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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,600 miles

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2005 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 092009


  • 35,600 miles


With 35,600 miles on our 2005 Subaru Outback xt, the turbo failed. The dealer service technician said this was do to the condition of the engine oil which was 7 months old and had 5,400 miles on it. All 7 of the vehicles oil changes were done within the 7,500 mile interval set forth in owners/vehicle maintenance manual. According to the Subaru service bulletin # 02-103-07 ( -- not sent to owners), there appears to be a design defect with the "banjo bolt" oil supply line to the turbo, which make this engine unable to live up to the specified maintenance intervals in its power train warranty.

- Zeeland, MI, USA

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