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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 10 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.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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 2009 Subaru Outback owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

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

What Owners Say

“Our alignment went out but it is readily fixable. However the cost is more than most alignment jobs due to the all wheel suspension...or so they tell us. Love the car overall”

Anonymous, ID (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Ball joints and axles replaced when car became dangerous to drive”

Anthony A., RI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Bushings

“Needed replacement”

Anonymous, ME (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Lower control arm bushings wore out at 80,000 miles, as well as stabilizer bar end links and bushings”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

“Leak in ps unit caused severe shuddering especially when in reverse near end of steering arc”

Arthur F., VA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Leaking hosr”

Bill M., MD (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Our power steering screeched and sounded strained in cold and warm weather (though worse in winter)”

Anonymous, RI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer claimed leak in steering gear assembly. $1200 to replace. Skeptical”

Thomas L., CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“Same issue as described before. Issue was actually the pump”

Arthur F., VA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had to replace the power sterring pump”

Anonymous, NV (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The last time we took the car in for the routine oil change I asked them to look for other issues which I told them about. They found said that our transmissions and power steering were leaking into our oil. They had to replace the power steering pump and did about 2,000.00 worth of work to the car”

Anonymous, UT (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The auxiliary belt started to whine, so I took it in and they said that there was a leak in my steering system, They replaced the whole system, and then said that the system would have air in it. I filled the power steering fluid about 12 times befor”

Anonymous, VA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“Struts were worn out, normal wear, ride of car was bumpy”

Robert I., OH (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“leaking rear shocks - struts replaced”

Anonymous, NS (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Poor drive with odd noise”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“inner boot on both right and left front axles leaked grease profusely. Mechanic recommended replacing axles as well as both inner and outer boots since additional cost was minimal and likelihood of outer boot failure was high using old axles”

James P., CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“left front axle and related components needed replacing because of worn/torn axle boot - at about 168,000 miles cost about $1,000.00”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

“Once I was told that there was leakage of the fluid and other time that it was because of the brakes”

Anonymous, MO (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“At higher speeds above 60 MPH slight vibration”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Steering wheel vibration caused by worn out bushings and end links”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We had vibrations and shimmying multiple times during the year. Only on the 3rd balancing, with the power steering fluid leak repaired did we have long-lasting relief”

Anonymous, RI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“loosened up with clunking sound. Fixed at Subaru dealer at my cost”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

“Rust penetration of left rear wheel bearing”

Anonymous, NC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“With previous Toyotas and Hondas not a single bearing had to be replaced. It's been five times with the Subaru”

James B., QC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Was making a grinding noise, and was potentially dangerous, however the total cost of repair was covered by the warrantee”

Anonymous, ME (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear passenger side wheel bearing was worn and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Both Front Wheel Bearings had to be replaced at 76,000 km.There was too much play and when driving they created a rough knocking sound”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Both front wheel bearings have been changed in this car. One about 12 months after I got the car and the second summer 2014. Also bushings had to be changed on the front”

Anonymous, QC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“replace both left and right due to aage”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Engine was replaced at 65000. Second engine blew at 80000 (replacement was new as far as we know). There was obviously something else wrong with the car that was causing this to malfunction, but no one could identify”

Anonymous, ME (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Original engine failed to work properly due to not having changed the oil on a timely basis. Bought a rebuilt 2.5, 4 cyl engjne and installed by professional mechanics”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Turbo blew, fragments went into the engine, engine needed to be replaced”

Carl P., CT (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Turbo bearings failed, causing complete engine failure. Replacement at 50,000 miles only after arguing with dealer. Complained of high frequency bearing noise at 30,000 miles. They finally agreed to cover under warranty”

Thomas L., CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Head gasket

“I just learned the other day the head gasket is seeping, and needs replacement. The cost is $1,700. My last Subaru, a 2000 Outback, got tossed over a leaking head gasket at 200K miles - and back in 2009 the cost was a mere ~$1200 to replace it. This repair will take 3 DAYS I'm told. Such difficulty and high cost seems to be due to a stupid design in the engine, in my opinion”

Glenn C., NC (2009 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“leaking and expensive to replace”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Both head gaskets needed replacing”

Jerry A., WI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Leaking oil, needs to be replaced, not had done yet”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Major deterioration of head gasket required replacement costing $2800 Canadian dollars when car was 7 years old. This problem is wide spread with Subarus of my car's vintage”

Neill G., QC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This is the second Subaru Outback which has had a head gasket failure with fewer than 150, 000 miles on the engine. Otherwise I have been happy with the vehicles”

George J., ME (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“HI've had to replace the head gaskets twice”

Anonymous, VT (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“air leaks on intake manifold at tempetaures below 32 degrees F”

Robert S., IN (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“valve cover gasket leaking”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Boxster engine blew head gasket at 58,000 miles. Maintained impeccably with full synthetic oil. This will be the last Subaru I buy”

B R., OR (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Head gasket started leaking and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, OR (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Small leak in the headgasket”

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Head Gasket replaced at 150K. Major cost”

K C., NH (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Cylinder head

“Cylinder head removed and valves needed to be replaced at 101000 miles. The cost of the repair was $4000!!”

Anthony A., RI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

“It's expensive! Whatever happened to life time timing chains that needed no adjusting, no replacement?”

Glenn C., NC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

“Catalytic converter had to be replaced because exhaust pipe had broken”

Anonymous, NS (2009 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Second Catalytic converter caused engine to stumble. Main Catalytic had to be replaced the year before”

J B., AZ (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Due to missfires and timing issues both the catalytic converters got clogges (~$6000 Repair)”

Colin P., ON (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Recalled and replaced with no delay, no trouble, good service”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“CC performed sporadically poorly after 40K miles, was finally replaced by Subaru. Only charge to me was a $250 deductible”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

“Exhaust pipe broke where pipe comes down near fire wall and whole unit, including converter had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NS (2009 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“I've owned 6 Subarus over the years. Every single one of them has had problems with rattling heat shields. At this point, I just expect this as a problem in older Subarus”

Richard B., MD (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Still vibrates at low rpm. Dealer put large hose clamp around cat instead of replacing”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Took car to dealer and was told heat shield was very expensive to repair. Dealer made temporary repairs. Did not cure the problem”

Anonymous, NS (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the exhaust system smelt bad and we listsend noise”

Anonymous, QC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Seems to be a "Subaru thing". Any Subaru we've owned of over 90,000 mi, or anyone we know, has encountered this issue. Seems to be less of a problem now than it was 10-15 yrs ago”

David W., NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The mufflers and catalytic converters on our Subarus seem to last forever, but the pipes rust out way before they should, especially at the weld spots. By comparison, my 2008 Ford Focus, driven on the same snowy roads in Appalachia, has had zero problems with the exhaust system”

Richard B., MD (2009 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

“Front headlight burned out”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Apparently with hatchbacks, the wiring harness can break overtime and requires total replacement. Lost one backup light and then the other, had to replace harness before I lost taillights etc. Would think Subaru would have this problem fixed by now”

Anonymous, ID (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car does not lock or unlock using the fob. Replacing the battery made no difference”

Anonymous, NH (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When using unlock button on key fob, back wiper started moving. No problem using unlock button on car door. Doors still unlocked too. But then the back hatch stopped unlocking in addition. No way around so could no longer use back hatch”

Anonymous, OR (2009 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)
Tire pressure monitor

“Cannot get it to tutn off”

Anonymous, NH (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“2out of 4 tire sensors stopped working at a cost of $75 each part and can't get inspected till fixed, I am old school and actually hand check tire pressure, why should I be punished?”

Gary W., VT (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

“A number of the dashboard service lights would go on and off while driving(check engine/cruise/tire/oil)”

John M., MA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Unsure)

“Frequently a triad of warning lights comes on together (tire pressure, stability system, and cruise light flashes). Sometimes goes away on its own but then returns”

John K., WI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had the car washed and the warning light switch on the steering column was turned on accidentally. I did not realize it and left it on when I parked the car for the night. It had drained the battery. I also had to have the high tension cables rep”

Anonymous, QC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“While wiper motor was involved, it is not the only equipment malfunction that resulted when wire harness broke at rear of car where wiring transitions from body to top of hatch door. 14 wires had to be lengthened and reattached to stop blowing fuses and return function to several rear lights, window defrost, wiper and squirter. I've happily had many Subarus, but that there was no service advisory on this irritated me. After being baffled for too long, I finally found a fix on YouTube. Harness re”

John K., WI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear wiper does not turn-on. Internet says failure of wiring harness is common due to flexing of wiring harness leading to rear hatch due to opening and closing of rear hatch. Repair by Subaru is over $1,000 to replace broken wires”

Thomas B., DE (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

“Remote decided to not work at a cost of $160 for a part, worked for one out of two keys but then at dealership after checking neither work, isn't that them breaking it?”

Gary W., VT (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 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

“U-joint to rear drive failed. Replacement needed @ $800.00+”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front axle almost broke after seizing while I was driving at high speed on a highway”

Anonymous, VT (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil leak in front wheel drive”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Serious vibration that the dealer simply cannot figure out. Happens at about 35 mph or at 2500 rpms”

B R., OR (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We were getting a metallic noise accelerating from about 1800 rpm to 2300 rpm. Service center at Subaru dealership identified it as failing differential and it was covered under an extended warranty. The repair was $1700”

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

“Front end suspension is shot. Will cause approximately 2K to fix. Still waiting for all details. Horrible Northern Virginia roads with more potholes per mile than smooth roads after a tough winter probably did it in”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
4WD/AWD components

“Rear components of drive replaced due to noise under acceleration. Covered by warranty”

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
CV joint

“Oil leak”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced axles (twice) due to cv joint wear/problems”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“premature wear”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“CV boots failed, requiring replacement of the front axles”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

“Belt broke while on highway, engine kept running, but battery was discharging. Was able to drive off highway exit and call AAA for tow”

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Outback 3.0R Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Routine replacement at about 100K”

Glenn C., NC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

“Erratic behavior”

Bruce B., BC (2009 Subaru Outback 3.0R Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“A few years ago, check engine light went on and resulted in some systems (e.g., cruise control) stopped working. Could still drive car. Mechanic changed oil, changed some sensors, and did other work. These fixes only lasted a few months at most. The last time this happened, mechanic told me Subaru had changed the sensor to use and since then have had no problems (& mechanic didn't charge this time)”

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Outback 3.0R Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Engine stalled. Replaced computer wiring harness”

Richard A., NE (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

“Gasket on head motor leak”

Anonymous, QC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Related to the head gasket”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Mystery oil leak that neither Subaru or an independent car shop can find”

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil leaking from the valve covers. Leaked into a spark plug well. Repaired without difficulty. Expected for a car with 118,000 miles”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Head gasket leak, same as a 2006 outback I owned. Hopefully they got it right on the newer models”

Michael K., NH (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“It's a manual transmission. Seems like a number of ancillary problems (transmission/clutch starved of fluid?) eventually caused the clutch to fail. The clutch had been making strange sounds, but the mechanics could never reproduce the problem when I took it in. Clutch plus slave cylinder replacement cost $2,300”

Sonia D., CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After frequent shifting in hot weather and traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge the clutch failed requiring tow from the Palisades Parkway”

Anne F., NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Throw-out bearing needed to be replaced which also meant replacing the clutch. Replacing the clutch in this car is very expensive (over $1000). The throw-out bearing seems to be a known problem with this car”

Anonymous, NV (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Seemed to soon to replace a clutch on a Subaru”

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace clutch and throw out bearing at about 130,000 miles. My 2001 Forrester went 240,000 miles before replacing the clutch”

Anonymous, MD (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car left me stranded and made loud clunking sounds. I had to replace the the entire clutch because the piece that needed to be replaced was more cost effective to replace the entire clutch”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transmission gears shattered . Replaced with Subaru reconditioned transmission”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to pay 3500 to rebuild it at 61000 miles”

Anonymous, VA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“needed a complete transmission rebuild at 100,000. Given my previous experience with Subaru's I thought this was a little premature”

Mary C., PA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Torque converter

“My car was experiencing torque bind, so all-wheel drive wasn't turning properly together when making a slow, tight turn (like pulling into parking space). They had to replace a part in the transmission to put things back in sync, but not sure if it”

Stacy M., UT (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 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

“Brakes at 50000”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We live where there is a lot of snow. Several calipers rusted to the point that they did not fully release, resulting in rapid & abnormal wear on pads and rotors”

Richard B., MD (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“With so little mileage, was surprised when brakes had to be replaced and so was garage where it was fixed”

Charles C., MA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I noticed a squealing sound in one wheel and brought it to the attention of the dealers service dept twice. Both times they said no problem was found. The third time they reported that the brake pad was completely gone. I suspect that the first two t”

George J., ME (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had the brake pads replaced and rotors turned 1 year before had to do again. Shouldn't have needed with as few miles between servicing”

Anonymous, MD (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

“The rotors had to be replaced and after that the car is fine”

Anonymous, MO (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“seems the rotors on the subaru wear more quickly than any of my other vehicles. in 64k mi i've just replaced my second set”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

“See my initial comment about my driving habit”

Christopher H., NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust had to be removed from the brake components. Probably caused by the saline brine solutions dispersed onto our roads”

Anonymous, ME (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“No complaints really. Needed new brake pads on rear after about 110,000 mi. To be expected”

David W., NY (2009 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

Squeaks or rattles

“significant rattling. Am told it's the heat shields for the catalytic converters and there is no solution other than expensive replacement”

Mary C., PA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“1. Heat shield. 2. Constant rattle somewhere in the exhaust system or rear stbalizer bar. .3. Also very annoying- wheel bearing replacement 5 times”

James B., QC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Heat shield rattles”

Bill M., MD (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There is an annoying rear-end vibration when the engine reaches a specific RPM range”

Anonymous, MD (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I owned previous Outbacks and this one is more noisy with squeaks and rattles than the previous model”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This car has a vibration/rattle that no mechanic seems to be able to pinpoint”

Anonymous, MD (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Air or water leaks

“AC drain kept getting clogged and the condensation would drain into the passenger side foot well. The dealership could not fix it. They would just blow air to unclog it but it kept happening until a local shop figured it out. I spent money on several”

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 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

“Have been driving for the last 3 months with my "check engine" light on. I get different answers to what I can do to fix this. There appears to be no difference in my car performance”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“actually it was a warning light related catalytic converter”

Mike M., NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“First catalytic converter had to be replaced. Initially told it would cost $1,250, but later discussion with service manager mentioned it would be covered up to 80,000 miles I had 71,000 miles”

J B., AZ (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had fumes in the passenger compartment. Dealer couldn't find the problem for a year. But eventually discovered it was due to not properly re-attaching a hose at the 96000 major check-up. It was a subaru mechanics fault, not the car's fault. I almost”

Cameron O., AB (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“replace sensors”

Mike M., NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

“Missfires, timing issues and clogged catalytic converter”

Colin P., ON (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

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

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

“Latch on rear cargo door of station wagon sometimes does not latch”

Anonymous, NS (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

“The Gas cap cover has become difficult to open. Appears to have become sprung somehow”

Anonymous, CT (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Cable controlling the gas filler door rusted and failed, and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

“Whilst driving the driver side window completely shattered after going over a bump. I was completely covered with shards of glass”

Michael C., MA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 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

Refrigerant leaks

“System was low on refrigerant, was top off works well now”

Anonymous, MN (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
A/C compressor

“The AC compression system's hose developed a hole from touching the battery. It came loose and began to rub against the battery and then only blew unconditioned air”

Anonymous, VA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

“water driping on interior/passenger side footwell. drain in dashboard housing evaporater / condenser clogged & water wetting carpet on floor of passenger side foot well”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

“wish dealer could determine cause of leak sooner because we needed to bring vehicle back to dealer several times before problem was corrected”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

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

What Owners Say

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“nav is total junk. never worked very well and today is nothing but a glowing announce that doesn't function. Worst of all its integrated into the whole dash so it can't be upgraded with aftermarket option”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“Excessive static on AM stations”

Howard C., NE (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“radio or cd will turn off while playing. It happens once every several months. To get the radio to work again I must shut off the ignition and turn it back on”

Thomas C., NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio (and cd) just stop playing or when turned on, no sound comes out. Very random. Had original stereo replaced within months of car purchase (warranty), and the second one started doing the same thing in a couple years. Turn stereo off and back on”

Anonymous, OR (2009 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

“Visors on both passenger and driver sides needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, ME (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Problems with cup holders and latches to interior compartments”

Anonymous, IA (2009 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver sun visor broke; it just hangs down on its hinge”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

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

What Owners Say

“Whining noise from alternator, replaced alternator under warranty”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

Transmission Minor

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

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