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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
142,000 miles

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2001 Subaru Outback electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 222011


  • 142,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Subaru Outback. While driving approximately 65 mph, the contact noticed a burning smell in the vehicle. Suddenly, there were flames under the buttons of the front driver side arm rest. The contact stopped the vehicle and was able to extinguish the fire. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostics. The mechanic stated there was a short in the wires connected to the side view mirror defroster. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 142,000. Updated 12/22/11 the consumer stated within a minute, the fire opened a hole in on the inside of the drivers door. Approximately two inches wide with flames. Updated 12/28/11

- Saint Charles, IL, USA

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