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.

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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,870 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.

2002 Subaru Outback engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 082002

Outback 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Piston slap in 2.5 engine.

- Yakima, WA, USA

problem #2

Dec 202004

Outback 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,900 miles
Fuel smell inside and outside of cabin. Dealer has examined the vehicle and cannot determine cause, insists nothing is wrong with the car.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 142003

Outback 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,710 miles
Car has completely stalled twice while driving. Engine stopped running while driving in downtown seattle.

- Seattle, WA, USA

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