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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,500 miles

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2013 Subaru Outback wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2013 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 042013


  • 6,000 miles


Your mandate for the use of TPMS is another example of government good intentions resulting in little benefit and unnecessary cost to consumers. I want to run winter tires on our Subaru and planned to purchase the tires on wheels equipped with TPMS sensors. However, the only way to re-set the sensors is to take the car to the Subaru dealer and pay $90 in the fall when the winter set goes on and to pay another $90 in the spring when the all-season tire go back on the car. The winter tires are expected to add a significant margin of safety in snow/ice conditions. The annual cost of re-setting the TPMS sensor will likely keep me from running winter tires. What is the benefit of having a TPMS system that cannot be easily re-set by the vehicle owner?

- Hockessin, DE, USA

problem #1

Dec 122012

Outback 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
When I make a hard right turn, such as pulling out into the near lane or parking, my front passenger tire comes in contact with my fender well - specifically the body molding and violently. When measuring my hub (center) to hub (center), the passenger side of the car is a full.5 inch closer than the driver side. You can also measure the distance between the front tire to fender well and see that the passenger side is closer to the back of the fender well than the driver side. I notified West houston Subaru in late Dec. 2012 of the problem so they checked the alignment & measured the aforementioned hub/tire/fender distances. They acknowledged a discrepancy between the driver and passenger side; said they would contact Subaru of America (soa) and follow up... unfortunately I had to contact them back... then it was suggested I contact soa myself so I did on January 8, 2013. At this time soa nor the dealership is willing to address my problem however many people in the forum are describing the exact same problem. [xxx] from soa has told me they are waiting for something but it is not clear... in the meantime I continue to drive my 3 year old son and wife in a car whose tire impacts the body of the car!! this is unacceptable!! please help me! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6). 8tr

- Houston, TX, USA

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