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4.3

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,210 miles

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2002 Subaru Outback clutch problems

clutch problem

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2002 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 092006

Outback 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 77,202 miles

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

After returning from a out of town trip, we got to our car and started to drive away and the engine revved up but did not proportionately increase in speed. After gaining some speed the symptoms disappeared. Three days later after shifting from fifth gear to fourth gear while driving up a hill on I-70 the clutch completely slipped out. The car was un-drivable but we were in the left lane and there was no emergency pull off on that side so we had to make our way across three lanes of traffic to get to the right emergency lane. With no power we coasted through cars flying by honking at 65 mph. Luckily we made it to the side of the road unharmed but quite a few close calls. We smelt the smell of a burnt clutch and could no longer engage the transmission or move the vehicle, it would only coast backwards. While we were lucky some other may not. Subaru of America has refused to admit anything is wrong with the car other than a wearable item wearing out. This car has 77,200 miles on it and has had the clutch replaced once before at 34,500 miles under tsb 03-51-02R. We have owned five cars with manual transmissions all of which we drove for over 130,000 miles and not one has needed or had a clutch replaced. An employee at the dealership in the parts department stated to another employee while I was on the phone line that the "flywheel is making those go out so they will need to replace that too."

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #5

Mar 172005

Outback 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I purchased a 2002 Subaru Outback wagon, manual transmission. I'm having terrible clutch chatter going into 1st and 2nd gear. This happens daily, usually for the first 10 minutes of driving it. The problem is enhanced when it is wet or cold.

- Lewiston, ME, USA

problem #4

Dec 012004

Outback

  • 55,000 miles
The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a clutch adjustment. The technician informed that consumer that the clutch needed to be replaced.

- Marquette, MI, USA

problem #3

Jun 012004

Outback

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

2002 Subaru wagon manual transmission clutch shudders on cold start. Sometimes it is difficult to get through an intersection. The dealer could not duplicate the problem so it was not repaired. The problem persists.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #2

Jan 092004

Outback 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 57 miles
Since new, the clutch on this vehicle has slipped when starting from a stop. It also occasionally slips when shifting between 1st and 2nd gear. This problem causes the vehicle to be difficult to start slowly in traffic and will eventually wear down parts until the clutch and transmission need to be replaced. This is a known problem with this vehicle but Subaru of America has not made any steps to rectify the problem. My local dealer claims they cannot reproduce the clutch slip and refuse to fix the problem.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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problem #1

Jan 032004

Outback

  • 25,000 miles
While driving at lower speeds the clutch intermittently shuddered when pulling out from a stop. The vehicle has been to two dealers but neither dealer could resolve the problem.

- Gardnerville, NV, USA

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