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 16 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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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.

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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 2011 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

12V power plug

"The power plug in the center console does not work"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"use resulted in fuse blowing"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"These fail repeatedly and frequently. Subaru issued an lifetime extended warranty for lighting repairs on this vehicle"

Anonymous, MO (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Puddle lights stopped working after exposure to road salt. Recall notice issued but car not returned to dealer for repair"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Light bulbs keep burning out"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This car has literally blown 18 exterior bulbs, and counting, since we bought it brand new"

William N., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"1Tail light needed replacing"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Taillight burned out after five yrs ownership"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"rear tail light out"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The daytime running headlights are a problem now. So far I'm on my second non-working light"

Michael G., IL (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The puddle lights were not working however Subaru repaired them for free"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"05/03/2012 30,615 - replaced passenger rear parking light (side assembly); parking light front driver (side assembly); passenger daytime running light. 10/18/2012 36,239 -drivers parking/daytime running lamp; passenger brake light; driver side tail"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In 4 years we have replaced over 20 bulbs in this vehicle. It seem that every 3 months we have to replace a couple of bulbs"

Edward R., NH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This car has blown at least 11 light bulbs since I have owned it! Most of them have been marker, tail and turn bulbs with a couple of headlights thrown in for good measure. This model year is TERRIBLE for keeping these exterior lights working"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Cracked lens"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a recall on the electrical system but Subaru Stamford (CT,) who was doing the work insisted our problem wasn't related, & was instead just due to a burnt fuse. I was without a car for several days, and when they finally listened, it was the"

Elizabeth T., CT (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"needed to replace tail-lights"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"parking light bulbs burn out too often"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Marker lights went out within 2 years on driver side. Difficult and costly to replace (labor)"

Harold H., KS (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"puddle lights causing short. Subaru had recall and supposed have been repaired but it caused short. Subaru paid to replace puddle lights housing and part of computer BIU"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"It was general maintains of bulb replacement after 3 years"

Graham B., ON (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The puddle lights on one side of car failed after warrenty work was done. Dealer did not charge for fixing"

Margaret M., MI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both taillights for braking burned out simultaneously. Not under warranty."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"when one light is replaced it doesn't take long before some other light is burned out. I have replaced all the lights including headlights, brake lights, license plate lights etc. also replaced the entire under car lights system and BACKUP CAMERA. Have only owned the car less than 5 years. purchased with 56000 miles."

Anonymous, NE (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The passenger side fog light housing broke and was loose and rattling. There was no indication of any impact. The housing broke for some unknown reason."

Matthew C., GA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"driver side puddle lights failed. Headlights require frequent replacements ~9-12 months."

Keith S., WA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"manhy exterior lights have failed which is surprising for a car of this age and mileage with little night driving (just the evening commute in general)"

Michael B., CT (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"This vehicle has blown at least 18 bulbs over its lifetime, so far. Subaru actually reimbursed us $500 to cover the cost of bulb replacements at the dealership."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Gauges

"Gas gauge stopped working correctly and doesn't show full, even after tank is filled. Dealer said a sensor could be replaced but would cost over $800 and they could not guarantee that the problem would be fixed. This is not causing any problems with driving the car, but it is annoying to not be sure how much gas you have."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The compass often gets stuck showing I am driving is some direction when I am not"

Stephen B., CA (2011 Subaru Outback)
Headlights

"Low beam light bulbs keep burning out !! Have replaced them several times"

John D., WA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"bulbs keep burning out"

John D., WA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I replace headlight bulbs about every 6 months. I usually drive with them on - about 2 hours a day on my commute. They are extremely difficult to replace, and require removing body parts to access. Now Subaru has an extended warrenty/recall, but it's a pain to schedule at the dealer all the time"

Tim W., CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace bulbs 3 times in past 2 years.Was reimbursed by Subaru"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Burned out bulbs replaced by recall"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The headlight bulbs go out every 4-5 months (low beam)...my lenses began to fog over so I replaced the assemblies with aftermarket and the bulbs have lasted much longer. Subaru offers a 10 year unlimited warranty on low beam bulb replacement now"

Jonathan L., VA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"in the past 3 months both of the headlights have gone out, but Subaru covered replacement ... and for the next number of years as well"

Kevin L., MN (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Was a recall and was satisfied by dealer"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Repeated and frequent failures. Was given $200 in service credit and lifetime extended warranty on lights for this engineering issue"

Anonymous, MO (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The headlight bulbs burn out in a few months. They are also difficult to change. Subaru has an active recall on these headlights and now changes them for free"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights burned out couple of times within a month"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Frequently burn out"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium)

"I have replaced 4 headlights since buying the car in 2011. Owned a Toyota for 17 years and replaced one headlight"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have replaced the headlights four times since purchased"

Anonymous, TX (2011 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 (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Low beams needed replacing/ refunding d/t recall"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights only seem to last about 2 years. They are a real pain in the butt to replace"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both of the headlights have failed at least 2 or 3 times since I've owned this car"

Tony W., CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Several lights were out. Low beam not easy to replace"

Barry B., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Another burned out headlight, but fixed for free by dealer"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Regular lights only illuminate the lower part of the road. The light isnt broad enough. Only using the bright beams gives sufficient light and i cant use that with traffic coming toward me"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Frequency of needing to replace"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"This vehicle goes through too many headlights but Subaru sent a voluntary letter saying that they will replace them for free for 10 years since date of purchase and also reimburse owners for the ones replaced to date"

Ali I., CO (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights burn out every few months. I just found out Subaru replaces low beam headlights for free. Wish I had known that earlier. They will reimburse me if I have the receipts"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"TSB on design flaw where headlights burn out prematurely. Covered under extended warranty"

Robert T., IN (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the light bulb went dead"

Eric A., MD (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The headlights have had to replaced 3 times"

Paul R., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The headlights would go out frequently due to an electrical fault in the wiring harness"

Dale E., TX (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"premature failure of both headlight bulbs"

Stan M., CO (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They burn out in about 9 months"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"head lamp gets wet goes out subaru installs and replaces at no cost"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Burned out low beam on driver side. It was a real pain to replace. Lots of people have had problems because now they will replace bulbs for free on this model and year"

Timothy P., NE (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Foglights were burning out. After mechanic inspected, the "wells" of the fog lights were collecting rain water, and shorting out the fog lights"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Continued to burn out too quickly"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight burned out. I tried to replace it. Very difficult. Our local mechanic could not do it either. Had to take it to the Subaru dealer to replace"

Charles S., MO (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights have been replaced due to burn out six times since owning this vehicle. For a DIY very difficult to repair or replace"

James G., DE (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Low beam failures on two occasions"

Robert C., CT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"low bean replaced repeated 6X until recall"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight bulbs need replacing after failure on a regular basis. I estimate that I have replaced the headlight bulbs 6-8 times since I have owned the vehicle. I recently received a letter from Subaru offering to replace for free blown out headlight bulbs and reimburse for past expenses with receipts"

Stephen S., NJ (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Head lights were recalled and replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Head light lamps have a short life, and require a visit to the body shop to replace. Much of the front body work must be removed to replace a bulb. Only applies to headlamp, high beams are serviceable. Factory has recently recognized this and now has a 10 year warrantee on head light bulbs. Doesn't help with the 5 I had to replace before the new policy (There is a mechanism to reimburse, but I didn't keep receipts.)"

Judith S., WA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Port low beam light burned out, so was replaced by owner"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Low beam burnout twice. Covered by non manditory recall"

Richard W., IA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights last about 6 moths, are hard to change and difficult to place bulb so it shines straight"

Charles C., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A replaced headlight lamps twice in three months"

Muaad S., AB (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights burn out about every 6-8 months. Are difficult to replace as you have to remove the wheel well shroud (and I find it easier to remove the wheel), then almost blindly have to remove a plastic ring, undo the light connection, undo the spring retainer, then replace in reverse.. Terrible engineering!"

D K., WA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights had to be replaced because the Automatic light sensor turns them on/off too quickly even in broad daylight, for example, when passing under a bridge. At least Subaru covers this under a voluntary warranty extension program"

Bruce A., NH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"three headlights burned out since 2011, last one covered by warranty"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight bulbs that are now warranty repaired for the life of the car"

Anonymous, TN (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"FREQUENT HEADLIGHT FAILURE COMPARED TO OTHER VEHICLES I'VE OWNED"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The headlights have been a constant source of irritation. I have had them changed eight times! Passenger and driver side. I just had 90,000 major maintenance, and two days later the daytime running light is out on passenger side. The dealers have not been forthcoming in stating a problem with the headlights as I have heard from other Subaru owners that they too have had headlight problems. The dealers have replaced the last few for free, but one still has to call, make an appointment, meanwhile"

Michael G., IL (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"One or both headlights failing 3 times in2yrs"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"burnt out bulb"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Subaru has replaced 4 head lights and 3 side lights and 2 travel lights on the auto, obviously a problem for them"

Peter P., NJ (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"While my research showed known headlight burn out issues the frequency with which this is occuring is beyond what I expected - less than one year with car and 3 headlights replaced,"

Anonymous, ME (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Continual headlamp low beam bulb burn out"

Charles A., OH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight burnt out"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights keep burning out and are costly to access to replace. Headlights are very, very dim. Didn't discover that Subaru would have paid to replace them until their time limit expired."

Leslie S., OR (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bulbs die far too often. Subaru has acknowledged the problem and will replace bulbs for free for -- I believe it's 10 years. But it's still a recurring hassle."

Yanovich M., CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"low beam headlights need to be replaced most frequently; two replacements on tail lights; 1 replacement on a front light"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The headlights going out prematurely has been an ongoing problem with this vehicle and one we continue to struggle with. This time, I had the bulbs replaced with LED ones to hopefully prolong the time between changes."

Justin S., IN (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight bulbs needed replacing after 1 to 2 years"

Robert R., CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This problem has been only in the past 6 to 9 months. With 2 installations and adjustments of headlights, including once at a Subaru dealership, they are not adjusted to cover the road in front of the car. The fog lights are necessary when driving at night. I don't know if this is just a service problem rather than a car flaw."

Anonymous, ID (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver side low beam headlight was not working -- replaced free by Subaru dealer under an extended warranty proved by Subaru for this particular issue"

John W., IN (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights seem to go out more frequently than I expect. There was a recall, but the dealers/repair don't seem to fix this issue. I have to replace them myself and don't really understand why the dealer won't take care of it."

Cathrine B., UT (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"one headlight fails often. the dealer says it is cheaper o replace headlight when it fails than to fix the underlying problem, therefore, They Asked us to return every time the light fails. A major inconvenience since the dealer is 20 miles away and this occurs every 2-6 months"

Rick S., ME (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"lights would burn out quickly. Dealer replaced sockets and bulbls and seems to have cleared issue."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Light bulb failed. Somewhat difficult to access and therefore quite costly to replace"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"It seemed like the headlights all failed around the same time this winter. I was stopped three times within about four weeks with headlight problems. Each time I had been to a Subaru dealer to fix the lights just prior to the stop."

Jamie R., CT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights burn out on a somewhat frequent basis maybe 10 times since we owned the car. Subaru now offers free replacement of headlight bulb if you bring it to them, although there is not an official recall."

Stephen S., NJ (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Had both headlights burn out at separate times"

Anonymous, ID (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"headlights last 6 months or less. Very hard to replace. Have to go thru inner fender well"

Charles C., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"09/11/2011 21,835 - driver's side low beam bulb replacement 06/25/2012 32,808 - replaced passenger front low-beam lamp 07/30/2012 33,546 - replaced driver's front low-beam lamp 10/18/2012 36,239 - passenger low-beam 12/16/2012 40,107 - driver's"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"headlights have burned out within a year. Had used different makes but still burned out. I finally started turning off the autolight switch and it seems to have fixed the issue. Guess is was burning the lights out when I was starting the car with the"

Jack T., OK (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"In 4 years we have replaced 3 sets of headlights. All low beams. This is excessive!"

Edward R., NH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I am constantly replacing light bulbs. They said it's because I use my lights all the time. I did not have this problem with my Toyota"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"To replace a burned out low beam you have to remove and replace a major plastic piece under the fender. It cost $45 for the labor to have the dealer to do it besides the time I had to use to get the car to and from the dealer"

S B., IN (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I'm on my 3rd replacement set of headlamps. Also, they require opening the wheelwells for a still difficult installation. Dealer wants $65/ea to replace"

Keith S., WA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"headlights last maybe 2 months, then you must go to the dealer to change as they have to remove body parts to access the headlamp"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I've had 2 burn out"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"wheels have to come off on a lift to change headlight bulbs at a cost of $150"

Alexander N., FL (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Extremely difficult to replace light. Radiator needed to be removed in order to get to the light so I was unable to do this myself. Had to be replaced by service facility. Although not costly, I consider this a design flaw"

Elizabeth P., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights burned out so soon (maybe 2 years old). And they are so hard to change out, that I had to take the car in to have it done. Very costly"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have gone through MANY headlamps and daytime running lights....they burn out frequently. About every 2-3 months"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Ive had to chang the headlights multiple times. witch involves removing the front wheels and fender liner. then reaching through a small hole in the frame to remove a cap and then to the headlight lamp"

Brian K., AK (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"3 or 4 headlight or running light replacements in 18 months"

Robert C., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have to replace headlamp bulbs 2 times in one year"

Joe B., MN (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I've replace the low beams on both sides, and to do it ourselves involves quite a fete of ingenuity. Also back window stopped going up and down and had to replace a motor for it"

Carol N., CO (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights burn out often"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had to replace low beam bulbs at least 6 times since we bought the car. Very difficult to replace as one has to remove the wheel well liner and go in from underneath. Once in, it is a very tight space and hard to get leverage to remove cover"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Low beam headlights burned out. Costly to replace"

Howard K., GA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have replaced 4 headlight bulbs cense I bought the car"

Gary F., WA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The left front headlight went out twice, and, as you know, the bulb is VERY DIFFICULT to replace!!!"

Barbara T., MN (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to recently replace headlight bulb. All but impossible to get at. Had to remove front tire and fender liner. Very difficult, and very poor design!"

Jim G., MN (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight went out prematurely. Very difficult to replace"

R W., MO (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Repeated burnout of expensive head and exterior lights, which required a large labor cost to replace because of their difficult placement. A front wheel had to be pulled off to replace a light"

Michael T., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I've had to replace front headlights twice in the last two years. I have to go to dealership since they are so difficult to change b"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to replace both headlights"

Daniel P., OH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"both went out around the same time. seemed much too soon and replacement was expensive"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Frequenlty burn out and very difficult to change"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Right headlight and brake light went out. Had to replace bulbs"

Anonymous, TN (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to get both headlights replaced over a 12 month period"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In The 4.5 years that I've had this vehicle the right headlight has been replace 2 times and the left has been replace 3 times. Not a huge problem, but it is a big job to replace them"

Bob K., OH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Burnt out, but they replaced them under warranty."

Anonymous, NE (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"low beam bulb burnt out. Bought replacement bulb but discovered I couldn't change without taking front fascia off. Called Subaru dealer and discovered that my model Outback gets free low beam bulb replacement for 10 years. brought it to dealer and they replaced both low beams. cost was 0. Nice Subaru stepped up to the plate to address the design defect to replace the low beam bulbs."

Anonymous, ME (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights keep failing. Toyota has extended the warranty and pays for replacements but I loose a day when I get an appointment for repair/replacements."

J S., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer replaced passenger side headlight bulb under warranty. A common enough issue that Subaru extended a 10 year warranty from date of purchase for '10-'12 Outbacks and Legacies."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head light bulbs failure prematurely."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front headlamp bulbs seem to burn out every 12-18 months. I've never had this happen before. The dealer offered to change them out for $165. I bought new Sylvania H7 bulbs at O'Reilly for $14 dollars, and had my trusted local mechanic change them out for me. It took him 5 minutes to replace through the access panels in the front fender wells. He did the replacements free of charge since I am a loyal customer. The dealers flat time estimate of one hour of labor is a rip-off! $165? Not likely!"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight bulbs kept burning out. I think I replace 3 bulbs in the year I owned the car before Subaru issued an extended warranty that covers the bulbs. Since the extended warranty I've had 2 bulbs replaced free at the dealership."

Stephen A., TX (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"multiple head lamp bulb failures"

Charles A., OH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Low beam headlight fails prematurely, and then is very difficult to replace. Subaru says they will replace the light when it fails, but that means making an appointment and driving without a headlight in the meantime. They should figure out why the bulb fails prematurely and do a recall instead."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a known problem with the headlights buring out prematurely in this car, but it is always fixed under some kind of extended warranty."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Passenger headlight burned out."

B B., OH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight bulbs do not last more than six months"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights burn out every 5,000 miles. To replace it, the front bumper is supposed to be removed, expensive job. Subaru did a recall to replace the headlight but it takes two weeks or more to get an appointment, useless. Bad design and bad support for a design defect. Having to remove the front bumper to replace a headlight is an unexcusable design error. But there are no laws preventing this."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The bulbs frequently burn out."

Anonymous, AK (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"At least one of the headlights burn out each year and the design of the car makes them very difficult to replace."

Don R., NV (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Since purchasing our 2011 Outback, we've replaced a low beam headlight at least 8 times. The last couple have been covered under a warranty extension resulting fromf a lawsuit initiated by a Subaru owner. Even though the bulb changes are free now, I still have to take the car to the dealer and wait around 1-2 hours for it to get replaced. This chronic problem should have been addressed buy Subaru engineers on a recall."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both headlight bulbs went out at separate times"

Pauline B., WA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the headlights continue to burn out and have to be replaced (very difficult must pay to get it done). When headlight burns out other lights burn out if not replaced quickly (overloaded?). Not good for an outdoor enthusiast vehicle."

Michael B., CT (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"I've had to replace my headlight bulbs (H7) more than 15 times since I purchased, very frustrating. IT seems like a design flaw since I've tried several different brands on H7 bulbs and experience the same problem."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Headlights burn out frequently. This must be a known issue since I was reimbursed for the first replacement and second replacement was no charge."

Nancy T., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"This vehicle has blown at least 3-4 headlights over its lifetime."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Repaired under a Service Bulletin."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had problem with low beam bulbs burning out more frequently than usual. Changed the bulbs myself, ( 3 on the left 2 on the right ) After the left bulb failed for the 3rd time I went to the dealer for a regular service. When I told the service person about the problem he informed me that 2011 outbacks had some light wiring issues and the bulb was covered under warranty."

Glen O., OR (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Headlights do not last long. Essentially you cannot replace them yourself. It is the worst design I've ever seen"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"bulb failed"

Frank A., MN (2011 Subaru Outback)
Heated or cooled seats

"Can no longer turn on heated seats. Short circuit that is too expensive to find and repair"

Anonymous, WV (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Problem was the dome light. Dealer repaired an electrical connection and that fixed the problem but the problem has returned."

James G., PA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

"Remote starters repaired as per recall one of them worked intermittently and when taken to dealer couldn't find problem. Still works sporadically have yet to return to dealer for fix"

Anonymous, MB (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"Pressure monitors continue to break down, we now monitor tire pressure manually"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Don't put snow tires already mounted onj car.Most mechanics don't have the tools to reset the monitors, meaning a trip to the dealer."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Outback has many good points but some design flaws including the tire pressure monitor. Irksome but we've put up with it for years because of the good features. The idiot light for the monitor pops on whimsically, often enough when we are on an Interstate. Never an actual problem with the tire, but a faulty warning signal that of course makes us uneasy. Dealer says nothing can be done to correct the problem!"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Indicator light goes on in cold weather"

Robert C., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"ABS and brake warning lights come on occasionally. Corrected one time by opening gas cap. Another time it eventually self corrected"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Low oil light continually come on for no explainable reason,then just goes off for no reason. Sometimes re- starting engine makes it go off, other times it goes off after 5-20 miles. And yes I change my oil regularly and the light has come on even ri"

Richard S., CA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"when a light person (but an adult) sits in the front passenger seat the "no airbag" warning light comes on"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"tire pressure warning light comes on erratically; indicates low pressure when pressure is adequate; repair servicehas not been able to correct the problem---danged nuisance"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Warning lights went on regarding braking in the desert 100 miles west of Deming. We drove the rest of the way home with no problems, other than the brake light saying not to drive. Dealership replaced the body control module."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer says the warning lights came on because some of th replacement lights were not Subaru brand lights."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"some problem covered by recall"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall item"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Washer fluid doesn't work when very cold"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The wiper motor for the back window stopped working around 50,000 miles. Had to have it replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Electrical Switch was damaged. Cost $250 to replace and install @ dealer. Wipers could not be turned off, they went crazy on me. The only issue I have had"

Christopher P., TX (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 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)

"flashings light saying BRAKES"

Richard-Mary S., DE (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"system would become disabled during trips of 3 hours continuous driving"

William M., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake light kept coming on, then going off. Once it stayed on, I realized I’d better get brakes checked."

Susan M., KY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Increase in elevation to 5000' caused ABS warning light to appear. Happened more than once. Solution was to open gas cap to relieve pressure. Light then went out. Very disconcerting when on a trip"

Eugene T., CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Battery died. When restarted, entire brake system had to be replaced for $1100"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"rear calipers required replacement"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rusted and jammed"

Anonymous, AK (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rapid wear and very soft pedal"

R C., MD (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear caliper froze/stuck cause rapid wear"

Joseph B., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We experienced front end vibrations when braking downhill"

Bill R., WV (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had to replace all 4 wheel bearings and 2 sets of calipers within the past year."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"Dealer recommended drain and replace brake fluid. 6 months later emergency warning light appeare re brakes. research found there is a brake fluid level sensor in the master cylinder. it was below minimum level"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is a known issue with this car."

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Replaced rear rotors and disk pads at 106000"

Robert T., ME (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"normal wear easily taken care of"

Lee H., AB (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"brakes needed to be replaced due to normal use."

Anonymous, MT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes showed signs of wear (chirping, vibration), so we went to our local service station to have them repaired"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Needed new break pads"

Lennox S., FL (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake shoes/pads wore out and needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"routine brake pad replacement with rotor refinishing"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The brakes wear very fast. after new brakes and rotors its been 3 months and they are making grinding noises"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to replace the pads rotors and calipers all at once"

Michelle B., IL (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Noticed brakes pulsing under moderate pressure, and had them checked. Nothing too concerning"

C H., DC (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Thought they should have lasted longer than they did"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I was simply surprised by the total cost of this normal repair. The total cost was simply much higher than I would have anticipated"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"noticed during routine inspection"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced all rotors and brake pads"

Allen E., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace brakes after about 35000 miles which I thought was pretty early. However I do a lot of city driving"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to replace all break pads"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced brake pads and brake rotors for the first time at 130,000 miles."

Garrett V., CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"vibration"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It was just time to have brake work done based upon mileage"

Robert D., CO (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The pads needed replacement (first time). However, the rotors were still good."

Anonymous, MN (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radiator was clogged with dirt from highway driving. Brakes replaced at 126,000 (first replacement)"

T B., DE (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The original brake pads were replaced at 80,000 miles. The repairs this time were made at 125,000 miles and included the rotors & calipers which had become corroded due to their age. I don't consider this as a flaw due to our severe winter climate conditions in Upstate New York."

David M., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Parking brake module went bad"

Frankie T., NC (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Parked in a downward sloping parking lot. Put the emergency brake on. Went inside store, came out and brake wouldn't release. The car wouldn't move. Looked up the information in the manual, found the small wire tool in the tire compartment, did as the manual stated, emergency brake released. Drove to dealer, the emergency brake light wasn't flashing by the time we got there. They said they couldn't do anything with it without the light blinking. Took it back while it was blinking, and by the time the dealer got to it, it wouldn't blink. Finally got it there and the light was blinking and the emergency brake was replaced, at a cost, of course. This took over two months to get done."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Electronic parking brake engaged on the highway at 80mph. We maneuvered the car off the road and finally got the brake to disengage"

Anonymous, KS (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The electronic parking brake failed to work, did not stop my car in an emergency. I have video of a police officer trying the electronic brake and it not working for him"

Linda N., CO (2011 Subaru Outback)

"Electronic parking brake mal-functioned and would not operate at times. It would stay on or off when used for a period of time. It was covered with an extended warranty from the factory."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Park brake actuator motor broke off"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Electronic Parking brake would not release. There is a manual override procedure I was able to execute to release the brake and get on my way."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"I consider this a brake defect rather than a vehicle issue. I'd replaced brakes just short of a year ago. Car repair place replaced them free of charge"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My car has very low mileage. I was surprised to have to replace my brakes with less than 15,000 miles"

Daniel O., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"wasn't premature but I did have normal wear and tear so needed to replace them. Maybe the word premature should be eliminated"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brakes had to be replaced at 35,000 miles. Don't drive on lots of hills. Don't jam the brakes. Seems wear was excessive"

Anonymous, AK (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace brakes. Appeared low to me ;but still working OK. I just felt more comfortable with new brakes done"

Robert T., NH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"pads replacement ok but having to replace all 4 discs is not ok - should last longer"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have noticed in both our Subarus the rear brakes are wearing out faster than the front brakes. No weight compensating proportioning valve?"

R S., NH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driving habits have not changed, but brakes just don't seem to last as long. Very uneven pad wear."

Algis M., IL (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The dealer I bought the car from had to resurface pads and clean the brake system"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes wear out and sensor on tire pressure monitors went out without warning"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It seemed to me that the pads and calipers wore prematurely"

Bill R., WV (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes wore out fairly quickly. We had an accident in stop and go traffic which I believe was due to worn brakes"

D P., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear disc pads worn out at 24000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brakes and rotors went bad at 30,000 miles"

Dale D., PA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes were a disaster requiring multiple and expensive repairs"

Michael T., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"during a service, the dealership told me my rear brakes were very worn and should be rebuilt. It was unexpected and expensive"

Lisa S., AB (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"front driverside brake stuck and has premature wear"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We have had to replace the rear brake pads twice in the last year. The design of the pads is most likely the cause since they are thinner than the front pads"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They rusted badly within 50000 miles and required replacement"

P C., MD (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"One of the front brake discs froze which warped caliper and required calipers to be replaced with new disc brakes."

Anonymous, TN (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake vibration at least once per year requiring that the rotors be replaced."

Kenneth D., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Problem due to wear,replaced pads and rotors"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Rotors

"Front rotors warp and cause pulsating. Have to be replaced every other time pads are replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Probably normal wear and tear as the car is 11 years old. No prior issues with rotors. But the car repair place thought that it and the brakes were in serious condition"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer resurfaced rotors at a cost of more than 2 times that of replacing them. Higher labor cost for in-house work. Did not get full approval before. We felt screwed and will never return to the dealer for servicing. Second Sub bought from this dealer - and the last from them. Love the car"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In the past 18 months I have had to replace the oem rosters twice for rust and warping"

Clayton J., FL (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Back rotors had to be replaced twice in an 18 month period. Seems unusually often to me"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"turned once and warped 2 months later. Moderate driving conditions, mostly highway miles"

Anonymous, KS (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors are required on every brake job I have had for several years on this and other cars"

D P., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I do a lot of mountain driving; the two front rotors warped under load causing the steering column to shake"

Don R., NV (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear rotors badly rusted, I suspect road salt"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors needed to be replaced around 30,000 miles"

Dale D., PA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We've had to replace the rotors twice in this vehicle, which seems excessive since it was only four years old at the time of the last replacement. The warning system to alert the driver that the brake pads need replaced does not seem to work"

Anonymous, WV (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rotors wore till they had to be replaced at under 32000 miles,find this unusual for a new factory rotor,maybe poor quality steel?understand pad replacement but not rotors"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors needed replacing around 82,000 miles as it was causing a pretty evident wobble at high speeds"

Anonymous, OR (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"warped rotors required replacement"

Greg H., OR (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"I am on a 3rd set of front brakes that began squeaking and grinding after a only about a year of use."

Fix J., CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"brakes and rotors are already making noise after being replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The after market brakes squeaked but are quieter after about 5000 miles"

Albert R., MA (2011 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

Air or water leaks

"Water leaked into spare tire well and was determined to be coming from the sun roof"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"During a heavy rain, water was coming in where the front compartment for things like eyeglasses are kept right above the window"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The ducts draining the sun roof were clogged, resulting in massive flooding"

Am P., OR (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We had a serious water leak after a heavy rainstorm. Right inside of car was soaked - upholstery and floor. Apparently some tube that was supposed to conduct water off the roof to the ground was blocked. This is the second time this has happened with this car. We have a sun roof, but mechanic told us that was not the problem"

Mary F., PA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car has had leaks since 1 year old. Dealer says it's because sunroof drains get clogged by debris that falls on our car in the driveway. However, neighbors Subaru (more recent model year) which is exposed to same falling debris does not have this problem nor have any of our other cars that have sat in the same driveway and had sunroofs (mini, Camry, Jetta, current odyssey). We never use our sunroof. Leaks have caused radio to short and need replacement in past. Love the car but ar looking to re"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water leak around sunroof filled the backseat with water"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water from the air conditioner was dripping into the front passenger side foot well area due to a blocked hose that was supposed to remove it to outside. This has happened several times now, the dealer has been able to clear the line but it's been a pain"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"windshield and sunroof drains were clogged - water leaks inside car on passenger side"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water leaks in through the roof rack pivot joint"

Mitchell R., AL (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water accumulated in floor of back seat - apparently coming through the sunroof. Dealer wanted to replace the entire sunroof but local service station fixed for free"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Sunroof began leaking in Fall of 2016. Vehicle is currently at the dealer for a third attempt at repair"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Water from the AC got blocked and water came in the passengers side foot area/"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rainwater was leaking into the car by way of the sunroof."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leak in the trunk lid area"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"water leaks into the car from the rear hatch"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"skylight (moonroof) leaked, radio stopped working(amplifier mounted on floor got soaked, stopped working,soaked rugs and acoustic insulation, mold became a problem. Insurance wouldn't repair, dealer wouldn't help, so car was totalled at 40,000 miles. Rear backup camera stopped working at 3 years, was replaced by dealer. Steering wheel controls for radio stopped working at 2-3 years and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water coming into back of wagon from around the upper stoplight lense and from where the back hatch closes on top near roof."

Anonymous, MD (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Rear hatch leaks dealer continues to say they can not duplicate the problem -even though they have witnessed water running out of the rear hatch when they opened it. Also leaking due to clogged drain lines for the sun roof. After the dealer attempted repair it still leaks only now worse than before repair."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seems as if some drain tubes from the sunroof have gotten clogged. In heavy rains we have had water leaking on the driver from the sun visor area and had the back floor flooded."

Anonymous, WV (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Water leak in front passenger floor area when running A/C"

Howard D., FL (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I've only had this for about a month. On second brushless machine wash, sunroof leaked gallons"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Leaves clogged a hose causing a leak on the passenger front floor"

Loretta O., NJ (2011 Subaru Outback)

"sunroof leaked air and water"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Back hatch leaked"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"roof drain passenger side clogged up, causing water to leak inside onto front passenger seat"

Robert B., WA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Rear hatch leaks water when it rains hard. Haven'figured out where it is coming in at."

Anonymous, NE (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"drain thru front passenger side gets clogged, floor gets soaked. Also, heavy rains cause leaking into passenger side thru vents. Also had clogs in sunroof vents causing leaks. Hard to thoroughly dry out since pockets in metal floorboard trap water"

Stephen D., RI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water leaks through the back window on the lift gate."

Anonymous, ID (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had a water leek from my sliding roof window. The seals went bad and it had to be replace."

Anonymous, MD (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After heavy rains water leaks in from top right trim around the glass. Dealer cannot determine the source."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Again my moon roof started leaking, and I was told this is a know problem with my make & model."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seal around the third brake light began to leak, and the third brake light lens cracked. These allowed water to enter around the lift gate."

Anonymous, IA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The front window was leaking and was misdiagnosed by Subaru International of Orland Park Illinois. When they stated the front window seal was leaking, it would cost me about $275.00 along with being fully responsible if the window broke during removal or installation."

Steven H., IL (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"rear hatchback leaked from driving rain storm"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Experience water leaks from near the brake light over the tail gate and from the seal near the air conditioner"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The doors and sunroof have excessive wind noise. The dealer replaced the driver door seal but we still feel there is more wind noise than there should be in a vehicle like this. Otherwise, we have no complaints about the car. We love it!"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Sunroof leaked. Had it repaired at dealer, cleaning the drain path they advised, but it has started leaking again. Seems like a poor design"

Anonymous, BC (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"There was a severe leak in the area around the tray under the windshield wiper blades. When it rained, the water literally poured into the passenger floor."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Back up light leaked into the rear of the car"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a clog in the engine bay preventing water from draining during wet weather, causing water to back up into the cabin."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"There are squeaks from the rear hatch and the headliner"

Richard D., CT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the driver side seat has squeaked almost since we've owned it. it was "fixed" once and the squeak came back after 3 months. the dealer then said that "this is how the subaru seats age" and refused to repair it under warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Hatch problems"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When the weather is cold, my front end will become very noisy when driving over uneven ground. It makes a sound like the struts are groaning. Subaru doesn't hear it, can't fix it"

William S., NJ (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The protection housing for a part of the motor has come loose and created a lot of rattling"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle above headliner, near rear of vehicle"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a noise or rattle emanating from the rear of the car intermittantly"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seems like the brakes are always squeaking."

Jamie R., CT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"have a rattle that is hard to get to and not a critical item. living with it"

John M., AZ (2011 Subaru Outback)

"Rattles from the front of vehicle"

Mark S., WI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"chasis or body squeaks from rear of vehicle"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car mildly shuddered while breaking. Technicians could not reproduce this sensation. Has not recurred"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"seat belt squeaks"

Nancy N., OR (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittant problem with a metallic rattle in the right front end"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Severe squeak coming from the rear hatch"

Adam P., MI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Lots of random rattles from inside the car (trim etc.)when moving. Suspension squeaks intermittently over bumps or when entering/exiting car"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeak developed in the sun roof. They had to order some replacement parts which fixed the problem immediately. Very satisfied with the service"

Donald E., CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front struts seem to clunk when going over small bumps"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"engine makes squeaking noise when starts"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Intermittent rattles from the dash and passenger door area"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Strange squeak and rattle when turning the steering wheel when backing up (when car is not moving). Dealer did not see anything wrong"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The heat shield constantly rattles on the car during idle. This is probably due to living in a region that uses salt excessively on the roads during winter"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front shocks tend to rattle a lot on the Outback, even when new."

Austin A., NH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The driver's seat now squeaks and it is a common failure in Subaru's but the company won't pay to fix it. Should be forced to."

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Wind noise

"There is so much interior "noise" from just poor insulation around the windows and the cabin that one can not even listen to the radio"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"opening rear windows causes a pulsating air noise, especially if the front window is closed."

Lee J., MA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Loud noise from sun roof when speed exceeds 75 mph"

Loretta O., NJ (2011 Subaru Outback)

"seals leak on passenger side"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"excessive wind noise; mechanic unable to fix"

June R., FL (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I think they are all connected"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Wind noise is definitely high and interferes with the use of voice commands and the ability to use hands free telephone through blue tooth. The wind noise seems to be increasing as the car ages"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"there is a good bit of wind noise which may be from factory installed luggage rack"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Wind buffeting noise coming from rear of vehicle. Dealer claimed it was present once, and the other time said it was someplace between the headliner and roof. Cost/time to take down headliner and look for problem not worth it right now. This has been a continual problem area for a number of years."

Anonymous, NH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Side drivers door was hyperextended."

Jeff B., IN (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The wind noise is not a new problem with this car. I have been disappointed with that almost since buying the car. The dealer has even put a new seal in the drivers door but nothing seems to change it."

Charlotte N., CO (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

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

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Intermittently backup camera image disappeared, froze or was distorted, eventually failed, now now more image when backing up, just black screen"

Robert T., AB (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Sometimes it functions, sometimes it doesn't!"

Ron W., VT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Quit working"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium)

"Often blurry"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Backup camera stopped working Had Subaru replace it"

Richard W., MA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Just stopped working. Used to show camera in rearview mirror, now just shows blue screen"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When I first bought the car it worked okay but when I took to dealer for service it stopped working and has not been fixed yet. It also is hard to change radio station because the screen does not work"

Jack C., CA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Back up related to and tied in with GPS"

David W., NE (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The camera works off an on. Appears to be an issue with the gear shifter. I will have it repaired on my next oil change"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After my 3rd year of ownership, the camera does not consistantly work. It will start off as a solid blue indigo screen, then either stays blue or has horizontal lines, doesn't show anything, or, it eventually works"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tried to wash skunk smell off back of car and the water ruined the backup camera. Too expensive to repair"

Anonymous, ME (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It only works some of the time. This just started about 1 month ago"

Robert S., CT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Backup display intermittently blacks out or has very fuzzy image quality"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"camera failed - had to have new camera installed"

Anonymous, VT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear backup camera is fogged over and does not work correctly. The front headlights burnout quickly and are a night mare to change"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It exhibited intermittent performance and finally quite completely"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"After wet snowy winter, erratic operation, sometimes blue screen, sometimes horizontal lines, sometimes it is OK"

Geo K., RI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Backup camera pictures, if it is working, cannot be viewed on the monitor. Once the computer went out, every other feature was lost, except the radio came back on after several months. However, you cannot see what station you are listening to and it"

Anonymous, AL (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Backup camera is intermittent. Local Subaru dealer says may be related to radio -- volume fluctuates on radio sometimes. I need to take to dealer for further review"

Roger W., WV (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"backup camera has the blue screen of death. Cost to replace is $400 for a $100 camera. I did not replace it because of the cost"

Karl S., OH (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Camera failed, went muddy and then ceased to function. Subaru replacement cost $600"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The back-up camera had to be replaced at 58,000 km after 47 months"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Rearview camera just stopped working after a wash"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

"No response at all when any function is selected"

Anonymous, MO (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Sometimes the player will not accept a CD unless I turn off the ignition and restart the car"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CD player will not always read a disc on the first try. It may take many attempts or never to get the disc to read"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometime CD not accepted. Have to turn off engine to "reboot.""

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes the player will not accept a CD. The only way to solve the problem is to shut off the engine and restart the car."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"A design flaw in display. Black background with weak instrument display makes reading values in bright sunlight virtually impossible. This display is to the right of the steering wheel and above the gear shift. Apparently has been removed from newer"

Eugene T., CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"When I first had this car it worked but after the service at 120000 it no longer works. The dealer tried but no success"

Jack C., CA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Gps is blank sometimes especially in cold weather"

Robert T., CT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear camera has stopped work and this caused the display to stop working altogether I have asked to fix it at the dealer but not able to do anything"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Cd/aux toggle switch failed"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cannot sync bluetooth, and dealership techs gave up after trying"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"For some reason it went out and they had to order a whole new GPS system. After the 60,000 mile checkup they were unable to reconnect it to working order. I think it went out before that traveling home. we noticed it wasn't recording the right locations"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The CD based navigation system does not work when it is below about 40 degrees. Dealership wants a fortune to fix it. Know issue. Even when it does work it's junk compared to a 10 year old Garmin"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"System is a total failure and too expensive to repair! Back up camera does not work, cannot find radio stations,, GPS Nav system totally does not work!"

Hugh T., AL (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Battery had died, exceeded life span, changing out the battery somehow fried the in dash GPS system. Subaru called it rare but it can happen"

David W., NE (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When it is cold outside, less than 35 degrees, The GPS CD is unable to load the maps and the cost to fix it is beyond belief. The factory GPS is junk anyway, its just the principle of it that bothers me."

Anonymous, CO (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The safety features do not allow you to make any changes when driving regardless if there is a front passenger sitting in the seat. Also the data is CD based and so it demands you spend $275 for replacement CDs."

Anonymous, NH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"nice large screen, but mapping updates are expensive, and are outdated by the time available, use phone instead."

Glen R., MN (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In dash nav system has very outdated maps, dealer cannot update them"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The computer system that controls the Video backup camera, the GPS navigation system, the radio first had intermittent failure, and then the whole system failed. Warranty period was over in mileage, estimated repair cost was about $4K so it has not"

Anonymous, AL (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"It is so confusing it is not worth using"

Ron A., IL (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Poorly designed, data bank already obsolete at time of purchase, spelling of street inconsistent with reality, out-of-date compared to what one could get on an iPhone with Google or with a Garmin. Archaic!"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Interface not user friendly and finally took dealer about half an hour to fix it for one phone"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth connections never automatically identified which phone was in the car, which meant going to Settings and resetting phone to change it. A few months ago, both phones we use were unable to connect to Pioneer in-dash system, which is very expensive and absolutely not worth it"

Michael P., DC (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"hands free law in effect in Minnesota, dealer unable to get Bluetooth to pair"

Glen R., MN (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"regularly drops or rejects the pairing. very irritating"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Can get this to work for a short time and then it will lose my phone and I will have to go through the whole setup again and again"

Ron A., IL (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth system would go dead, automatically turn the phone on, cutout while in conversation, would lose its pairing and then not pair again for a while, or a few days. It is a terrible Bluetooth system."

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Poor system that does not work well. Cannot hear people calling; they cannot hear me. No way to correct."

Anonymous, NH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"The volume button the the steering wheel does not always work. But it I restart the car, t will work again"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"SHORT IN RADIO RESULTED IN DEAD BATTERY 5 TIMES. CAR WAS AT DEALER 3 TIMES BEFORE PROBLEM WAS FOUND"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering wheel volume control works sporadically. This affects both the CD and the Radio. It's more a nuisance. Unsure the problem, since it works some times and not others with no clear reason."

Cathrine B., UT (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"the radio has been a big disappointment in that the sound 'rattles' and has never been what we expected. Certainly not the best radio we have ever had in a vehicle"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"4 channel kenwood tuner sends signal to 7 channel harma=on-karden amp; poor sound, poor adjustment capability, limited adjustments available while driving (when we want to set parameters to compensate for road noise) - sometimes sounds like a tin"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sound mix will randomly change. The displayed values are the same and the active sound level mode is off, yet while listening to the same CD or radio station the the sound quality changes dramatically - more or less bass or treble"

Tim W., CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Because the screen has stopped working there is no way to tell which station you want to hear."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Speakers

"No sound from rear door speakers and bass"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"The left side selection buttons for volume and channel selection work only intermittently. Getting worse with time"

Tim W., CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Volume doesn't always work from the steering wheel. Specifically turning the volume up"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Volume control on steering wheel works only sporadically, and I can't figure out why"

Michael P., DC (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The steering wheel controls worked for maybe the first year. Since then, it works when it wants to depending on its mood that day. There's no rhyme or reason to it. But mostly it does not work"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The switches in the steering wheel for controlling the phone do not work right I can't answer my phones in this car or talk over the bluetooth as it is already broke"

Barry S., NC (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Volume up/down will stop working intermittently"

Tim W., CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"cruise control buttons did not function properly"

Carol M., IN (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Various radio controls on the steering wheel don't work at times then sometimes will work. Had happen to mute (still not working), channel changer and volume (comes and goes)"

Stephen D., RI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio control buttons have been fixed several times but would always reoccur within a fairly short time frame. I frankly have given up getting it fixed."

William N., CO (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"The handsfree mic is reported to not filter road noise that most callers ask me to take them off and use my handset instead so they can hear me."

Keith S., WA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Voice commands are almost unUSble"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 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

Alignment

"Had realignment done by dealership to specifications, but problem still present"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"second out of alignment issues with only highway driving"

Anonymous, UT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

"Control arms needed replacement. The ball joints are integral with the arms but arms were not an option in this survey"

Ken B., CA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Right front lower ball joint wore out. Gave plenty of warning. Cost about $300. to replace. Considering the mileage I don't view it as other than normal wear."

Anonymous, OH (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Bushings

"The bushings were failing and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The bushings show premature wear including dry rot"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"similar to the suspension some I had some bushings replaced when I detected some subtle noises develop. I had them replaced prior to any inconvenience."

Verreau J., MI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had a squeak in the front left when I would back over a bump (i.e. the lip between my garage & driveway) car was at 94,000 miles. Subaru Dealer replaced the Struts at a cost of $1200 but it did not fix the issue. A private mechanic then suggested replacing the bushings between the sway bar and the frame ($200, mostly labor) and that fixed it."

Mark D., WI (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Lower control arm bushings failed, requiring expensive repair. Car was operational while they were broken, but steering was less responsive than normal."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"pump leak diagnosed @ dealer so that they could sell me an $900 repair job"

Jack H., CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Steering pump failed at 69k miles"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The power steering sensor did not work I had to replace the entire pump"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"power steering jutters"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There would be no power steering when first starting, after a few seconds and some hard turns it would return, especially on cols mornings. Took it in to dealer and found out there was a service bulletin about this problem. It was covered under an extended warranty, but not a recall. They replaced the pump and all fluids."

Anonymous, WI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The hoses broke completely while I was on the freeway. I was able to get off and make it to a gas station. From there the car was towed to the dealer (Subaru of Glendale). The heat caused the pump to melt. The entire system had to be replaced."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Front struts had to be replaced recently. Luckily this was covered by my extended warranty"

Kenneth H., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"it's clear I need struts and they are expensive. I live in a big city and don't take it "off road" so this begs the question...why"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to replace a couple of years ago and now recommended again. Have never had this problem on any other vehicle I have owned."

William F., CA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"loose shock absorber making noises"

Anonymous, QC (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The front suspension has a recognized noise but the company still insists it is all working as designed. There is a lot of cabin noise when going over bumps or road abnormalities. Not like on any other car brand we have owned"

Jason M., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"left strut leaking fluid and need to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A strut had started to leak"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Extensive issues with suspension components on this vehicle. Most recent was sway bar and connector replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"cause of alignment issues"

Anonymous, UT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Too little anti-sway. Wind shoves it all over the road"

Anonymous, KS (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"My wife is troubled with declining strength in her arthritic shoulders; built-in resistance in the steering linkage makes it difficult for her to turn the steering wheel easily.Dealer tinkered with the mechanism (or claimed to) but it made little difference. Dealer said nothing more can be done about the problem. No such difficulty with steering out Canyon. In the near future we will be trading the Subaru for a more user-friendly model (and dealership)."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"my take is normal wear and tear on the linkage components. I detected the issue from minor noises that developed and had the car repaired before any inconvenience occurred."

Verreau J., MI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"Complained about steering wheel vibration since first bought car. JUST fixed it with new steering colum and parts that go with it. Very frustrating to have this go on for 6 years"

Anonymous, VT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Subaru covered the major repair under warrenty"

Gene L., MD (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Replace inner right tie rod, Rt ball joint also loose but within tolerance. Car not driven off road or gravel roads seems too early to have this problem and expect ball joint will have to be replaced sooner rather than later. Not happy but these are"

Anonymous, MB (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Rear wheel bearings failed at approximately 85,000 miles"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"wheel hub/bearing assembly needed to be replaced"

David D., AZ (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Nothing more to add...I would expect bearings to potentially fail at 130000 miles"

Justin S., IN (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both rear wheel bearings were worn, caused excessive noise. Replaced both"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear wheel bearings replaced at 110,000 km (68,000 miles). Was expecting longer given careful (non-egressive) driving and no heavy loads or off-road experience. However, work well carried out by dealer"

A G., QC (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both rear wheel bearings needed to be replaced at approx 70000 miles"

Anonymous, SD (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The wheel bearings on the left front were replaced. Damage was likely caused by driving on a pot-holed country road"

Anonymous, MO (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Identified by the dealer during routine maintenance. Repaired at next scheduled maintenance appointment."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"During 90K service, the mechanic said that the rear wheel hub and bearing assembly needed to be replaced. He said this was a common issue with Subarus."

Anonymous, GA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"During the 90K maintenance, the mechanic said the rear wheel hub and bearing assemblies needed to be replaced."

Erik N., GA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One wheel Bering failure(front left). Covered under warranty"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"left front was worn"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Heard a noise for a few months so had dealer test drive it. Left rear wheel bearing was worn so had it replaced"

Stacy F., PA (2011 Subaru Outback)

"Both wheel bearings went bad after about 85,000 miles. I never had this problem with any other car before. I called Subaru of America and they agreed to partially subsidize the cost of repair."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"clutch replacement is due hard and rough mountain off roading"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch went at about 60k miles and we have been driving manual our whole lives"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Torque converter

"Torque converter failure at 90K. covered by extended warranty. No financial help from Subaru"

R S., NH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Converter failed and dealer would not replace because auto was over warrantee miles, wanted $1,650 to replace. Went to Corporate offices and Subaru agreed to split the cost $825. Went back to dealer and they agreed to split the reminder so it cost me $412.50. I don't think I should have paid any of the cost since the company knew they had a poor product. Reported to federal highway safety comm. but who has time to f/u for $412?"

Peter P., NJ (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Torque converter was causing problems when coming to a stop and it had to be replaced."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to have it replaced because it was malfunctioning and close to failure. Cost was over $1700."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Was responsible for a rumble at certain speeds after shifting"

John M., MT (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Noise similar to a rumble strip being run over persisted at speeds primarily in the 40 to 60 mpg range. Letting up on acceleration or increasing acceleration would stop the noise"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"car would stall after braking, torque converter needs to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough shaking, torque converter needed full replacement"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"For a period of approx 4 months I was having problem when coming to a stop the car would feel like I was shifting gears in a manual trans and it would shake then engine would stop .... It took three visits to Subaru to finally identify but they did f"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Faulty torque converter was replaced under warranty by Subaru dealership. Symptoms were typical of a faulty torque converter - shuddering at certain speeds under light acceleration. Problem emerged early in vehicle's life, but 1st visit to dealership"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Torque converter failed Subaru paid for two thirds of the repair"

Gene L., MD (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced under warranty that Subaru extended. There is a bulletin for this problem."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When coming to a stop, the RPMs will drop and the vehicle will shudder as if you're about to stall in a manual transmission when you let the clutch out too far."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Valve body replaced at 5 years and one day from purchased. Subaru repaired under warranty. I don't trust CVTs now"

Russell L., CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"During test drive, it was determined that the transmission was not shifting correctly. It was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission o-rings leaked. Repair shops informs us this is common with engine"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"As noted in previous comment. The CVT transmission's controller failed, and the controller had to be replaced at a cost of $1500.00"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My Outback had the same transmission problems that many Outbacks had but I was outside of the window to have it replaced at no charge by Subaru. We contacted Subaru and they readily agreed to replace the transmission free fo charge. The problem I was having with the transmission had actually been a problem from when it was new, but I chalked it up to my not being accustomed to a CVT. It runs perfectly now. Subaru even sent us a Bose Bluetooth speaker for our troubles with an apology. I already was a Subaru customer for life but this experience cemented it."

Hillary B., TN (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission failed and had to be replaced."

Melissa S., (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission would drop into gear with a ka-chunk. Subaru diagnosed it as a known problem and replaced the transmission at no cost with a loaner vehicle installing a new transmission at approximately 90K miles"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Auto began jumping when starting at traffic lights, etc. Subaru dealership said TSB 16-107-17R (faulty transmission, warranty extension) issued in 2016 involved certain Subaru models and years 2010-2015. My 2011 encountered this issue. My Subaru was purchased 7-16-11 so I am almost a year past 7/70k warranty period. In the TSB, Subaru is replacing the affected transmissions and bumping the warranty to 10/100k so I am (in process now) of transmission replacement courtesy of Subaru! I was astonished and so relieved at the same time! How many car companies would do that? Subaru's are wonderful, especially here on the Big Island of Hawaii! Very popular brand. They sure have my loyalty!"

William E., HI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Due to fluid leak, transmission had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Five warning lights on or flashing. Local shop found codes P0700 and P2762 but could not do the repair. Dealer, 2 hours drive away, over phone, indicated transmission replacement needed. Using remanufactured transmission, cost estimate is $3200. Repa"

Anonymous, MS (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"revers gear lost. had initial trouble with warranty but dealer relented"

Larry K., WI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission shuddered/slipped intermittently. Complained 3 times to dealer. Dealer finally agreed to replace it. It's out of warranty, but Subaru agreed to pay ~$7,000 cost if I paid $600 for labor"

John S., RI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Squirrels ate into thr transmission functionally disabling it"

Anonymous, NM (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"3 weeks after buying certified pre-owned the entire transmission critically failed. Luckily it was still within the original 36,000 mi warranty (just barely). They covered the cost to replace the transmission"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Vehicle would shutter, as if about to stall, after coming off highway and coming to a stop. Dealer replaced torque converter, but found that the transmission still had a shutter upon acceleration. Dealer replaced the valve body and car still had a shutter on acceleration to 40 mph. Dealer replaced the CVT transmission."

Todd P., MI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After 155,000 miles, the CVT transmission is starting to fail, so I am going to trade in this Outback for a new Outback."

Jim S., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Subaru replaced the transmission at no cost to me outside of the extended warranty period"

Stephanie R., CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission needed to be replaced which was very expensive. Would have considered replacing the car but a Subaru Outback with manual transmission is no longer available in the USA."

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Crack released exhaust fumes into cabin. Fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Undetected crack in exhaust at catalytic converter caused fumes inside car for long period of time & damaged front & rear oxygen sensors. Crack was in a non-weld, odd location. Mileage at repair: 130,533 Repair costs $1757.00"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"had to be replaced; caused exhaust leaks"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"Failed inspection, hole in the exhaust pipe. Replaced entire exhaust system"

Anonymous, RI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It is worn out and leaks"

Ralph N., WI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The pipe to the second catalytic converter is rusted out and needs repair or replacement. I believe this should be covered by a warranty, but have had trouble verifying this with my dealer"

Anonymous, VT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"I will find out what it is and fix it"

Lennox S., CT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car is 6 yo and had trouble with the heat shield. I had to pay $65 to have the heat shield bolts replaced then tightened"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The bolts holding the cat heat shield together rusted off"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"heat shields under engine have rattled almost since car was new"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The bolts holding the heat shield in place corroded and broke. I fixed the problem myself by replacing the broken bolts."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Noticed a noise; took vehicle to my local garage/mechanic; he installed a clamp that eliminated the noise. He said the noise would likely recur in the future, but that it is not a safety concern."

Burton T., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Rusted through at 30000 miles"

Wathne C., MT (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"No problem. Just had to replace. A car with almost 60000 . I'd say good car"

Anonymous, VT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Muffler rusted through and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"Manufacturers recall: TKC-19 Option 4 passenger airbag inflator. Replace 98279AJ06A RC air bag module P kit."

Gerald R., AB (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Takata airbag igniter replaced under recall"

Anonymous, OR (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Airbag recall"

David W., VA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A recall was issued regarding the front passenger airbag. We were warned not to have passengers sit in the front passenger seat until a solution was found. That was several weeks ago and we have not heard further."

Richard D., AB (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Airbag recall . Subaru replaced the airbags."

Barbara B., CA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Subaru recall on passenger side airbag"

Anonymous, SK (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"No malfunction, but Subaru notified me of a recall, and the dealership replaced the airbags."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"The pipe started to rust out, not bad for 8 years."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"attachment bracket between pipe and muffler rusted away"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Pipe into the catalytic converter was corroded and leaking. The dealer wanted $1300 for a new catalytic converter. A local muffler shop welded on a new pipe for $150. Because of the repair job, the dealership then passed the car for state inspection."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a significant leak in one of the exhaust pipes although this may not be unexpected after driving the car in Western NY for the last 8 years."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Clutch adjustment

"Not smooth transition from one gear to another"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Gear selector or linkage

"Transmission goes "kerclunk" if you brake to stop or slow down, and if the car has not totally stopped and the gas is put on you hear "kerclunk""

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"The Valve body had to be replaced. All is fine now."

Anonymous, GA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"Cut trans does not shift smoothly. Dealer unhelpful."

Anonymous, OR (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The problem was quickly repaired by my local Subaru Dealer. It needed a new part."

Anonymous, MD (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car slipped out of first while in park resulting in a rollaway collision. Later, froze in reverse and had to be towed to dealer for repair. Shifting has always and continues to be awkward"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"when the ambient temperature is below 60 degrees F, the car does not downshift correctly at speeds below 30 MPH. After several updates, it still isn't shifting correctly"

Anonymous, MS (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Difficult to shift into second especially when weather is very cold"

Joyce E., IL (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"The car has a CVT transmission, and I've experienced occasional times when the transmission does not change ratio smoothly (slipping sound, a quick but brief change in engine RPM), usually at speeds above 40MPH and when little torque is being applied"

Ronald R., NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission is constantly slipping, but Carlsen Subaru service cannot identify the issue"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CVT transmission stalled the car when coming to a stop. Extended warrantee covered at 900,000 miles, problem again with transmission with a lock up duty solenoid at 120,000 not covered."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"see previous comment"

John S., RI (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Was "banging" into lower greas on decreasing speed"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Subaru sent a letter extending the warranty on the CVT valve for 10 years or 100,000 miles. I had a problem within days of receiving the letter. They repaired it no charge."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"This is related to my other transmission comment"

Anonymous, MS (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When approaching a stop sign and/or red traffic light, the vehicle would sputter and often shut itself off. This continued for many months. Each time I would ask the Subaru repair shop, they said that the computer diagnostics did not show a problem. Approximately 1 year later, they decided it had something to do with the variable transmission function (CVT) and replaced it."

Pat B., VA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"trans does not shift when accelerating."

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"Due to o-ring issue"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Saw oil leaks on garage floor. Dealership says its from the transmission and requires very expensive fluid and labor to fix"

D M., CO (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission leak was found during a regular oil change. They took me into the garage and showed it to me. I had it repaired."

David B., CO (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Solenoid went...was 800 for part plus 1000 for labor"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CVT transmission controller failed requiring replacement of the controller. Controller has a total of 9 solenoids. Entire controller has to be replaced if any of the solenoids fail to operate properly"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This involved a very sudden degradation of the system so that I had to quickly have the transmission solenoids replaced."

Justin S., IN (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"check engine light, and abnormal shifting"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission oil temp light came on, but so did the brake light, the check engine light, the anti skid light and the cruise control stopped working and the cruise light was flashing."

Anonymous, GA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Valve assembly and solenoid quit. Replaced under Subaru extended warranty."

Anonymous, MO (2011 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Loose right rear trim"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Black trim by window fell off while driving"

Erik O., AR (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Housing around front lower fog light fell off & had to be replaced at Dealer"

David K., IL (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Loose molding lower right rear"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear trim package on bumper literally fell off"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear brake light housing had water in it, loose. Dealer said need to replaced unit. I ended up just adding sealant on gasket and re-tightened. Problem solved."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The little plastic covers on small interior trims tend to come off"

Elisabeth N., AK (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited)

"outside air enters interior by leaks in door insulation"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Plastic parts on this car are of poor quality, break and come apart easily"

Parker D., NS (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Car had paint damage due to a severe hail storm. Also had windshield damage due to same storm"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Subaru Outback)

"chipping, some rust, clear coat issues"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Metal (fenders, doors and engine lid) are very thin. It can be very easily dented by just leaning against it. Also, paint quality is poor, resulting in dull finish overtime. The black plastic body cladding around the fenders, at the bottom of the doors and on the roof rack has a gray/weathered look (inferior quality), looks weather and unsightly, and cannot be easily maintained to look like factory-new. Lastly, the plastic headlight lens is yellowing. While the car works well from a mechanical viewpoint, I would not consider the purchase of another Subaru, regardless of model, because of the inferior sheet metal, paint and rubber cladding in use."

Stephen M., NJ (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear Coat on Door handles is peeling. Paint on rear hatchback door is badly fading."

Anonymous, SC (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"I purchased the Auto-Butler paint protection system with the car new and have met every periodic application. In spite of this dog saliva (the dog hangs his head outside) on the right side of the vehicle is marring the appearance. The dealer has adv"

Robert Y., FL (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat is peeling off the front of the car $3000 to repaint"

Alexander N., FL (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The paint on the car is prone to dings and dents from other cars. The paint scratches very easily"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I am going soon and will report to them the rust spots by the passenger side window"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Subaru changed to water-based paint and it gets pits in the paint when trees drip sap on it. This is my seventh Subaru and all have stayed under the same trees since 1981. This 2011 Outback is the only one that had paint pits. Subaru re-painted"

Jill S., VA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"bumper paint chips off with slightest bump from cars that are parking behind me"

Anonymous, DC (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear hatch below the window has begun to loose the clear coat."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Rust

"Rust is bubbling through the left rear fender in the wheel well where the rear bumper cover meets the metal. The vehicle has never been damaged in this area. This will require repair soon to keep the issue from spreading"

Jonathan L., VA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"paint flaked off down to bare metal in spots on hood"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"on left front fender where it meets the bumper rust began bubbling under the paint"

John S., IL (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Small paint bubbling on one fender and next to windshield I noticed just after the rust through warranty expired. Rust started on the inside."

Paul M., NY (2011 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.