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)

"The car is getting old now and the windows allow some wind noise into the cabin"

Michael S., CA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Generally find the car to be noisy, particularly wind noise. Poor quality seals on windows and doors. Lot or rattles and vibrations in exhaust system, body generally"

Anonymous, NS (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"driver window wind noise"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 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 has not worked since I purchased vehicle new. Had it in 3 times under warranty and they were unable to fix. Blows only moderately cool air; everyone who rides in vehicle comments on how poor the A/C works; doesn't cool vehicle on hot summer days"

Renny S., WA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"No a/c after being worked on. May be unconnected hose"

Carol H., CA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The heater does not work and airflow is real weak even after changing the cabin filter"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"The selector became stuck on one mode. It would not switch to defrost for days at a time. This was a problem especially in the winter"

Paul H., QC (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Heat stopped blowing on driver side. Mechanics researched the problem for a few hours and still didn't have an answer; they said they need to take apart the dash and maybe send the console in for repair"

Joseph G., VA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

"We have had persistent heating and air conditioning problems. Namely irregular function. We found that it was a faulty relay controlling the air conditioner"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower motor and resistor went out"

Scott H., GA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"The heater system has been delivering hot air to only the driver's side and getting worse over the years. A web search indicated that a heater core flush would fix it, and it did"

Charles M., NY (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Not blowing out warm air on passenger side. Dealer flushed system out but said it was just wearing out"

Anonymous, MT (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 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

"Backup camera and in-dash navigation system both stopped working completely in approximately 2011 and to be repaired the entire console would have to be replaced at a cost of over $3500"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"CD player stopped playing disks. It is too costly to replace"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Since approx. 1 year from purchase, CDs skip every time I try to play one, regardless if its a brand new or a used CD. You can only play one or two songs before disc starts to skip and then freeze up. So I basically can't play CDs, just have a radio"

Renny S., WA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"when inserting a cd the drive does not recognize the disk and does not function"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"Radio & climate control displays come on & off intermittenly"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"screen for radio all of a sudden goes blank, but then comes back, sometimes the next day. It is not consistent ebough of a problem to have fixed...never showed up when I took it to a dealer"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My in-dash navigation system stopped working completely back in 2013 and cannot be replaced without significant expense"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"works off and on, more off than on. screen sometimes lights up only half of screen, usually nothing but control buttons flash constantly. Estimate $1800 to repair. Use my phone navigation or Garmin instead. Garmin should just use a docking system fo"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Error message when turning on navigation states incorrect map cd is inserted in disk drive. there is no disk in disk drive. problem just recently occurred, though the navigation system worked fine the previous day"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"One day the radio/CD simply died. So did the illumination lights for the radio, heat/AC screen, interior lights, & keyless entry. I was told by a dealer that this happens with this year car and I need a new radio which is made by Panasonic for Subaru"

Christopher R., CT (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

"This had to do with the head gasket leak"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Overheating

"warning lights indicated engine overheating"

Cynthia M., CA (2008 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Do to radiator"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radiator

"Radiator was plugging from sludge build-up. Replaced radiator to solve problem"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Thermostat

"overheating, loss of acceleration, extreme vibration"

Cynthia M., CA (2008 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"again this was an a computer problem that showed on the dash, but really didn't exist"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)

"Loud noises from the engin determined to be water pump"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"clutch release bearing failed requiring entire clutch replacement"

Robert P., CO (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Main bearing and throwout bearing scored. Replaced both"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Immediately after purchase the clutch failed and required complete replacement"

Sarah H., CO (2008 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In 2013, I had to have a gear replaced. In 2014, I had to have the entire transmission replaced with only 100K miles on it"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission failed with only 5600 miles on it. All scheduled maintenance had been done. Needed a new transmission installed"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Replaced side carriage bearings"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"trim popped out and was damaged by front door open and closing"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint on the plastic parts at the front and back of the car began to rapidly oxidize, then just seemed to fade away over the course of a few months. I had to have those areas repainted"

Michael S., CA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rust

"Car is garage kept in Virginia and it has rust along the bottom of front driver door on inside of door. possible leak from inside door"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I don't think this is Subaru's fault. I had an accident. My insurance company would not let me take the car to the dealer's body shop. The rust is occuring only in those locations that have replacement parts"

Kathryn V., MN (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 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

"It is bad enough that at some point I may have to replace the transmission or the car, but I've driven with the problem for a few months. We did replace the fluid"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i Basic 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"For the second time in 2 years, my transmission slipped out of gear while driving on the highway. On the first occasion, the problem occured with 2 days after a major service. The problem was fixed immediately and the car functioned well for about a year. when it happened again I was told that the transmission fluid was over full. It was adjusted and the car has functioned well until now when it is showing some of the same symptoms as it did leading up to the last event. The dealer told me that"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L. Bean 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Leaking due to bad hoses"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

"Rear hatch would not lock"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

"Cold winters and a 7-year-old battery was getting long in the tooth. Original battery lasted a long time, really"

Anonymous, ME (2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
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