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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,000 miles

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2002 Subaru Outback steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 192007


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Subaru Outback. While driving various speeds, the steering wheel locked on several occasions when the contact attempted to turn the wheel. The dealer could not duplicate the failure or make any repairs. On a separate occasion, the driver attempted to make a right turn, but the steering locked up again and could not be turned. The vehicle crashed into the guard rail, but the contact sustained minor injuries. The vehicle sustained major damage and was waiting for the insurance Agency to determine if it was destroyed. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was less than 90,000 and current mileage was 100,000.

- New City, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 222004

Outback 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
2002 Subaru Outback wagon repeatedly and unexpectedly stalls while driving. Has been ongoing for nearly 2 years. Has been examined on multiple occassions (at least 4) at rye Ford Subaru in rye New York with the ongoing result that the dealership claims to have no knowledge of the problem and unable to replicate. Car was delivered back to dealership on a flatbed after stalling 5 or 6 times in main thoroughfare that resulted in being rear ended by a truck behind me. I have repeatedly informed the dealer and contacted Subaru of America that I believe this is a death trap waiting to happen. I was nearly killed by a narrow miss when the car stalled abrubtly in a snow storm. This is a very very dangerous condition and the cars should be recalled before people are killed.

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

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