Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
72,667 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. had some heat shields tightened & some removed (1 reports)
1997 Subaru Outback accessories - exterior problems

accessories - exterior problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 1997 Subaru Outback:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

1997 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 282003

(reported on)

Outback 2.5L

  • Manual transmission
  • 128,000 miles


it's doing it again, but much worse now than before.. used to rattle only when revving the engine, now it's all the time. Seems like no one can tighten the heat sheilds down so they stay tight.

- , South Hero, VT, USA

problem #2

Aug 242002

(reported on)

Outback 2.5L

  • Manual transmission
  • 90,000 miles

had this fixed once before, now it's happening again & it's twice as loud

- , South Hero, VT, USA

problem #1

May 312002

(reported on)

Outback 2.5L

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

A fairly loud rattling noise started coming from underneath the car. Was worse at higher RPMs when accelerating or at low RPMs when idling. Took it to the dealer, they said it was several loose heat shields that were rattling. They tightened some & removed others that they said were not important. Now at 95,000 miles, it's happening again..

- , South Hero, VT, USA

Search for these popular complaint phrases...

Not what you are looking for?