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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,500 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.

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2009 Subaru Outback engine problems

engine problem

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2009 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 132012

Outback 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles


Catastrophic engine failure. Apparently, a not uncommon problem (engine bearing). Vehicle under both factory and extended warranty. Subaru North America is trying to avoid fixing under warranty (again, it seems a not uncommon problem). Subaru claims oil leaked out, but oil pressure light never came on. Subaru is not dealing on the up and up.

- Wasco, OR, USA

problem #1

Jan 052012


  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Subaru Outback 2.5. the contact was driving 55 mph when the engine stalled after the accelerator pedal was depressed.the vehicle later restarted and the failure continued until it was taken to the dealer. The dealer confirmed that the engine needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 31,000.

- Dearborn Heights, MI, USA

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