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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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2000. ESC available in 2001, standard from 2009. Side air bags available from 2000, standard from 2005. Head protection air bags standard from 2005.
Road Test

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

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (170 hp)
  • 3.6-liter 6 (256 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 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

"I plugged in my Sirius radio and GPS into 2 different outlets. The fuse blew, and the outlet in the console has not worked since"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"While using a usb adapter it would short out causing the airbags to short out and the seat alarm to go off continuously"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Body control module

"Drivers side electric window stopped working. Had to replace motor"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

"Cruise control simply died. c. $200 to replace."

Warren T., IA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Puddle LED lights stopped working"

Eric N., IL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Puddle lights have shorted out on drivers side. Although a $200 accessory (both sides) they want over $450 to replace on side!!!"

Stuart K., ON (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Shorts found in fog lights, license plate lights and tail/brake lights. Three tries to fix"

Robert I., NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Fog lights and tail lights regularly burn out"

Chris G., MT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"See the previous comment"

Chris G., MT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Since new, I've replaced 6 running lights, 3 headlights and both strings of puddle lights"

Howard F., NJ (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Several bulbs burned out"

K M., OH (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"brake lights - died - acceptable but the back up camera died - not acceptable"

Neil S., NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"All four front running lights failed at once. Again, Subaru had no answer"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"During recall for airbags, dealer offered to replace marker light bulbs for an additional charge."

Leo P., PA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tail lights have to be replaced frequently."

Paul S., WA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Light bulbs keep requiring replacement. Since they are no longer user replaceable, I have to take it in to the dealership each time."

Marseille B., MD (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"puddle lights - under carriage courtesy lighting failed two times in two years. dealership fixed both times but did not guarantee that they would continue to work. these lights were part of a recall on similar Subaru Outbacks however the 2012 Outback was not included in the recall. Subaru sent us a $500 credit to be used to fix ANY problem - parts or labor. we used this manufacturer credit to fix the problem."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Same issue as headlights - seems like the bulbs burn out more frequently than they should"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Fog light came loose in housing, dealer claimed that I struck something( I do not believe it so) Cost over $100 out of pocket"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Puddle lights did not work...replaced under warrenty"

Bob P., NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Puddle lights on driver side stopped functioning. Dealership said "problem with harness" repaired with out cost to me"

K H., IA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"3 dash warning lights would flash on and off at times. There was a defect in the emission system that was covered by warranty."

Gary A., CA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"1 headlight burned out. I had it replaced by a non-Subaru shop. Very difficult to clamp it in correctly. Mechanic warned me that he was not able to seat the headlight bulb correctly. It sat crooked and other cars flashed their beams at me. By the time I got it to a Subaru dealer, the heat of the lamp had melted the housing and I had to pay $350 to replace the entire lighting unit -- driving lights, headlights, signal lights, etc"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Low Beam headlights were replaced due to recall notice"

Stephen C., MA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight lamp failed, had to be replaced. Did it myself, but it was VERY difficult to get to (had to access by taking inner fender off), many scratches and abrasions trying to reach it. Still not sure it got properly seated! Wouldn't surprise me if it failed again soon, but then I'll have the dealer do it. Whew!"

Thomas S., MO (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Low beam bulb burned out - VERY difficult to replace DIY"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They burn out often and changing them is ridiculously difficult for such an important item"

Dennis L., MA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They keep burning out at an alarming rate. Both the high and low beams. The DRL module quit also. And the lenses cloud over and make the lights useless as well as unsafe. But that issue, cloudy lenses, seems to be common to ALL cars with that type of cover. This is dangerous. Why doesn't the government demand the use of a material that does not get cloudy?"

Chris G., MT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Some how your computer has decided that I have TWO Outbacks and is asking me these questions twice. I have only one Outback"

Chris G., MT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced 3 headlights"

Howard F., NJ (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"apparently there was some sort of short in the system and they had to remove the entire front bumper to correct the headlight problem"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both head light bulbs had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NM (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Have had to replace headlights more frequently than any Subaru we've ever owned (this is our 8th Subaru)--at least four times"

R C., MT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to change several bulbs - with subaru one has to take apart front end to get to the lights and this is expensive There is no easy way to get to the front lights also subaru radio died - had to replace in addition the backup camera died"

Neil S., NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I replaced one headlight 3 times and the other twice. Subaru said they have headlight issues but found no solution. I sold the car due to this continuous problem"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The passenger side low beam headlight has been replaced twice since 2012. And it's a pain in the ass to change it yourself"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Lights not easy to acsess"

Michael S., NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Three headlights have blown in the past 5 months"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water got inside headlight and gets fogy in cold weather"

Colin W., CA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Our low beam headlights have prematurely burnt out. More than the bulbs being fairly expensive, replacing them is very tedious if done independently or expensive if done via a mechanic. I have come to understand Subaru has a known problem with the automatic headlight setting... it causes a surge which burns out the bulbs. To my knowledge, Subaru has not offered a fix to date"

Les B., VA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced both lowbeams 4 to 5 times since purchased new"

Henry C., GA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Low beam headlight out and extremely difficult to replace myself - absurd design"

John D., RI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"THE BULBS BURN OUT TOO SOON ...HAVE REPLACED ON EACH YEAR"

Patricia D., MA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight lamp fogged over."

Anonymous, ME (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"It wasn’t as simple as opening the hood and easily replace the bulb. It required removing the fender wheel cover. It was necessary to have a garage replace it. I was charged an hour labor."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight bulbs fail frequently."

Paul S., WA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Left headlight has burned out twice. Right headlight has burned out once."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bulbs keep requiring replacement. As these are not user-replaceable, as they were in previous models, I feel I'm constantly having to take the car to the dealership to have lights replaced."

Marseille B., MD (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The standard headlights stopped coming on. We could only drive at night if the high beam was on. When taken it to look at it turned out to be some kind of fuse problem."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights individually quit working had to be replaced"

Anonymous, UT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Right head light kept burning out. Took two replacements,last one is good 3 months on."

K H., IA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wouldn't stay on bright"

Anonymous, UT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight bulbs do not hold up very well and it seems - I was told by service dept the bulbs burn out more quickly because they burn hot"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had to replace two headlights at cost of over $100 each time - not happy about that"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bright light relay went bad - replaced by dealer (free, out of warranty) after I explained how they could find the defect in the daytime running light relay per Subaru forum"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Left headlight went out"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Burned out ( one)"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights on this model are impossible to replace without taking the tire off and removing the inner fender. Had to take it to a mechanic which cost me an extra $30 per replacement lamp and parts of two afternoons"

Stephen W., NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One of the headlights will go our and they must be changed by the dealer, can't get to them without disassembling the wheel well"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Each headlight has gone out. Recently a rear light has gone out. I have had previous cars for years without a light burning out. I was disappointed with the headlight service when a light went out again within a week and another subaru dealer discove"

Anonymous, MT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"I have to press multiple times, sometimes, to get driver or all doors open"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"2x reset key code at $60 each time and airbag lamp replacement-Cost $358"

Lawrence M., VA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"Warning system displays but the tires are fine. Reset by dealer but continues to display"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tire pressure monitor registers "false positive" a couple of times a year--weather changes?"

R C., MT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
USB port

"USB port is so poorly positioned it’s very difficult to access. That makes it easy to mis-insert a thumb drive or cord."

Warren T., IA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"no longer works"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"The check engine light and cruise control light both came on at the same time and wouldn't go out. After trouble shooting by the dealership (like they had never fixed this problem before and without calling Subaru for help), they found a loose wire in the wiring harness near the fire wall"

Tom F., IN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"All warning lights came on twice while driving"

Anonymous, WV (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"4 warning lights come on at once and when the car is checked I am told I didn't put the gas cap on right. I don't believe that. I think there is a problem with the emission sensors and gas. The problem has happened 3 times now, all on long (hours long) trip after I get gas. One of the warning lights means you aren't suppose to drive but I do because I know there is nothing wrong with the car"

Anonymous, NM (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Warning lights randomly come on"

Anonymous, AL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

""check engine" light comes on sporadically, usually without diagnosable reason. Same with tire inflation warning, although once it was accurate (nail in tire)"

R C., MT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"all dashboard warning lights ON, however, car ran problem free. this has happened on multiple occasions. mechanic was able to turn off warning light. no recurrence for many months but then recurs"

Joanne L., FL (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"All lights came on the dash (brake, check engine, etc.). Had this fixed once and then it happened again 6 months later"

T M., NJ (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check Engine light also deactivated the cruise control and remote starting systems, while also causing other unrelated warning lights to illuminate/flash. That has happened on 2 different occasions - once for a catalytic converter replacement and second (currently) for an oxygen sensor."

Mark M., OH (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Warning lights come on unexpectedly--dealer hasn't been able to diagnose problem. Car seems to perform okay"

R C., MT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Recall over the motor cover"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Recall due to potential fire hazard"

Carl B., MA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall on wiper motor"

Anonymous, NE (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Will fix under warranty"

John K., FL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This was a recall"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Subaru Outback)

"Windshield wiper switch went bad and had to be replaced"

Jonathan O., MN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the wipers came on and I could not shut them off, I had to remove the fuse and take it to the dealer for a new control mondul."

Anonymous, GA (2012 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

"When it rained puddles formed on the rear trunk liner. Dealer said the top brake light was leaking, replaced it for $180 and the problem is gone"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Third bake light in hatch leaked water"

Robert M., IL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The seal around the third brake light in the rear leaked. I got a new assembly and replaced it myself."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive wind noise around the doors or windows in the doors."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At the top of the hatchback"

Anonymous, QC (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Hose clogged resulting in water leaking onto the floor of the front passenger compartment."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AC outlet was plugged and water backed up and began flowing into the passenger footwell. Also occasional water leaks around rear hatch."

Anonymous, WI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The moon roof had an intermittent leak where water would drip from the switches that controlled the moon roof (causing fear of electrical shortage)...it would occasionally not respond to buttons but eventually got it to close. It seems to have remedied itself."

Nick A., IL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear hatch has leak that presents during opening. Leak appears to be a seal problem. Sometimes drips on floor in back storage area when hatch is opened."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bad leak in rear window"

John A., MO (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water leaks under dash at passenger foot area, and rear hatch"

John D., RI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"During heavy rains, water leaks into the rear cargo area, likely through a seal in the tailgate. I have not been able to identify the exact spot of water intrusion and have therefore been unable to resolve the issue myself."

William G., PA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The air conditioning drain line became clogged on a long trip resulting in the condensation water entering the front passenger side and saturating the carpet both in the front and back seating areas. The carpeting had to be taken out by the dealer to dry it for a couple days."

Donald W., KS (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"During heavy rain, water leaks into the luggage compartment from the back hatch. The water leaked down into the spare tire wheel storage well."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"radiator leak car overheated"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"water was acccumulating on passenger floor mat after railfall"

Patrick B., NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water on passenger side floor from blocked drain"

Jeanne C., OH (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"In 2014 the air conditioner was leaking water into the passenger side floor. The problem was fixed, however now in 2015 the same problem has returned, car going in for service next week"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear hatch window seal leak"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Experienced leaking into the passenger side a year after having car and again last year. We are wold it was due to a clogged hose from the windshield, one that we cannot clear ourselves..so involves a service call. But, crossing fingers have not ex"

Sharon K., MA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Rear window weather stripping has loosened and causes/allows air noise"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Weather stripping around cargo gate (rear door) has allowed a small amount of water to leak into the car during heavy thunderstorms. There is a musty odor in the car as a result."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear hatch - some leakage"

John D., RI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"SEE PROBLEMS WITH SUNROOF"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Hatch weather stripping leaks at five years old."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the high mount rear brake light seal had apparently eroded, so it started running along the trunk lid and dripping into the cargo area. Despite it starting within a month of buying the car, the dealer claimed that seals weren't covered under the used car warranty, so I was forced to pay several hundred dollars to have the seal replaced."

Nick A., IL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had repeated problems with the moon roof drains clogging and causing rain water to leak into the cabin. This has caused discoloration of fabric in the roof and I believe that it has affected the electronics controlling the moon roof so that it no longer closes properly. This is the main reason that I regret having purchased this car. Otherwise it has performed very well."

Brett P., FL (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Clogged drain lines around roof and sun-roof."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"REAR HATCH LEAKS WATER FROM RAIN OR CAR WASH"

Anonymous, SD (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"rear windshield leaks from top into the back of the car"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Severe thumping/rattling coming from front driver side suspension or brake system. Was never diagnosed by dealer even after 8-10 complaints"

Marcel M., TN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Minor Interior noise from dashboard and rear cargo bay. Heat shield rattles at low RPMs"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle in the suspension/driveline on the right side"

Steve G., ID (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"sun roof rattles"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Heat shield came loose and rattled. Was repaired 2 years ago and is now loose and rattling again"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Heat shield rattles, occasional squeaks from suspension"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car drives and feels like a bag of hammers -- shaky, road noisy and loose. Back-up camera broken, too expensive to fix. Sound speakers have blown out. Leaky, noisy seals around doors and tailgate. Car in state of rapid decline, disintegration. It has been regularly serviced and well taken care of, so this is disappointing."

Anonymous, NS (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After thinking the rattle was a bad strut and replacing both l and r side terrible noise in front end still there."

John A., MO (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We have an annoying rattle in the driver side panel cover on the pillar that connects the roof to the body."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A rattle like a loose bolt coming from behind the b-pillar. It has been checked by Subaru but does not interfere with safety or other mechanical parts. They have not found an easy remedy for the sound."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear cargo area loose trim clamps on rear door"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We live in Michigan. With the onset of cold weather, or a cold snap, the dash rattles and squeaks over bumps. Nothing during the summer"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A rattle in the passenger front door"

Kathleen M., NV (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"On going issue with front suspension rattles on dirt roads and we live on a dirt road!"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes make a clunking noise when you put on the brakes"

Karen T., TN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Makes a lot of noise when beginning acceleration. Very annoying. We think it has something to do with the brakes but not sure"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i)

"Lift gate required adjustment. Repair completed under warrantee"

Dewayne H., MI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Loud rattle from front end going over bumps. Dealer determined that front disc brake calipers had excessive freeplay and installed what they called a disc brake kit under warranty"

David W., WA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhaust pipe rattle been back to dealer three times and still have rattle"

Robert K., PA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"noise affiliated with brake drums over rough road"

David U., BC (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"brake drum rattles over gravel roads"

David U., BC (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front suspension squeeking noise when going over speed bumbs"

Pierre L., QC (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Pasager side window had a wind noise problem since car was new"

Marcel M., TN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind and road noise is quite noticeable at highway speeds"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I'm a Subaru loyalist, but one thing about all of the Subarus I've owned that has always bothered me... they're loud! It's just not a quiet brand."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Subaru Outback)

"there just seems to be a lot of wind noise in the car. I would prefer a car with a quieter, more insulated, sound"

Susan G., WA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car is just very noisy around windows and doors, and high level of road noise."

Richard W., NS (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very distracting wind noise. I could not see in the survey where to report the following: a) this vehicle also handles poorly on the highway - seems to over react - even low wind causes feeling of instability. b) lack of heat to feet on drivers side (sought help at Subaru dealership 3 times, not resolved.."

Anonymous, MT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Combination of engine noise and wind"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"LOTS OF ROAD NOISE"

Anonymous, SD (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"This is my second outback , my first outback had terrible wind noise coming from the passenger side window. My current outback does have a quieter ride however when driving over 50 in the cold weather it sometimes has a terrible wind noise as if your"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The front passenger side window does not close properly at times. It is an intermittent problem. Also, the engine is very loud almost all the time"

Kathryn F., PA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Continental tires are extremely noisy, taken back to dealer 2 times for loud singing noise. Replaced with Fusion Tires and now very quiet!!"

John W., NH (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"The abs light came on during a trip. Nearest Subaru dealer reset comport system under warranty at no cost"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"drive side rear caliper had a frozen pin that prevented the caliper movement"

Joseph C., NH (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rusted shield around calipers replaced and both front wheel bearings"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front calipers marred the roters - both not warranteed. My local mechanic discovered in annual inspection. Very unusual for standard gearbox"

Steve B., NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brakes engaging causing premature wear - brakes replaced under warranty"

Gary K., NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"needed to replace front pads"

Anonymous, NS (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes were squeaking...had pads and rotors replaced."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear brakes had to be replace at about 60,000 miles. I assume that is about average but the front brakes still had plenty of braking material left on them. I don't understand why the rear brakes wore down so much faster than the front ones"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It was very expensive to repair and because it was discovered on a Friday, it was out of commission for 3 or 4 days, with no replacement car for us to use."

Anonymous, NL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Pads and rotors replaced around 26,000 miles"

Milagros O., PA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"brake pads replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After 77,000 miles had to have regular brake pad and caliper replacement"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Live on a dirt road and brakes get full of mud & crud when driving"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Brake light came on and they replaced the parking brake system. Actually I believe it was the gas cap that turned on the light but the out of town dealer used it to sell me a very expensive new brake. The light came on again later and a $10 gas cap fixed the problem."

Dennis W., GA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"At less than 35000 miles I had to replace pads and rotors both front and rear. This car lives in a rural area where there is little stop and go traffic"

Peter S., NH (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brake pads needed replacement at 30K miles"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced rear brakes at 47,000 miles. I don't know if this is regular wear and tear or premature"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brakes needed replacement at 20,000 miles"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Not sure how premature it was, but the brake pads needed replacing and i don't drive the car that much. I work at home and seldom use the car so i was surprised at the brake wear"

Doug M., MA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Have had to change pads and rotors 3 times in last 35000 miles. Have used different vendors for parts with same result. Car has not been in major accident to cause problem"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had to have brake jobs on one or more of the four brake sets three time in less than 60000 miles I consider this excessive."

Peter S., NH (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brake pads and/or rotors need replaced about every 15000 miles."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed rear brake pads at 52000 miles. Previous two Subarus, a 2010 Outback and 2000 Forester did not need brakes with over 100,000 miles."

Anonymous, ID (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brakes wore out before front brakes, this should not be typical."

Anonymous, WI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Ever since we bought this car the brakes have been a huge expense. We’re on our FIFTH set of rotors and pads on both axles. Inexcusable."

Michael B., OH (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear brakes required replacing at about 60,000 miles. I assume that is about right but the front brakes still had plenty of material left on them so I don't know why the rear brakes wore down so disproportionally to the front ones"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear pads have worn out two times under 60,000 miles. Mechanic states the area rusts up and the pads stick"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Subaru Outback)

"break pad wear occurs very early compared to my other cars. Its difficult to know why because service cenrtre does not install OEM parts"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is the fourth set of front and rear rotors and pads I have had to install on this car, excluding one set that was replaced under initial warranty. At $800+ per repair this is inexcusable given the long brake life I have gotten on other vehicles."

Michael B., OH (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rotors and pads have been replaced two times and are close to having to replaced again in less than 60000 miles!!!! One caliper has been replaced."

Anonymous, NH (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed new brakes pads at 18000"

C J., PA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed new brakes all around at 21000 miles. Service not performers by dealer. Dealer replaced front brake pads again 800 miles later. Claimed shop used non-Subaru brakes. I was "taken" by the dealer who returned the pads to me. They are fine a"

Norma W., NY (2012 Subaru Outback)

"Rear brakes needed to be replaced. This the first time in my 55 years of driving the rear brakes wore out in 35,000 miles"

Micheal H., MA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear pads and rotors wore out after 28000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brakes needed replacing at 40,000 KM. Unacceptable. Dealer rationale: we do not use our breaks enough"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brake, disk and pads had to be replaced at less than 30000miles. Installer indicated this is a problem with this model"

Peter S., NH (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced rear brake pads and machined rotors at 49,700 miles. Seems premature for rear brakes. Front pads still OK at over 57K miles"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brake pads where replaced and disk turned on warranty"

Pierre L., QC (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brakes replaced at 30,000 at cost of $750.00 Front brakes replaced twice so far"

Judith H., PA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"not resolved yet - not too serious but am still looking in to it. Occurs at highway speeds - serviceman did not test at high enough speeds to diagnose it, I will return to dealer for further analysis."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Break stuck on so they pulsed, vibrated and heated up."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"Have had to have the brakes replaced fully, front and back"

Christine B., NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Rotors needed replacement. This item was selected due to cost. It was a typical full brake service that was required and this is relatively costly at the dealership"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car required front rotor replacement at in 50,000 miles. The dealership also said the rear rotors were almost down to minimum allowable thickness. We chose to only replace the front rotors plus new pads on all four positions. The bill was $580. We do not drive in the mountains or do anything else that should have led to rotor wear. I have never needed new rotors on a car with this few miles"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors needed resurfacing although little wear on the pads"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"2nd time replaced in 4 years"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors have been replaced on one or more of the four sets of brakes three times in less than 60000 miles"

Peter S., NH (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"normal wear and tear"

Patrick O., IL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"had rotors cut twice then replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors are too thin and warp easy have to replace when brake pads are half thickness"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotars need replacement at 52000 miles even though the original pads did not need replacement . I was told the rotors were made thinner to save weight"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front rotors had to be replaced at around 26,000 miles, along with the pads. I don't know if this is normal or excessive wear. I don't think we're especially hard on brakes"

Milagros O., PA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rotors have had to be resurfaced since car was purchased. Never had this problem before and I have owned many cars"

Anonymous, NM (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear brakes were screaming coming down a mountain, after a bit of this and that the shop showed me where the edges on each side of the normal wear were rusted badly. When the pad come in contact with the rust it caused the screaming noise. By the"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"I'm not sure that this is a Subaru problem as much as a dealer tech issue. Tech says that we still have 3m-4m miles an the brakes. The noise gets loader the next day. I took the car back and he tells me the pads are down to 1m and I shouldn't drive the car. We are taking the car to another service center."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake pads needed replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Some interior noises; frequent brake squeaking; frequent odd road hum/noise"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R 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

"Screen in rear view mirror goes blue from time to time; distance lines are obscured from time to time by heavy lines. Screen goes completely blank (no image) and screen shows no image of rear"

Harold S., MI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Camera no longer functions"

Anonymous, RI (2012 Subaru Outback)

"When putting the car in reverse there is a delay before the camera comes on. The display tells me the car is a Subaru. I know that already"

S A., CA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The backup camera shows a blue screen for a few seconds then completely disappears"

Crystal T., FL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"broke down and doesn't work"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Back up camera works intermittently"

David S., NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Does not work, blue screen"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

"Just stopped working and it ticks me off because it was an expensive item for the car, and the dealer suggested I just purchase a replacement system"

James A., OK (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CD quit working and cost through dealer to repair/replace was astronomical. Replaced radio/CD unit with better after market unit at fraction of dealer cost."

Anonymous, TN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Just stopped playing CD Dealer fixed it."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I listen to audio books and if I miss a thought I cannot reverse just a short distant. I have to go back to the beginning of the track which can be quite long sometimes. This will prevent me from buying a foreign car again"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"The display is now always completely blank, yet the radio and CD work fine just can't see anything, such as stations, what CD track, etc."

Anonymous, NV (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Never been fixed since problem is intermittent and not on when at dealership"

Stuart K., ON (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Thermometer stopped functioning. Also remaining miles to drive on tank of gas stopped functioning"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"I am not technologically sophisticated enough to figure this out for myself and need the dealership to help me"

James A., OK (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"unable to use both jack plugs at same time - only one at a time will work"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car and bluetooth don't always communicate well"

John B., VT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have to unplug iPhone and have iPhone speaker working, then plug back in b4 it transmits through car speakerstt"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Navigation system freezes up and the buttons do not function . GPS sometimes fails to work. Many times the GPS takes the longest route Memory function on GPS has failed"

Stuart K., ON (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Support system does not work, memory location remains inoperable, GPS can freeze"

Stuart K., ON (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Entire entertainment and navigation system is badly designed, difficult to navigate, dangerous (because it requires driver distraction to operate small buttons and screen icons)."

Richard W., NS (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Unreliable"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Not intuitive. Poor instruction manual. Dealer had difficulty determing how to stop the navigation system. Adjusting sound quality takes an engineer"

S A., CA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Difficult to input destination. Menu and controls difficult to understand"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"I find the navigation system too restrictive given the limitations when driving. A passenger can't enter anything without stopping the car. On a highway, this feels almost as dangerous as the driver entering information while driving"

C S., PA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"unreliable, difficult to use, counter intuitive"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Does not provide as much info (e.g., announcing street names) and is not as reliable (e.g., indicates the wrong side of the road for a site) as our Garmin was"

Anonymous, NL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"GPS screen would freeze and not refresh with current state information"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The entire sound and media system is complex, difficult and dangerous to manipulate while driving, huge and extremely unhelpful user manual. Would never buy another car with this system in it."

Anonymous, NS (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth pairing no longer works and was way too difficult to begin with"

John D., RI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Phone voice sounded like being underwater on receiving end"

Steve L., CA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Paired with my first iPhone 2nd iPhone paired for one day and cannot get to pair again"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Horrible bluetooth interface; very difficult to pair, often locks out phone, can only register one phone. very poor microphone quality; dealership says this is all "normal""

Anonymous, CA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This bluetooth system is the most difficult to use of any cars I have ever paired with my iPhone"

C S., PA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Still does not pair consistently. Had trouble with radio which is built into naviagation"

David H., IN (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Since the dealer replaced the amplifier twice (still buzzing annoyingly), I cannot get my new iPhone to pair with the Bluetooth at all. Also, the "calendar" doesn't work anymore, even with this brand new system"

Brenda H., IN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Amplifier broke...replaced under warrenty"

Bob P., NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio would go to full volume for no reason at all and could not turn off without turning vehicle off, this is very dangerious as it is sudden. Dealer had to replace with a new unit"

Anthony S., VA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Sirius cuts out so often that it is frustrating to listen to. Also the radio will often change stations with no provocation. This is the Pioneer system that came with the car. Their GPS system is also not as informative or reliable as our previous Ga"

Anonymous, NL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a constant buzzing or humming noise when the car is running or even with just the key in the ignition turned to "on." Under warranty, have had the amplifier replaced twice and now the third one is doing it again. Starts in cold temps"

Brenda H., IN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Software update fixes

"Was on vacation. Had to have it towed to the nearest dealer."

James E., IL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"pinched wire"

Anonymous, OK (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In warm weather (>60) speakers crackle and stop working. Errr"

Anonymous, WY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"The dealer replaced the volume control for the sound system and it broken once again and now out of warranty"

James D., IL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"volume control and mute button on steering wheel"

David U., BC (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"volume and mute controls on radio"

David U., BC (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering wheel control buttons don't always do what they should. Often, the volume button will change the radio station or input mode and vice versa"

John B., VT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"Voice command is quirky. I speak very carefully when "dialing by name" and have to "cancel" and try again about half the time"

Crystal T., FL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Voice control requires exact words, has strange time-outs, and is generally not worth the trouble"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"no volume control when using bluetooth for the phone. Volume is set to very high"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"At 90,000 miles the clutch stopped working. It cost $1,300 to have the dealer install a new clutch pack"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch went out completely and had to be replaced. About a week of it feeling odd - sporadic, then went out"

Penelope P., CA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When driving over the Ambassador bridge and back (in Detroit) in stop and go driving there is a lot of clutch operation especially because people improperly use the center (NEXIS and truck lane) and then try to cut in. This bridge is a high arched bridge with relatively steep aproaches to the middle on each side. This was a major cause of clutch replacement, even though it had done only 6 crossings."

John D., MI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"clutch lever and pivot both broke. Since the labor to fix those parts was extensive and would have been duplicated when the clutch and flywheel eventually needed replacing, I replaced clutch and flywheel at the same time."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I'd bought the certified vehicle with a stiff clutch at 33K miles and they said that was normal for a subaru. but then a year later, they claimed the exact same stiff clutch was bad and needed replacement. I pushed until Subaru paid for the replacement, splitting it with the dealer."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Torque converter

"Torque converter was not fully disengaging, car would stall coming to a stop. Purchased extended warranty, which covered the $1500 repair"

Raymond C., NH (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recently when stopping short the engine would die like driving a stick and not throwing out the clutch when you stop. I went online to SUBARU Owners.org and found that 2011 & 2012 models had defective Torque Converters and that some people contacted Subaru and were sent $500.00 to help with the repair. Many people thought this should of been a recall but it's not at this time. I Emailed Subaru and also was went a check for $500.00, I took the car to a Subaru dealer and had the motor pulled, Torq"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to be replaced at 88,000 miles at a cost of $1400 including the 90k service"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Will need replacing eventually. The car is stalling when stopped"

Anonymous, AL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Was stalling. Told that it was a torque converter problem. Was told that it was a problem with Subarus. Had it replaced. Paid for the fix"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Torque converter lockup stopped releasing reliably upon car return to stop causing frequent idle stalls unless shifted into neutral"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is the same car"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car was stalling at stop lights randomly shortly after I bought it with 90000 miles on it"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Some sort of electrical issue with the torque convertor and transmission control module (TCM). Major fixes required twice - total cost approx $3000+"

Jordan W., FL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car periodically shuddered and engine stumbled while driving. Thought the engine might die. Problem was intermittent."

Anonymous, OK (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Vehicle would hesitate when moving from a stopped position. I feared it was going to stall which it never did. I had the torque converter repaired rather than risk a more serious problem/situation."

Mark M., VA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"I had the torque converter replaced, but then received an unsolicited notice from Subaru that offered to pay for it, which I took advantage of. The symptom was stalling when coming to quick stops."

Mark M., OH (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Shortly after buying the used car, I had several warning lights pop up. It also had an intermittent issue that the Outback would shudder, and occasionally stall, at stops. The local trans shop diagnosed the TCM module and the torque converter. Expensive repair, over $2K, but I still love the vehicle - everything else has been great."

Jordan W., FL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A shudder became increasing worse when coasting. Search of internet indicated the Torque Converter and that it was in recall. Subaru at first declined to service it under recall as the engine was of a different size than the one under recall. The Subaru dealer service department advocated for use and did get the torque converter replaced with no cost to us."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Subaru proactively extended my transmission warranty in august 2017 and I had the torque converter repaired in december 2017 for no cost. I'm very happy with that."

Kathy O., WI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The torque converter failed twice and was replaced under warranty both times, even though the part was out of warranty the second time"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall from manufacturer"

Ronald A., AR (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car was shuddering under light acceleration. Dealer diagnosed the problem, replaced the torque converter under warranty"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Noise & rumbling. Expensive repair (but covered under warranty). One visit to diagnose and order parts - second visit (expected 2 days) for repair"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Uneven gear engagement. Shift points faulty"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Transmission went out shortly after purchase, but was covered by dealer warrenty. Shifting into first can be difficult when it is cold outside"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Total transmission failure would not shift. Clutch was fine"

Michael S., NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CVT started slipping and losing power. They don't rebuild and only offered a replacement which cost $4,000"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Entire transmission was replaced under warranty. It was not releasing when the car came to a stop, causing the engine to stall."

V R., NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Foulty transmission. Replaced under extended warrenty."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Occasional engine stumbling while idling in Drive or Park, or stopping or starting in Drive or Park, was caused by torque converter lockup, valve body, other problem(s), valve body lockup in the rebuilt replacement transmission, inhibitor switch, power steering rack connection. In each case the defective part was replaced free of charge, except for the power steering connection, which was adjusted . Loaner cars were provided at no cost, as needed. This all occurred over a period of about 200 miles. The occasional stumbling persists, at 80,245 miles."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch would not engage, unable to move car. Had to have the whole clutch system/transmission done $2800. OUCH"

Anne K., IL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I purchased vehicle with no recall issues. Known issue with transmission and or valve body of CVT 2012 Subaru Outback and other models. Google this. They did not issue recall, but extended warranties to cover for additional time. So I bought, but would not have if I knew it was likely there would be issues with tranny. Owned one year and then due to issues, noises did extra research and found Forbes article surrounding this issue. Lesson: research a vehicle more before you buy."

Bonnie B., NC (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It was built in 2012 with a new type transmission called Continuous Variable Transmission. It was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission blew up and had to be replaced. It was replaced under Subaru's warranty. It took about five months for the Subaru dealer to get a replacement transmission."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission could only be shifted into 1st gear manual. Dealer inspection found the transmission was about to fail and replaced it under extended warrenty"

Bruce H., CA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission has had problems from day one even the replacement transmission has problems of rough shift has a pause in it when taking off from a dead stop"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to have the transmission, engine and radiator replaced by the warranty company."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Reverse gear went out"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Catalytic converter"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light and warranty repairs 4 times since 2012"

John K., IN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on. Also expensive just to have it checked. Part replacement solved issue. Repair was very expensive."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The system failure caused. A fault in ecu requiring that also be replaced as well."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on. It cost 65 dollars just to have it checked. The EGR valve replacement was over 800 dollars. It should be easier to replace a part and should nor cost this much."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"system going off on dash"

Hugh D., FL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited)

"An emission control pipe failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NH (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"Seal fails. All idiot lights turn on. Can't use cruise control. Happened twice"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Fuel cap emission control sensor failed and lots of lights came on. Was told that problem was due to fuel getting into cap. Problem most likely caused by my tendency to really fill the tank. Probably too full. Have started to let gas pump just shut off then remove nozzle"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car warning lights come on and when checked it ALWAYS comes back as "fuel cap". This has happened four times since new and while covered twice under warranty it no longer is covered. ANNOYING"

Gary W., SC (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"required replacement requires extremely tight closure or will reflect system failure when there is no problem"

Anonymous, KS (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Aside from the warning light, the most annoying thing is that the cruise control ceases operating and electric emergency brake release stops working until you clear emission errors. This has happened twice due to fuel cap, once due to O2 sensor."

Anonymous, TN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"stop engine light came on, brake light came on, cruise control stopped working. This has happened twice in one year"

Dennis E., SC (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have replaced THREE fuel caps due to electronic shutdown of cruise control and always on CHECK ENGINE light. Charge to analyze computer (~$150 per) and reset each time and replace fuel caps."

Gary W., SC (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"check engine light came on and the fuel cap had to be replaced"

Tom H., VA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Leak in fuel vacuum system. Twice! Lost cruise control each time.Replaced fuel cap first time under warranty. Reset warning lights second time. Drivable each time but no cruise. Fault can be reset IF driven 6-8 miles 4 to five times. Nuisance more th"

Gary W., MO (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A self defined "minor leak" caused almost every alarm on the dashboard to flash and disabled the cruise control during a long road trip. The leak was never found and the code was reset with no re-occurance"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The cruise control goes out & then it's always blamed on the fuel cap which has been replaced. It's frustrating because the cruise control goes out while I'm out on the highway on the weekend"

Ann C., TX (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Panel dashboard lights lit up with engine problem. I called the dealer from the road to explain the problem. He told me to bring it in the next morning. He cleaned the cap and put it back on. Problem solved. We were on our way No charge. They were ve"

Birney A., MI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"car needed new fuel pump within 2 months of purchase"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Fixed February 2016. 1000 miles later same problem. Waiting game 2 weeks for an appointment"

Arthur B., MI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

""rear" 02 sensor failed. Hard to diagnose. Dealer was to replace for $200+. I complained to the regional service, since I hear that many of these have failed, and they reduced the price to $95"

Thomas S., MO (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on but went off after about 100 miles and all back to normal. This was the 4th similar occasion. The other 3 times it required Subaru service at Columbus, GA; Hilton Head, SC & Lakeland, FL. All times it occurred while driving on major highways"

John K., FL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Not sure what sensors but lost cruise control, anti-sway, had code 456 evap small leak checked for rewrites, rewrite available"

Donald K., SD (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Same comment as fuel cap. The Outback makes darn sure you know there’s a problem by killing the cruise control and electric emergency brake release."

Anonymous, TN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light indicated a problem. Just to have it checked was too expensive. Testing was inconclusive so the part was replaced and problem resolved. it was very expensive to repair."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car won’t into a safe mode and all warning lights flashed and cruise control did not work. Top speed was around 60. Sensors were replaced and no issues since."

Anonymous, ND (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Catalytic converter failed intermittently causing sensors to fail and check engine light to come on. Components replaced 4 times before Subaru dealers decided CC was the root of problem."

Anonymous, MN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The CHECK ENGINE LIGHT repeatedly comes on but it is usually not a actual problem with the engine but with one or more of the sensors"

Martin G., NJ (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check Engine light activated by one or more problems with sensors monitoring fuel in gas tank"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine stalls sometimes when coming to a complete stop. Issue is not yet resolved. The Mass Air Sensor has been cleaned with some improvement"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on. Evaporative fuel system small leak was the analysis. Probably a loose fuel cap. Che ked out and no leak found. Alarms reset"

Anonymous, WV (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"defective MAP sensor"

Manuel G., MO (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Three times while on extended trips the engine light has turned on disabling cruise control and making other lights flash on the control. In all three cases, the problem corrected itself after a period of time and driving, 300-800 miles"

James M., NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace both O2 sensors"

Dave S., TN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light appears, 2nd time in 2 years. Both times indicate a small evap. leak. Both times appeared while driving on inter state. Took in to different dealerships to reprogram & repair"

John K., IN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"all four went bad - very expensive!!"

Brent B., CO (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Pulley broke leaving power steering and cooling non functional. Luckily I was in town and able to limp home and get pulley replaced on the same day. Had this happen out of the city I would have been with a major repair issue. Pulley bearings had come apart allowing the pulley and belt to come off entirely."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Engine computer

"All the dash warning lights came on intermittently, and remained on for hours or days. Dealer service department reported not problems could be found."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"ecu reflash under warranty problem may not be corrected"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"Check engine light code indicated sticking valve lifters. Since access is difficult, requiring partial disassembly of the engine, we replaced all valve lifters"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I’m a mechanic and automotive performance enthusiast on the side. Subaru has the worst factory engine programming of any brand I’ve driven or worked on. They run way too much ignition timing, and the engine audibly knocks and pings while cruising- even if we use higher octane than recommended. They simply need to do a better job since it almost certainly causes low compression and oil consumption over time."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car has pinged and knocked heavily since new, even “non-geargead” people sitting in the car hear it and comment. Running premium only slightly helps, the ignition timing is just flat out too far advanced to be safe."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My car engine rattles so you can hear me coming down the street. My car sounds like an old vehicle from the 60's. It was a problem with the system that they fixed in subsequent models supposedly, but I would have to pay to get it fixed in mine and then the fix would only last a little while."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine mounts

"tires kept scraping when turning the steering wheel. wasn't diagnosed till the 3rd time I brought it in"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"1. Excess oil consumption 2. Oil spots on the ground"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Due to a faulty head gasket an oil leak was caused"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It uses to much oil It has failed latest oil consumption test"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"the front engine seal started leaking and needed to be replaced. This also included replacing the timing belt since it was off at the same time."

Gerald B., MN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil pan plug had a double washer install."

Paris A., MI (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Car is starting to have a smell of burning oil after shutting off the engine, even though there is no obvious leak. (Happened on our 2000 Legacy Wagon as well.)"

David W., WA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a known issue that these cars are burning through oil. We noticed it when it was brand new. It took a while for Subaru to acknowledge it. They sent out letters to all car owners and are trying to back up their product. We are in an analysis stage (they are monitoring our car's oil usage) to see what can done. How they handle this will determine whether or not we will buy another Subaru this year. My experience in the past is that they are a great company, so I am hopeful, but this is the first made in North America Subaru that I have owned and so far my impression is that quality slipped when they stopped importing them from Japan."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

""O" ring malfunction - difficulty diagnosing oil leak. fixed the "O" ring hopeful that fixes the issue"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Slight oil leak after 15 mile daily commute. At work and in garage"

B R., OR (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"regular leaks for nearly last 2 1/2 years"

Brent B., CO (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car seems to leak a small amount of oil, which mechanics say is "normal""

Anonymous, CT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"car has constantly expelled warm air during A/C use. Has been in the shop 4 times but still is not fixed"

Anonymous, NM (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Took three trips to the dealer to get it fixed properly"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"sometimes will blow only hot when a/c is turned on or will just stay on when I've pressed 'off' Course it never happens when I bring it in, so the service people ignore me. It pisses me off. Hard to believe I have the only lemon system"

Janet G., NC (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The blowers do not blow the air the way it should, resulting in some warm spots and other cold areas in the front seat area"

SUSn G., WA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Climate Control does not hold temperature at the set temp. On sunny days interior gets very hot"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Hot air will blow from the bottom & cool air from the top on the driver's vent. When it's hot I have to roll the window down before the air conditioner will work"

Ann C., TX (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Fan motor made noise and failing. Needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The fan is very loud in the car when the heat or ac is set to anything over the lowest setting"

Chris S., NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Blower motor failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"The condensate drain hose clogged several times, and was difficult to keep clear. This caused the condensate to not drain outside and accumulate in the interior of the vehicle, on the front occupants' carpet/floor pans"

William G., PA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"There is very poor heating out of lower vents by the feet"

Chris S., NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Mfr failure to design heater/ventilation system to prevent entry of squirrels and mice"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The heater is absolutely terrible. We live at 10,000 ft and the car never get warm in the winter. We’ve done everything to try and fix this but the heater was just not engineered correctly."

Mark O., CO (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Poor heat delivery when on "floor setting""

Gary K., NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very little heat come from floor vents. Feet get cold in winter"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"High pressure AC hose burst. Dealer replaced hose and re-charged AC ($328), no issues since"

Joseph I., CA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"A/C not cooling as it should. Bought a recharge kit and added Freon myself. Cooling well now."

Leo P., PA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Air conditioning was not functioning properly. It was fixes, but I may have a condenser issue."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"No cold air. Will look for refrigerant leak in near future before summer arrives. Not sure about compressor, condenser, etc."

John M., MA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

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

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Wheels had to be aligned after replacement of front lower control arm bushings"

Anonymous, NS (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I assume the alignment had to be done after replacing the tie rod ends, but I'm not sure."

Milagros O., PA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car is an AWD. The camber is incapable of being adjusted. My right rear passenger's side wheel is out of alignment with the camber being off. AWD vehicles require replacement of all 4 tires upon any one or more going bad. Gets very expensive,"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"went through a set of tires in two years due to uneven tire wear from alignment out"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

"Somehow the ball joint broke which caused a terrible vibration in the car. It was a very costly fix."

Michael P., NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"Had to replace both front lower control arm bushings"

Anonymous, NS (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The bushings on the lower control arm wore out and broke. This was after the ball joint broke on the other side. Both costly to fix."

Michael P., NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bushings had to be replaced as a result of state inspection - wear"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"In the winter, the rear "clunks" going over bumps. Sounds like there's ice in the wheel well or the struts are frozen. Dealer has never been able to reproduce the issue"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car is starting to get tossed around on bumps like the struts are wearing out."

David W., WA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One of my struts leaked/broke. Made clunking noise when I drove over bumps"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"Replaced the Power Steering O Ring Seal Replenish hydraulic fluid Cost: $225"

Lawrence M., VA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Our trusted mechanic told us the tie rod ends needed to be replaced. I assume this necessitated doing the alignment, too."

Milagros O., PA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Front wheel bearing had to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both rear wheel bearings going out (which I could hear) when I went in for oil change. Dealer replaced under extended warranty. No further problems."

Richard R., AR (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear wheel bearing is now making loud noise and my mechanic wants to replace it. This will make the third wheel bearing I have replaced on this vehicle"

Richard W., NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both rear bearing had to be replaced"

David G., PA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bad bearing driver side front wheel"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"Gear shifting part needed to be replaced in transmission. It was not a recall but Subaru extended the warranty for 10 yers or 100,000 miles. It should have been a recall"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When I came to a stop the transmission wouldn't shift into first gear. I had to manually shift it to that gear. I took it to the dealer and they said the transmission was about to fail and would be replaced under extended warranty by subaru"

Bruce H., CA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"At approximately 110,000 we began to experience a grinding and/or catching noise when shifting into 3rd gear. Dealer mechanic stated plastic part in transmission will eventually need to be replaced at cost of $2,200"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"On Down shift It Bangs and slips. It has Happened from brand new off the lot and Subaru refuses to rectify because they say they can not duplicate it when they have the car!it is a V6 and is very frustrating."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Periodically, the engine becomes sluggish after stopping and then restarting. There is an occasional clunk sound."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Trans. seemed to stay in lower gears too long. Dealer provided a no-cost software upgrade that eliminated the problem"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Dealer had to re-set code because of rough shifting"

Anonymous, OK (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Clutch depresses stiffly"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"Would not stay in gear"

David S., WA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I'm not an auto mech but assume that it was slipping problem. The car would start dying as I came to a stop or accelerated. Took it to the dealer and the fix was covered by the mfr warranty -- and with absolutely no hassles. Didn't cost me a dime and I have had no problems with that, afterwards. Only problem that has cropped up in the approx. 7-8 years I have had the car."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Slipping transmission wasn't the exact problem, but was the closest to what we experienced: slight to heavy vibrations that were traced to a transmission problem. Our Subaru dealer determined that the cause was the improper maintenance (wrong fluid and inability to reset the transmission computer) performed by an independent mechanic. As such, the problem may have been more due to mechanic error than to a flaw in the Outback's transmission. Our dealer was able to fix the problem without rebuilding or replacing the transmission."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Is Interment from Day One and Subaru will not Duplicate problem"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Started slipping or skipping gears at approximately 5000 or after first dealer service"

B R., OR (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"Periodically under light acceleration cannot decide between 5th & 5th gears. Shudders."

John B., NJ (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Coming to a stop during operation, the car shuts off. It restarts immediately."

Emily S., VA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Subaru was able to fix that day"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Subaru Outback)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"When downshifting, especially at a traffic light, the RPM sometimes briefly drops to ~550-600 RPM from the normal ~700-750 RMP. Dealership said nothing was wrong with transmission or torque converter."

Stephen C., MA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Converter went bad. Took about 12 months to determine the problem after replacing a number of oxygen censors"

Dana H., SD (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to have it replaced."

James E., IL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is the same issue I just described with the exhaust. Unfortunately the part that broke was the catalytic converter, the most expensive part of the exhaust"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"The bracket the supports the exhaust in the middle broke. Then the weight was not supported. The exhaust broke at the catalytic converter, which had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"broken pipe gasket at muffler repaired with pipe flange"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"It cost close to $1,000 to fix the car. I thought this was excessive."

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I've dealt with this problem for a while. I had a mechanic attempt to tighten the shield which quieted the rattling for a time, then it came back a few months later. A 2nd mechanic inspected it and advised me that short of replacing the entire thing, he could have someone solder parts of the heat shield. But at that point, and since, I've just grown used to the rattling and just put up with it."

Eric C., MD (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"noisy when veh. is cold. recently had mechanic use a self tapping screw to tighten, seems to have worked."

R L., MA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It just made noise. no problem with driving"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The dealer replaced all three of the heat shields around the exhaust pipe as it exits the engine and they still rattle annoyingly!"

James D., IL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Muffler and a connecting flange/exhaust piping was rusted through. Had replaced."

Eric C., MD (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"Check engine light was not corrected from two visits to the dealer and then 2 visits to a private auto repair facility. The private auto repair facility got it right on the third try; replaced some sensor(s) that had shorted out - as I was told."

Anonymous, ME (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"It was a recall. Never had a problem with the airbags myself. The airbags came in to the dealership, they notified me to come in for replacement and took care of the situation very professionally."

Mary C., PA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Airbag recalled"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"exhaust leak at the pipe after the muffler, will be repaired soon."

R L., MA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"A small piece of the trim blew off. Lately I've seen other parts of the molding loose."

Dennis W., GA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Luggage rack bolt loose resulted in water leaking into the interior of the car"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Rubber gasket around driver side door jab wore away caused by egress into the vehicle"

Patrick B., IL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Couldn't get enough clearcoat when purchased so pitch and bird droppings and sun has damaged paint and headlight covers. I did remove pitch and dropping since I saw it"

Susan M., VA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Clear coat right below tailgate rear window flaked off even though car is waxed twice per year since new. Dealer assessed it and asked Subaru to cover the expense WHICH THEY DID. No deductible"

Gary W., SC (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The clear coat is easily scratched. Under the door handles there is lots of scratching from our fingernails."

Jennifer B., WA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"paint chipping"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The roof rack black paint peeled off"

Tom B., FL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"within 6 months the hood had spots where clearcoat had flaked off. The said it was sap and not there fault. our 2000 outback sat in the same place for 12 years and never had a problem. they just did not want to fix it under warranty"

Karen T., TN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Within few months paint started to crackle and fade, especially on hood. Has deteriorated too rapidly over time. Doesn't matter how often I wash or polish it, it acts as if paint being eaten away. Very dissatisfied with paint job"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealership was unable to identify cause of paint damage to lower edge of back liftgate and bumper. It appears that the windshield washer fluid may have accumulated and corroded the paint at the lower inside edge of the liftgate and also dripped down"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Bought the car used. Turns out it had a small accident to the right rear dogleg. The wheel housing area just in front of the right rear wheel. The repair is difficult due to layers of metal and it started rusting at the area it was repaired. Car has been driven in western PA and NY, which use salt in winter"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have owned 3 Outbacks to date. Live in the Midwest. First one that has ever had any rust. It is surface rust from a rock strike, never had that on my earlier Outbacks"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"near the top of the front window, due to a rock"

Anonymous, QC (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Rust along the back tires between the plastic and metal molding"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"All of the exhaust valves had to be rebuilt"

Irvine H., NJ (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"cylinders broken, had to completely replace the engine and car was only 6 years old"

Valerie K., NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine was consuming oil. Did oil Consumption test. Piston rings were replaced under warranty."

Brian P., ON (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Four valve guides came loose & engine stopped due to lack of compression on highway. Car had just been serviced a week before, oil level ok. Mileage was 500 over warranty - cost $3750.00"

Geoff P., RI (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The head gasket failed at 69,000 miles, causing it to overheat. It failed on the highway which was very scary. The dealership fixed it but it took over 3 weeks to get my car back. 12,000 miles later, my engine quit at the end of April this year. It's been at the shop ever since. It's now June 2nd and I still don't have my car back. The only saving grace is that I have the extended warrantee. I've completely lost confidence in this car and this brand. I will not purchase another Subaru."

Anonymous, CT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I could not control the engine and it would stop working when I would need to start or stop the engine. Had to have the warranty company replace the complete engine, transmission and radiator."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"Head Gaskets are known to go with high miles so while motor was pulled for Torque Convertor replacement I had the Head Gaskets done"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Faulty head gasket cause a slow oil leak and caused mixing of coolant and oil to cause the engine to overheat and blow"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In 2015 there was a valve guide that failed in the engine. Thankfully that repair was under warranty. In March 2017 an intake manifold gasket failed"

Anonymous, NB (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both head gasket started seeping oil as of 2014. It’s a common issue on this engine, and being the latest revision it never got really bad (unlike models prior to 2011). As such, we waited until our CPO warranty was nearly over to have the engine pulled and both gaskets done. Earlier models would fail catastrophically in much shorter time periods unless oil was changed 2x as often as factory recommended."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both cylinder head gaskets failed, requiring the engine to be removed and serviced. A common issue in these engines. What was uncommon was the front crank seal and water pump also failed."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket blew at 88,000 m. Subaru covered it as there have been many such problems in their vehicles"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"This problem was very expensive and took, took 2 experienced mechanics shops to figure out, alert lights did not give accurate information at first."

Anonymous, MT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Don't believe the dealerships. Head gaskets are still a problem with Subarus. This problem hasn't been fixed yet. My loaner cars (yes, I'm on my second loaner now) have been 2018's - the electronics software is very glitchy. My first loaner had a problem with the outside temp gauge. The safety message that shows on the touch screen prevents the driver from decreasing the volume on the radio when you first start the vehicle which is frustrating."

Anonymous, CT (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket leaked on the coil which generates misfires. went to the deauler to reset the engine failure signal, at which time the garage said everything is fine. The engine failure sign reappeared two days later. Had to return to the dealer to get t"

Anonymous, QC (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

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

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Shocks leaked did not stay up for rear hatch door"

Tom B., FL (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Glass defects

"Rear window leak"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Sunroof

"Sunroof gets stuck ... sometimes does not open all the way and sometimes it does not close (need to apply steady pressure to close sunroof). Brought car to dealer, which hires a subcontractor to repair the sunroof, however after spending $120 the problem is not fixed! We need to bring the car back to the dealer. Very frustrating!"

Joseph I., CA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Sunroof would not close after opening. Dealer said tracks that guide sunroof were defective. Despite identifying the problem as a defect, dealer charged full price (~$1700) for complete replacement with a new sunroof/track mechanism"

Anonymous T., NC (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"SUNROOF LEAKED FROM THE MOLDING SEALING IT. THEY HAD TO COMPLETELY REMOVE THE ENTIRE SUNROOF AND REBUILD IT. IT TOOK 2 TRIES TO GET IT WATERTIGHT"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Sunroof would not open. It took three trips to the dealer to get the problem finally fixed! Cost for first visit was $120, no charge for 2nd and 3rd visits. It's been 11 months since the last visit and the problem has not returned ... thankfully!"

Joseph I., CA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"DRAINAGE TUBES ON SUNROOF WERE BLOCKED BY DEBRIS AND IT LED TO RUST AROUND THE MOLDING. THEY HAD TO COMPLETELY REMOVE THE ENTIRE SUNROOF INCLUDING THE HOUSING AND REPLACE. IT WAS DONE AT NO EXPENSE TO ME AND VERY POLITELY. PROBLEM WAS THAT IN DOING SERVICING THEY DID NOT CLEAN THE DRAINS."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Came new from the factory with a problem opening and closing the sunroof properly. I didn't know it wasn't working. Finally it quit opening / closing altogether. Dealership repaired it through factory warranty although it took weeks to get it done"

Robert S., WA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We've had problems with the sunroof since we bought the car, it would jam open or closed. After the warnty period a dealer replaced the rails last year and it seems to be OK for now"

Micheal H., MA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rails became uneven resulting in the glass panel becoming jammed when opening or closing. It was fixed under warranty"

Randy H., IL (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"very expensive repair. parts had to be replaced because original parts defective so had to get new tracks and pulleys. cost over $1000"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"rear gate raisers had to be replaced"

Bert S., NJ (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very hard to close and latch without dash warning light coming on. Hs been adjusted twice"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The tailgate began rattling when driving on uneven pavement. The dealership wrapped tape around the latch post and charged $85 for the "fix""

Eric B., CA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"The driver side window has come off the internal rails and cannot be opened or closed. We've had to stop using the window at all until we pay for a very expensive repair"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"CVT transmission failed. Rear wheel bearing failed"

J B., PA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to replace drivers side rear wheel bearing"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"vehicle feels like getting hit in rear by another car when letting off fuel pedal and then reapplying fuel a great big thump , feels like transmission is about to let go have had in shop 4 times to address problem so far have not fixed problem I will"

Anthony S., VA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Differential

"I was very lucky. It was covered for 100000 miles and I had 97000 miles on the car. It was repaired by the dealer and the car is operating very well again."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

"There's been a vibration since shortly after I purchased the vehicle. First they blamed the rims, the balancing, but it keeps coming back. Last year (after warranty ran out) I replaced a front wheel bearing. It now feels like another will soon need to be done"

Anonymous, NS (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car vibrated when stopping or idling"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The problem I had was with a wheel bearing. I did feel some vibration, but didn't think anything of it until they were doing an inspection and discovered it. That may not be Driveline Vibration. I had it fixed whatever it was."

Anonymous, VT (2012 Subaru Outback)

"Vibration with associated increase in noise"

Don M., CA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"Rear wheel bearings had to be replaced. Making a humming noise."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"wheel bearings failed on both rear wheels"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace BOTH rear wheel bearings AND rear hubs at 62,000 miles, just out of warranty."

Gary W., SC (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

"The master cylinder for the VDC system had to be replaced costing $900"

Kevin B., NE (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transfer case

"stalling. covered repair"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

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

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Alternator failed under load and had to be replaced"

Gordon D., CO (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Left car at stay and drive at a hotel in N.Y. When we returned they said car did not start so they charged the battery. The next day it would not start so we had it charged and took it to the dealer"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Subaru Outback)

"Battery had to be replaced after 5 years"

Gordon D., CO (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"defective battery replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Coil

"#6 cylinder coil problem resulting in problem with spark plugs. Had to replace both. Just had spark plugs replaced prior to problem occurring."

Anonymous, IN (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"This was the most annoying problem. When one of the coils failed, it lit up a lot of error lights on the dash including check engine, abs and others. The cruise control would not work. The dealer at first claimed there was no problem and to just ignore it. Eventually another non-dealer shop diagnosed a bad ignition coil. The problem recurred about a year later. It was then fixed by the dealer, but we had to pay for it. This is a major issue because it takes out a lot of systems and it is not obvious why so many warning lights come on."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine harness

"The engine wouldn’t start. Had it towed to my independent Subaru mechanic who spent two days troubleshooting it. Turned out the engine’s wiring harness shorted out. There were NO signs of critters chewing on it. The tech said he had never seen this in his 35 years of working on Subarus. It was a VERY expensive fix."

Michael B., OH (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Dealership said one of my plugs is fouled and there's leak in a cover gasket which may be causing idling problems. In process of obtaining a second opinion."

Stephen C., MA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"misfire in cylinder 3 that repeated several times over about 3 months. Got a check engine light. Dealer changed plugs around and finally replaced all plug wires which solved the problem. No repeat in past 6 months"

Richard W., NY (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"Radiator cracked. See previous comments."

Anonymous, MA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radiator

"radiator cap failed"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Indicator lights turned on and AC stopped working on a Thursday. Called 2 Subaru dealers. One could not help for 10 days, the other for 4 days, but both told me it was okay to keep driving as long as the car was running fine. On Saturday the radiator hose blew off and sprayed the car with coolant. Had to have the car towed to dealer. How a cracked radiator that needs to be replaced and then they can check the AC. Car has 91K miles, and just had 90K mile service do at the first Subaru dealer who could not see me for 10 days from when my problem occurred. I have serviced this car at this dealership for ALL scheduled service. I have owed 6 cars from different brands. This has never happened to me. I have little confidence in Subaru or its dealerships after this experience."

Anonymous, MA (2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Thermostat

"Check engine light indicated thermostat. Had it replaced. Got same engine light multiple times after. Dealer wanted to do major surgery based on reading about this issue, but not further troubleshooting or checking whether the sensor was bad. Refused the work. Cleared the check engine light a few more times. Problem has not recurred."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
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