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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,060 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.

2008 Subaru Outback wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2008 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 132013

Outback 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


My vehicle is "ghost walking" as defined in this thread: the rear of the vehicle slides from sided to side at a certain frequency above 35 mph in snow conditions. This problem gets worse as more weight is added to the vehicle.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #4

May 162013

Outback 4-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
Vehicle started making humming noise from rear end which got progressively worse. Brought it into the dealer who told me the rear bearings were bad. I was told they weren't covered since my warranty had expired. Early failure of wheel bearings is apparently a known issue with Subaru and should be covered under a recall.

- Moon Township, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 132012


  • 80,000 miles
I purchased the 2008 Outback 2.5 limited used with 32K miles. At 41K miles the right front wheel bearing went out. Was making a very loud rubbing noise when turning and on the highway. The bearing was replaced under powertrain warranty. Yesterday I was informed that my left front bearing has gone out, now at 80K miles (all highway mileage). Now it is out of warranty. The 2 shops I spoke to regarding the issue stated this is actually very common on these Subaru models and they generate quite a bit of business. Subaru needs to provide a tsb and fix the issue as they have spec'd faulty wheel bearings.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #2

Nov 252009


  • 11,300 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Outback. During inclement weather, the snow became packed into the wheel well and made it difficult for the wheel to turn normally. The dealer was notified and offered no assistance. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 11,300.

- Montrose, CO, USA

problem #1

Jul 032008


  • 25,000 miles
Subaru Outback 2008 front-wheel bearing, second time need to be change after 25000 miles.

- QuÉBec, 00, USA

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