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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,382 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 232006

Outback 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,145 miles


5 days after head gasket was replaced I was driving and came to a stop light. As the light turned green and I pressed on the accelerator the car did not move. Then all of a sudden the car started to move but very sluggishly. As I drove home I almost had a couple of accidents due to the non responsive car. Currently it is at a shop, and I am being told that the transmission has failed.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
The transmission fluid leaks from the engine. As a result, the vehicle stalls without warning. The transmission was replaced twice, however the problem recurred. The left door panel by the window regulator driver window was not working, there was noise when the driver pressed the gas pedal in the gear, and a gas smell was present when the vehicle was accelerated.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #1

Feb 062003


  • miles

- Trenton, NJ, USA

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