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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,067 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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2015 Subaru Outback body / paint problems

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2015 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 092015


  • 4,000 miles


The Subaru Outback 2015 was parked in a lot after a 12 minute drive and burst into flames. It was purchased in February 2015 and was not yet due for servicing when the event happened. The Subaru Outback manufactured from July 3rd-27th 2015 has been recalled due to "possibility of fire due to a transmission fluid leak". I believe the same thing occurred with my car and I am concerned that if the model is not recalled someone will get badly injured or killed due to fire.

- Yakima, WA, USA

problem #5

Jul 272015


  • 10,950 miles
Windshield cracked in parking lot. Very long break starting at base and continued halfway up through the center.

- Kingsville, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 222015


  • 3,000 miles
For the second time, after being pinged by a small stone, the windshield developed a crack circa 3000 miles similar experience w/ 2014 Subaru Outback also w/ low mileage never had to replace windshield in some 56 years of driving three times in 7 months seems to indicate some sort of systemic or windshield configuration problem?

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 072015


  • 17,600 miles


Vehicle was parked outside overnight. In the morning a 12" S shaped crack had appeared in the passenger side of the windshield. There was no detectable prior damage and no known impact to cause the crack. The crack has continued to grow and branch. Dealer states the windshield fails the "pen test, " I.e. there is a tiny nick at one point of the crack which, they say, proves the crack is due to impact damage. I believe the chip appeared after the crack formed, but cannot prove this (nor can the dealer prove the opposite). Online research suggests there is a design defect in 2015 Subaru Outback windshields, which fail at remarkable rate.

- Chestertown, MD, USA

problem #2

May 012015


  • 850 miles
This is a brand new Subaru outlander with 850 miles. The windshield got a small chip, about 1mm in size near the very top. As I was driving along the windshield started to crack from the small ding down, approximately 1 foot in length. This should not happen with new windshield glass in a new car.

- Warwick, RI, USA

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problem #1

Dec 182014

Outback 4-cyl

  • miles
Note: No accident - reporting safety issue!!! incident date = date issue identified: As the driver, I am seeing light under the hood in the space between the edge of the dashboard and the opening under the hood. Outside light and road images are visible through the opening for the drivers wiper, due to the wide gap between the drivers front fender and hood. I found this shortly after purchase when I adjusted my seat to the position most comfortable for driving. This was reported to my dealer and Subaru. In addition, I presented a video and pictures that shows from the drivers seat, inside the vehicle, I can clearly see outside light and images which is distracting when I drive and to me a safety issue. Please review video and pictures links for full details: Video: standard format version (lowercase all characters expect following /----czn--2U) hd pictures: Https://

- Madison, WI, USA

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