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.

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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

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.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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 standard. ESC standard from 2009. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2005. FCW and AEB standard from 2019.
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
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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

"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)

"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 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)

"the backup camera stopped working over a year ago."

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

"Ever since we had body repair work to repair hail damage it works only now and then"

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

"Camera lense fogged up when it got wet. Still worked but not well enough to see any objects.defineitly unsafe. Required replacemet nd cost nearly $500.00 dollars. Kept old lense and it was rusted. Any electronic device that is exposed directly to the elements should be water proofed and protected to prevent this type of failure."

David J., ON (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After heavy rain, water got into the camera and heavily distorted the picture. The camera was replaced under warranty."

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

"The back up camera stopped working, not sure how long they typically last, it was four years for me, it was replaced, not under warranty. The dealership had a problem the day I took it in to be repaired as someone had used the part that was put aside for me and I had to find another day to put aside 3 hours! Great once was installed much improved from the first one."

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

"The camera has been replaced twice and still will work only intermittently"

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

"The last two or so years, the camera would not work when it rained a lot and got very fuzzy all the time after a while. The dealer was able to fix it, but it was not under warranty."

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

"The backup camera stopped working we took it to the dealer who fixed it by replacing the wireharness under the extended warranty"

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

"Just stopped, works once in 6-12 months and stops again"

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

"Unable to get scheduled for camera repair for almost 2 months"

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

"The camera stopped working and we cannot see behind us. The repair to extremely expensive and the dealership no on else has the issue. I don't believe them."

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

"Randomly the Backup camera does not display, we believe that those times it does display and work is when the automatic driver window does not work and vice versa, maybe a short or wires getting crossed?"

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

"Back up camera stopped working completely so dealer recommended replacement, I felt it should be covered by warranty but it wasn't. It was approximately 1 year ago, so about 112,00 km in. I have an extended warranty which I now regret purchasing. Although dealer is usually good when I attended for appointment the camera they had put aside for me had been used for someone else, so had to make another trip to the dealer for them to replace it. They were apologetic, but did not offer any compensation for the time and energy involved to have a second appointment."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Subaru Outback 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)

"Cd player cannot berepaired and a new one is part of the expensive overall infotainment system."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6-L 6 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)
Display screen goes blank

"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)

"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)

"Whole navi system/radio shuts completely off. You have to shut the car off and turn it back on to get it to come back on."

Richard A., SC (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"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)

"Moon roof - I did not see a category for moonroof"

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

"iPhone won’t connect via iPod mode. Had to wiggle the cable to work sometimes."

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

"I get a device/accessory not supported error on my standalone ipod and iphone. Can't listen to music from either device through the stereo via Bluetooth or directly hooked up to the USB. Phone functions work fine via Bluetooth."

Melinda C., OR (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Hardware replacement

"I had to replace the amplifier. For years the audio would occasionally cut out. Finally, it went out for good. We waited for three weeks for the dealership to get the replacement amplifier ordered and installed."

Anonymous, HI (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"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 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)

"The settings and history part of the GPS system do not work, so each time you use it you have to start from the beginning to set it up and then enter the details of the journey, a real pain, I tend to use my phone instead!"

Dorothy E., ON (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"When you set a destination it gives you 5 hours to drive 180 miles. It corrects itself by the time you get to where you are going. It didn't do this when it was new. The car has been a very good car. No other problems."

Samuel M., WI (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Just stopped working. Shows map but does not know where it is."

Anonymous, GA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"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 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)

"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 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)

"CR has reported problems with the Subaru Bluetooth systems in the past, and ours is no exception. The phone will pair but it must be re-paired every time the vehicle is started. Very annoying, but I have not dealt with it yet."

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

"Bluetooth works intermintely."

David Y., WV (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Hands free phone system is inconsistent. Sometimes it does not recognize phone it is paired with. Sometimes it can't find names in phone directory to dial. Sometimes it dials the wrong number when asked to dial by number. Sometimes it doesn't recognize phone until a number is dialed by hand, then hands free system will start."

Phil R., AZ (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"System indicates it needs to update roaming with a message that covers almost the entire screen (unable to use navigation while this message is up) and you can't ignore the message or read the message. You must un-pair the phone to get the message to stop coming up. PITA"

Richard A., SC (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"first time tried to set up in 2018 and would not work even by dealer. too costly to check out, warranty had expired even though it was never tried."

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

"The pairing is frequently lost. It usually takes multiple attempts to pair our one phone (Android OS)."

Philip R., AZ (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Just terrible interface and software. It takes 5 minutes to connect, if a all. Really a pain and makes the car nearly undrivable."

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

"The Hands Free system works very poorly, when it works. Pairing of more than one phone seems to be impossible. Voice commands regarding dialing a number or a name/contact rarely work. The only aspect that is reliable is answering an incoming call. Making outgoing calls currently has to be done via the handset. The connected call then automatically switches to the hands free system."

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

"The bluetooth worked for a while, but then would not pair up to my phone. Then it quit working with my husband's phone. The dealer said it worked fine. After the car was at the dealer's, my huisband got it to pair up. Unfortunately, that was in early March and I have hardly driven the car since, so I don't know if it is still working properly."

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

"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)

"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 radio problem was caused by water getting into the system because the drains in the sunroof became clogged. This sunroof drains must be cleaned several times a year or they get blocked by pollen, etc. This is a real problem. The electrical problem cost me over $600 to fix. I love my Subaru, but I would never get one with a sunroof again."

Anonymous, KS (2013 Subaru Outback)
Speakers

"System amplifier went out, replaced under warranty"

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

"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)

"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 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)

"If my phone is connected through Bluetooth it totally messes up commands. If I take phone off Bluetooth it works with voive"

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

"Voice commands to hands free phone system are often misunderstood--and I speak English clearly with no recognizable accent"

Philip R., AZ (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 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

"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)

"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)
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)

"The driver side window stopped working, partially open, and rain was forecast for later in the day!"

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

"Skylight leaked and could not be opened and closed successfully."

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"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)

"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)

"One of the headlight bulbs failed. At about 30k miles, which is quite early in my estimation and experience. This was disappointing, especially because replacement is overly complex and as a result, VERY expensive for a bulb!"

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

"Several exterior lights were out, some required second replacement. They are expensive to replace."

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

"high brake light stopped illuminating. Had to replace entire LED light assembly $160 parts and labor"

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

"brake and parking lights burning out much too frequently. Very expensive to have replaced!"

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

"As a matter of safety when driving no matter the time of day. I drive with all lights on, including fog and headlights [low beam] which includes marker lights etc. 24/7. The rated hours on lights that I would consider non priority other then fog/headlights/rear/brake is very low. As such the dealer is replacing lights faster I feel is normal. But on checking the rated hours for these lights they do have a manufacture rating that is a very short life compared to major system lights. This is nit picky I know and is the only thing I really can say that is negative about the vehicle. Which to me that says a lot!"

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

"Puddle Lights is the name Suburu gave a lighting option. The lights would illuminate the ground beneath each of the four doors. They didn't last too long and the dealer said they (whole harness) would have to be replaced. The quote was prohibitively expensive. The lights were very nice and handy while they worked."

Timothy G., AK (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake light burned out"

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

"One of the daytime running lights burnt out recently. Cost to repair at the dealership, including taxes, was less than $21."

James P., FL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This vehicle appears to lose bulbs more frequently than any other vehicle I have owned."

David K., NY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The exterior lights including headlights have to replaced on the 2013 Subaru Outback "Lemon" Edition monthly. A problem without a solution = Subaru."

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

"Have had to replace an inordinate number of exterior lights, including headlight."

Anonymous, OR (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure)

"BACK-UP LIGHT"

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

"Since I do drive with the front lights ON. The small running/marker lights have a tendency to burn out faster then I would consider optimal for the quality of the overall vehicle. But then in checking with the manufacture of these bulbs and these do not have a rally long lifespan. I have been switching to other mfg's with longer lifespan and that seemed to improve the situation."

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

"Light bulbs have to be replaced more than normal."

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

"Several of the exterior small lights went out in the past year at different times."

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

"I have had to change 10-12 bulbs a year. Super annoying and they always go out. Really hard to change on your own"

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

"Speed indicator went out"

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

"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)

"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 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)

"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 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 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)

"Have to replace the headlights often (every 30000km) and it is expensive because you must remove the front bumper."

Martin G., QC (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The headlights have burned out at least twice in the last two years. You have to remove the tire and wheel on the burned out side, then remove the fender liner, then reach up through to the front of the car and take out the old light bulb and replace with new. Basically you have to have a lift or jack the car up or be a contortionist (sp) to change the headlight bulbs."

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

"bulb went out 2x within the first two years of ownership. A mechanic installed the replacement bulb by taking off the entire front bumper of the car because he couldn't figure out how to replace the bulb otherwise. After he replaced the second bulb, we have a hard time driving at night. it feels as though the lamps are aimed toward the sky rather than toward the road. Subaru wants to charge us for lamp realignment and it is expensive."

Sheetal P., TX (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Multiple Headlight burnt out over the last 2 to 3 years. Very difficult to change out. Break lights went out as well"

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

"Headlight bulbs do not seem to last very long and are expensive to replace at the dealer. I feel like i am changing them too often and that they should last longer. A light failure warning notification on the dash would be helpful. I do drive with my lights on at all times."

Timothy G., AK (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The headlight needed to be replaved"

Bruce B., MD (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very difficult to change, and they needed to be changed more often than other vehicles than we have owned After changing them more than once, we decided to have the dealer put in LED headlights."

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

"The headlights and some of the running lights go out during the year. I have them replaced each time and they still seem to go out. Odd problem indeed."

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

"Dealer claimed the bulbs blew, but found very odd that both headlights and several other exterior lights would go at the same time. Think there was some type of electrical short that caused the issue. Dealer rectified quickly, at out cost."

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

"had to replace"

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

"Same low beam headlight has been replaced in 1/2018 and then again in 1/2019."

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

"Low beam headlights burn out quickly and are very difficult to change. Another issue Subaru is aware of. Have changed the low beam headlight 4 times in 2 years. Replacement costs approx $84.00 each time. DYI requires removing front wheels and inner wheel well liner to access bulb. 2003 Camry have replaced a headlights once."

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

"This vehicle has required more headlight and fog light bulbs than any other vehicle I have owned. Trying LED lights now for fog lights."

David K., NY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had to replace headlights several times since I've owned the car. Currently one of the lens covers is very cloudy."

Tina D., SD (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"low beams burn out in 3 to 6 months."

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

"This car experience blown light bulbs more often than any vehicle that we have ever owned. And the design of this car is such that it is extremely difficult to replace the low-beam bulbs. Very painful and tedious to replace the bulbs, more difficult than any other car we have ever owned."

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

"I bought my Subaru outback in 2013 and I did not have one minutes trouble with the car regarding the headlights until 2018. The driver side headlamp went out luckily my brother was able to replace it for me at a lower cost than the dealership it was a week later the passenger side went out and unless you know what you're doing, these replacement procedures can be quite complicated and tedious! six months after the second bulb was replaced the initial driver side headlamp went out again and was replaced. approximately two months after that, the passenger headlamp was out again. my brother being the ace mechanic that he knew enough to research this on these cars ahead of time. He let me know that there were some blogs, opinions, reviews/complaints from people regarding issues with certain years w/ Subaru Outback headlamps. I don't know how much my situation has to do with an actual noted "issue" but so far so good on the last replacement bulb. There are so many computers in these cars that I began to wonder if-because one burns out it tells the computer that the system is not operating to its full potential and others begin to then burn out too. but I'm not positive."

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

"Replacement of headlights is too expensive because so many things need to be removed, then replaced to accomplish the job"

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

"Lamps burn out more often than normally should. Dealer said due tomthe type of lamps and the setting of "always on formsafety""

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Outback 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)

"The heated seats repeatedly blow the fuse. I have not had it repaired yet as it is warm outside."

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

"Just stopped. Extended warranty covered repair"

Anonymous, NE (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)
Keyless entry

"In 4 years I have had to change the battery 2x in each key. There is now way to start with a regular key in emergency"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"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)

"Started in very cold (below 12 F)....continued intermittently until it stayed as a problem this Spring regardless of temperature. 2 sensors were diagnosed as needing replacement. Not going to replace them as it is not a safety issue. I will monitor tire pressure."

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

"Intermittent low tire pressure when pressure is ok"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
USB port

"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)

"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 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)

"Low washer fluid light stayed on. Had to replace washer tank to fix it ($500 but Subaru comped it for me)."

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

"Airbag alert wouldn't turn off. Dealer reset and has not been an issue since."

Anonymous, IL (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure)

"All the warning lights would go off and that would disable the cars safety systems and cruise control. I could still drive it but I would be annoying. Subaru replaced the engine harness after the warranty ran out for a pretty hefty price and I haven't had the issues since."

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

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

"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 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"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)

"Most serious was the leak caused by failure of the gasket seal for the rear center-mounted brake light. This failure allowed copious amounts of water to collect in the rear cargo area behind the back seats. Replacement gaskets are not available, therefore a complete light module replacement is required and quite expensive. Additionally, water leakage in the front seat area occurred due to blockage of the sunroof drain holes. Not too hard to fix, but no advisories for periodic inspection or cleaning is specified."

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

"The moon roof was leaking due to the blockage of a drain hole. The dealer fixed the problem."

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

"For years we noticed a damp smell whenever the car was left sitting for a few days. We never use the back seat so we never noticed anything unusual till one day after a heavy downpour i was vacuuming the car out and noticed a puddle in the rear floorboard passenger side. it took several trips to the dealer and an escalation to Subaru customer service, but they finally found the problem. no issues since and the car is oder free."

Neal H., SC (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"water was leaking in through the rear hatch, probably around the tailgate light seals"

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

"Refers to the water leak in previous explanation."

Anonymous, AK (2013 Subaru Outback)

"Water leaking into the driver side mats. Subaru misdiagnosed and replaced the moonroof as the source of the leak but actually it was around the windshield which had to be resealed."

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

"the top brake light on the hatch lost its seal and had to be resealed"

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

"Water leak through the rear brake light"

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

"Center high mounted brake light leaked after five years. Was able to seal it myself."

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

"Rain leaks in around overhead courtesy lights. Also leaks at top of tailgate. You get a shower when you open tailgate after a rain."

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

"Water leak from clogged drainage hoses into cabin shorting out audio amplifier"

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

"Sunroof drain tubes were plugged and it caused damage to the radio amp under the passenger seat as well as mildewed carpeting that needed to be replaced."

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

"since new, we have had serious leaks on this vehicle. three times its been in for repairs."

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

"The drain tubes from the sunroof plug up easily. The overflow came into the cabin and soaked the carpet and shorted out the entertainment center under the passenger seat. $2000 repair. The recommendation was to clean the tubes annually for $99 Which we are doing now."

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

"Serious water leakage through sun roof. Was replaced as the "only solution" but the dealer misled us. Took months to solve."

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

"Rear hatch developed a leak after the dealer replaced the rear brake light lamp. Had to take car in twice before rectified. They adjusted the hatch latch, which fixed the leak, but does not have a secure sound when closing."

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

"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)

"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)

"rain leak around top center brake light resealed"

Ewart M., NS (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Numerous issues with the rear hatch squeaking. Dealer was never able to fix. Also issues with the drivers seat belt clicking. Dealer was also not able to fix that."

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

"Water leaks in the sunroof and subsequent rodent infestation lead to a $2000+ repair bill - partially covered by insurance."

Kevin O., NY (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear window seal was not properly installed resulting in water leaking into vehicle. Was first discovered now as it was presently being stored outdoors in the elements as opposed to in a garage where it resided previously."

Anonymous, AK (2013 Subaru Outback)

"When raining seems like water is sipping through windows.Of course not much."

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

"Had a water leak in the sun roof that leaked down into the interior of the car. Cleaned seal and put petroleum jelly on seal. Have not had problem since but haven't had a hard rain since then."

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

"Three leaks around the car from massive unseen corrosion around the moonroof."

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

"The sun roof leaked and caused some odor problems."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure)

"Water got into the cabin from sealing issues and clogged drains around the sunroof and accumulated in the passenger and rear floor. This caused the interior carpet to need to be replaced and cost over $800 to repair."

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

"Door surround weather strip is shrinking longitudinally with age, necessitating remove and refit of weatherstrip to fit curve of door opening tightly enough for good rain and wind-noise seal."

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

"Seal for rear hatch door started to lead about 12 months ago during heavy rain events. Leak was easy to repair with weather seal silicon. As I have my own vehicle service center with 2 employees plus me, this issue was resolved immediately."

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

"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 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)

"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 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)

"I replaced the cabin air filter, but the glove box connetor fell into the housing. It rattles all the time now"

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

"Dash rattles since recall replacement of dash airbags."

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

"Too noisy to listen to book on CD without BLASTING the sound!"

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

"There is a noise in the rear passenger side compartme nt. It is between a squeak and a thump. Annoying but does not affect the use of the car."

Sherry W., CO (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Have twice asked the dealer about the squeaks when I took the car in for routine service. They have no idea what I'm talking about and refused to go for a drive with me so I could show them. They suggested I make another appointment about ther squeaks as they were too busy for that on the day I cam in. (Dealer is 20 miles form my house.)."

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

"Brakes squeak occasionally. Brakes work well and do not require linings at this time. Slight rattle in rear of car. Can't find problem."

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

"generalized rattling from the undercarriage. seems to be a common Subaru problem"

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

"THE PINS ON THE BRAKE CALIPER PADS NEEDED TO BE LUBRICATED. THIS STOPPED THE RATTLE FOR A PERIOD OF TIME BUT THE RATTLE CAME BACK. It only happens on certain road conditions (small bumps and tar strips at about 30 mph). We just live with it as we do not notice the rattle on the highway or most roads we travel"

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

"Minor squeaking of sun visors and dashboard near windshield."

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

"Especially if the car has been sitting idle for a few days, the first ~15 min you drive it, it has odd knocking sounds. The mechanic said it's that we need to use premium gasoline in it - we've tried that and it makes it better but doesn't eliminate it. We've always had the sound but it's gotten worse over time. We experience it every time we drive the car for the first 15 min or so. The problem has not been resolved and Subaru has not been helpful."

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

"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)

"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)

"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)

"It often sounds like wind is coming in through the moon roof even though it is completely closed"

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

"Road and wind noise higher than average. Suspension too stiff/tight."

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

"I always think a window or moonroof is open"

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

"While driving it is noisy in high winds. Of course it seems noisy even otherwise."

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

"Excessive wind and road noise"

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

"The car is noisy in general, but more so when it is windy outside."

Sherry W., CO (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Only when it rains, at speeds 50mph and greater, the seal on the retractable roof whistles. I checked and can't find exactly where it is leaking. Curiously, no water enters the car. Just the wind noise."

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

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"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)

"I had a idler pulley on the main belt and it wiped out the belt. With out the belt the car con’t do much."

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

"It was making noise, felt like it was going to stop running. The engine seemed sluggish. Once repaired it was good as new."

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

"Idler pulley failed causing the drive belt to jump off the pulleys and we lost the power steering. Was able to get it to a nearby garage and it was fixed in a couple of hours."

Anonymous, AB (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Engine computer

"Engine pinging and missing"

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

"sudden engine stop. 4000 rpm at idle. no response to throttle. Dealer has evaluated 3 different times and is unable to find the true root cause. As of now they propose to replace the wire harness and the ECM...at a cost of about $2000, my expense. A Technical case has been created, however there is no action underway to find the true root cause. My car is not the only one exhibiting this problem. The car is unsafe to drive. I can't sell it or use it. Subaru is useless on this problem. Maybe a lawsuit.."

Martin A., FL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Last winter, experienced a whole slew of warning lights going off. Get it to the dealer and it was aa $1400 repair of the engine computer or related item. They offered to reset the warning system to see if it might not re-occur, but it did not a mile from the dealership. Then the repair was done."

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

"We have had recurring issues with the engine computer and specifically its self diagnosis of faults / errors. Major error codes are thrown which disable key features (e.g. cruise control). We had numerous sensors in the engine replaced while under warranty. This problem has persisted in the years since the vehicle was no longer under warranty. Multiple trips to Subaru dealers and out of pocket expenses may solve the issue for 3-6 months, but sooner or later it will resurface. We have essentially gotten around this by purchasing an OEM code reader and manually clearing the faults to make the car operable again."

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"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)

"The excess noise from the engine may or may not be the cause of my car dying in the middle of the road and not being able to start it again. After about 20-30 minutes I was able to drive. It only happened a couple times. Now I do get hesitation but it does not dye on me."

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

"There was an ECM flash performed which did not solve the issue. In my understanding, engine pinging is usually due to engine timing, but since engine timing is controlled by the ECM, these settings shouldn't change. My presumption is that fuel is not at the octane level that is advertised."

Jeff C., CO (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattles (valves?) under load. Sounds like a diesel."

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

"No matter what gas I use this motor pings."

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

"Rough running when transmission engaged, especially in cold weather."

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

"January 10. 2020, Engine knocking, was 1 Timing Chain Tensioner had failed, other 2 were weak and leaking. All 3 tensioners replaced."

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

"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 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)

"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)

"It is using Oil, need to add oil after 3K miles. No oil marks on the driveway or garage. I think it is just burning oil."

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

"Around 5,000 miles after my last oil change, my oil light came on. I checked and it was a quart low. The Subaru dealer is doing a test now on whether it needs a new lower engine. My 2013 Subaru's VIN was not included in the class action law suit regarding oil consumption but it is covered under my warranty."

John B., GA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"seal had to be replaced. lost use of this vehicle for a few days. other internal engine problems developed once in the subaru dealer shop. another few days of repair. Lucky for me I purchased an extended warranty on vehicle."

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

"Not so much oil leaks. But oil consumption. Subaru knew of this issue. We had it documented on the very first oil change. But dealership did not follow thru with this issue until car was over miles/warrenty and cooperate knew. Nothing done to offset issue ever"

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

"Oil seepage detected by mechanic. Early mileage for such a problem."

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

"The oil is not leaking, at least as far as I can tell. I suspect it is being burned. More often than I care to, I will have to add a half quart right before an oil change...approx every 6000 miles."

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

"Oil drips have been constant."

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

"I have been adding oil to the Subaru between every oil change. When I told the dealership they said they had not heard of the problem even though I asked repeatedly. Went to a different dealership and am currently running an oil consumption test that may need to a new engine needing to be installed."

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

"Oil light goes on about 4000 miles after an oil change. I normally add almost a quart of oil between oil changes. I’ve had the oil emissions test done twice and did not meet the criteria for engine replacement. I carry a quart of oil and a funnel in my car at all times and check it about every two weeks."

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

"The Outback consumes oil, especially under heavy use (towing or hauling a lot of weight). Subaru actually has a consumption test program, so they clearly are aware of this issue."

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

"High oil consumption when driving at highway speed in hot weather. Subaru dealer cheats when I ask for oil consumption test by adding extra oil to my engine based on the oil dip stick way above full mark hole upon leaving the dealer."

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

"Not necessarily a leak per se, but the engine does burn oil. The oil change intervals is 7,500 miles and during that time I have to add 1 qt of oil."

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

"0-20 synthetic oil use is excessive. I replace a qt. under 4,000 and again after another 2,000 miles (or less) in the oil service interval. No visible leaks. Had oil consumption test, oil sensor was replaced. Seems the solution is to just add oil as needed."

David D., IA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to change engine gasket."

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

"From the time we bought the Subaru from a private owner (44,000 miles), we've always have to add 1-2 quarts of oil between oil changes. No sign of leaking, therefore must be 'burning' oil. Dealer has (at our expense): 1. performed oil consumption test, 2. cleaned PVC valve, 3. replaced PVC valve, 4. replaced oil level sensor, 5. added Lucas oil additive. AND STILL, the oil light comes on and 1-2 quarts have to be added between oil changes!"

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

"Excessive oil consumption"

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

"Required complete replacement of the short block"

John M., PA (2013 Subaru Outback)

"Not really an external leak, but the engine burns oil at a higher than normal rate. I need to add a quart of oil every few thousand miles."

Roger W., OH (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine oil consumption. Subaru recognizes the issue but because dealership overfill with oil, issues are not identified. For instance, an oil consumption test is done in conjunction with an oil change. The amount of oil during a change is 5.1 qts, but because mechanics put 5.5 qts, because of poor training, the engine never fails the test because it doesn't meet the threshold of failure for the oil consumption test. I regularly burn 1 qt of synthetic oil every 2500 miles, without fail! The consumption test says the engine must burn more than 1/3 qt in 1200 miles."

Jeff C., CO (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking oil covered by warranty, may be burning unusually high oil. still under warranty."

James H., CO (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"had an appointment to have minor valve cover oil leak fixed. They had misdiagnosed it. It needs a 14 hour engine-removal appointment to fix. (We just continue to add oil at this point.)"

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

"Engine leaked oil internally frequently. my research revealed class action suit on this issue. Took 9 months of logging the amount of oil I was adding for Subaru dealer to acknowlege issue. Subaru dealer replaced the engine."

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

"I think the oil leaks go hand in hand with the head gasket."

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

"continuing and worsening premature oil use. Adding oil now at 1200-1500 miles intervals, previously was about 2000, prior to that 2500-3000 miles. Having to add 3 quarts oil in between oil changes is like a rolling oil change and annoying with use of high quality/price synthetic oil."

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

"excessive oil usage on three 2 day trips"

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

"When driven a long distance in high temperature conditions it burns oil. There was a company recall for this problem."

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

"The car burns oil. It was designed to burn oil and if I'd have known that, I would not have bought the car."

Thomas S., MA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I found out after purchasing that this make and model had a recall due to the engine burning excessive amounts of oil. I also noticed that the oil level decreased A LOT before most scheduled oil changes without actually leaking onto the ground. I must constantly monitor the oil level and periodically add oil even before a scheduled oil change is due."

George A., IN (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After detecting an oil leak, I brought it in to be evaluated. We found out that the issue that was causing the oil leak was typical of Outback engines. Though an expensive repair (~3,000), we felt it was worth fixing because the car is in excellent condition overall."

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

"Bad oil consumption problem, started at about 65,000. Has been recalled, Subaru shop did the official test, said it was the oil level monitor, which was replaced. Oil consumption is still a problem, and is getting worse. Manual recommended oil service interval is 7,500 miles; I used to add 1 qt. every 3,500 miles, now it is 4+ qts. added every service interval, so it is almost like a rolling oil change (except for the filter). There are NO identified leaks, the oil just "disappears." Unfortunately full synthetic 0-20 grade oil is not cheap, either. This problem does result in me checking the oil level a lot."

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

"The vehicle has burned oil at a rate of about a quart every 5000 miles. Found out that Subaru designed the vehicle this way. If I would have known, I would never have bought it."

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

"needs a quart of oil between oil change"

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

"Front crankshaft oil seal failed in February 2020, 10 days before our powertrain warranty expired. Subaru fixed it at no cost to us."

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

"rear engine seal leaking. dealer failed state safety inspection"

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

"Subaru dealer recommends oil changes every 6000 miles. My Outback uses one liter of oil every 3000 miles. I am not sure I can make it from one oil change to the next. I have stopped long road trips."

Anonymous, KY (2013 Subaru Outback 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

"piston rings cause oil burning"

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

"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)

"At 61,000 miles a valve let loose on the passenger side (Flat four 2.5l motor). this caused major damage to that side of the motor. At 71,000 the exact same thing happened on the Driver side of the motor. In fairness, Subaru was most helpful and repaired the motor both times at no cost to me."

Neal H., SC (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Vehicle was needing about a quart of oil every 2-3 weeks. Found a known problem the the cylinder head from other owners on the internet. Subaru dealership followed the problem and replaced the cylinder head without any charge. Runs great now without any loss of oil."

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

"valve let loose, took out upper end."

Neal H., SC (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"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)

"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 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 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 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)

"Low engine oil light kept coming on. After it passed five oil consumption tests it was getting close to the 100000 mile warranty and I refused a sixth oil consumption test and asked to speak to a Subaru Service Rep. That is when the dealership said they knew what the issue was and would replace the short block."

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

"Subaru dealer alerted us at an oil change that they were replacing the short block. No charge at all. Pretty major replacement"

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

"Class action lawsuit which called out engine replacement if oil consumption exceeded certain criteria. I brought to Subaru and had an oil consumption test done. Engine failed test and was promptly replaced."

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

"The engine has used 1 quart or more of oil every 3000 - 4000 miles. It started using the oil when I still had the break-in oil in the car. Replaced the engine block and transmission. Both repairs were fully covered by Subaru."

Thomas D., NM (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"oil use problem corrected under recall"

Joe T., CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I noticed oil use, but no staining on floor. Mentioned it to Subaru service, they performed a 1000 mile oil use test. When I returned Outback they confirmed oil use and said they would be replacing the short block.. Apparently cylinders, or rings were manufactured out of round. I drove car for about 4 more months while they replaced engines of those ahead of me during which time car gave me no trouble except oil use. After 4 months I brought the car in and had a new engine after 3 days, at no cost.. The dealer loaned me a car and now Outback drives very well."

D J., MI (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive Oil Consumption. Dealer did oil consumption test - car failed. Subaru replaced short block under warrantee (no cost to us)"

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

"Received a letter from Subaru Canada increasing the warranty of the engine and drive train because of the known problem of the high oil consumption and transmission slippage."

Simon P., QC (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This has the H-6 engine and it began to use oil soon after I bought it. I went to the dealer several times and they did oil usage tests but both of those tests didn’t detect the usage. Just a quirk, because it used 1-2 quarts every 3000 miles nearly always. In the end the dealer and Subaru agreed to split the cost of a new engine using my old heads. That was about $2800 my cost."

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

"A class action lawsuit extended the warranty of the car because of excessive use of oil. I have to carry a jug of oil in the car as it uses one or two litres of oil between oil changes. They have done an oil consumption test and are (I hope) replacing the engine block."

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

"Engine experienced high volume of burning engine oil. Engine was tested by dealer and then warrantied for a full replacement."

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

"Subaru had a recall on the short block which is a pretty major replacement. No problems before or since but apparently necessary. It was losing oil at a considerable rate"

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

"I purchase this car with about 109,000 miles. The Carfax was clean. Immediately the car burned excessive oil. My car was dealer certified as an 'oil burner'. Up to 100,000 miles this car would have received a new shortblock at dealer expense. This condition affected about 20% of vehicles and relates to the piston rings. A class action lawsuit forced Subaru to deal with it. However, this was not treated as a recall and therefor was not disclosed on the Carfax. Subaru refused to allow me to communicate with the previous owner. Eventually Subaru gave me a $500 credit which I used to purchase and install a new short block. About 10,000 miles later the sudden stopping issue developed and that is still not resolved. One of the reasons I purchased this particular model is that Consumer reports gave it a high rating as a used car. I called Consumer reports and told them of my problem."

Martin A., FL (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The small block on the engine had to be replaced. I took it to the dealership and they said the grace period for replacing the small block (it was part of a class action that they had to do this) was expired because they didn't catch it in time."

Nathaniel S., MO (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Engine consumed oil. I am now on the 3rd engine with less than 70000 miles. This is the first and only Subaru I will ever own."

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

"My car was using an excessive amount of oil, though not leaking. The dealer performed an oil consumption test and determined that the oil use was indeed excessive. He ordered a replacement short block and rebuilt the engine at no cost to me. He even provided a free rental car for the week."

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

"Requires short block replacement dues to excessive oil consumption, covered under TSB."

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

"High oil usage, dealer rebuilt the motor."

Joe T., CA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil in the coolant led to multiple mechanics stating that the engine needed replacing due to a blown head gasket or other major failure. Total loss of faith in Subaru and their dealer customer service."

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

"Motor under warranty was rebuilt, it failed again and was rebuilt. It failed a third time. Fingers crossed for #4"

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

"Two engines have been replaced due to oil problems. It is on its third engine."

Anonymous, OR (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure)

"The engine still uses oil even after short block replaced (this is a problem with some Subaru engines from the time they were new, and the company knew about it but sold them anyway."

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

"Excess oil consumption"

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

"Initially the problem had been excessive oil consumption so Subaru wound up replacing the short block at about 50000 miles . Then there were some check engine lights coming on upon a hard acceleration at which point the short block was replaced again the previous short block was improperly installed."

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

"It was using too much oil between changes. An inspection found cylinder head gaskets leaking and in need of replace gaskets. Head gasket was removed and changed, etc. The cost of $2,053.93 was covered by the warranty."

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

"Engine was using too much oil. Apparently there was a manufacturers issue. Engine was replaced. Did it again. Engine was repaired. I still don't trust it."

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

"Engine stated to consume oil at 30,000 miles and continued to get more drastic as mileage driven increased until it was using 2 qt every 2000 miles. Dealer performed an engine oil consumption test at 90,000 miles and Subaru replaced short block of engine at 92,000 miles. Subaru covered all cost associated with engine replacement. Dealer was excellent to provide this service and supply new loaner vehicle while work was performed. I commend Subaru company and A. Crivelli Subaru dealer in Franklin, PA for courteous attention to this issue. They made event painless."

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"Head gasket failed at 44 k. Total bill $4700"

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

"Subaru just cannot get the headgasket problem fixed. If they eliminated the boxer engine this would not be such a chronic problem."

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

"In for 210000 mile service and was advised of oil leak. had it repaired."

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

"Seems like Subaru can't figure out their Boxer engines. I've had head gasket issues on my last five Subarus. I've owned a 1991, 1998, 2003, 2008, and now a 2013. I've had head gasket issues with all of them."

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

"Why does Subaru insist on continuing to produce Boxer engines? If Subaru had an engine like a Camry or Accord I'd line up to buy one or two. I'll never own another Subaru because of the head gasket problems."

Anonymous, OR (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"timing belt failed twice."

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

"I could not start the engine"

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

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"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)

"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)

"frozen"

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

"3 of 4 replaced due to failure to release so slow speed necessary"

Anonymous, NS (2013 Subaru Outback 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)
Normal routine brake wear

"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)

"Service to pass inspecton"

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

"We had the break pads replaced at 100,000 miles. The dealer said they still had some wear left but we were leaving for an extended trip and I wanted to be sure they were OK. That is incredible wear for break pads (in my opinion)."

Delwin F., WA (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Approximately 50,000+ km this was only the rear brakes. The front still have 35-40% wear left. Overall I am quite happy with the brakes on this car."

David J., ON (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"vibration when braking .. going to mechanic in two days"

D-M H., NB (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very soon after we heard the brakes squeaking, like they were due for replacement soon, the brakes were actually grinding metal on metal. It was a matter of days from the first squeak to metal on metal; the first time I experienced that in a car."

C H., AB (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal brake pad replacement"

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

"$ 1200 repair bill from the dealer"

Rodney F., NJ (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"110000 rear brakes at 2mm. Front at 7. Carfax report gave no indication of brake work so.... replaced rear brakes."

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

"Replaced rear brake pads and rotors as these were worn."

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

"Was told with an oil change and checkup that I'd need to replace brakes. No noticeable effects when driving."

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

"It was noticed and monitored during routine maintenance"

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

"heard noise from wheels. no problem braking. took to repair shop and fixed"

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)

"It turned up in a regular check."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Parking brake

"brake failed, actuator replaced under warrenty"

Robert S., NC (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"EPB Actuator failed and had to be replaced."

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

"Attenuators failure, $800 repair. Bad design by Subaru."

Anonymous, MD (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"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)

"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)

"At about 50000 miles, the original front rotors developed hotspots and the car shook badly when the brakes were applied. Replaced the front rotors and pads with high performance parts for much improved braking performance. This is the first car in which I had issues with hotspots on brake rotors. The original pads had about 20000 miles left on them."

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

"Must do annual break maintenance to avoid the caliper to jam and have to replacve the discs."

Martin G., QC (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Corrosion on brake rotors made brakes pulsate."

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

"Brakes had to be done way too soon"

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

"Rear brakes wear very quickly lasting barely 40000 miles. Front brakes last about 50000 miles. Very cheap rotors. Front ones form hard spots that warp the rotors."

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

"rear brakes have been replaced twice. Still have original front brakes"

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

"Perplexing fairly rapid brake wear with almost all driving done at highway speed and very infrequent braking done (no stop signs, intersections, etc.)."

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

"Did not reach 40k with the original brakes and had to replace again at 85k. I used to reach 65k with my VW Jettas (I owned 3)."

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

"Have had to replace both front and back brakes 2x. Seems excessive compared to other vehicles. May be due to taking to dealership where technicians are too quick to replace?"

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

"new brakes every 30,000 miles seems excessive wear. we are not hard drivers BTW - Subaru replaced the short block because of excess oil consumption. you really should have an option for than one item to expand on."

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

"Pads wear out quickly"

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

"Brakes continually rusted and were to prone to excessive wear. Driven 120 days annually on snowy mt roads and had more brake issues with this 2013 Outback then previous Outbacks driving same winter roads/same annual mileage."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"The problem came on suddenly--when I was going at least 20 mph and I braked it seemed to vibrate. It stopped just as suddenly."

Marjorie S., CT (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"During the Covid-19 quarantine, the Subaru was not driven for more than 2 months. When first driven, the brakes had frozen. Driving the car unfroze the brakes but they had to be replaced."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"have to pump brakes good or will not stop at end of driveway. have had pedal to the metal and not stopped at the end of my driveway. not good. mechanic can not find problem."

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

"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)

"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)

"pitted rotors could not be turned"

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

"Front brake rotors somehow warped at about 20K miles and caused extreme shaking of the vehicle during braking. Dealer ground the rotors to true them up. Work was covered under warranty."

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

"cheap replacement parts.told mechanic to replace with quality parts."

Ned M., VT (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear rotors were replaced as part of the brake repair."

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Outback 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

"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)

"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)

"Despite alignment done by dealer, car wanders, has no reliably straight tracking. Dealer says it's ruts in the road causing this."

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

"Despite several visits to dealership, cars pulls significantly to right"

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

"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)

"I would think these items would be user serviceable to add grease, however they are not."

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

"tie rod lower front bushings worn out."

David B., TX (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Bushings were worn down/cracked and needed to be replaced."

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

"I thought it was a little early for the bushings to wear out. They were covered under extended warranty"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 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)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"power steering leak caused replacement of ps pump"

David B., TX (2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"oil was leaking from the rear passenger side shock"

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

"strut needs to be replaced, will do this summer."

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