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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,000 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.

2006 Subaru Outback wheels / hubs problems

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2006 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 012013


  • 59,000 miles


Front wheel bearings failed. Initially, the noise happened around 30-40 mph. Then the noise (grinding/rotational) got progressively louder and started happening even at low speeds (under 20 mph). Eventually, the noise was accompanied by vibrations/shuddering when the broken bearing supported the load of the car on every rotation of the wheel.

- Tenafly, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jan 042014

Outback 4-cyl

  • 133,000 miles
Subaru Outback began to exhibit "ghost walking" while driving straight during a winter storm. Rear end attempted to race the front end, and could not regain control. This "ghost walking" is well discussed in the online form at Car eventually made it to the edge of the road where it then proceeded to roll 3 times. The experience was not the normally sliding on ice. The rear end seemed to have a mind of its own.

- Pine Valley, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 152011

Outback 4-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
Rear wheel bearings on both sides had to be replaced. This is a known problem (faulty wheel bearings) in 2005 and 2006 Outbacks and Subaru has an extended warranty covering certain vins under 100K, but my VIN was not in that list.

- Columbia Falls, MT, USA

problem #2

Nov 292010


  • miles
Vehicle becomes very unstable on icy roads at relatively low speeds. Excessive rear tire wear suggests defect in construction of this vehicle. Problem persisted even after a 4 wheel alignment and new tires last winter. Rear tires completely worn out in less than one year.

- Ontonagon, MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 102009


  • 46,000 miles
Recently had to replace a rear wheel bearing in my 2006 Subaru legacy Outback, which only has approx. 46,000 miles. My mechanic indicated that he has seen several of these failures in the newer Subaru, but that Subaru has not issued a recall notice.

- Richmond, VT, USA

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