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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,000 miles

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2005 Subaru Outback drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2005 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 012005

Outback 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles


2005 Subaru Outback legacy station wagon the limited slip differential (rear) malfunctions under wet or snowy conditions. It begins a rhythmic transfer of power back and forth until the rear of the vehicle loses traction and then spins out... this has happened several times and has been taken to the dealership for diagnostics and repairs. They have performed alignments but indicate that they cannot duplicate the complaint... so, they say there is no problem. We have taken the vehicle in to the dealership without any repair made to resolve this dangerous fault. The repair would involve replacing the entire unit (lsd)... because parts are not available separately... we have had it looked at by an independent repair facility and they were able to duplicate the complaint... we have replaced the original "potenza" tires with an aggressive all weather tire hoping to remedy the problem... Subaru will not admit that there is a problem with the limited slip differential on this 2005 Outback! we would like to have this taken care of before someone is injured or killed. Thanks!

- Boyne Falls, MI, USA

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