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.
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There are 16 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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.

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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

"use resulted in fuse blowing"

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

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

Anonymous, NH (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 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)

"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)

"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)
Gauges

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

Stephen B., CA (2011 Subaru Outback)

"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)
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)

"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)

"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)
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

"Indicator light goes on in cold weather"

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

"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)
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)

"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)

"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)
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)

"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)

"rapid wear and very soft pedal"

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

"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)

"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)
Parking brake

"Parking brake module went bad"

Frankie T., NC (2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 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)

"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)
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)

"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)

"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)
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

"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)

"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)

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)

"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)

"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)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"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)

"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)
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)

"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)

"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)
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)

"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)

"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)

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 (2