Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2013 Outback has a problem with excessive oil consumption.

A class action lawsuit is pending that alleges Subaru's "FB" engine has defective piston rings which causes oil to leak past the rings & burn up at an excessive rate. More information about the class action is available here.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,000 miles

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2013 Subaru Outback body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2013 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #3

May 132015


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Subaru Outback. While driving at a low speed, the contact attempted to depress the brake pedal but his foot became wedged in between the accelerator and brake pedals. As a result, the contact crashed into the front of another vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact did not sustain any injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed, but was taken to an auto body repair center for repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Upper Settle River , NJ, USA

problem #2

Feb 202013


  • 15,000 miles
Backup camera gets blocked completely by a large "connected to mobile phone" message box when in reverse after recently starting car. Can happen when you're half way in the road and should be fixed.

- Lake Villa, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 042013

Outback 4-cyl

  • miles
2013 Subaru Outback. Consumer writes in regards to poor quality made tie downs in cargo area of vehicle. The consumer stated when he took the vehicle for its 7500 mile service, he showed the service representative the broken tie down. The consumer stated it broke, when he tied his 50lb dog to it. The service representative stated they would not replace it, because it was not designed to handle the tremendous stress of a 50lb dog. After some discussion, the consumer should the representative where he could easily break the tie down with his hand. The consumer was informed the tie downs were only designed to hold a net put over groceries to keep them from sliding, certainly not for anything of substantial weight or stress.

- Southport, NC, USA

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