hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,397 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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2005 Subaru Outback accessories - exterior problems

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2005 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 132016


  • 135,000 miles


I was driving on the highway and my sunroof exploded. I pulled over and looked for any rocks or anything in the car that would have shattered the sunroof but could not find anything.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #4

Feb 102016


  • 87,000 miles
Rear hatch harness wires are broken/ frayed. Backup lights do not work, and the rear wiper works intermittently. Every now and them rear defroster doesn't work. Hazard a lot of 2005-2009 Outbacks have.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #3

Nov 012010

Outback 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The rear windshield wiper stopped working due to a bad electrical connection that occurs where the hatchback opens up. The wires fray and break from normal usage of the hatchback, causing loss of power to the rear windshield wiper, defogger and backup lights. I have experienced this problem and there a numerous blogs and videos on the internet showing this problem, this should be recall item for all 3rd generation Subaru Outbacks (2005-2009).

- Golden , CO, USA

problem #2

Jan 152013

Outback 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Rear wiper failure was first noticed followed by failure of the license plate light, the wiring harness in the rear lift gate has multiple broken wires where the door hinges. Appears that the wiring insulation becomes hardened and brittle, and will break instead of flexing. There are several other wires in the harness that are showing bare wire but have not yet broken. This is what all the harness enables and will eventually fail: Rear wiper motor license plate light rear gate latch switch rear gate lock actuator rear defogger back-up light rh rear defogger back-up light

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #1

Jul 122013

Outback 4-cyl

  • 121,985 miles
Soon after purchasing the car, I realized that the rear wiper was not functioning. After checking an online owners forum I found that there is a common problem with the functions in the rear lift gate such as inoperable brake lights, rear wipers inoperable, and other items. This problem seems to be caused by the degradation of wire insulation and breakage of wire. Upon further investigation I discovered my own vehicle has a severed wire located in the accordion boot on the right (passenger) side near the hinge for the lift gate. This could result is serious safety issues. As with any faulty electrical wiring there is also a risk for fire associated with this issue.

- Ozark, AL, USA

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