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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
165,000 miles

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2001 Subaru Outback seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 012011


  • 165,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Subaru Outback. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked and he noticed that both front sent belts would not properly retract, leaving a lot of slack between vehicle occupants and the seat belts. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The contact also stated that the engine was leaking oil onto the exhaust manifold. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the contact was informed that the rear main entrance seal on the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures, but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 165,000.

- New Prague, MN, USA

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