Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,750 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Subaru Outback engine problems

engine problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2001 Subaru Outback:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2001 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 192003

Outback 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles


"this is graphic evidence of what happens when someone like Subaru 'forgets' to fit a $1 spring clip. The throttle probably stuck at around 3/4 open as she had just been traveling up a steep hill less than 2 miles from our house. The road then dips down and goes into a series of S bends, she left the road doing about 80mph and hit a tree 5 foot up in air from the road's surface. It was a bright sunny day, no precipitation, she was trapped in there for 45 mins and as you can see from the door pillars they tried to cut with their hurst cutters the car survived remarkably. But all the people who have seen this wreck said it was not a survivable accident. I wonder if the people in their big corporations ever consider these type of things, or whether they sleep at night"?""

- Salt Point, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 092003

Outback 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
My 2001 Subaru Outback suddenly accelerates, on its own, while my foot is lightly on the brake. This happens mostly in parking lots/pulling into parking spaces.

- Hawesville, KY, USA

problem #2

Apr 012003


  • miles
Problems with vehicle surging forward when driving at low speeds or when parking.

- Scotts Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 292001

Outback 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While on line behind another vehicle consumer put foot on brake pedal and accelerator at same time. Consumer accelerated into rear of someone's car. Consumer felt there was a manufacturer's defect in these pedals. The consumer states that brake pedal and accelerator are poorly located due to design flaw.

- Mt. Sinai, NY, USA

Not what you are looking for?