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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,718 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

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2009 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 272012

Outback 4-cyl

  • 22,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Subaru Outback. The contact stated that while the brakes were depressed, the vehicle accelerated forward unexpectedly and then in reverse before crashing into two other vehicles and a brick wall. The vehicle was destroyed. The police and fire department were contacted and a report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and the current mileage was 22,000. Updated 10/31/12 the consumer stated as she pulled into a vacant spot, with her foot on the brake, the vehicle emitted a roar and surged over a curb upwards and crashed into a tree, with her foot still on the brake. The vehicle went backwards and hit an SUV parked illegally behind her car. The vehicle then continued backwards, hit another car and finally crashed into the outside wall of a library and stopped. The air bag did not deploy. Updated 10/31/12

- New York, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 012009


  • 1,436 miles
My 2009 Subaru Outback began idling erratically in November 2009, causing the vehicle to lurch forward when slowly entering parking spaces and resulting in road service pulling me from a ditch at the end of a post office parking space. As a result I drive with the foot brake firmly down whenever I park to fight the lurching. The Subaru service departments at two Subaru dealers tell me this is normal, that newer Subaru's computers are set for faster idle to compensate for power steering and air conditioning demands. I believe the vehicle is dangerous and will trade it in if the condition can't be remedied. Thank you.

- Exeter, NH, USA

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