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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 15 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 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

“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 Unsure 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 Unsure)

“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 Unsure 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)

“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)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

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

Anonymous, ME (2010 Subaru Outback Unsure 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)

“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)
Interior lights

“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 Unsure Unsure)
Keyless entry

“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)

“Does not work on driver's door”

Richard H., GA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 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)
Wiper motor or washer

“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 Unsure 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 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
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)
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)
Horn

“Stopped working”

Charles V., ON (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 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)

“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)

“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 Unsure 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)
Parking brake

“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)

“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)

“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)

“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)
Rotors

“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 Unsure 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)

“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 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

“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)

“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 Unsure 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“rotors needed to be replaced when pads were worn”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Outback Unsure 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)

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 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)

“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 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

“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)

“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)

“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)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“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)

“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)

“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)

“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)
Steering wheel controls

“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)

“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)
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)

“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)

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

“Crunchy sound going over bumps”

Anonymous, QC (2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“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)

“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)

“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

“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)

“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)

“It's Bent”

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

“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)

“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)
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)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

“Same as previous”

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

“WATER LEEKS THROUGH THE BACK HATCH / WINDOW”

Anonymous, IN (2010 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)

“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)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“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)

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

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Outback Unsure 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 Unsure 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 Unsure 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)

“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 Unsure Unsure)

“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)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“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)

“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 Unsure Unsure)

“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 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“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 Unsure 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)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“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)

“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)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“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)

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

“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 Unsure 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)
Rust

“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)

“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)

Body Hardware

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

What Owners Say

Seat controls - movement

“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

“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 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)

“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 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)
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)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

“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

“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 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)

“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)
Timing belt or chain

“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)

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)

“Catalytic converter developed hole and leaked”

Edward M., PA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 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)
Fuel cap

“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)

“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)

“Needed replacement”

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

“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)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

“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 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Make noise; failed at times”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 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

“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)

“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)
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)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“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)

“Cam position sensor went bad in first 30K miles”

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

“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)

“not oil leak, it burns a lot of oil between changes”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Outback Unsure 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)

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

Electronic ignition

“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)

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

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

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i 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)
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)

“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)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

“the converter malfunctioned; the dealer replaced it for free under warrantee”

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

“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)

“Leak found in exhaust manifold and seal was replaced”

Daniel F., WA (2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 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)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

“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 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)

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

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Subaru Outback Unsure 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

“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)
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)
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