The Subaru Outback has a quiet cabin, a spacious rear-seat and a capacious cargo area. Handling is good in routine driving, but clumsy when pushed to the limits. With its four-cylinder engine and CVT, the Outback gets very good fuel economy for this class. Acceleration is just adequate, though, and the engine can be noisy when it's pressed. The optional six-cylinder engine is quieter and quicker, though less fuel efficient.
Alerts
There are 18 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 has a quiet cabin, a spacious rear-seat and a capacious cargo area. Handling is good in routine driving, but clumsy when pushed to the limits. With its four-cylinder engine and CVT, the Outback gets very good fuel economy for this class. Acceleration is just adequate, though, and the engine can be noisy when it's pressed. The optional six-cylinder engine is quieter and quicker, though less fuel efficient.

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 Automatic
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (170 hp)
  • 3.6-liter 6 (256 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Subaru Outback owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"The Cruise Control was inoperative; replacement of the actuator assembly was necessary, which restored the C.Control"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"I have replaced 16 light bulbs"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake light change complicate and costly, as was headlight replacement."

William G., IL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tail lights and license plates lights"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Several times in the past 5 years the Exterior lights have not lit, when turned on. The worst incident happened while driving at night, when the exterior lights and the headlights suddenly went out"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had an issue with puddle lights and as fixed under warranty and recall, and happened one other time which subaru fully refund the price of the repair! Awesome car and company"

Carmen K., OH (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In order to pass the annual vehicle inspection in Texas, I had to replace one front bulb (not a headlight). The way the vehicle is constructed necessitated removing the entire front bumper assembly to reach the bulb. Cost: $440 to replace a $10 bulb. Needless to say, I had ALL of the bulbs replaced while the bumper was off."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The parking lights went out but there was a recall and I was reimbursed for the repair"

Anonymous, ME (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Continually installing new lights. Lights burn out frequently"

Edward T., CT (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Parking light bulbs (F/Rear) - also seem to be failure-prone"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Tail lights on the car burnt out fast"

Tim-Cheri C., OH (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"Dealer had car for 3 weeks and had to replace the wiring harness to fix speedometer not working"

James H., NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Difficulty in changing headlights"

Anonymous, AB (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Low beam first started to dim in on one headlight. Then the same thing happened in the other headlight. Then both low beams stopped working all together at the same time."

Anonymous, AB (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"head light recall reimburse"

Vincent D., CT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight housing melted. Needed replacement. Did not stop car."

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"You have to go under the front fender and remove a panel to get at the bulb, very complicated."

William G., IL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very difficult to change headlight bulb. Nearly impossible for average person"

B S., MD (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"right headlight keeps burning out"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight bulbs go out frequently, approx. every 3-6 months"

Andrew C., CT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"headlights and other external light burn out frequently"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced on average 4 times a year, every year since I owned it. I do drive with lights on all the time"

Joseph C., NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight lamps burn out or short out every few months. They are very expensive to replace (labor costs). And they are not covered under the extended warranty"

Anonymous, IA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My headlights on both sides have had to be replaced numerous times"

Robert H., MI (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Design virtually necessitates that low beam headlights be replaced by dealer (or qualified mechanic), increasing cost over DIY by $55 and the inconvenience of going into a dealer"

James D., AK (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"headlightbulb(s) burnout every few thoUSnd miles"

Thomas H., OH (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Frequent bulb failure"

Lawrence J., MA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Low beam headlights have both burned out and one high beam has burned out"

Tim C., OH (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Frequent bulb replacement and the inability to change the bulb myself!"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The headlights failed. First the left and then the right within a few weeks of each other. Had them replaced"

Anonymous, IA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights burn out frequently, and because of the poor design, replacing the bulb is a nightmare. It requires removing the wheel well molding"

Anonymous, MT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bulbs need changed every year and are NOT EASY to change!!"

James M., PA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced left headlight bulb, needed to replace it again within 60 days"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights replaced for the 4th time since purchase. When one low beam light went out the second light followed very quickly"

Thomas E., IN (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The HID headlights seem to burn out about every 1 to 1.5 years. Not a big deal, just annoying"

James A., MA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One of the headlights will go out and must be changed by the dealer. Can't get to them without disassembling the wheel well"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"it is extremely difficult to install a new bulb in the headlights. Must be done by service department"

Carol Y., CA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Only bought the car a month ago. Headlights (low beams) point almost straight down at the road - minimal illumination of the road ahead. High beams are fine. I plan to have the headlights aimed properly next week"

Thomas U., VT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had to replace three headlights, two on the drivers' side and one on the passenger side"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"New style headlights are difficult to access and change when blown. Need to have changed at the dealer. I think this is a serious safety issue, especially when the Outback is marketed as a vehicle for adventure and exploration"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The left front headlight burned out. To replace it is almost impossible. You actually need to jack up the care and remove the front inner fender liner. C'mon Subaru!"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The headlights and other exterior lights have all had to be repalced on a regular basis"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The headlights have been replaced more times than our previous 2001 Forester and 1996 Outback combined"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"lamps impossible to replace without mechanic. Mechanic cost too much for what should be a simple replacement"

William M., OR (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bulbs blow every 6 months and difficult to replace"

Johann J., IL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"G have to replace constantly. Every 6 months or so and due to location the Labour charge is excessive"

Charles V., ON (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the headlights required replacement after battery failure"

Alphonso S., KS (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I've replaced countless bulbs, and one headlight had to be completely replaced."

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bulbs burned out and needed replacing 3 times with a year. Bulbs are more difficult to access than most cars."

Anonymous, WA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver side headlight burned out and I replaced it. I got a letter from Subaru indicating they would reimburse me for the repair. The passenger side light burned out a few months later and the dealer replaced it for free."

Anonymous, VA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight burned out."

Marvin N., IN (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The headlights burn out too fast as well as the brake lights."

George B., CT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver' side headlight blew at 70000 miles. Subaru reimbursed me although car was out of warranty."

Melvin B., MA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had to replace left headlight bulb every two-three years"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They burn out faster than normal and are hard to replace if you do it yourself"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Appears to be an ongoing issue with Subaru. They extended the warranty to replace headlight at no charge."

Anonymous, MT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The headlights on this vehicle need to be replaced very frequently and are hard to replace."

Anonymous, VA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This vehicle goes through more headlights than any car I've ever had. Some light is almost always going out."

Jane B., NC (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have replaced a headlight almost annually"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car was built for dirt roads but when you take a dirt road the vibration causes the headlight to konk out. Then it is a hard project to change them. Poorly thought out."

David H., KS (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission began to fail. I first noticed it overreving on hills at high speed. Lights are not easily consumer replaceable. The bulbs fail often and require service center repair"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced both headlights; then a recall came out but I had already paid for the replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Low beam light bulbs keep failing and are expensive to replace due to labor needed to get at them"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I've replaced 5 lights (head and tail) in the last 5 years. Also 2 tail light bulbs"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We have had to replace headlights roughly once per year since we purchased the car. Since the Outback's design makes it very difficult to replace headlights, we've had to take it to the shop which roughly triples the cost of doing it ourselves. This is our major complaint with the car"

Seth M., WA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited)

"Very difficult to change bulbs very expense for the dealer to change"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight bulbs kept burning out prematurely. Also, parking light bulbs"

Edward M., PA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had to replace headlights 3 times since I've owned the vehicle. Need to make sure we only turn lights on at night to keep them from burning out"

Edward T., CT (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights always burning out, now covered under a 10-year warranty with free bulb replacement, would rather have the issue fixed rather than just replacing bulbs for free"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights burned out"

Anonymous, MT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had to replace the low beam lamps on both sides of the car numerous times. Subaru finally acknowledged the problem and has replaced the lamps at no cost and reimbursed me for my out of pocket costs to replace them in the past. They do not reimburse my costs to return the car to the dealer to have the work done free of charge and they now contend that both lamps have been replaced with lamps that do not contain the problem so they will no longer replace any failures for free"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bulbs have gone out at a high rate. In 7 years we have owned the car we have probably replaced one of a headlight bulb about 12 time beginning when the car was about 1 year old"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"they housing unit is very cloudy, and the AUTO selection on the light bar doesn't work anymore"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The problem is the same s the 2016--you go through the wheel well to change the bulb--and they go out twice a year---way too often--at 50 dollars a bulb"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The headlight bulbs have burned out and needed to be replaced 3 times. Subaru has a special warranty program to cover this defect, so there is no cost for replacement bulbs, but it is inconvenient to have to take it in to the dealer"

Anonymous, UT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Repeated failures"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Both headlights have had to be replaced because they failed. They have a short lifespan and have already been replaced again. It is very difficult for the owner to replace her/himself, so have to pay a repair shop"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced headlights at frequent intervals. Difficult or impossible to do it myself. Had to pay mechanics"

Raymond D., MD (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A headlight burned out. It was under extended warranty because of an acknowledged problem by Subaru with 2010 models and headlights burning out"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"have replaced low-beam bulbs three Xs;"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Due to a defect, we had replaced both headlights multiple times over the course of our ownership (which began in 2013). Subaru did reimburse us for these, but I expect the problem to continue. The issue is that the headlight bulbs burn out far, far more often than is normal and Subaru has acknowledged the defect. We hope they have/will correct/ed it"

Charles B., OR (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights keep going out. Subaru has replaced for free"

Thomas C., IL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"headlights failed; replaced by a company recall"

Michael S., MD (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both headlights went out within a few weeks of each other. A problem the dealership easily corrected"

B S., MT (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Headlights burn out very fast. Had to change them every 2 years or so. About a year ago there was a recall on them"

Tim-Cheri C., OH (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very very difficult to change high beams. Requires removing body parts and working in extremely tight space"

B S., MD (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Horn

"Stopped working"

Charles V., ON (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"started with difficulty to operate keyless entry system, could not lock doors or unlock with fob Then the fuses began to blow and the interior lights quit working"

Lana W., MO (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"intermittent failure of map lights. They don't go out when they are supposed to. "Off" switch doesn't always turn off the lights after they are supposed to go off automatically. This just happened this weekend; I'll take the car to the mechanic this week"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Subaru Outback)
Keyless entry

"Does not work on driver's door"

Richard H., GA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One of the key fobs became very intermittent. Because it uses a laser-cut key, very expensive to replace"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"It was reset a few times and I still have a problem. Subaru wants way too much money to replace them."

George B., CT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"They burn out. I was told by the dealer they are manufactured in China. Also they are very low quality."

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The brake, ABS and cruise control warning lights came on and continue to flash in 8-2018. The computer codes indicated: abnormal lateral G sensor output; steering angle sensor malfunction; master cylinder pressure sensor output and ADA communication system. The dealer replaced the ABS module and all lights went off. They came on again in 11-2018. The A/F sensor was replaced and car has operated normally since 11-2018."

Martin J., VA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"For the second time since we owned the car, all emergency lights lit up at the same time. Warning lights for engine problems, slippery road,battery, cruise failure, etc. Disconnecting battery solved problem, resetting computer"

Marvin W., IN (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"module replaced"

Anonymous, HI (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The tire pressure warning light sometimes comes on and stays on even though all tires (including the spare) are properly inflated. Then when that light does go out, a dim glow remains behind the dash light to the left of it. Curious"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tire pressure light comes on randomly whether the pressure is ok or not."

Anonymous, MI (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Twice during extreme cold snaps a large number of warning lights come on and stay on. The problem has fixed itself both times"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"I received a letter from Subaru the wiping motor could be damaged by the elements. It was replaced by the Subaru dealer."

Anonymous, VA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall for wiper motor. The first time I made an appointment with the dealer for repair later that day but when I showed up, they were out of the part(s). My husband took it in for repair a couple months later when he took the car in to have the headlight replaced"

Debbie W., MI (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There was also a windshield wiper motor recall. This was more easily addressed and did not affect using the car at all, nor was it difficult to schedule"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"manufacturer's recall"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall on wiper motor. Possible fire hazard"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Repair covered by recall service"

Raymond D., MD (2010 Subaru Outback 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)

"ABS control module (27546-ajcod) failed. Replacement of the module required software update / programming? in order to complete the replacement."

Michael P., TX (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Light was coming on for no apparent reason"

Anonymous, VT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Some electrical part needed to be replaced that interconnected traction control antilock brakes and cruise control"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Warning light came on while driving in heavy rain. Sensor needed to be replaced--not a safety issue"

Daniel K., WA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"See previous comment."

Anonymous, MD (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Caliper stuck and wore down the rotor"

Joseph H., NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Left rear caliper was frozen. Had to be replaced under warranty. Had to leave car at dealership for over 2 months waiting on replacement part"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Make a lot of noise. Pieces have broken off and wedge in braking system"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brake calipers froze in the break position, causing smoke and red hot rotors before I caught it."

Anonymous, AL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One of my rear break calipers locked up"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had to replace front passenger side caliper 7 times in last two years. It breaks down and sticks"

Gail Y., NY (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brakes tend to last less than 40k on these cars. Second Outback we have owned and typically replace brakes two or three times in 8 years"

Michael P., VA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brake noises. Garage pulled and rotated tires and inspected brakes and found the rear pads were worn down. We replaced.them"

Robert Y., NY (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"rotors needed to be replaced when pads were worn"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Rear brakes needed replacing at 70,000"

Gene H., MO (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We live in a city with lots of steep hills, so it is not unusual to replace brake pads and rotors. We drove 65,000 miles before having to do so, which is very good performance"

Carol P., MN (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"no problems, just normal brake wear"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both the front and rear brake pads were replaced, and the rotors were turned. This was the first time this needed to be done in 111,000 miles, since the vehicle was purchased"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"replaced rotors and pads"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Breaks and Wheel Bearing"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We replaced brake pads and had rotors turned."

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal routine maintenance"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"front rotors need replacing as break wear was faster now that I have a teenager also driving the car"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"The electric parking brake failed and was costly to repair"

Joseph D., NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The electronic parking brake would not disengage. This happened sometimes"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"on an interstate hwy. the parking brake seized"

Robert M., CA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This vehicle uses an electrical system to engage/disengage the parking brake. The parking brake would engage by itself while driving. It also wouldn't engage both intermittently. the dealer has yet to find the problem. I removed the fuse to use car"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The parking brake engages while driving at random. Sometimes the parking brake will not disengage after it has been used. This car has had this problem since new dealer claims they repair it,but really never have"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"3time replaced brakes and car only 65,000 at time."

Anonymous, VT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We do not drive this vehicle everyday, but have had the brakes replaced twice and are told that they need it again-blaming us because we do not drive it enough?"

Susan K., (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had to have break pads and rotors replaced 4 times, Back and/or front. This seems beyond ordinary wear"

Kenneth N., VT (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear Brakes need relined after just 25,000 miles. Year before rear breaks needed major cleaning & lubricating"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to have the front brakes serviced twice in one year (pads, rotors). I think this may have been due to incompetence of service provider (Subaru dealer) or faulty replacement parts rather than manufacturing defect"

Jeffrey L., MA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed a complete rear brake job. Pads and rotors"

Anonymous, UT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes wore out quickly"

Charles O., CT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After about 30,000 miles the pads were worn. A Subaru dealer did not state a problem existed. Two weeks later brake noise became excessive. Rear rotors were damaged and had to be replaced along with the brake pads"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I replaced rear brake pads and rotors myself, at aprox. 62,000 miles. Front were O K. The last 2 cars we had went over 100,000 miles before needing brake repair"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Outback)

"rear brakes and rotors replaced told caused by rust!"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes needed replacing after 7200 miles. We were told it was due to harsh conditions we live in (cold temps and snow). Subaru did help out with this expense. So far we have not experienced further problems"

John M., NY (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is related to the previous mentioned brake wear. Not sure why ,but worn brakes have been a problem"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Caliper slides are open to corrosion.Slides rust which doesn't allow caliper/brake pads to re-track.Failure causes premature wear to inside brake pad.Replaced rotors, calipers and pads all 4 corners at 32,000 km-$1500, needs to be done again"

D C., ON (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driving part time on gravel roads increases brake wear"

Anonymous, SK (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Already discussed see rotors and pads. premature wear of bushings replaced Nov 16 and April 17. If not under extended warranty I would be more upset"

Anonymous, VT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Basically premature brake replacement due to design fault related to caliper assembly sticking on 'Sliders' on hub. I understand this is a common problem with most 'Disc' type braking systems. I now do a brake maintenance at every oil change"

D C., ON (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"we are very careful using the brakes as little as possible and not hard using the gears to slow us down mostly. Yet in only 50000 miles the rear brakes are worn down to nothing. And both rear bearing assemblies are worn out!This is caused by poor bearings from new I believe as I have never had any other car in my 65 years of driving with rear bearing assembly failures! A definite recall problem !"

Thomas P., MA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Vehicle requires major brake job (new pads and rotors) almost every 25,000 km. I have had 4 major brake jobs (front and rear) in 99,000 km"

Louanne K., NL (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"Caused by warped front rotors. Had to replace rotors."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"fixed by using Bosch brake pads at replacement not OEP"

Gerald P., MA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"Rear caliper seized overheating brake fluid which expanded enough to cause a failure/hole in a rear metal brake line."

Anonymous, MD (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"routine wear"

Anonymous, MO (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Rear rotors replaced because of pitting or scoring"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Premature rotor warping causing braking pulsations"

Thomas V., PA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After 25,000 miles rear rotors also needed resurfacing. Typically I get 45,000 - 50,000 miles on a set of breaks on other cars I have owned"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors warped and needed replacement"

Doyle O., CO (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Part of the failure previously mentioned. Learned that "after market" parts were used in the rear brakes"

John M., NY (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car has had three separate incidents of work needed on the rotors, one covered by warranty"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"gravel road driving increase wear"

Anonymous, SK (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"excessive brake problems"

Lana G., BC (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced front rotors, but at 150000 miles I can't complain"

Scott W., CT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Issue is premature wear of pads and rotors. This week at 53,000 plus miles just redid breaks again. This is the 3rd set i.e original plus 2. Thus break s are needing replacing an average of every 18,000 miles. The cost was almost $500 each time and breaks are not under warranty even the first set. Very frustrating. Will not get another outback"

Anonymous, VT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car had original brakes at over 40,000 miles, when I bought it, so it was not unreasonable that they needed work"

Gail R., PA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rotors experienced wear that necessitated their replacement at the cost of around $1000. The problem was detected from the shimmy experienced driving on the highway. Also, when undergoing the 105000 mile maintenance, the tire rotation created excessive noise which was reportedly "fixed" by changing the tire rotation again"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I used Firestone 2 years ago to do a brake job and they used poor quality parts"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Squeaking

"The brakes squeak when baking up. i have taken it in 3 times for inspection but they still squeak when applied in reverse."

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"it was time to put new brake pads and rotors on, due to age"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

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

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Alignment done as result of replacing control arm bushings only."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Generally the car does not keep alignment very welll and it only sees on road driving. Seems to need alignment minimum of once per year."

Anonymous, AB (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"we drive local street with poor paving."

Barbara B., CA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"remains unresolved after repairs and dealer visits with charges and new tires."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"Mostly seemed reasonable to replace after 95,000 miles. Were not very bad yet but replaced as preventative measure against potential future tire wear."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Crunchy sound going over bumps"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"It just happened and I haven't isolated the origin of the leak definitively but it looks like power steering."

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"some bracket failed and serpentine belt broke"

Michael G., NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"It is actually part of the frame that needs repair, as well as brakes and struts and undercarriage work. Can't be more specific as I can't find the estimate."

Susan K., (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bad front right strut--covered by warrenty"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Strut beginning to leak, according to mechanic"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Left front strut needed replacement. Apparently this is very unusual"

Richard H., MD (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I HAVE 63,000 miles and the struts are beginning to leak. My first Subaru had 116,000 miles and never a problem with the struts"

George B., CT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced front struts at the recommendation of the dealer"

Cheryl L., CT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Damage probably inflicted by terrible potholes in Indiana"

Anonymous, IN (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Struts needed to be replaced"

Paula M., NY (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Third time shocks have been replaced in eight years and almost exclusively highway driving."

Anonymous, AB (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Both front struts stated leaking - failed."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer advised needed to be replaced which before I anticipated given age and mileage"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One strut failed requiring both to be replaced and the car to be realigned"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Slight wear that causes a rattle over small potholes. Bigger bumps don't rattle"

Jonathan D., WA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed full replacement of front and rear struts at approximately 90000 miles"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"A "knock" began to appear when turning right. Over time, I became louder. An unscheduled service visit showed that the bolts connecting the steering linkage had become loose. Definite safety issue"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"Some vibration on steering wheel when car was new. It has never been totally corrected. It is not really noticeable with winter tires"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Steering wheel quickly and noticeably (about 1") moves from left to right, not always, at highway speeds. Must grip steering wheel firmly. May depend on road surface. Both with winter and summer tires. Had the wheels balanced, a rear bushing changed. Brought to independent and dealer garage. Problem still there"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"It's Bent"

Heather L., OK (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel balance

"balanced 3 times road-force balance helped tire still wore uneven"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Both rear wheel bearings were making loud noise and needed to be replaced. Mileage was around 132000"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced complete passenger side front axle hub at 93085."

Robert W., TN (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I didn't think that the bearings should wear out with such low mileage. (51,0000)"

George B., CT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wheel bearings went out"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem was identified by mechanic, but I'm not sure if it was really true"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Simply one bad bearing, right/rear wheel. Thought cost to repair was high at just over $500 parts/labor"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Left (driver) rear wheel bearing failed at 110,000 miles. Replaced at a cost of $450."

David M., RI (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"3 of 4 wheel bearings failed within last two years"

Gregory F., FL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Experienced a moaning sound out of the front end. Driver's side was bad. Got a new bearing installed for $285"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver side rear became noisy. Mechanic determined wheel bearing in that wheel had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wheel bearing started to fail. covered under extended warranty. Due to rust, the remainder of the suspension had to be replaced, which wasn't covered under extended warranty"

Paul R., TX (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 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

CD player

"CD got stuck in player. When removed CD player was not able to be used. $2000.00 to replace unit with navigation."

Robert B., IL (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Would not accept CDs"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"no power to CD often, now sometimes no power to CD, Radio, clock, etc"

Anonymous, ID (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It holds on to CD , won't eject and won't play"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CD player stopped playing disks"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My 12 year old car cd player still worked. Outback 7 years old and cd player doesn't work. The whole radio/navagation system is a piece of junk"

Laura R., NC (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"This was a Pioneer system with radio and navigation system screen in console. I have never been able to get it to work properly. Very hard to figure out. Controls are very small and hard to read. It's worthless!"

Charles S., NV (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Very difficult/impossible to read outside temp gauge when driving in bright light. fuel gauge in accurate, remaining miles before fill-up in-opp. Rear view mirrors do NOT provide sufficient information when backing up! Side view mirrors do NOT fold back!!!"

Michael G., CA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"This was related to the radio problem described earlier. We were unable to change the mode of the frozen screen to any of the other applications"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Randomly, the audio volume turned itself to maximum level and I was not able to turn it down, turn the system off, or switch to navigation/sat/radio/cd. I had to unplug the power to the entire audio/nav system. System was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"About once every two months, I'll start my car and begin to drive and notice all accessories are dead. Car working just fine, but radio/ac/heater/all displays are dead. I'll stop, turn car off, restart, and it comes back to life after restarting every time."

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"We hook up our iPhone to the Outback and the Outback randomly picks a song from our music library and starts playing it, very loudly. No matter what we do, it continues this behavior. We have not tried to have this repaired."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Aux Port slightly too big to retain full connection."

Sean M., CA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"DVD navigation unit failed. Delaer replacing it under warranty"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Not very user friendly. Had problems locating the correct address"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The system has never worked correctly. It's taken me on many wild goose chases. I purchased updated discs, and the problems were not corrected. About six months ago, the system stopped working. The map is working but it doesn't recognize any cities"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"prior owner did not install entire US so I was going to have to buy new disk set for over $200. Due to the limited feature set, we opted for a stand alone unit"

Anonymous, KY (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"volume control on steering wheel does not work all the time"

Anonymous, NH (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the volume up button and the off-hook button on the steering wheel have intermittent issues that are not covered by used car warranty"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"sometimes no power to radio, CD, mpg, clock, whole center console"

Anonymous, ID (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio "froze" on an FM station. We were unable to change the station, adjust the volume or turnoff the system. Because of the adaptive feature of the volume automatically increasing when the car is in motion, the volume was distracting/dangerou"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"factory JBL radio system was always garbage...wouldn't even do basic bluetooth connection well. The amp decided to die on me and the dealer wanted stupid money to replace it. I decided to just get an aftermarket system installed instead of overpaying to replace their garbage amp, but really I should not have needed to. they should have stood behind their product and replaced or repaired the system. Just another example of Subaru not standing behind their product. Not having a radio is pretty annoying and really the bluetooth was barely functional, which is more and more a necessity these days."

Michael E., CA (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Sound system no longer works - whether used as radio or for a phone call"

W J., TX (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"terrible reception for AM and FM. Bad antenna may be"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"Some weird noises coming out of the speakers and a burning smell at one point. Appeard to be caused by the electrical system, but Subaru dealership coudn't pinpoint the problem. Seemed to clear after some time, but still get some strange noise every"

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"steering wheel controls replaced twice, once in past 12 months. continue to be erratic, unreliable"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The volume and preset selectors only work sometimes. And sometimes only up or only down"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is the second time that the bluetooth controls on steering wheel--the only bluetooth controls, have failed in this car"

John G., PA (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The radio volume control on the steering wheel stop worling"

Kent H., NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Volume control has failed twice. It was a recall item when new. I took it in, and was told it did not need to be replaced. About two years later I had to pay $180.00 (for the parts alone) to fix it. It is currently failing again"

Ken H., AR (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering wheel mounted controls were replaced under warranty and then failed a second time in concert with interior courtesy lights, clock, trip computer, key fob. The dealer told me that it he had already replaced the controls under warranty and now it is my turn to pay for the repair. Shouldn't these features work on a $30,000 car with only 31,500 miles?"

M H., OH (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"There is too much road noise in the cabin for the Bluetooth/ phone connection. People I am trying to speak with cannot understand me- it is a source of frustration. (I have a Samsung S4). The Bluetooth speaker was installed by Subaru and came with"

Laura O., CT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Voice commands don't work. Once in a while I got a response voice but no action to correct or respond positively to my request. Just BS"

Charles S., NV (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 3.6-L 6 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

"Drains around moonroof clog."

David H., NC (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water leak. Three years ago I had a water leak after a heavy rain. Happened when you raise the tail gate. Took about 6 trips to the Subaru dealership to get it stopped. They thought they knew where it was coming from but did not. I figured out with a water hose that it was coming in around the long brake light at the top of the tail gate. It's a station wagon type car. I know it is an old problem but I mention it because the leak has returned. It is in the shop now for that problem and the front passenger window won't go up or down."

Anonymous, VA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Same as previous"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"WATER LEEKS THROUGH THE BACK HATCH / WINDOW"

Anonymous, IN (2010 Subaru Outback)

"there was a small leak in the sunroof"

Harvey L., GA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sunroof leak developed. Dealer serviced under warranty"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water leaks into the back passenger seat area, under the floor carpet, when the car is parked on a hill, facing downward. This is a design flaw having to do with the air filter/defroster area under the hood near the windshield"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking Sunroof. Repaired by selling dealer, not covered by warranty"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaves and trash from trees can clog the drain from the air conditioner which backs up and exhausts water into the passenger foot well and carpet. Requires a trip to the dealer to have drain hose cleared"

J E., ON (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The sun roof, when subject to external air pressure (fans in drive through car wash eg), has a tendency to lift and allow water in. Also, early in our ownership, the car was parked on an upward slope and hard rain fell, water would come in again thro"

Philippe C., QC (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Weather stripping and or rear hatch has moved. Water coming in around rear hatch. Dealer won't even look at it"

D C., ON (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to have cracked radiator replaced at about 95000 miles"

Anonymous, OK (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Water leak to passenger side floorboard apparently from plugged drain in windshield wiper area."

Douglas C., ID (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Moon roof leaked because of clogged pipe causing water to come in at several places in the rool."

Jane B., NC (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water leaks into interior of car."

Scott M., OR (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Water leaking in to cabin. Not a major leak, but unexpected in a newer car"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sun roof leaked rainwater into passenger compartment"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seal on hatchback door leaks water when it rains"

Anonymous, NE (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"an O ring between the oil filter and motor"

Lana G., BC (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Gasket leak on rear brake light on back door"

Sandra E., NY (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Big problem with moonroof drains clogging and producing a deluge inside front seat areas"

David H., NC (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"There is a lot of interior ? Type rattles. This is the 3rd Subaru I've owned, and the noisiest"

Sara S., VA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"HAS HAD A CLUNK NOISE IN THE RIGHT FRONT PASSENGER SIDE FOR A FEW YEARS / THOUGHT IT WAS FIXED BUT NOISE STILL THERE / WONDERING WHAT IT IS"

Anonymous, IN (2010 Subaru Outback)

"loud wsquek in rear of vehicle. Could not be located by GM"

Anonymous, HI (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sounds like some of the heat shields are rattling...goes away when things warm up"

Peter M., IL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"needed to replace wheel bearings in two of the wheels"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Heat shield loosened."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Heat Shield chronically comes loose and rattles"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"fixed by dealer"

Anonymous, ME (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"experience loud rattle noise from Rt. front wheel when traveling over rough road"

Michael G., CA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"From the time we bought this car it has been very noisy on the highway. Can't listen to the radio without the volume way up. A combination of road noise and wind noise."

David W., NM (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Transmission was slipping. Took it in and had the clutch replaced. Now working very well."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch failed and was replaced."

Anonymous, ME (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have been driving standard transmission cars for 50 years. I did not expect a clutch failure at such low mileage."

Anonymous, NH (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"the clutch went out without warning...the used car warranty did not cover anything"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch went out without warning"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Shifting became rough and unreliable and the shift indicator showed the wrong gear often. The technician determined that the clutch was failing and we replaced it for the SECOND time for similar problems within 32000 miles, although the first instanc"

Terry Q., MA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car stalled when clutch depressed"

Sam E., MA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Pressure relief fork failed at about 150K miles. I have owned about 6 cars in my life with manual transmissions and have driven some of them to 225K miles or more without ever having to change a fork and clutch"

Phillip P., MI (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Torque converter

"Just took the Outback in for stalling at a stop. Was told the torque converter needed to be replaced. My extended warranty ran out at 70,000 and the car has 72,000 on it. Extremely disappointed in this performance"

Gene H., MO (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"viscous coupler (torque converter) failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Subaru has a service bulletin out on 2010-2012 Legacy & Outback about the torque convertor. I paid upfront $1100.00 to get it fixed and Subaru corporate reimbursed me the total cost within a week. So if your car starts stalling @ intersections & on a"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"car would stall. it felt like the a clutch was not releasing"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Vehicle would stall after a quick stop when below normal operating temps."

Anonymous, VA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"two week down time but replaced under warranty and now works fine"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had the torque converter repaired, but I still have issues with the engine shuddering and sometimes stalling when shifting from reverse to drive or vise versa."

Anonymous, VA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"transmission overheated and required replacement"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Mechanical noise that indicating pending failure. Repair was quite expensive. Mechanic offered that it was a problem common to Subaru’s"

Ron H., SC (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermediate differential has been grinding for the last 2000 miles and multiple dealers have been unable to find the problem. Local dealer has agreed to replace it even though warranty is expired. Awaiting a replacement 18 Apr 15"

Phillip C., NY (2010 Subaru Outback)

"transmission fluid leaked from the transmission and the transmission was badly damaged"

Anonymous, VT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car would not go in reverse. Certified transmission mechanic said it needed to be rebuilt or replaced"

Ron W., MO (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission failure -- had to replace transmision two times in 2014. Failure started 2 years prior replalcement - car died when stopping at stop sign/light. Dealer could not diagnos as transmission"

Eric D., CO (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At full rack the transmission felt like it had a bad CV joint. Dealer replaced a clutch pack in the CVT under extended warranty. Problem still exists"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission was replaced as part of a Subaru transmission program that was created to extend my warranty coverage into mid-2018. Subaru sent me notification via US Mail in 2017. I had the transmission replaced free of charge because of slippage issues that began in NOV 2017."

Mark P., CT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Required new valve body. Subaru reimbursed me despite the car being well past the warranty"

Gregory F., FL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We started to hear some unusual "road noise" returning from a trip. We took the car to our dealer for diagnosis and they found it was due to a damaged transmission. It was replaced and thankfully covered by warranty"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My transmission failed when I was on the Massachusetts Turnpike two months out of warranty, i.e., 5 years and two months after I bought the car. I paid $3000 to have a rebuilt transmission installed in Springfield, MA. (I live north of Boston.) I will never, EVER EVER buy a Suburu again. Ever"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Manual transmission failed. Rebuild with used Subaru transmission failed as well. Finally, second rebuild successful"

Joann T., OR (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission failed at about 88000 miles. Replacement transmission failed at 13 miles"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 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

"Rear molding coming off"

Scott M., OR (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bottom front of car became detached from top part. Dealer fixed at no charge"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear window trim became loose and could not be repaired without replacing the entire window assembly including glass"

Anonymous, VT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Design flaw with trim above hatchback latch. If fingers slip off latch they catch the trim and pull it off"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Trim around left rear wheel fell off"

Jim L., CA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"hatchback at latch just broke off"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"A piece of painted trim on the tailgate actually broke and came off requiring an expensive repair."

Robert W., VA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Trim around left rear wheel coming loose. Able to reposition it, but it remains slightly loose"

John S., FL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The black molding between the windows is cracking, but this is likely due to ice chipping done during winter freezes."

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on hood and roof is beginning to show some fading. I have received estimates of around $1000 to repaint the hood."

Richard C., PA (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Paint clear coat peels off when vehicle is parked in direct sunlight. Looks terrible and can’t be fixed without repainting"

Ron H., SC (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint in second year started chipping along edge of hood by windshield. Dealer says only rust through covered"

B S., MD (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bugs, etc. must be cleaned off paint within 24 hours. or they will eat into the paint. Subaru said they are required by EPA to use a new type of paint. I wasn't told this when I bought car"

SUSn K., AR (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is chipping off on front of hood"

Jim L., CA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Within the last year, there has been quick and severe deterioration of the paint and trim of the 2010 Outback. I would not expect this level of deterioration on a 7-year-old car with fewer than 70,000 miles. Maybe in 15 years...? Specifically, the paint in certain areas has critically dulled and faded. From moment one, the paint on this vehicle chipped and scratched easily. I can't say that it's gotten worse, but seven years down the line those chips and scratches add up. The black trim, which h"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Surface scratches are prevalent. I don't think it is vandalism"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"There was a very serious rust problem on the bottom of the car, in the suspension. It was very costly to fix because of the labor involved in replacing the parts. The car was always garaged, cleaned occasionally (including underbody wash). I don't think this kind of failure should have occurred"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"in the rear wheel wells. Our body shop suggested this was a Subaru weekness"

Philippe C., QC (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rust spots in many areas all over the car, including in door jams"

Rhett H., PA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Electronic rust prevention honored. Rear quarter panels repaired"

Cliff E., ON (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The area under the driver's side door opening has been rusting. It started 2 years ago when the car was less than 5 years old. The dealer would not cover it under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rusting on floor by driver's seat where snow boots touch door frame. The protection strip does not cover the entire frame area, just the middle by the seat -- may protect a taller person, but not a shorter one"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 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

Cylinder head

"Lost compression in an engine cylinder. Dealer refused to repair until I brought in a dealer service receipt to investigate a rough idle from two year previous. Was then covered by manufacturer's warranty"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Valve failure. $600 out of pocket, 100k mile extended warranty covered rest."

Anonymous, UT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaked oil thru head gaskets. Had to pull engine since heads are on the side"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"I had an ignition coil go out due to an oil leak from the head gasket."

Andrew Z., MO (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"car kept overheating so i brought it to the mechanic. the issue was the head gasket blew so had to get it replaced which meant the car was in the shop for a while since its a big job."

Jeremy W., NY (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"needed replacing"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"oil leak head gasket had to be replaced"

P J., BC (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Head gasket seal leak seems to be too early at 36,000 miles, but then the car is 8 years old. Maybe it's just that I expect a Subaru to last forever."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Engine overheated. It was towed to a local Subaru dealer who provided a VERY expensive head gasket repair price. Towed it to a local independent Subaru specialist who repaired the head gasket for considerably less with a better product. The car has had no issues since."

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car overheated with head gasket blown out. Warped the head had to rebuild. $2000."

Anonymous, MT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At around 80K miles the head gaskets were leaking and needed to be replaced. We complained to Subaru America and they were helpful, covered 75% of the charges, because we always had gone to the dealer for service."

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"needed to be replaced. Cooling system was overheating"

Larry S., PA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket failed at 125000 miles. The car overheated and slightly warped the heads that needed to be machined. A new thermostat was installed and the valves were reseated. Cost about $3500"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket needed replacement at 61,000 miles. There were hydrocarbons in the coolant. Was not covered under warranty. Cost several thousand to repair"

Thomas M., WA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket on the 2.5l engine failed. Dealer repair cost was very expensive. Repair was provided by independent Subaru specialist for much less cost"

J N., CT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Valve sticking, no pressure in cylinder doing valve job now"

David P., WA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At 175,000 miles a small head gasket leak pressurized cooling system and overflowed overflow tank. Engine overheated. The traditional Subaru head gasket problem supposedly had been solved by the 2010 models"

Carl S., NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"Belt bearing failure, inherent problem with 3.6 engine, very expensive to fix."

Anonymous, IN (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"As is normal for Subaru Outbacks we had to have the timing belt replaced and that involves many other components in the same area of the engine"

Darlow T., OR (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 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

Locks and latches

"Hood latch cable broken"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Latch on fuel filler door pulled loose requires int. panel removal to fix"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

"The passenger seat is stuck in the furthest back position. The seat back is moveable. I can probably live with this issue."

Richard C., PA (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The lumbar seat control no longer works properly. I'm not sure where to include this but the cloth seat covers stain easily and stains won't come out"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

"Sunroof no longer works"

Scott M., OR (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Would not slide open. Had to have it removed, cleaned, and greased. Now works but makes noise"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The tailgate latch doesn't always work in cold weather; we've had the latch replaced, didn't help"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"it just broke off"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The rear hatch door has been difficult to close since the moment I bought it. In fact, it was so bad, I brought the car back to the dealer within a few weeks of purchase - thinking it was defective. I was told it was "normal" for this model. Over the years, the operation has never improved and there is no discernible reason why this is the case. Also, it began leaking within a year. To be fair, the leak is not bad. It is primarily noticeable when I'm at the car wash, with powerful spray. Aesthet"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"The driver window control fell out of track or senses obstruction, causing the window to fail to close completely. It often requires repeated efforts to get it to close all the way. Evidently this is a known problem and it is due for service correction at an upcoming appointment."

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The passenger-side window controls didn't work when we bought the car used 2 years ago. We had the unit repaired and it has again failed. Very frustrating."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the electric motor no longer works on the rear passanger window"

Maria G., FL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A few drops on inside"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Power window, psgr rear quit working"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Main Window Switch Control Module replaced"

Keith L., CA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear window motor stopped working."

Scott M., OR (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"The catalytic converter failed and warning lights came on. It was replaced, under warranty, for no cost"

Daniel K., WA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the converter malfunctioned; the dealer replaced it for free under warrantee"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"Leak found in exhaust manifold and seal was replaced"

Daniel F., WA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Dealer wanted $250 to repair rattling noise. Brought it to a muffler place where it was easily fixed by re-clamping"

Gerald P., MA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Heat shields rattle loudly. Advised cost to replace about $800. Very annoying, especially at initial start"

Andrew R., NY (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Output pipe broke."

Arthur C., ME (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"Recall by Airbag manufacturer. This was a no-cost fix."

Jon E., ON (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Passenger seat airbag does not always register passenger."

Nikolaus G., VA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall of passenger air bag."

Anonymous, WA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"airbag Recall. in the shop for the day but gave me a loaner"

Thomas N., IL (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The car was recalled for the Tamara Airbag issue.. also the electrical problem was with the passenger side window door switch. It had to be replaced"

Glenn G., OH (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The front passenger airbag light will switch from on to off while my daughter (who weighs 110 pounds) sits in it while I'm driving. Subaru could not find anything wrong with the light, the airbag in their testing they did. They also did not witness it switching from on to off. I find this unsettling, because I am not convinced the airbag will work in the event of an accident, however, Subaru can't fix what they don't see as broken or an issue."

Anonymous, VT (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Subaru Co. advised to replace the sensors at their expense"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"After 194000 miles, the exhaust system and muffler finally rusted"

Anonymous, VT (2010 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

Differential

"Center differential failed at 103,000 miles. Mechanic even said it shouldn't have happened for another 100k, but Subaru of America wouldn't honor my warranty that ended at 100,000 miles. Too many issues with this model!"

Heather E., VA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the differential before 50,000 miles, which is rare. Expensive repair ~$1400. Wish I had a warranty that covered that, but Subaru's warranty ran out after 3 yrs/ 30,000 miles"

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

"needed to change drive shaft to rear weals. was done with part from reck"

Philippe C., QC (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"Both rear wheel bearings had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NS (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Not sure if this is the right category. Sub-frame broke, which holds engine, transmission, wheels, axles together. Essentially, the front wheels were attached to the car frame, but not to each other."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My regular mechanic found that the right rear wheel bearing was worn out. It had been making a noise for some time and I felt it was getting worse"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driveshaft was making a humming noise. Took it to mechanic for inspection and the driveshaft had to be replaced as well as the coil in the motor."

Anonymous, NL (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"At about 80000 miles my wheel bearings went bad and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, AL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bearings in both rear driveshafts were noisy. The were replaced by local independent Subaru specialist. No longer noisy."

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver's side rear wheel bearing failed. Cost $535 to fix"

Anonymous, OH (2010 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

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Tensioner on the serpentine belt failed at 93000 miles and shredded the belt."

Carol A., MA (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Engine computer

"Cam position sensor went bad in first 30K miles"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"engine would randomly go into safe mode and lose all power and lots of flashing lights. This would happen intermittently for months. Took it to dealer THREE times. First time, they replaced some oil check valve. Problem came back few months later. took to dealer again. no fix offered. made long-ish road trip and problem plagued me the whole way, was unable to drive with full power and concerned I was doing damage. When I got home, complained loudly to corporate Subaru and the got the dealer to take another look. This time they replace some engine sensor. Haven't had the problem now for several months, but I really don't trust this car or the dealerships. These cars are not reliable and WORSE, they can't seem to pinpoint problems when they happen. If the lights on your dash look like a christmas tree, the dealer should at least be able to tell you WTF is going on with the car. Not too happy with this car at the moment and will probably get a Honda or Toyota next time"

Michael E., CA (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Engine stalls when going into drive & stopping when not fully warmed up, since 2010 purchase. Subaru service denies there is a problem & says this is normal. Software is up to date"

Sean M., AP (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"not oil leak, it burns a lot of oil between changes"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"took it in for oil change at dealer and was told I have a minor leak but they want $200 to find it"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Small oil leak that the mechanic can’t find cause of"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leak from gasket"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Since purchasing the vehicle in 2010 I have had to replaceabout 1 to 2 quarts of oil monthly"

Joann T., OR (2010 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"A rubber tube chewed through by an animal. Dealer charged me $230+ to diagnose. They wanted another $100+ to fix. Fixed it my self for less than $10."

Mike B., OH (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem with catalytic converter caused car to lose all power. Was replaced by dealer"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Caused from too much ethanol in fuel. See last comet"

Josh L., GA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Catalytic converter developed hole and leaked"

Edward M., PA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"Engine problem light on dash board. Gas cap had to be replaced for the 2nd time"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Fuel cap started to leak, had to pay for full emissions analysis when a new fuel cap would have fixed the problem. It was a time-consuming cost fuel cap!"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"When driving in mid west cruse quit working due to too much ethanol in gas in corn belt. Took by dealer and they reset. It does this each time I travel in these areas using regular fuel. I ski in CO and hunt pheasant in SD Make several trios a year f"

Josh L., GA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Faulty sensor causes check engine light to come on and cruise not to work. Had it "fixed" only to see it fail again. Still not resolved"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed replacement"

Anonymous, FL (2010 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

Automatic climate control

"AC just cannot keep up when temps push past 100 degrees. Went to Subaru multiple times for system adjustment but no help. AC works, just not cold enough for mid-summer Las Vegas. System sometimes kicks off during extended idle at high temps."

Mark W., WA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Make noise; failed at times"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car was overheating whenever idling (i.e traffic, car wash, McDonald's drive thru. Fuse was blowing and dealer said we needed to replace both fans for $800. We replaced fuses 3 different times and it seems to be repaired"

Debbie W., MI (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"Leak in condenser required parts to be replaced to allow A/C to function properly"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"Evaporator went out and had to be replaced. I had been complaining about the poor AC for many months and they told me nothing was wrong... I took it to another garage and they discovered the problem"

Robert M., FL (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"I recharged it once and it lasted about a month"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"still under investigation. a/c will not hold for mor ethan 2 weeks"

Russ P., NY (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leak in AC system - no cool air. Recharged but still leaking. Need to have dye test done to find leak"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"After several attempts the source of the leaks has not yet been identified"

Anonymous, ME (2010 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

Coil

"Spark plug coil failed, very expensive repair"

Anonymous, IN (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"Somthing stopped working suddently. The emergency engine lights came on and 1 minute later the car engine was one but it would not move. My car had to be towed. They restarted something with the electrical system at the dealer and tweaked a few items. Then it has worked consistently since then. It had been in for regular maintenance 2 weeks before."

Anonymous, IN (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A crank sensor had to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"Car had less than 30000miles when the starter began to fail.Unfortunately for me it was out of warranty because I had it for 37 months"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Starter started to squeal during cold starts. Progressed to every time starter was engaged. I changed the starter"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Bendix was defective"

Milton S., NY (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bendix gear sticking. Replaced starter"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Shift has always been rough. At times I am unable to up-shift sometimes down-shift. I ask for a linkage adjustment. Dealer says no adjustment it is electronic. BULLSHIT this is a manual transmission. I live with it. What cant be cured must be endure"

Phillip C., NY (2010 Subaru Outback)
Slipping transmission

"This issue was related to the transmission replacement that I referenced in my earlier comment. please see that comment for more information."

Mark P., CT (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission (CVT) began to slip at high speed on hills. Rebuild was estimated at $7K."

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"A wire harness on the bottom of transmission. It has a speed sensor on one end and plug on the other. When it got wet the cars warning lights lit up like a Christmas tree. Replacing harness fixed"

Laura R., NC (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"Defective transmission hose needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"failed gasket. At outlet of engine block. dealer tried to charge us $400 for repair. When i asked about just replacing gasket, ended up saving over $250"

Michael P., VA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Overheating

"overheating led to need to plane the head and then renew the heater core in the dashboard in the process of repairing this the oilseals were not well fixed and leaked 6 months later"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Overheating was due to head gasket leak"

Carl S., NJ (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radiator

"Needed to replace entire radiator assembly unit at the cost of $800"

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
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