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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,900 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #3

May 092006

Outback 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


: the contact stated while the vehicle was parked with the engine still on, the transmission slipped out of gear. The vehicle rolled forward and struck a tree. Because the seat belts were not worn, minor facial injuries were sustained by one occupant. The vehicle has not been inspected by a mechanic. There is a NHTSA recall, # 02V282000, regarding the automatic transmission; however, it is not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Baldwinville, MA, USA

problem #2

Oct 262005

Outback 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
Excessive noise from the transfer duty solenoid and clutch damage at 26K.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #1

Oct 182004

Outback 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,700 miles
Auto started running rough. Transmission shifting abruptly. Throttle would remain open after foot taken off accelerator. Car would maintain last speed before foot off accelerator. This would continue on level ground and even uphill to a large extent speed would be maintained with no input from driver. Cruise control was off. No codes generated and no check enging light. Dealer notified. Could not duplicate. This occurred on three separate occasions before dealer replace throttle positon sensor.

- Browns Summit, NC, USA

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