The Outback wagon has long been a popular all-wheel-drive alternative to a small SUV, especially for those living in more northern climes. It's a very practical package, with great visibility, a roomy back seat and a spacious cargo hold. Fuel economy is a class-leading 24 mpg overall. The four-cylinder version has long been impressive, but the Outback isn't exactly a pleasure to drive.
Alerts
There are 9 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2000. ESC available in 2001, standard from 2009. Side air bags available from 2000, standard from 2005. Head protection air bags standard from 2005.
Road Test

The Outback wagon has long been a popular all-wheel-drive alternative to a small SUV, especially for those living in more northern climes. It's a very practical package, with great visibility, a roomy back seat and a spacious cargo hold. Fuel economy is a class-leading 24 mpg overall. The four-cylinder version has long been impressive, but the Outback isn't exactly a pleasure to drive. Acceleration is slow, handling lacks agility, and the car falls short on overall refinement.

An extensive 2013 update included a redesigned four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission, a revised suspension and the addition of a suite of safety features called EyeSight. EyeSight generally works well and brings a level of electronic driver safety aids commonly found only on much more expensive cars.

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 (173 hp)
  • 3.6-liter 6 (256 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Subaru Outback owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“it would not work some of the time but was fixed”

John T., NY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Backup Camera failed causing blue screen display, and then shutting off all together. Replaced by dealer at cost $340 for part and labor”

Robert H., NY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The image was watery. Then the operation of the camera became intermittent. I tried warming it with a heat gun in the hope it would dry up the moisture inside the camera.Now it does not work at all. Replacement cost is too high, especially since I likely will trade cars this fall”

D S., ON (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Failed to work. Screen became intermittent and fuzzy, couldn't use it”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Backup camera started intermittent failure in the past year. Currently unable to use. Dealer confirmed failure. Not covered under Certified Pre-Owned warranty. Dealer cost to repair $433. Camera is available for $145. I am considering doing the labor myself”

Steven C., NY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The backup screen keeps going blank or does not show up on the screen”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Backup camera quit one month after warranty expired. Approx $200 to replace”

Anonymous, NH (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The camera stopped working and the wire harness developed a short”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“black screen with parallel red lines some of the time- seems like a short dealers says the camera is broken and that it happens a lot with this model- not under warranty”

Anonymous, CT (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“My back up camera started turning colors in February and is now black except the line markers. It is not under warranty and is expected to cost $400. Considering I paid to have this option and figure overall I back up twice a day I'm not happy. Should be a recall!”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Camera doesnt work and nibody wants to look at it except the dealer”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Backup camera failed 6 months after warranty period. Local dealer refused to fix this $900 item. I contacted Subaru directly and they authorized repair at no cost. I was very satisfied”

Anonymous, ME (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“While backing up the camera blanks out completely with messages telling me I've lost SIRUS Radio or Cell Phone Reception. These are unnecessary message and a safety issue!”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It stopped working during the winter and I believe that it is a loose wire but I have not yet had it checked by the dealer”

Anonymous, NS (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
CD player

“The second CD player failed after about 3 years and I expected it to last much longer”

Barbara B., NC (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The CD player and the MP3 memory stick inputs no longer function”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

“HAD TO REPLACE AUDIO UNIT!”

Anonymous, DE (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to have in dash factory entertainment system display and radio replaced by Subaru dealer under warranty. Prior to going completely blank or freezing, display would flash alternately off and on and then system would restart, initialized and then start the process of flashing over and over. Totally dissatisfied with in dash entertainment, radio system and over the air GPS integration with Sirius Traffic Service. Subaru Dealer was clueless how to fix everything. Had to escalate to Subaru OEM Di”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“display for MPG, time, temperature didn't work for MPG, would flutuate wildly from 10 mpg to 99mpg in seconds, plus time would disappear”

Rick A., AZ (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Screen would restart itself”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealership replaced it last Dec but it went out again recently so obviously not fixed”

Anonymous, ID (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Moon roof - I did not see a category for moonroof”

Craig S., CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When new did not connect to iPhone via USB with most recent OS. Have to use Bluetooth instead of USB port”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bluetooth in 2013 does not directly connect with or interface with the MP3 on smart phone. A cable was needed”

Anonymous, IA (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“USB connection doesn't work with iPhone. Bluetooth connection can freeze. Two radio unit replacements”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I tried for several months to update the mapping chip. Extraordinarily time consuming and frustrating. I got the dealership involved and their assistance was very helpful however the company that provided the chip and the map service "Here" was impossible. Abysmal customer service. The dealership was astonished at the lack of concern for customer relations from "Here". The Subaru factory representative told me the mapping system was moving to TomTom due to the incompetence of "Here"”

Russell A., CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Difficult to use voice commands while vehicle is in motion. Expensive and difficult to obtain map updates. Slow to respond to commands. Not very intuitive to use”

William C., NY (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“It has been replaced or upgraded 4 times and it still get itself and me lost on a regular basis. It is awful!”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Extremely confusing to use. Have never used it since. Very poor user interface”

Benjamin S., NM (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Delayed voice navigation. Will pass the turn before it tells you”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Subaru replaced the console electronics unit. Prior to this we had continuous dashboard restarts of the navigation system, failure of Blue tooth paired devices stored in memory. Subaru has considerable problems with SYNC integration with Sirius Over”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“For the money, system should be more responsive”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Outback)

“Difficult to use. Lost satellites, resent having to purchase map updates. Free on Garmin and phone”

Michael H., FL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Navigation system gave erroneous locations and the screen would "freeze"”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Outback)

“Failed to accept commands. Dealer performed update to correct”

Wallace J., SC (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“GPS resets its self for no reason. Also, no way to get new map data”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“IT IS THE WORST, OVERLY COMPLICATED, FAILS WHEN YOU NEED IT. THEY DROPPED THE BALL ON THIS ONE, MAYBE THEY SHOULD ROAD TEST THESE BEFORE INSTALLING”

Douglas M., NY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Navigation system locks out functions above 5mph, and there is no way for the passenger to modify key settings of the route. Only some functions are disabled, while other functions still work...very frustrating”

Jason C., AZ (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I have an LG3, I think the phone is "to new" as have trouble pairing at times”

Robert H., NY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Noise experienced by call recipients when using my Bluetooth with cell phone. Routinely change to cell speaker”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Phone regularly and randomly disconnects. Car dealership service technician shared that this is a common problem and that the quality of the bluetooth system is poor”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Inconsistent and slow connection”

Gregory M., IL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The phone pairing doesn't work”

C B., OR (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“iphone 4s paired without any problems; Iphone 6s could not get it paired and telephone call & assistance with Subaru didn't solve the issue either. So not paired and no longer hands free”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Apparently, Androd motorola phones have had trouble holding the pairing with the subaru system; although with the same system we have no trouble in the Toyota”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After successful pairing, the connection randomly drops within 30 minutes. And, it needs to be paired on each restart of the car”

Linda B., FL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Pre defined cellphones stored in memory failed to pair automatically or manually until console system from Harmon Kardon was replaced by the selling dealer under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer failed to connect it at delivery and we have been unable to”

William D., NC (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Not consistent to connect. Also takes too much time to connect, if it does connect”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The phone wouldn't pair with the car's bluetooth”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Disconnected several times. Had to take it to dealer. Makes "hands-free" difficult without it”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It refuses to pair, took it back, they said it's normal. The navigation system STINKS”

Douglas M., NY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bluetooth pairing was the ONLY electronic feature that I wanted for safety. They have NEVER been able to make it pair with my wife's phone - - - disgruntled to say the least”

Jerry I., OR (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Crackling noise coming from speakers. They replaced the radio, but problem persists”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The amplifier needed to be replaced. It took 10 days”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bluetooth is terrible, not responsive and delays on pick up. Took car in for total freeze up on display”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“radio (and GPS) was rebooting by itsellf every 2 min. It has been replaced under warranty”

Louis M., QC (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Kept restarting itself”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio audio quality is poor. Clarity of sound jumps between fair and poor while on a channel”

Ben M., WI (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Radio was changed due to configuration of GPS. New radio sounds terrible and echoey like your in a box and the sounds all mix together. I hate it and the car company says it is okay”

Larry G., IL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Microphone is in dashboard right next to A/C air vent in dashboard. If fan speed is up. Voice commands from driver are not understood. Voice Commands are best given with AC Off. System does not understand fast speech. Driver required to repeat voice commands over and over before recognition. Totally unsatisfied with Subaru Product”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It doesn't recognize commands well”

Gregory M., IL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I cannot use the voice command to make a phone call hands free”

C B., OR (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“voice commands are not usually understood or accepted by system”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Hard to communicate-difficult to quickly find requested address, i.e., city, state, etc-cumbersome”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Outback)

“Because the bluetooth was faulty the voice commands didn't work”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“sometimes the command phone does not connect. It will start again after I stop the car and turn the engine off for a bit then restart and try again”

Anonymous, OR (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When disconnect phone lose all audio on maps Oil AT warning came on. There is a service bulletin on this problem advising flush transmission.. Dealer did not know of it. Said I needed a new transmission and differential. Independent garage did th”

Michael H., FL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“doesn't understand voice commands well. Sometimes I have to repeat 2-3 times before they get the name or command right. Very frustrating!!”

Larry G., IL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

“Touch screen & memory were: difficult to use & ram malfunctioning :.random malfunctions. Warranty applied and resolved issues”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“screen dims so badly when lights are on. and in sunlight, nearly impossible to see”

Linda B., FL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

“System amplifier went out, replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, NE (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

“12v plug has fried 2 different iPhone chargers and at least 2 lightning cables. Seems to be overall electrical problem with car”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium Unsure)

“The 12V power outlet stopped working for no apparent reason and had to be replaced costing $50”

Theodore Z., TN (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Body control module

“The driver side power window controller failed due to interior window sweep detached and jammed the window”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Headlights

“The left low-beam headlight burned out and for the first time in my life I had to pay my mechanic to replace it. I tried to do it myself, to no avail. It was just too complicatedt to remove the fender panel with the car just jacekd up. :-(”

Kathy-Fred G., OH (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Headlights (and brake and running lights) burn out rapidly, have replaced 4 headlights, and about 10 brake/running/auxiliary lights over the past 2 years. Seems to be electrical problem”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium Unsure)

“Headlight bulbs burned out”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“also had this problem with previous Subaru Legacy 2012. I am always replacing the head lights. I do drive a lot, but I have never had to go through so many light replacements before. Not sure if the bulb or sockets are the problem, but something is wrong and I am thinking about upgrading my head lights to a different style of bulb”

Anonymous, NE (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed new lights in both sides”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Same one kept burning out early”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Burn out about every 6 months and some are difficult to replace”

Greg H., OR (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“My friend has TWO of the SAME model & year Outback that I do (bought 1 month before mine), yet they have not needed to replace headlights at all and I have had to replace both of mine twice. They also set theirs to the same light setting as I do. Dealer just tells me it is my usage that determines how long they last. Yet, two other identical vehicles have not had the problem. Hmmmm”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Headlights burnt out about a week apart”

Anonymous, WI (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Headlight build had to be replaced”

James S., CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“One of my headlights went out (at the same time as 5 other exterior lights)”

Marianne H., CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“had to replace both front headlights in the last six months; one light had to be replaced twice. For each replacement, the entire wheel surround assembly has to be removed -- not something an owner can do. So each replaced bulb cost over $80 with labor. Regarding the engine, in between oil changes I have to add a quart or more of oil. I have never had to do this with any cars in my life. There was a lawsuit about this issue in this particular model, and Subaru offered to reimburse owners for o”

Anonymous, KY (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“They burn out too often”

Don M., WA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“no low beam”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“High beams stopped working. Was diagnosed as the multi-function switch. Had that replaced. No change- high beams still don't work”

Alan D., NY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“burns out headlights about every 3 months, what makes this worse is how to access the headlights is through the wheel well, you need to pull back the fender skirt and blindly unhook a retaining clip pullout the old bulb and blindly reverse the process to do the installation of the new bulb”

Jeff Z., CT (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“lights went out twice”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I literally have to replace bulbs ever three months: either the exterior lights or the headlights... always something. Also: the fuse for the high beams blew out when the car was just 12 months old. I bought this car because it was good on repairs”

Kim A., ID (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Since new we have replaced all exterior lights on the outback, seems excessive”

Christopher C., AZ (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Headlights burn out often”

Anonymous, CO (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“The turn signal bright light switch failed. I couldn't turn the brights on. It cost $600 to fix the problem”

Scott B., OH (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace headlights and fog lights multiple times”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Burnt out two low beam headlight bulbs and one tail light bulb in a three week span, two just after service done which involved a second appointment. Not convenient when you live out of town”

John C., AB (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Poor design requires that wheels be removed to replace head lamp bulbs. Idiotic”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“I expected the light bulbs to last much longer than 4 years since they did on my previous Subaru. I had to have at least 4 bulbs replaced of what I call the running lights, the lights that are on all the time”

Barbara B., NC (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had to have 5 exterior lights replaced at the same time. However, this is the first time the bulbs went out since I got it (4 years), just funny they all went out at the same time”

Marianne H., CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Whole right side tail light section went out at once. Repair people said it was lose connections”

Don M., WA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Puddle lights inoperative on driver side. $300+ to repair”

Jane M., IN (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Puddle lights had a recall to install a inline fuse. The lights were out on the drivers side”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Subaru Outback)

“Tail light was supposedly missed at the time I had to replace two low beam headlights. The wife said it was out when I went for service but I didn't notice it. It involved a second appointment which is inconvenient when you live out of town”

John C., AB (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Recommend more reliable bulbs”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

“The Heated seats constantly would not work and the inflation bag in the seat exploded while driving - very scary!”

Jonathan G., WY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“could never get the dash light indicating tire pressure off. Tried everything. Considered it a worthless adjunct”

Benjamin S., NM (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“defective monitor”

Anonymous, VT (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
USB port

“Broken at times purchase. Dealer replaced with no issue”

Gerald S., CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I've been told it is not working, but have not yet had a chance to have it checked out”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“USB port broke. The connector is in a difficult position to access and the connector failed while I was trying to plug. In”

Don W., WI (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

“Wiper motor cover was recalled due to risk of electrical fire. Had to wait for parts to become available”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Recall for possible fire on wiper motor cover. Replaced with no issue”

Gerald S., CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Manufacturer recall on motor cover which could become blocked, causing overheating and failure. Repairs performed by dealership”

S H., VT (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I did not personally experience this problem, but responded to a recall”

Allan D., VA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Subaru issued recall for wiper motor overheating. Was impressed by how quickly the dealership took care of the problem”

Anonymous, IN (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Recalled for overheating and catching on fire”

Beth C., TN (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“warranty issue”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

“Speed indicator went out”

David M., ID (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

“Back interior light fixture keeps falling out of the headliner”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

“windshield washer worning defective”

Anonymous, VT (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“False positive engine warning lights. Dealer fixed by replacing a sensor”

Greg J., CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 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

“During a rain event, water is leaking down the inside of the back hatch and window, pooling up on my rubber trunk mat. It's worse as the rain gets heavier or the speed increases”

Anonymous, TN (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“gasket on high brake light on tailgate is leaking so water is getting into tailgate. Dealer has ordered a new gasket and says repair will be a bit time consuming, at our cost - not impressed with this on a three-year-old car!”

Sonja D., ON (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sunroof - a drain hose became disconnected,”

Anonymous, NS (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“rear gasket on tailgate was cracked and replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, CT (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Kept losing air pressure in left front tire”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“The seal on the driver's window has deformed, and the window will not roll up completely on occasion. This also seems to have contributed to increased wind noise”

Thomas M., TX (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Water runs down the interior rear hatchback window, which I assume is due to a poor seal at the top”

Gloria S., NC (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The sunroof did not seal properly, allowed rain to leak into the cabin. Dealer replaced the sunroof on warranty and noted that they had "seen a lot of these."”

Mark B., CA (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Inside rubber trim at bottom of drivers side window would fold downward when window lowered. Replaced trim/seal. Warranty. Dealer was excellent”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

“There are vague rattles coming from the front of the car when we are driving it. No one seems to be concerned about it when we have asked our service people. It's just more nuisance than hazard”

Kathy-Fred G., OH (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Took car to dealer about rattle; dealer's repair shop said there was no rattle and he had never heard of a rattle on a Subaru Outback”

Marguerite B., OH (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Something in rear suspension rattles”

Peter I., ID (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Suspension seems loose and noisy. Road noise has always been a problem”

Bob H., AR (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The rear hatch has squeak when going over bumps since we purchased the car. Also, the drivers seat belt squeaks at the latch. Neither were able to be corrected by the dealer”

Conrad B., AL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Noise in front end when driving on dirt roads, was fixed by the dealer”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“often have squeaks and rattles in dash area”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“rattle in suspension over certain road surfaces”

R C., NC (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattle in front suspension”

Leslie M., NC (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Not notified by mfg. about a recall for missed spot welds that caused squeaking”

Bernard M., TX (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattle in cargo area. Most likely the latch for the hatch”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“clicking noise with tire movement - increases with speed of tires”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Minor intermittent noise from under rear of car. Turned out to be a exhaust system "hangar" or support. Warranty covered”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I've got a minor rattle coming from the hatch area”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Drivers seat "clunking" In Subura multiple times before fix”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Annoying squeak in rear of car. Have taken to dealer twice and they cannot find a problem”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattles came from the luggage area either the wooden board cover the spare tires vibrates or the privacy cover. Noise came usually while the came to an stop and idling”

Anonymous, NM (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Squeak in passenger seatbelt latch. They repaired it. Still hear it occasionally”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Cabling bundle in engine compartment wasn't properly secured, causing a rattle. Problem solved via warranty repair”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Serpentine belt was squeaking and was replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, TN (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattle from outside the cabin on gravel roads”

Sara D., TX (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We live in an area of bumpy roads. Have heard some noises in the head lining of the car”

Janice H., CA (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“It developed a very loud rattle in the right front end after about 10 months. We have taken it in twice and they think they have it figured out, they replace a part, we drive it home and it is still rattling. It is going in the shop again on Monday”

Anonymous, CO (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Squeaking from a belt or pulley in the engine compartment. Took 3 visits to the dealer to fix. Occurred with less than 1000 miles on the vehicle”

Jason C., AZ (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car was not as quiet as expected even after servicing (under warranty) to figure out sort of noise in cabin. Have had several noises come and go along with a seat that squeaks when going over bumps or rough road. Very frustrating when buying new”

William T., MN (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“From new, this car has had very loud wind noise at speeds more than about 45 mph. No better than my 2007 Outback”

Albert B., CO (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Proble with "bees in the bonnet". Loud noise from overhead rack system”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Hear a brief noise when it is below 45 degrees until car warms up”

Anonymous, SC (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Vibration, buzzing noise from roof”

Anonymous, MT (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When driving on the freeway, the wind noise become louder and annoying. City driving poses no wind noise at all”

Albina L., OH (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Unsure)

“it seems to be more noisy at high speed comparing to when it was new”

Anonymous, NM (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Whistling wind noise when sun roof is open”

Anonymous, NE (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

“made noise, was rep[laced under warranty”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sounds like pulley going bad, turned out to be defective belt”

Linda H., WI (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We noticed some engine knock last summer, but it didn't seem to cause any problems. Higher octane gas (89 octane) fixed the problem. I don't know if the engine work that was done made any difference for the engine knock”

Steven M., ME (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Pings under load when accelerating. Just started and have not tried to have it fixed yet”

Anonymous, NS (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The engine has had a knock for quite a while. Turns out the coil keeps going bad”

Dominic D., IL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When under load, the valves rattles loudly. It sounds like an old diesel. Subaru is aware of the problem but says it's normal for a boxer style engine. I gave up trying to get it resolved”

Wayne S., NH (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

“Have had several oil leaks that have been repaired”

Anonymous, IN (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Unclear as to where. Part of a class action lawsuit settlement”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Consumes 2 quarts of oil per 6000 miles (oil change interval) since the day I got the car”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“using one quart of oil every 3000 miles”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“My car is supposed to go 7500 miles between oil changes. But often I have to add a quart at around 5000. It burns oil or leaks. Not seen in my garage”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Actually, oil doesn't leak but it has used oil since it was brand new. I find this astounding and annoying and Subaru admits this engine (H-6) uses oil but has refused to do anything actually helpful other than to keep an eye on it”

Anonymous, OR (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Engine used oil, apparently leaking. Apparently repaired by dealer under warranty”

Anonymous, DE (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The vehicle leaks some oil but not enough to account for the amount of oil that is consumed. I frequently need to top off the oil - often at inconvenient times (on the highway). I am about to take it into the dealer for an oil consumption test and to ask about the leak (based on other reports, possibly a bad rear main seal)”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The oil light comes on at least 1,000 miles before the car is due for an oil change. The leaks are not visible, yet it is low”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Took Outback in for excessive oil consumption at 80,000 miles with no visable signs of oil leaks, or smoke coming from the engine compartment. Dealership said both Cam Carrier Seals were leaking on the back of the engine. A minimum $2,500 repair at dealer”

Douglas C., MO (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“burns .5 quarts oil between oil changes, no new car should do this”

David S., WI (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“recall #2-oil consumption in engines caused Subaru to replace a lot of engines in outbacks and foresters.They said mine was ok-however off the record a service tech told me I should keep a quart of oil in the car-just incase. Am trading the car in-will never buy another Subaru. My previous Subaru blew the head gaskets at 22000 miles-I was out of warranty but under the mileage limit. Subaru told me that because I didn't change the oil for 11 months that they would not do the repair. The manual s”

Mike S., WA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I often have to add one or two quarts of oil between changes. ((5,000 miles)”

David G., KY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“low oil light comes on every couple months. oil must be added”

John W., MA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Burns oil, about a quart every 3000 miles”

Anonymous, WI (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine is burning considerable oil”

Lyndon P., VA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“oil pan leak”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Uses 1 qt oil every 3000 miles. Subaru is aware of problems with this engine. Has run to oil usage tests and neither showed significant oil usage over 1200 miles. (I doubt the test is very well conducted.) However, at 3000 miles it was more than a qt. low again. Have given up on the dealer. I did get a drive train warranty extension to 100000 miles”

Wayne S., NH (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car burns or leaks oil. I can't even make it 3k in miles before the oil light comes on. The oil is supposed to last until the next oil change at 5k but I am constantly having to add oil to make it until 5k between oil changes”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It is oil consumption and not a leak. The manual indicated 7500 miles between oil change. I was losing at least 1qt before 5000 miles. Now change oil +\_ 4000miles. Local driving still have to add a Qt. No evidence of loss or burning of the oil . Volvo has extended my warranty to 100,000 miles”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“car has excessive oil consumption, part of a class action law suit. about one quart a month”

Jeff Z., CT (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Not exactly oil leaks but abnormal oil consumption. I need to add a quart of oil every 2000 miles. Subaru, despite knowing about the problem and quasi-admitting to the problem, refuses to correct the problem or reimburse me for the extra quarts of oil I've had to add between oil changes. That's why I likely will not buy another Subaru”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Problems with low oil reserves & low oil level light coming on shortly after 10k & 15k oil changes. Not sure what the dealership did to fix the problem but it's OK now”

Terry P., MN (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Faulty gasket lead to slow oil leak, Fixed under warranty”

Rick B., VA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“not sure if burns or leaks. no spots under car. every couple of months is down 2-3 qts”

D F., NY (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The leaking was hard to identify by dealers, but was an issue since the car was new. Finally, at a cost of $2400.00, I had gaskets changed. Problem still exists. I carry oil with me. It's like having my '57 Chevy all over again”

Howard G., IL (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“cam and valve cover leaks”

Anonymous, WI (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The 2013 model has a problem on burning 1 Quart of oil every 1000 miles or so. The company knows about it but has never been address by the Subaru service dealer. We found out on the internet”

Samuel M., MD (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine pinging and missing”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 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

“Took Outback in for excessive old consumption at 80,000 miles. Was told both Cam Carrier Seals need to be replaced. $2,535 repair cost. I believe it's unacceptable for a vehicle under 100,000 miles to already need to have both Cam Carrier Seals replaced”

Douglas C., MO (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Excessive oil consumption - a problem on some Subaru engines”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine burns oil, but not consistently, and not enough to qualify for the Subaru engine overhaul program that other 2013 models have had done. Ours burns about 3-4 quarts over 12 months, which Subaru claims is normal. in 30+ years of car ownership, I never owned a car that burned this much oil. I do not believe this is normal!”

Michael S., IL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“piston rings cause oil burning”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“My engine needed total rebuild due to a manufacturing defect. My car had been recalled but still two subaru dealers refused to do the work. The one I bought the used car from and the one I took it to for service in Salisbury both evaded their responsibility to fix the problem which was covered under warranty. The repeated refusals by Subaru dealers to fix a major known defect almost got me killed. I was almost killed when the engine failed on the highway a few days after being inspected by a Su”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Vehicle subject of TSR, not disclosed by dealer, related to high oil consumption. Dealer tries to avoid discussion but must provide oil consumption test for affected vehicles and rebuild engine of vehicle fails test. Also, to meet emissions standards Subaru designed these vehicles to run on very light oil which needs topping up halfway through service period. I.e. service interval is 7,000 miles but customers have to add oil at 4,000. Customers were not notified at time of purchase”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car had persistent high oil usage. Had to add oil every 1500 miles. After several complaints, having been told this was " normal for manual transmission ," I received mailing about lawsuit settlement for this issue. Subaru finally acknowledged my engine was defective and replaced major portion of the engine”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Uses too much oil between oil changes!”

Anonymous, DE (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to have the short block replaced. There is a technical service advisory about it. It took 3 times and about 6 weeks in the shop to get it fixed. Wound up getting cams, camshafts, all gaskets replaced”

Anonymous, CO (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This car burned 2-3 quarts of oil between oil changes. Subaru offered to do an oil consumption test. It failed, so they offered to replace the short block to fix it, at no cost to us. We accepted the offer, had the work done. It took a week. They provided a loaner car, so it was no problem for us. They even replaced the water pump at no cost to us and were professional throughout the service. Our car works fine now, but it has not yet been long enough to know if the oil consumption problem has”

Steven M., ME (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“oil consumption, no leaks, assumed due to leaky piston o-rings, engine short block was replaced”

Anonymous, NE (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Leaking oil- cracked gaskets. Required major rework of engine, but was covered under powertrain warranty. This is a known problem throughout Subaru models”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had to add oil in between recommended oil changes”

Anonymous, WI (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We had the well known "oil consumption" problem that Subaru admitted to but would not fix under warranty at first now they have changed their minds about the problem. Now a dealer that we did not purchase the auto from looked into the matter and put a new "short block" in the car with 71,000 miles on it no questions asked. We are very pleased with the "new attitude" from Subaru about this problem that they have known about for years.. If you want loyal owners you need to admit to your faults a”

Robert M., NY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil over consumption problem”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil over consumption”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Oil use, 2 Qt's between 7500 oil change”

David B., FL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil consumption indicated an engine problem (rings or cylendars. It is a manufacturing problem. I expect my engine to be replaced under warranty in the next couple of months”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car had excessive oil consumption> Warranty replaced short block only when Subaru settled a lawsuit for such”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Subaru voluntarily replaced the 2.5i engine shortblock after a 2nd oil consumption test reflected excess oil usage. Subaru earlier extended the power train warranty on the vehicle to 100,000 miles”

David Y., WA (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“excessive oil use which entailed an engine replacement (under warranty)”

William L., WA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“In April,2017 the oil pressure light would come on , but the oil level was still normal. We took it into the dealer and they said it was a warranty covered issue that would require a "short block rebuild". So, we left the Outback with the dealer for a week (they gave us a new Forrester to drive) then picked it up in "good as new" condition. At no time were we inconvenienced by the affliction, but it was something the dealer was familiar with and willing to repair w/o contesting”

Peter N., CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This car has an oil consumption problem, they are going to do a short block replacement”

Janet P., MD (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This model was known to burn oil. After several attempts to resolve the issue, the dealer finally replaced the engine to fix the problem. This was a solution porvided to all with this known problem. It was at no cost to us and cover under warranty. The issue was resolved to our satisfaction”

Anonymous, NB (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The engine seized up completely while driving at slow speeds. The No. 1 cylinder sucked an intake valve. My Subaru dealer refused to replace the engine and instead, rebuilt the original while taking 5 weeks to do this. I was inconvenienced for a lon”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Piston seals bypassing and burning oil. Put in 4 quarts in 20,000 miles. Warranty replaced short block and rings approx. 22,000 miles”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Due to high oil USge since new, engine will be replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Short Block replacement due to excessive oil consumption 1qt < 2000 miles, vehicle was in shop for ~2 months for rebuild due to "sewing machine noise" after rebuild, replaces cams and other components”

Derrick J., IL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Head gasket failed at 44 k. Total bill $4700”

Anonymous, IA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 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

“Rear caliper seized at about 40000 miles. Destroyed the rotor”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front brakes needed to be replaced and calipers repaired”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“break pad delaminated, ruining the rotor on the right side rear, and requiring two new rotors in rear”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“See previous response. Brakes seem to be a common problem on Subaru's I have owned 7 Subarus and this has been a problem on other cars I have owned”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

“Losing brake fluid. Not seeing puddles, so assuming it's getting into the engine via leaky master cylinder”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Wheel bearings failed in both cars within 6 months of each other”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Pads and rotors”

Anonymous, CT (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“front brakes were fine but the rear brakes wore out at 30000 miles and cost $700 for brakes and rotors and I drive very conserveitively. The front brakes were less than 40% worn”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“brake pads down to 25-30% after only 7000 mi”

Scott F., IL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“With only 22,000 miles I'm told the brakes already need to be replaced. Really? And the tires used to last 30,000. Now they last only 20,000”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“First car owned where it was required to change pads and disks on all wheels after only 40000 km”

Anonymous, QC (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“I had to have brake pads replaced at 36000 miles We were just on a trip and had a caliper hang up and smelled brakes and had difficulty stopping in traffic. This could have been a serious accident risk if the driver did not know how to handle this”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“They are warped”

Anonymous, OR (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The rotors could not be resurfaced because there was not thickness”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Warped rotors on CPO. Dealer milled them flat”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the brakes seem to always have issues on the subarus we've owned (3 so far) where rotors need resurfacing around 40K miles”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“I had to replace rear brake rotors after 45,000 miles, which I consider to be premature failure. Brake pads I understand needing replacement after about 50,000 m, but rotors -- no”

Thomas K., MI (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Faulty caliper ate the rotor. Subaru rotors cannot be turned, not even once”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rusted. Dealer wouold not fix under warentee”

Jean P., NY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Vibration upon braking, rotors redone under warranty”

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the front rotors became warped”

Michael T., MI (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Spongy and weak brakes”

Anonymous, IN (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front pads were replaced at about 30,000 miles”

Anonymous, NH (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

“brake failed, actuator replaced under warrenty”

Robert S., NC (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 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

“Car doesn't track straight, despite alignment to (according to dealer) "best possible settings". Blame is on "AWD is doing that when road has ruts..."”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Didn't track straight from new”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Car is difficult to steer perfectly straight at highway speeds. It wanders, especially if it is windy. Steering seems too tight. It feels unresponsive when you turn the wheel, and then it overreacts, forcing driver to correct repeatedly”

Anonymous, NM (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car has poor steering centering, lane wandering. Not properly aligned from factory nor at dealer at time of purchase. Multiple alignments. Need to back off the steering friction a bit”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car was delivered with the rear alignment out of spec by 26 degrees. Wore out the rear OEM tires in 12,000 miles. Dealer repaired problem under warranty however, I had to pay part of the cost for new tires”

John W., CO (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Learned of the issue from routine inspection. Repair was affected by local garage (not dealership)”

S H., VT (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

“Leak was fixed under warranty”

Dennis R., BC (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“oil was leaking from the rear passenger side shock”

William R., ID (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I got a clunky sound when I went over a bump”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The vehicle is almost impossible for me me to drive. (especially on the freeway) It strays from it's lane easily and is very hard for me to control on turns (freeway) at 65-70 mph”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Factory recall”

Anonymous, UT (2013 Subaru Outback)

“Probable road damage repaired under waranty”

Anonymous, CO (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

“The steering has always been an issue. Huge gap in the linkage and very bad vibration at higher speeds. At some points I would consider the steering in this vehicle to be downright dangerous causing many trips to repair shops”

Jonathan G., WY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This is a weak point on Subarus. I had similar problems with my earlier model. However it was covered under the drive train warranty”

D S., ON (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure 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

“compresser replaced”

Anonymous, MS (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

“electrical switch defective”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Heater system

“Not enough heat on feet of front seat passenger on very cold days”

David G., KY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Heater repaired 4 times in 1 year”

Anonymous, IA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It does not provide enough heat to the floor area. Told by dealership that nothing was wrong”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)
Refrigerant leaks

“Had to have air conditioning system repaired 3 times in one summer, costing me lots of time”

Lyndon P., VA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“Loose fitting. Claimed not tightened at factory”

Pat L., OH (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Motor failed, blower fan also became stuck on certain settings and would not change, had to be replaced under warranty one year after purchase”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“In very cold temperature, the relay would freeze up and the climate system would not start”

Gilles G., QC (2013 Subaru Outback)

“Coincident with HVAC blower motor failure, climate control settings would become stuck on one setting and unable to change, replaced under warranty 1 year after purchase”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Climate control shuts off on its own”

Anonymous, NC (2013 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

“plastic running board that looks like you should be able to step on it to access roof rack will not support a large adult, cracked”

Anonymous, OR (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bird droppings are eating the paint away, even when removed within a day of noticing them”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Flaws in paint on doors”

Christopher E., OH (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“paint is of very poor quality, It seems that every scratch goes through to base coat”

R C., NC (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bought with minor hail damage. Was repainted but some dents were missed and scratches in a number of places when they prepped the car for new paint job”

Bernard M., TX (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Peeling on hood”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Paint finish and clear coat very susceptible to scratches and chips. For example, several visible scratches have appeared under driver side door handle from simply using the handle opening the door. The scratches are from finger nails making contac”

Anonymous, VT (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Body person tells me it is a factory defect and that he cannot paint over it without repainting the whole fender and bumper”

Kevin S., CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“outback is pearlized navy blue- from get go easily scratched, does not like car washes.Easily marks so have do by hand. difficult to keep finish maintained. worst thing about this vehicle. We have not spent money on finish as likely reoccur quickl”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“the small black vertical trim in the rear seat window started showing rust after 2 years. Repair is not covered either by Subaru (although discussions are continuing) or the extra rust-proofing package we paid for”

Sonja D., ON (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Tiny dots of orange rust on all over. Car is a white cream metallic. Dealership called it inviromentel contamination. Dealership paid to have car clay bared and detailed. Problem has not returned. This was done around four months ago”

Bryon H., CA (2013 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

“It turns out that Subaru installed a very low-end battery in this car. The dealer said that to me. I had it replaced and the cost was outrageous”

Anonymous, OR (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Battery terminal corrosion”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“If the car is not driven for more than 5 days, the battery dies”

William L., WA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace battery in January 2016”

Michael S., IL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Coil

“Coil keeps going bad”

Dominic D., IL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Wiring harness chewed through by rodents”

Nancy T., FL (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Sometimes difficult to start. Problem not yet diagnosed and may not be the starter”

Anonymous, NS (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Intermittently it did not "catch" immediately and had to "recrank"”

Anonymous, CT (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“difficulty starting the car - when confirmed by dealership, got a rental as I waited for them to replace the ignition/starter for the car - all warranty work”

Arnold O., NJ (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Alternator developed high-pitched whine. Dealer diagnosed it as failed and replaced it under warranty”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

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

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

“The integrated crossbars broke and would be very expensive to replace”

Anonymous, CO (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

“Leaks water”

Carlyle L., VA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the moonroof exploded while driving on the freeway, resulting in a large hole in the moonroof”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Water leak into car after heavy rain. Caused by leafs and dirt clogging drain”

Robert H., VA (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“driver power window failed”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Glass defects

“sunroof glass issue previously described”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

“Lumbar cable snapped”

Mike S., CO (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“sticking ; ould hear latch:unlock" but unable to open. problem was intermittent. Took to dealer several times but they were unable to find cause. finally they duplicated it and fixed it. (Very frustrating!)”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“hatchback misaligned causing paint chipping by tail lights. Owners group forum alerted me of this - dealer realigned and touched up paint at NC”

Anonymous, OR (2013 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

“3.6R Automatic: erratic behavior, sometimes smooth, often shifting into lower gears with a clunk. Downshifting into 1st to come to a stop often harsh. Shift lever is very balky. Dealer finds no problems. Software flash improved condition only marginally”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Vehicle slams into gear when shifting from refers to forward when temperatures are below 30'F since the car was new. Many trips to the dealer for a fix but the dealer has not replicated or diced the problem”

William C., NY (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Banging into gears frequently”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

“I just put this info in the previous response”

A C., OR (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

“I use my left foot on the brake and my right foot on the gas. The car does not respond when I take my left foot off the brake and put my right foot on the gas. The car barely moves for the first 50 feet or so. This has happened thousands of times,and almost caused accidents several times. I have complained to the dealer but they see nothing wrong except that I should not use my left foot on the pedal. I am seriously considering selling the car and buying a car that operates normally”

A C., OR (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When starting from a stop sign, and there is ample room to get into the traffic lane, the car often hesitates and barely moves for several seconds (exact time unknown). This has caused me to have to quickly swerve and drive onto the sidewalk to avoi”

A C., OR (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission hunts for correct gear”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“The manual side of the LCV Transmission system - paddle down shift no longer works like it did in the beginning. Dealer says it works correctly. Have to brake to nearly a stop to get it to down shift and after that will only go up in gears. Not as”

Anonymous, CO (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Had a bad "module" in the transmission that would cause the dash lights to illuminate and the cruise control to stop functioning. Happened randomly for a year before the dealer finally found the issue”

Conrad B., AL (2013 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

Driveshaft or axle

“Wheel bearing needed replacement”

Robert F., MA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Premature wearing of the rear wheel bearing assembly”

Stephen K., FL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced axle and bearing on left side”

Anonymous, WY (2013 Subaru Outback)

“major vibration in the front axle. Dealer found problem by swapping parts at subaru's instruction. seamed to be the first time subaru had seen the issue”

Anonymous, IA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
4WD/AWD components

“I had the Torque converter replaced under factory warranty. I noticed a lag in power once I touched the accelerator and the service writer told me it was a rare issue. The technician contradicted that statement explaining it was common for 2012 to 2013 model Outbacks”

Russell A., CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Differential

“A seal was leaking”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Needed entirely new differential and drive train”

Anonymous, CO (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

“vibration between 44-51mph, then 54-61mph”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“Clutch completely failed at about 66,000 miles; mechanic said he "had never seen anything like it before."”

Thomas M., TX (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“The transmission on my Subaru failed in service on a dangerous stretch of highway where there was no safe place to pull over. It was rebuilt under warranty which stranded me for three weeks”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The transmission kept slipping and the car would go out of gear at low speeds”

Anonymous, NH (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Transmission failed at 146000 miles. Factory put in $2500 towards replacement with remanufactured transmission. My cost $4400”

Barbara V., OR (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission was making noise. I took it to the dealership and they said it needed to be replaced...CVT could not be rebuilt”

John C., NC (2013 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

Fuel cap

“I have taken my car in twice since February when the fuel tank door quit working. I have had to have someone hold something thin-like a credit card-in the edge of the door when I lift the lever in the car. The first time they replaced a spring, second time an "updated part". So far it's still working! No charge the second time-I told them it was their nickel!”

Rosemary S., CA (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

“Check engine light came on, but engine continued to operate, just running rough”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Randomly getting Check Engine light along with other lights on dash board 3 times randomly over a span of several weeks (all at 60mph or faster). Initially was told gas cap was probably not on tight after I had car towed to dealer per Subaru roadside assistance recommendation. Second time they said it was the O2 sensor, and third time it was still O2 sensor, but had not been properly adjusted at time of initial repair. No problems since this last repair”

Paul V., CO (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

“Quit working - had to be towed”

Don M., WA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

“Ran out of gas and it took the Dealer 10 Days to get the car running again”

Brian D., TX (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“Had to have a new catalytic converter installed”

Anonymous, IN (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

“The exhaust pipes began to show rust within 12 months of purchase. Numerous attempts to have problem rectified have been ignored by dealership. They tell me it is normal. They are seriously rusted now. Thank goodness I got the extended warranty!”

Kim A., ID (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“Engine coolant leaked from the hose-connected to the dash. Replaced the hose and connector. The problem solved”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
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