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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
98,000 miles
Total Complaints:
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2002 Subaru Outback engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 012014

Outback Sport Sport 2.5L

  • Manual transmission
  • 98,000 miles


My Subaru started bucking when I would leave a red light and acting like I had never driven a stick before. Then it started doing it all the time, anytime you tried to accelerate. Then the check engine light came on and according to Auto Zone the problem was a misfire on cylinder #3. OK, so 4 new NGK plugs and NGK wires and it was fixed....for 2 days and here we are again.

Same problem but the check engine light isn't on yet. Ugh. Maybe someone out there will read this and know exactly what little trick there is to fix this. I have only had the car 4 months and have never owned a Subaru before. This is getting old already and everyone says I will just LOVE the car and it will last forever. This might be the case, however, it might end up living forever with someone else!!!!

- , Valdosta, GA, USA

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