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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,191 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.

2006 Subaru Outback brakes problems

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2006 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 222016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Subaru Outback. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V323000 and 14V311000 (air bags and service brakes, hydraulic). The part was not available within a reasonable time frame to schedule the recall repair. The dealer did not give a specific date for when the part would become available. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact was not experiencing a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #4

Jan 022015

Outback 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
While driving the vehicle stopped accelerating and shut down. Was told that the pedal assembly and sensors stopped working. This malfunction can kill people. Other have has low mileage on the vehicle and have the car shut down while driving.

- Waldwick, NJ, USA

problem #3

Oct 292014


  • 91,000 miles
Found coolant black and possible overheating from head gasket failure in result radiator was exposed to high heat and cracked. Combustion pressure had entered cooling system and caused over pressure of cooling system. Recommend leak down and compression check of engine to determine if internal damage has occurred. Customer has two options, replacement of head gaskets if no other findings internal are found or replacement of engine complete. Turbo may also be damaged and needs inspection also. Replace rear brake rotors and pads, lube back of pads and hardware pins with anti squeak paste. Adjust emergency brake system to factory spec. Road test for noise and seat new pads to rotors.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #2

May 292014


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Subaru Outback. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the brake warning light illuminated on the instrument panel and the brake pedal failed to respond. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the brake line was completely rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Warren, VT, USA

problem #1

Oct 152013

Outback 5-cyl

  • 73,956 miles
Four times in one month prior the above date, this vehicle stopped running in traffic. It would not restart. Most importantly, the automatic transmission could not be taken out of gear and put into park!! in addition, the emergency brake failed to properly keep the vehicle from rolling in traffic. The most recent time this happened, the driver was in heavy traffic on a hill and the emergency brake again did not properly hold the vehicle. The driver had to open her door, exit the vehicle in order to physically stop it from rolling downhill in traffic and was nearly ran over by a passing semi trailer truck. This is a well maintained vehicle, often through the dealer it was purchased from. During this time, the vehicle was towed twice to the dealer. They diagnosed the problem as being caused by electronic computer parts malfunction. After these expensive and possibly unnecessary repairs the problem still persisted. The vehicle continued to stop for no reason in traffic and would not restart. Each time this happened, the vehicle could not be taken out of gear and put into park!! I know of no other vehicle where this type of problem has happened. After the latest breakdown, upon inspection, the dealer located a section of wire loom that had worn bare and possibly had caused a short in the electrical system. This worn spot in the wire loom may have tripped up the logic in the vehicle computer and been the reason the driver could not put the vehicle in park after breaking down in traffic. If this electrical wire loom caused this "malfunction", it would put anyone in this vehicle in a position where there is great potential for serious injury, or death. This problem should be looked into by your department in order to make sure this does not happen again to someone else.

- Muskego, Wisconsin, WI, USA

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