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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,520 miles

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2004 Subaru Outback exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2004 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 242010


  • 85,035 miles


Diagnostic code P0420 (catalyst sys). Vehicle would not pass emissions test due to code. 85000 miles on vehicle. Was told there was a computer upgrade for this complaint put out by Subaru. Dealer performed upgrade then informed me headgasket was leaking. Dealer replaced head gasket "goodwill". dat after repair code 0420 came back and now need converters replaced to the tune of $1800 to $2200 due to contaminated converters. Fuel, oil leaking into exhaust from failed head gasket.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #1

Apr 012009


  • 68,006 miles
2004 Subaru Outback.

- Fort Lupton, CO, USA

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