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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
126,750 miles

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2001 Subaru Outback body / paint problems

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2001 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 042015


  • 113,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Subaru Outback. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic because the check engine light was illuminated. While the vehicle was being lifted, the mechanic noticed that the rear subframe was extremely corroded. The contact was informed by the mechanic that the rear subframe of the vehicle was corroded and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 113,000.

- North Adams, MA, USA

problem #3

Jan 222015


  • 210,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Subaru legacy Outback. The contact stated that the sub frame was rusted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, where it was diagnosed that corrosion had impaired the frame. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 210,000.

- New Millford, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 302013


  • 184,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Subaru Outback. The contact stated that the rear suspension and sub frame was found severely to be corroded during a routine inspection. The sub frame and suspension were also fractured. The dealer advised the contact that NHTSA campaign number: 03V153000 (suspension) was previously performed and denied any further assistance with the repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 184,000...updated 04-22-14

- Brockton , MA, USA

problem #1

Oct 202001

(reported on)

Outback 4WD

  • miles
No failure has occurred. Subaru has acknowledged in print, 'drive' magazine that their expensive vdc system is a libility in certain common winter driving conditions and have included on all new models an 'off' switch as standard equipment. Winter is coming, and we have a vehicle which could actually be rendered immobile by its traction control system. We have requested twice that a switch be added and have been refused with Subaru only saying that the matter is being referred to marketing and engineering. We have the article and information from the new models concerning this and would be pleased to forward them to you. Regards, betsy kuc.

- Wilbraham, MA, USA

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