definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,348 miles

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2004 Subaru Outback windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2004 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 082008


  • 86,695 miles


Started car to defrost windows and warm up before leaving home. Car warmed up for about 10 minutes, when I went outside to leave the inside door of the car was on fire which was spreading, I threw my coffee on the flames shut off the car obtained water and doused out the fire which continued to burn around the window/door switch. The vehicle was transported by flatbed to the oneonta, N.Y. Subaru dealership where it is currently under repair. I believe that used parts are being obtained for the repair where possible. The cost continues to mount including mileage for a rental/now loaner car and my deductible. My confidence in the car is poor and my concern about this happening again is high. This car needs to be safe. The car is under extended warranty.

- Bovina Center, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 012003

Outback 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased my 2nd forester, a 2004 in Oct. 2003. I have complained from the beginning about the dials on the dash. The background is black and it is recessed into the dash. When the sun is low in the sky like morning or evening it is almost impossible to check your speed or set a cruise control. You have to really stare at the dial and wait for it to come into view to see it which is very hazzardest. Is there anything you can do about this?

- Topeka, KS, USA

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