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3.6

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,300 miles

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2008 Subaru Outback body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2008 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 012014

Outback

  • 53,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

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 #1

Apr 022008

Outback

  • 17,600 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Outback. While driving approximately 70 mph with a kayak strapped to the roof of the vehicle, the kayak flew backwards and detached from the roof. The contact pulled over and retrieved the kayak with the aerial bar still attached. The failure mileage was 176,00. Updated 5/20/08 the carrier that attached to the cross bar of the roof rack broke. Updated 05/20/08

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

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