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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,000 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.

2004 Subaru Outback steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 112014

Outback 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


I was pulling into my driveway when I stepped on the brakes the car lunged forward and struck a boat on a trailer in my driveway sending it into the side of my home the more I stepped on the brake the faster the engine accelerated I eventually ended up crashing into a tree which finally stopped the car.

- Galloway, NJ, USA

problem #1

Nov 162008


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Subaru Outback. While driving various speeds, the steering abnormally reverts to the right as if the steering column is locked. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer, but they could not duplicate the failure and provide a remedy. The failure mileage was 80,000 and current mileage was 99,500.

- Lafayette, NJ, USA

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