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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
250 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.

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2003 Subaru Outback electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 172003


  • 500 miles


Nar 03-27-2003 mr the car dies intermittently at speeds between 20-25 mph on deceleration. The power is completely lost with no power steering control. Additional items noticied.. shifting in transmission at low speeds, dashboard creaks and drivers window faulty.

- East Wenatchee, WA, USA

problem #1

Oct 162002

Outback 4WD

  • miles
Dealer substituted cheap aftermarket security system for requested Subaru upgrade, tampering with factory wiring in process. When challenged, dealer replaced system with Subaru upgrade. However, I am concerned that the stripped, soldered and most likely cut wires in the factory harness could produce a short or backfeed that may damage electrical components or lead to fire. In addition, one bundle of wires interferes with the movement of my right foot from accelerator to brake.

- Longmeadow, MA, USA

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