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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
165,000 miles

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2001 Subaru Outback body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 152015

Outback

  • 120,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2001 Subaru Outback. While at an independent mechanic for a routine service repair, the technician stated that the rear subframe was corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 03V153000 (suspension), but the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Morris, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 132014

Outback

  • 250,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Subaru Outback. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, he lost control of the vehicle and spun out of control, crashing into an embankment. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that the rear driver side tire was completely bent inward and the subframe was fractured due to corrosion. A police report was not filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, who verified the failure and stated that the rear sub frame needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and did not offer any assistance since the vehicle had previously been repaired under recall NHTSA campaign number: 03V153000 (suspension). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 250,000.

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #1

May 072011

Outback

  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Subaru Outback. The contact was driving 35 mph when the sub frame of the vehicle fractured. The contact stated that the dealer advised that NHTSA campaign id number: 03V153000 (suspension: Rear) was performed on the vehicle in 2004. The recall required the manufacturer to spray an anti rust and wax onto the sub frame and axle. The contact stated that the recall repair did not prevent the failure from occurring and the sub frame and rear axle were both fractured due to rust. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was 125,000.

- East Calais, VT, USA

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