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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
112,000 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.

2009 Subaru Outback engine problems

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2009 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 112016


  • 126,000 miles


2009 Subaru Outback head gasket seepage. This issue soa has been awhere of and said it can be normal over time. Yet I found that the gasket used at that time was substandard. A recall was never issued. I feel it should have notified customers, but did`nt. Perhaps it would have cost soa a ton of money. I believe they are dealing with this as customer complaints come in and told replacement of gasket is required at owners expense.I feel that soa should own up to this and pay all or a major cost of repair. I have to have my head gaskets replaced as told under inspection.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 072015


  • 110,000 miles
Car turns over but will not start.

- Cicero, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 052014


  • 149,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Subaru Outback. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle started to make an abnormal noise and the check engine warning light and cruise control warning light illuminated. The vehicle decelerated and was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the engine fluid was leaking. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 149,000.

- Vernon, NJ, USA

problem #1

Sep 222014


  • 63,000 miles
Head gasket failure on 2009 Outback wagon which as been serviced regularly.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

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