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definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
95,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

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1997 Subaru Outback accessories - exterior problems

accessories - exterior problem

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1997 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 172003

(reported on)

Outback 2.5L

  • Manual transmission
  • 95,000 miles


One of the pistons that support the tailgate keeps popping off the ball joint, probably because it has rusted away (like everything else on the back of my Subie).

As the tailgate starts to fall, the end of the piston arm usually smashes into the plastic housing of the brake light. The metal rod either catches on that, cracking it a little more each time, or slides off & the tailgate comes crashing down since the piston on the other side can't support the whole door alone. God forbid your head gets in the way.

- , South Hero, VT, USA

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