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2001 Subaru Outback body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 142006

(reported on)


  • miles


Consumer Subaru Outback tail lights burned out quite often. After replacing the bulb consumer noticed that the socket was corroded. The engine stalled while driving up a small hill. The vehicle was towed where it was discovered a blown 30 amp fuse in the motor side fuse box. The incident happened a second time and the vehicle was taken to a different dealer where the problem was diagnosed as a blown fuse again. When the consumer opened the hatch, water was pouring out of the little doors that housed the tail lights bulbs and wires. The consumer believed the leaking hatch was responsible not only for the burned out tail lights and rotting wires, but also for the electrical shorts that blew out the 30 amp fuse in the engine compartment and caused the engine the die.

- Truckee, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 142002

(reported on)

Outback 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On six occasions while driving, the driver's foot slipped from the brake pedal to accelerator pedal unexpectedly. The consumer believed there was a design problem due to insufficient space between the brake pedal and the accelerator pedal. The brake pedal and accelerator pedal are too close. On two other occasions, while moving slowly ahead, the vehicle had gone out of control. Scc

- Mt. Vernon, NY, USA

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