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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,119 miles

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2007 Subaru Outback electrical problems

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2007 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #9

Jul 082016


  • 79,000 miles


This is my second complaint to be filed. This has been an ongoing problem since 2013. My 2007 Subaru Outback loses vehicle power as the accelerator stops responding. The cruise control, traction, and check engine lights all become illuminated or flashing. This is especially common upon restarting the car after a short drive, coming to a stop, or after 5-10 minutes from a cold start. Restarting the vehicle until the vehicle will not restart and then restarting once more resets the issue for approximately 24 hours. Cleaning the connector plug to the accelerator temporarily resolves the issue anywhere form 6 months to one week. Subaru has been contacted and issued a generic response mostly dealing with air bag safety concerns. This is a very hazardous default in the vehicle which is being ignored.

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

problem #8

Sep 152015


  • 249,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Subaru Outback. While driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle lost power. The cruise control and traction lights illuminated. The contact coasted to the side of the road and turned off the vehicle. The vehicle was restarted after a couple of minutes. The contact drove home and called an independent mechanic, who was unable to diagnose the failure. The failure recurred several times. The failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not provided. The failure mileage was 249,000.

- Harwich, MA, USA

problem #7

Jun 012015


  • 64,200 miles
Wire harness, that passes through rubber articulated gasket that connects between vehicle body and rear hatch door of wagon, suffers from wire fatigue that causes individual wire insulators to crack and conducting wires to break, leading to failure of critical automobile safety equipment; namely, rear wiper motor, rear back-up lights, rear middle brake light, rear license plate lights, rear window defroster. This design defect has be reported by numerous owners and has been documented on youtube ( and Outback owners' bulletin board websites ( probable manufacturing defects include: (I) orientation of rubber articulated gasket through which rear door wiring harness passes is such that it causes undue flexing of wire harness wires upon open / close sequence of rear tailgate, and (2) defective and/or undersized wire harness wires unable to withstand the open / close sequence of rear tail gate.

- New Canaan, CT, USA

problem #6

May 012014


  • 130,000 miles


Dashboard airbag light turned on. Airbag safety system is subsequently disabled, even in the event of an accident. Source of problem is traced back to indicator light in the over head console. The warning lights do not light up as they should. The passenger seat belt or off lights do not appear when they should sometimes they are dim and resolve with a light tap or change in ambient temperature. Brief internet search reveals this is common and is the result of faulty solder in the overhead console. Dealership advises replace the entire console at owner expense. Part costs $130, labor is even more. I am not an electrical engineer and have no idea if solders should fail at 8 years. This particular solder is an integral part of the airbag system and renders the vehicle unsafe to drive. Subaru should remedy this with a recall or at least reimburse my cost. I will provide the dealership with a copy of this report.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #5

Dec 012014


  • 78,000 miles
Several broken wires in the passenger side flexible joint where the electrical wiring travels between the rear cargo area and the tailgate were discovered. It appears that inferior wire insulation becomes brittle over time and leads to broken wires. Symptoms were that the rear window windshield wiper fails sporadically / does not return to home location, and there is no power at the license plate light. Wiring for rear brake lights and locks also travel through this joint and can be affected. Many Subaru Outback owners are discovering this issue and discussing online. Since this can affect the windshield wiper and the rear lights, this is a safety issue. Given the number of owners discovering the issue, there should be a recall issued to fix this problem.

- Edina, MN, USA

problem #4

Jun 302014

Outback 4-cyl

  • miles
Hatch won't lock, and backup lights don't work. Found 2 broken wires on right side wire harness, I have read lots of other postings about the same problem.

- Sugar Grove, NC, USA

problem #3

Apr 032013


  • 55,600 miles


Vehicle stopped at a red light during rush hour. Tried to accelerate for right turn, however there was no acceleration when the gas pedal was depressed. Checked the displace for indicator lights and check engine light and traction control lights were on steadily while cruise control was blinking. Immediately turned off heater, seat heater, and radio, and proceeded to coast down a hill at idle. Gas pedal was unresponsive, but I was able to safely pull off the road after 0.3 miles. Restarted the car twice and the warning lights were still on and gas pedal still did not work. A third attempt to restart resulted in the engine turning over but no ignition. After several more restarts the gas pedal was responsive but indicators lights were still present. Drove to auto repair shop with normal speed control where the indicator lights promptly turned off. Sensor history indicated P2138 code for throttle position sensor.

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 062011

Outback 6-cyl

  • 66,270 miles
While driving our 2007 Subaru Outback sw on a 6 lane divided highway at 65 mph, the car suddenly decelerated and lost all gas pedal response. My wife was able to move the car to the side of the road although she almost caused an accident due to surrounding traffic. The car started flashing the cruise control, traction control, and check engine dash lights. After allowing the car to sit for a few minutes, my wife was able to start the car again and get home. I checked the error codes and got a P02138. I did some research and found numerous other people experiencing the same issue on the Subaru blogs. All of the other reports pointed to the same source(s) the gas pedal position sensor or throttle position sensor. Most reported Subaru service departments claiming no knowledge of the issue ever happening before. Both my wife and I have had the same thing happen several times since in both local and highway traffic. I have cleaned the terminals on both sensors and this seems to help, but the problem always returns. I read where several other drivers had the gas pedal assembly changed and the issue seemed to be resolved. This seems to be a severe safety issue. Having a car suddenly become dead on the road in the middle of traffic is dangerous to anyone around.

- Odessa, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 122007


  • 26,000 miles
My Subaru legacy Outback bucks, surges when going on any small or big incline. It occurs all the tends to make me slide more cause of the surges especially when icy or wet. I took it in 3 times to a dealership to fix the problem before the warranty ran out. They told me that they were aware of the 07,08's having this problem. It was in the computer/electronics. They did nothing to fix it. I see that Toyota is having problems and ignored this problem. So is Subaru. It is a computer defect that Subaru said they would eventually fix. It was the computer hooked to the driver's pedal and gas. I sent letters to the main Subaru office, talked to the dealership. I didn't know where to go after this.

- Coaldale, CO, USA

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