hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,400 miles

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2004 Subaru Outback engine problems

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2004 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 092009


  • 40,000 miles


Blown headgasket at only 40K. Car has been maintained on a regular schedule with extra care car when needed. Took to dealer and complained of smell of coolant in the interior of car when driving and after shutting vehicle down or at a traffic light stop. Took to dealer complaining of a noise coming from the bottom of engine. After the dealer examined vehicle nothing was found as per report. I took the car for brake repair and the mechanic noted a coolant leak from the left bank of the engine block. He stated that he car has a blown headgasket on the left bank of the cylinder block. The warranty on the powertrain is about to run out and he advised to return the vehicle to the dealer for the repair. He did state that the dealer will only repair the bank that is leaking and the other would not be covered and should be done at the same time to prevent the other bank from blowing out due to a change in the balance of pressure on the block resulting from the replacement of only one headgasket.

- Otisville, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 062008


  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Subaru Outback. While driving uphill at 70 mph with the cruise control activated, the RPM's increased to 6,000. The RPM's then decreased and the tires churped. The contact heard a bumping sound, which was the sound of the front axles failing. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The failure mileage was 94,000.

- Williamsburg, WV, USA

problem #1

Mar 102005

Outback 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,200 miles
On two separate occasions the vehicle commences to surge and lurch forward while applying the brakes. Consumer was able to control the vehicle without any incidents. The vehicle has been to the dealer once and they were unable to duplicate the problem.

- Danville, CA, USA

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