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4.9

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,880 miles

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2001 Subaru Outback transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #10

Sep 022008

Outback

  • 75,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Subaru Outback. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact heard a loud clicking noise and then the vehicle stalled. He noticed that the transmission had fallen out of the vehicle onto the road. The vehicle was towed to his residence. He is in the process of notifying the dealer to determine the cause of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 75,000.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #9

Mar 292008

Outback 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,300 miles
The automatic transmission park mechanism does not engage properly. With selector lever in "park " and car turned off and ignition key removed, the car rolls. In the early years, the car rolled only slightly and finally "engaged": now, the car rolls several feet and does not always engage, requiring use of the emergency brake for all parking. Because the problem is getting worse, we searched for repair & recall information. We found that although our model & year are on the recall list for this park mechanism, our VIN# is not.

- Saunderstown, RI, USA

problem #8

May 102007

Outback 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Starting around 62K miles, I heard a whining noise from the front of the car. The noise got louder and higher with wheel speed. When I took it to a mechanic, they diagnosed a bad differential bearing, and informed me that the recommended fix was replacement of the entire transmission, including both differentials. When I went to the dealer to confirm this, they quoted me $6,000-$8,000 for the repair. I tried to get some relief from Subaru of America, since the powertrain warranty goes for 60K miles, but they were unwilling. This caused the value of my car to go to zero, since it's worth about $8,000 without the transmission problem.

- Menlo Park, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 232005

Outback

  • miles

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

I own a 2001 Subaru Outback. After hearing a whining noise in the front of the car, I took my car into my mechanic. He informed me that I probably needed to have the front differential replaced and referred me to the dealership. The dealership told me I needed the entire transmission replaced. Because the milage on my car was at 62,000 miles, the dealership would not honor my warranty because it only extended to 60K. Astounded that any car with only 62K miles on it would need its entire transmission replaced, I appealed to Subaru customer services and asked them to own up to the defect. They declined my request.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #6

Sep 262003

Outback 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My Subaru Outback unlimited 2001 needs a transmission replaced after only 74,000. All the repairs and service were performed at the dealership including the 60,00 mile major tune-up. All the service was done timely and as recommended. The dealer first said the noise was the alternator and replaced the alternator, but the noise continued. I took the car to another Subaru dealer who said the problem was the transmission and suspected it was not serviced appropriately. I returned the car to the original dealer at their request. They then removed the replaced alternator and returned my original alternator, but refused any responsibility for my transmission failure.

- Novato, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 162003

Outback

  • miles
The vehicle was parked and off. The vehicle moved forward towards the fence.

- Morgantown, WV, USA

problem #4

Mar 052003

Outback 6-cyl

  • 8,500 miles

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

Car has significant hesitation during periods of acceleration, usually around 2500-3500 RPM. Potentially dangerous in many driving situations. Have reported to dealer multiple times. Response is always "cannot reproduce - computer shows operating as designed". car also has spontaneous acceleration at low speed, such as first taking foot off brake.

- Valley Cottage, NY, USA

problem #3

Apr 252002

Outback 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle suddenly accelerates while descending steep hill in 1st gear using engine as brake

- Coloma, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 242001

Outback

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Overdrive light illuminated. Driver had vehicle towed to mechanic. Mechanic stated that transmission needed to be replaced.

- Morgan Town, WV, USA

problem #1

Sep 242001

Outback

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Overdrive light illuminated. Driver had vehicle towed to mechanic. Mechanic stated that transmission needed to be replaced.

- Morgan Town, WV, USA

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