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.
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There are 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

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

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 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

"The back up camera no longer works and has to be replaced at 57500 miles"

Richard B., CT (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Doesnt work all the time. Black screen. Lines thru screen"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"sometimes works, sometimes doesn't"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)

"Do to the position of the information screen in the lower middle of the dash it is vary hard to read and see while driving. It would much better if the screen was at eye level"

Thomas H., TN (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Hard to see wearing sunglasses"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Outback Unsure 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"This happened enough that Subaru replaced the unit but it still happens. Enough that we hate the GPS and don't bother with it most of the time. (Unlike the 10 year older Mercedes GPS which just works great even if the user interface is rather clunky)"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the unit that runs the display screen went blank and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WY (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Without warning it would go off"

Jan W., VA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The audio system will not properly play podcasts or playlists. When the iPhone is plugged into to USB, the Bluetooth connection no longer functions to play audio"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Streaming music from my iPhone via Bluetooth became choppy and with static. The dealer replaced the unit"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The USB connection to an iPhone is very inconsistent"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"USB port worked sporadically at first, then not at all. Within first year of ownership"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"USB connection with iPhone continuously disconnects. The car has to be restarted to connect"

Anonymous, KS (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Does not accept voice commands as specified. Even the dealer can not make voice commands work. Ability to alter the rout to one you prefer is limited"

Anonymous, TN (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When the touch screen was used, the area that sensed did not line up with the figure on the screen. You would have to touch above the area you wanted to engage"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Other than manual input of street address it is very hard to set the GPS system to find anything. It is also hard to get it to remember settings for the future, and seemingly impossible to get rid of those one no longer wants"

R E., NY (2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The GPS consistently gives bad directions, often sending me in the opposite direction from where I am headed and frequently instructing me to leave a limited access highway when nowhere near my destination. I use Apple and Google maps to get where"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The entire nav display died. It was replaced by dealer but was a hassle to deal with"

Anonymous, NV (2014 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Navigation system stopped working correctly twice. Both times it was replaced by the dealer"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"GPS quit working. Dealer replaced the system. There was no hassle involved and it was quick once they received the replacement"

W J., AB (2014 Subaru Outback Unsure 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"same problem as screen"

Anonymous, WY (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Nav system was choosing inappropriate routes, not re-calculating routes"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Navigation system is not as intuitive as the Garmin we used to own. Hard to navigate the navigation system"

Ted D., ON (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"System rebooted once a week, new firmware fixed issue"

Aaron P., WA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Navigation system makes periodic errors and gives totally wrong directions. Voice controls useless"

Ralph E., NY (2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"This has been nothing but frustration to use. So much so that my wife many times pulls out her phone to use the maps on it, which is dangerous and distracting"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It is unreliable. I use my iPhone GPS more than the car GPS"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When we make a call we can hear them fine, but the other caller hears a lot of background noise"

Charles D., TX (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"System will not recognize calling commands to call by name. System wants to "go back" or call last number called in. Amounts to having to pull over out of traffic to place a call by punching in number on phone, then talk through car speakers"

Anonymous, GA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"we paired two phones. One stays paired and the other does not stay paired"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Calls dropped often. Have to turn off car to reestablish bluetooth"

Sam D., IL (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth is inconsistent. Often we will have no phone connection and we have to stop to use the cell phone on its own, At other times the connection appears to work as it should"

Ted D., ON (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Doesnt connect all the time"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Radio won't work when it's very cold (less than about 20 F). When it warms up, the radio works fine"

Anonymous, NM (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The whole radio system including navigation, backup camera,blue tooth phone all had to be replaced. It started locking up and finally just froze"

Larry G., IA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Upgraded to Limited version to get Harmon Kardon stereo.After purchase noticed the stereo & bluetooth both performed very poorly and as verified by dealer service management. lots of compliants online & at dealers for same issues. disappointed purcha"

Kevin L., CA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Satellite radio didn't always work. Had to turn off radio and auto to get working again"

Richard C., IN (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio and all other functions quit working, CD wouldn't load or return CDs, iPod connection quit working"

Scott M., CO (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Went totally dead had to be replaced including nav system"

Joseph B., NJ (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"will not hold preset channels"

Anonymous, MO (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Speaker started buzzing and was replaced under warranty"

Edward B., NY (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"Cruise control in set switch failed and needed replacement"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"Commands non-intuitive and often misunderstood by the system. Getting to use them is also unnecessarily difficult"

R E., NY (2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"the voice controls for bluetooth and to connect to my phone is VERY primative by technology standards. my previous vehicles 5+ years older have significantly better and easy to use systems. Subaru made a poor decision to put this system in for 2014"

Kevin L., CA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Voice controls do not work. We have stopped even trying to use them"

Ralph E., NY (2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Too hard to figure out"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Outback Unsure 3.6-L 6 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

"I frequently smell radiator fluid coming from outside the car, especially when I open my window going through a drive-through at a fast-food restaurant or bank. I took it to the dealer and they could not find a leak"

Lisa C., CO (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver's side window"

Anonymous, AR (2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The moon roof's drain lines leak horribly; rain, washing the car, going through a carwash. Air leaks from everywhere from the inside; speaker vents, for release handle, auto buttons, door pockets, below the windows"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Substantial water leaks from rear hatch. Dealership could not find problem. Third party body shop did find and repair seals"

Stephen S., CO (2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Drivers side seal went bad, dealer replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)

"problem with driver side window and seal where the window slides up and down"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"windows & door panels & rear hatch rides like your on the rims with the Cont. tires that came with it"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The overhead sunglass holder/compartment rattles, and there is a rattle in the dash"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle under dash"

J G., CT (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Clunking noise from front suspension during tight turns. Noise from air conditioning compressor"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"moon roof rattle"

Byron J., SD (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeaking serpantine belt, replaced after fighting with dealer"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle in the lift gate that lasted for months. Returned to dealer multiple times and I finally gave up trying to get it fixed"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rattle was coming from the brake system in front. The dealer was able to take care of the problem after the second visit"

Edwin O., WI (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sounds like right rear spring (suspension)"

David K., CA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front passenger seat squeaks during driving as you go over bumps on the road"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Annoying squeak"

Anonymous, IL (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Unidentified squeaking in rear of car. Suburu dealer repaired once but noise has returned"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeaky noises in rear cargo area. Unable to locate"

Frank-Selma B., CO (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine components needed lubrication"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bold holding engine air filter fell off and was replaced"

John G., CT (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It has an annoying clicking sound on the drivers side under the dash/toward the wheel well"

Anonymous, OR (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"With bushings missing in the left and right side, this caused parts to have a gap that enabled parts to pound against each other when bumps were hit while driving"

John S., PA (2014 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Minor rattle in dashboard in cold weather - goes away when warmed up. Not repaired yet"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dashboard rattle close to glove box"

Anonymous, MO (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car has a rattle under front end when going over rough roads. Intend to followup with dealer"

Anonymous, HI (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"it was fixed"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The roof rack buzzes when loaded. Search for "angry bees" on subaruoutback.org. The dealer will do nothing about it"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Road / tire / wind noise on front drivers side"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"wind noise but more road noise"

Byron J., SD (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"mostly concerned about excessive engine noise noticeable when parked in carport; sort of like pulleys, bearings, etc. My old Camry was quiet as a mouse. An isolated experience was sudden, loud shrieking sound which faded out over a one week period"

Anonymous, GA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Air pressure throbbing at 50-55 mph similar to driving with a window partially open. Suspect bad seal somewhere in cabin, but not diagnosed further yet"

J H., DE (2014 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"From the inside, leaks from every small opening like the door pockets, speakers vents, door jams, moon roof, below the window frame, every screw hole"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive road and wind noise along with road noise plus ride uncomfortable"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Clock

"Clock resets to 12:00 arbitrarily (1-4 times during each trip). Taken to dealer 3 times, still not fixed"

Anonymous, AL (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

"Cruise control set switch failed and needed replacement"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"Temp would not work"

Anonymous, AK (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Moisture collecting in the passenger side headlight. Dealer replaced under warranty"

Vann L., NE (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"head light out, right side, $13.00 to replace"

James O., NJ (2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Any light bulb that needs changed is very hard to do so. I needed to take it to the dealership thus it is expensive"

Anonymous, KY (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium Unsure)

"So far both headlights and taillights have gone out separately"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They all quit working or burned out at an unknown point last summer/early fall. As far as I could tell from the dealer, they all shorted out, but I didn't know b/c I seldom drive at night. It wasn't till it was the fall of 2016 and I was at my parents home that I realized none of my lights were working"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bumps turned off left headlamp"

Stevan S., CO (2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"I replaced both headlights. Replacing the headlights is a nuisance because you need to open the fender liner"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both headlights have gone out and front wheel has to be removed to replace bulbs"

Anonymous, IL (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Both headlights burnt out which is the first time that we've ever had this problem with any car"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights, tail lights and brake lights on both sides of vehicle have all needed replacement in the last two months. Kind of unusual for all of them to burn out so close together. Headlights are extremely difficult to replace, requiring removal of entire front bumper of vehicle"

Anonymous, SC (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Drivers side headlight housing developed condensation inside, even though the car was out of warranty Subaru replaced the complete housing at no charge. Thanks Subaru !"

Anonymous, NV (2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Low beam headlight out. Was too difficult to replace myself, had to take to mechanic"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have needed to replace 3 headlights in less than 3 years. Again, no electrical issue was found to be the cause. Simply a bad bulb. And they are not easy to get to in order to replace"

Steven J., MN (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

"One very cold Feb day 10F below, the heated seats did not work, the light on the switch did not light. After 10 miles and 10 min, they magically started to work. A month earlier the turn signals did not work, no click, no lights, dangerous. Magic a"

Barbara T., MN (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Every so often (once or twice a week) the fob won't unlock the doors. Not a battery problem. Only way to get in is use the key manually, which sets off the alarm"

Anonymous, AL (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"The check tire pressure light kept coming on. There was an electrical short & dealership would not believe me because light was never on when I took it in. I had to take it in 5 times before they finally found problem & replaced the sensor"

Richard A., ME (2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The warning light came on and stayed on, even though the tire pressure was fine. The sensor was replaced"

Carol H., WY (2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
USB port

"Stops charging phone after 1-2 hours (iPhone 4s). Works fine with current iPhone (6)"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"For some reason, exterior lights burning out seems to plague Subaru Outback vehicles. This is our third generation one and they all have exhibited the same problem"

Ken F., MN (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tail light bulbs don't last long!"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had five exterior light burn out"

Anonymous, KS (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Fog light burned out immediately. It is really hard to access in order to replace it, so I have to take it to a dealer"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both rear side marker lights did not work. Don't believe that they ever did"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The LED courtesy lights that are under the vehicle did not illuminate due to a corroded part"

Anonymous, IL (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had many tail lights that just burn out. No electrical problems or causes for the lights to burn out that just fail. I have had to replace more exterior lights and headlights on this 2014 Subaru than all previously owned vehicles"

Steven J., MN (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

"Factory installed. Did not work when purchased as CPO vehicle. They did find the problem and fix it, but it has stopped working again"

Stephen S., CO (2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Mice damage which was difficult to remedy"

J S., WI (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"very Low Brake pedal, In emergency stopping- Brake pedal to floor !!!!"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"loose clip caused very noticeable rattle"

Anonymous, LA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace Break pads and calipers on right rear whee at 16660 miles"

Joanne M., NY (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"unresolved noises"

Anonymous, MI (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to be replaced after 38000 miles. Mechanic said it was a common problem. (Not a Subaru dealer mechanic)"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"Take you foot off the brake and it clunks as reported before. I have had to change my driving habit by when I come to a stop I take the automatic into neutral so I do not have to take my foot off the brake quickly to get started"

Edward H., FL (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"brake fluid leak"

Anonymous, MT (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"VERY difficult to engage in an emergency, invisible during driving, car travels approximately 50-60 feet before brake engages in an emergency"

Anonymous, MT (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Parking brake light flashes spontaneously without engaging, cannot get it to go off - then does not flash at most times. Does not flash at dealer and they find no problem. This happens sporadically for a few days then not at all for a few months"

David G., NJ (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Parking brake locked-up. Needed a tow. Dealer could not find anything wrong"

W K., UT (2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Electronic parking brake froze up and broke and had to be replaced"

Jane W., TX (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"wore out much too soon. back first. front still not right"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes have been replaced after only 38,000 miles. I am not a heavy braker. Calipers also needed replacing"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear driver side pad seized no warning ruined the rotor oem pads were not lubricated no sign of any lubricant's on guide areas or pad replaced with after market pads and rust proof rotors drilled and slotted and no rust after sitting for a week or more much better than oem. the oem shouldn't have failed they would over night a lite surface rust that would clean up after a few I'm.. I have a 99 Tacoma with 74,000 oem miles still has original brakes"

Bohdan B., ON (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Left rear brake was totally gone at 33000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"shot pad life, had to have rotors turned"

Deb L., OH (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I usually go over 80k miles on a set of brakes. The rear brakes lasted less than 40k miles"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"in a Emergency Braking ? Brake peddle goes to floor ?"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"rear rotors failed and had to be replaced along with clippers. Front roots also wore out and had to be replaced"

Jane W., TX (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal maintenance: replaced rear rotors and brake shoes"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Should have had better quality product plated rust proof rotors drilled and or slotted. for rotors they were ruined due to siezed pad I replaced all four rotors drilled and slotted plated and ceramic pad .for the same cost of the two rear rotors only.only one side was totally gone but the rest were uneven. come on Subaru get with it!"

Bohdan B., ON (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One stuck and wore out the pad early"

Don B., WI (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

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

What Owners Say

Alignment

"wandered on slopes and low areas in roadway the first time it was driven. Cured by rotating tires"

Ronald M., WA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"car has a slight pull to right despite subarus' efforts to fix"

John G., FL (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Subaru keeps drifting to the right. It was aligned once, but still does it"

Anonymous, IN (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car had bad alignment from the beginning. Dealer try to fix it sever times, but it is still not a 100%. I like the car in general, but it is really aggravating"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Auto pulls to right...dealer consistently denies there's a problem..alignment is set to factory specs.I put 2 lbs more air in tires on opposite side..that helps somewhat.some have suggested different alignment specs have helped"

John G., FL (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"pump failure; replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, MI (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"POWER STEERING WAS INTERMITTENT DEALER REPLACED POWER STEERING PUMP"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Power steering caused turning the wheels to become very difficult, the dealer immediately replaced and power steering unit"

Judy C., NY (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"power steering pump went out and had to be replaced"

Frederick H., WY (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced power steering, problem not solved"

Anonymous, QC (2014 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace power steering"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Reported the steering felt notchy. Vehicle was road tested by Subaru agent and it was determined that the power steering pump was faulty. This was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, ME (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Power steering pump failed. Disabled car. Repaired.but still feels tight to steer"

Anonymous, VT (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Had a 2006 forester that rode rough - much rougher than outbacks so bought an outback this time. it rides worse than my old forester. Asked the dealer about buying new shock/struts but they said it wouldn't help. I feel every crack, bump, seam i"

SUSn W., CO (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Steering varies, left and right, at any speed, dangerous at highway speeds and passing obstacles. Car requires constant steering corrections to stay in lane, a look in rear mirror or instrument panel has lead to un-felt crossing of lane lines. Test d"

David G., NJ (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Don't know what exactly what the steering problem is, and Subaru tells me I have none. The steering varies, left and right, at all speeds and conditions, where I need to constantly correct for what the car is doing. If I look in rear-view mirrors or dashboard, the car will veer and vary from where I steer. I feel unsafe with this, my wife drives this mostly and it doesn't bother her much. I won't drive this Subaru on long trips"

David G., NJ (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"Both the left and more recently the right "bushings" in the steering/ stabilization assembly"

John S., PA (2014 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Covered by warranty and found by dealer"

Anonymous, SK (2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"front wheel bearing failure within 1500 km of warranty expiring"

Doug C., ON (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Left (Driver's side) front wheel bearing failed and it took a second trip to the dealer before they agreed that it needed replacement"

Neville S., NY (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"heard grinding noise from one wheel, dealer recommended replacing both as precautionary measure"

Marcus J., ON (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Serpentine belt was noisy and was replaced under warranty. There seems to be a loose shield under the engine as it is noisy when I accelerate and I found a bolt on the driveway just before noticing this noise"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"belt was squeaking. Had to fight with dealer to get replaced despite TSB"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dead engine response at low speeds after releasing accelerator then again pressing accelerator. I have read that this may be the CV transmission. Nevertheless, it has given me some close moments. Dealer cannot find problem"

Anonymous, GA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"I think the lifters need an adjustment, it makes a little tapping sound sometimes"

Bruce W., NY (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Reprogramming the engine supposedly fixed the problem"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"oil leak at oil sensor unit"

Randall P., CO (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Serviced car in Madislon and exited city. Upon arriving in Mauston discovered ALL but part of Oil had been lost and Oil filter was not installed properly. Local repair shop cleaned All oil which had accumulaled on engine and undercarriage"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine has had a bad plug. The dealer has been very understNding and replaced it three times. The are also very apologetic"

Alan S., MN (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine burns oil after heavy use"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing chain cover was leaking oil on the exhaust manifold"

Dale J., KS (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Outback burns a ton of engine oil. I had to top of off multiple times between oil changes and it gets very frustrating"

Gregory F., NY (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Since I brought the vehicle brand new I have had the oil light come on between the 3000 mile and 5500 mile range. I have been low a 1/2 qt to a full qt of oil. They find no leaks or reason why this happens"

Mary M., CA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"It's not an oil leak, the engine is consuming oil. It's using about 1 quart every 3000 miles. Engine oil light has come on"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Burning oil. Have to check every time I fill up with gasoline"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil light flashes in under 5k miles. After several visits from service center, they found leak in the top engine block and replaced it"

Anonymous, OR (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing Chain Gasket"

Anonymous, NB (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Fixed at first service ( no charge)"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Then same problem when I backed out of the garage door"

Anonymous, IL (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Loose bumper guard rubber strip"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"2 wheel arch moldings came loose"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Trim around wheel wells failed, and after some "negotiation" replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, OR (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Molding on the front driver side roof to door pillar has been loose for almost a yr. Not much interest from the dealer to fix it"

Don P., MI (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Minor issues with passenger seat loose plastic trim near seat controls. Fixed by dealer under warranty, came loose again shortly later"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seems to be of cheap quality. Fit and finish looked good when new but fasteners broke and showed wear and tear faster than expected"

Anonymous, MI (2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Sunglasses holder latch failed"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"When I backed out of the garage, I scraped the the door frame of the garage door"

Anonymous, IL (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint "melting" , center of hood. Dealer said it must have been caused by bird droppings.Unlikely. Disfigured paint covered area approx the size of a quarter. Dealer took the car and had the hood repainted. So far so good"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint chips off after just very light contact. Every panel of the car has a chip except the roof"

Anonymous, CT (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Less than a year from purchase noticed a small rust spot on drivers side rocker panel"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear hatch door was not painted properly and rust developed on the areas with thin paint. specifically the bottom edge and inside metal"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have noticed over the 3 years that we've owned the car that the paint is effected very easily to the environment. Bird droppings stain and etch paint surfaces. I have also noticed that rocks that hit the car and remove paint also remove the undercoat which has caused the body surfaces to show rust"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

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

What Owners Say

Mirrors

"gasket not installed correctly. dealer repaired promptly"

Michael B., NC (2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Seat belts

"Warning light that seat belt not latched with grownup passenger in seat. Replaced whole seat assy"

Roger G., MA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

"driver's side seat scrapes against console"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Subaru Outback)
Sunroof

"The sunroof glass had to be replaced due to a bad seal preventing it from opening fully"

Anonymous, CT (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"hatch supports began fading: operating slowly and noisily"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The pistons that kept the tailgate open. Needed to be replaced"

Charles A., IN (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The inside hatch pull failed within a week of picking up the car. Replaced by the dealer at no cost during second service. (Not in stock at the first service.)"

Jonathan A., NJ (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"have to slam the tailgate hard to keep the alert light on the dashboard from coming on. On any kind of slope, it wobbles and doesn't want to close right. Seems to be too heavy"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The gas pistons that counterbalance the hatch are too weak to raise the hatch all the way up on their own. Subaru dealer will replace on the next service"

Karen S., GA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"For some reason, the seal around the hatch sticks to the body, making the hatch difficult to open"

Ken F., MN (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Driver side window molding stuck to window when lowering. Had to bring window back up and use screwdriver to hold molding away from window"

Herbert D., WI (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"driver side power window came out of track and would not go up/down. Took 3 visits to dealer to get it fixed"

Kai D., VA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Auto up and down window switch failed"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"I have issues with both the trunk and hood latched not working. I had to take it to the dealership for both"

Anonymous, KY (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium Unsure)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Burning oil so they replaced the short block"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Experienced oil leak. Subaru was aware of the issue. After monitoring for several months, they replaced the engin"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had been telling the dealer the car was not driving right. The other day I was going all of 10 mph in traffic & the car started to shimmy & shake. I immediately got off of the road. The four lights were illuminated on the dash check engine, tra"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have a 3.6R Limited Outback, which seems to gulp and not sip oil. I went in for an Oil Consumption test, which failed i.e. the engine consumed more than a quart over 1200 miles. Subsequently, I was told that the engine would need replacement. This is still being discussed with the dealer"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"We experienced excessive oil consumption almost immediately after purchase (40k miles). It was burning about 1qt per 1k miles, and failed an oil consumption test in 600 miles (from oil change to oil warning light). The dealership replaced the short block under warranty around 44k miles. We're about 5k miles into the new block - oil consumption has not been a problem so far, though we noticed a slight drop in mpg"

Anonymous, OR (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine recalled for excess oil consumption. Short block installed 7/2016"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"High oil consumption"

Oliver S., CT (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive oil usage"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"car was burning oil. Engine appeared corroded. After 2 oil tests the dealership admitted the engine needed replacement under warranty"

Paul R., MA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine short block replaced by Subaru at no cost to the owner due to excessive oil consumption"

Peter S., OH (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had a short block and cylinder head replacement in October 2016. This was covered by warranty. The reason for repair was excessive oil consumption"

Anonymous, NM (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Cylinder head

"Had a short block and cylinder head replacement in October 2016. This was covered by warranty. The reason for repair was excessive oil consumption"

Anonymous, NM (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

"engine revs to 3000 rpm or more when shifting from reverse to drive. Doesn't always happen so dealer can't seem to fix it but it happens often"

SUSn W., CO (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine is "juttery", which is especially apparent at speeds less than 50 mph. Steady pressure on the accelerator peddle still results in uneven power that feels like "pulses" of acceleration spaced by lack of power"

Andrew B., CA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CVT is rough from 0 - 25 mph when car is cold"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car will not shift up at times causing the engine RPM's to go very high, have to manually shift the car"

Yolanda B., NY (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes I thought someone hit me in the rear of the car because the jolt was so intense"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"Subaru has a problem with their CVT transmissions. They slip and cause hesitations at low speeds. The problem seems to be in 13 and 14's. I had an 11 and this was not a problem. I have talked to several people with these and they all confirm that the"

Larry G., IA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The CVT takes more than one second to engage when shifting into either drive or reverse from any other gear. Dealership inspected but stated that the time to engage was within factory specification. The factory standards are dangerous"

Andrew B., CA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the transmission band in the CVT - was making noise and losing power in the car"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Warning lights and rough shifting. Not sure what the problem was. 2-3 dealer visits and fixed"

Anonymous, MI (2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

"Was told that 2014 had a defect in AC system. AC compressor was repaired once and replaced once, within first year of ownership"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"a/c has always been weak, Subaru tells me I have no problem"

David G., NJ (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"Heating/AC control panel had to be replaced after 3 visits to dealer. Display would go out intermittently. Seems ok now"

Anonymous, MI (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The system just does not keep a steady temp and it takes miles of driving before the heat kicks on"

Jack T., IL (2014 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Noisy"

Anonymous, MI (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The floor vents don't seem to blow much air"

Anonymous, NE (2014 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)

"Fan got something stuck in it, was removed/repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"bearings in motor going out, noisy"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery failed at about 3,900 miles. Dealer provided free replacement, but no explanation why the new battery failed"

Anonymous, MO (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Factory installed battery would lose power and while lights would come on, engine would not start"

Anonymous, ME (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Battery was too small for vehicle (came installed when purchased from Subaru dealer) and died, necessitating a replacement purchase"

Anonymous, TN (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Unsure)

"Battery died 2/2017. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Exploded battery acid over entire engine"

Linda I., OR (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"Ignition used to make a weird rattling noise at startup. After inspection, it was found that a one part of the ignition showed wear, and had to be replaced. It was done under extended warranty that I had bought, and not under the standard factory warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Fuel System

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

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"failed solenoid or sensor in emission control, many warning lights, cruise control defaulted to off, part had to be ordered, 4 days down time"

Anonymous, LA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Sensor for oil pressure needed adjusting in October 2014 and was replaced this April 2015"

Anonymous, CT (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wire to device at the device shorted and failed the sensor"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"'O' ring on fuel line in the injector failed. Loss of power and fuel"

Gordon B., ON (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Excessive cranking before starting. Amount of cranking directly proportional to length of time between starts"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Antifreeze leak due to radiator seam separating"

Anonymous, MO (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radiator

"Lower radiator seam split and started leaking antifreeze. Dealer replaced radiator under warranty"

Anonymous, MO (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Water pump

"bolts holding pulley onto water pump came loose which shredded the engine belt & rump had to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Overheating

"Leaking radiator hose caused engine over heating. Was quickly diagnosed and replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"Driveshaft replaced at 3000 miles. It was covered by warranty"

Anonymous, MI (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

"Driveline vibrates when cold and eventually gets "better". Dealer said it is normal"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer replaced drive shafts, axles, tires, wheels, torque converter all a week after I purchased the car. The vibration was excessive between 62 and 75 mph. Was given a loaner and the problem was corrected"

Joseph A., NH (2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"there was a transmission recall on the 2014 3.6R Outback. I experienced NO problems with the original transmission but it was replaced due to the recall. The replacement had the torque converter problem. Subaru replaced the faulty 2nd transmission"

Stephanie G., MD (2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"DRAIN PLUG FELL OUT OF FRONT DIFFERENTIAL RESULTING IN FAILURE OF DIFF. AND TRANSMISSION"

Anonymous, MN (2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

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Recalls
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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:SWITCH
Apr 11 2019
The engine turning off unexpectedly can increase the risk of a crash. If a crash occurs under this condition, the air bag may not deploy, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, 2008-2011 Impreza vehicles, 2008-2014 WRX vehicles, 2005-2014 Legacy vehicles, 2005-2014 Outback vehicles and 2006-2008 Tribeca vehicles equipped with a mechanical key ignition switch installed as a replacement part. The ball spring inside the switch may break, reducing the strength of the ignition switch. If this occurs, the weight on the key ring and certain road conditions could cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position to the accessory position, turning off the engine.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the ignition switch, replacing the ignition switch, if necessary, free of charge. The recall began May 10, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WUF-91.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V297000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 511
AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
Jan 09 2019
An explosion of an inflator within the passenger frontal air bag module may result in sharp metal fragments striking the front seat passenger, driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2010-2013 Forester, 2010-2014 Tribeca, WRX, Outback, Legacy, and 2010-2011 Impreza vehicles sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru has notified owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began January 25, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is TKA-19.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V007000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 43394
AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
Jan 09 2019
An explosion of an inflator within the passenger frontal air bag module may result in sharp metal fragments striking the front seat passenger, driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2010-2014 Tribeca, WRX, Outback, and Legacy vehicles, 2010-2011 Impreza vehicles and 2010-2013 Forester vehicles sold, or ever registered, in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru is notifying owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began January 25, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is TKB-19.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V008000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 330120
AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
Jan 09 2019
An explosion of an inflator within the passenger frontal air bag module may result in sharp metal fragments striking the front seat passenger, driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2010-2014 Tribeca, WRX, Legacy and Outback vehicles, 2010-2011 Impreza vehicles and 2010-2013 Forester vehicles sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru is notifying owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began on January 25, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is TKC-19.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V009000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 452630
PARKING BRAKE
Sep 13 2018
A vehicle rollaway can increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2010-2014 Subaru Legacy and Outback vehicles equipped with a manual transmission. The electronic parking brake (EPB) may not engage as intended, allowing the vehicle to rollaway if the transmission is not in the proper gear when parked.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the EPB actuator assembly, free of charge. The recall began July 19, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WTV-81.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V626000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 27175
VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:MOTOR
Sep 27 2016
If the windshield wiper motor overheats, the wipers may fail, reducing driver visibility and increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, the wiper motor cover may melt, increasing the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Legacy vehicles manufactured November 26, 2008, to June 7, 2013, and 2010-2014 Outback vehicles manufactured January 9, 2009 to June 7, 2013. Due to contamination, components within the windshield wiper motor bottom cover may interfere with each other. If an obstruction, such as a buildup of snow or ice prevents the wiper arms from being able to stop in the parked position, the wiper motor may overheat and the bottom cover may melt.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the windshield wiper motor bottom cover assembly, free of charge. The recall began October 2016. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WTK-71. Note: This recall supersedes recall 11V-469. All vehicles that were remedied under that campaign are affected by this campaign, and need to have their wiper motor bottom cover replaced again.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V694000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 592647
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Aug 01 2013
As a result of the parking rod detaching, the transmission may not be able to be moved from the "park" position preventing the vehicle from being moved or driven. Furthermore, even with the transmission shifted into the 'park' position, the parking mechanism may not engage, and the vehicle may roll away while in the "park" position, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Subaru of America is recalling certain model year 2014 Legacy 3.6R and Outback 3.6R and 2013 Tribeca vehicles manufactured June 12, 2013, through June 28, 2013 and equipped with 5-speed automatic transmissions. In the affected vehicles, the parking rod may come loose inside the automatic transmission.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the transmission, free of charge. The recall began during August 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's recall number is WQJ-46.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V336000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 202
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