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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,823 miles

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2008 Subaru Outback accessories - exterior problems

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2008 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 242015


  • 115,234 miles


HVAC fails to operate. Defroster will not operate. Symptoms accompanied by flashing control panel for HVAC and radio. Widespread reports of this problem shared on car owner internet forums.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #3

Jul 012014


  • 53,000 miles
Dashboard has suddenly become very sticky/tacky, and extremely shiny. Attempts to clean or remove apparent residue have had no effect on stickiness, and lint from rags or paper towels tends to stick to dash. In sunlight, moonlight or streetlight, dashboard surface reflects onto windshield and poses a safety hazard. Dashboard plastic appears to be chemically breaking down or melting. A similar issue affected several million Toyota vehicles from the same manufacture date (2007-8), particularly in sunnier states with more uv exposure (fl, AZ, ca) and Toyota issued a recall. Suspect the same/a similar subcontractor provided similar/identical plastic to both manufacturers. Our car has been kept mostly outdoors in md, ca and hi. Subaru has yet to follow Toyota in issuing a recall. Severe visibility hazard.

- Kailua, HI, USA

problem #2

Jan 112015

Outback 4-cyl

  • 64,059 miles
Melted dashboard on 2008 Subaru Outback 2.5I. Causing glare in windshield reducing visibility.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 182014

Outback 4-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
HVAC / radio (cd 6 disc changer model) fast flashing, all functions stay enabled but can not be controlled from the panel. Can not turn on defrost unit or adjust temperature or radio controls while flashing occurs. This happens intermittently for a year and has gotten significantly worse where controls are unavailable for 20 minutes or more at a time. Dangerous situation in winter when you can not use the defrost buttons to deice windows or control window fogging.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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