hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
96,482 miles

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2005 Subaru Outback electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Subaru Outback Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Nov 102011

Outback 4-cyl

  • 99,000 miles


Sitting at stop light - light changes green - no acceleration. Car will move at idle speed creep through intersection. Pull over stop turn car off. Restart w accelerator working but cruise control indicator flashing and check engine light on. Error code indicates pedal position sensor and dealer says entire pedal assembly needs replaced. New 'drive-by-wire' accelerator system for Subaru in 2005. Repair: ~$200 with no change in assembly from what the service dept. Reports.

- Crown Point, IN, USA

problem #3

Oct 292011

Outback 6-cyl

  • miles
Second time this has happened. When in a stopped position and intend to pull out, motor running, but gas pedal does not engage. Push all the way to floor - still nothing. In order to correct, must turn off engine and disconnect battery cable so vehicle can reset itself. Also had problem when sitting still where vehicle began idling as if accelerator being pressed down - lasted 5-10 seconds then backed off. When purchased car used, had problems with cruise control not working and light flashing continuously. Found that injector had to be replaced - apparently tied to cruise mechanism. This corrected the problem but quite expensive to repair.

- Salem, VA, USA

problem #2

Mar 092008


  • 18,000 miles
Immediately following heavy rain storms, my 2005 Subaru legacy wagon had problems starting and running. The hole car shacks really bad. I know two other people with the same problem. My dealer said many people have come in with a 2005 with that same problem. It started at 18K and still haven't been about to fix after 80K. The engine 'stutters' or 'misfires'. I cant get my check engine light to come off.

- Libertyville, IL, USA

problem #1

May 012008


  • 24,000 miles
It started with the dome light sometimes working and other times not, then the remote to open doors. I changed battery and fuse, did not help. So everything is locked and unlocked manually. Next it was the seat belt bell. It will go on when your driving when belt is on. Now it won't chime at all just the light flashes. Next it was the head lamps. Changed one, then immediately the other went out. The head lamps are not equal in positioning. And now the stereo only has the right side working (not sure if that's connected to electrical) it's been a nightmare. Today the dome light decided to work. I would never buy another Subaru again and want to spruce this one up an get rid of it.

- Chico, CA, USA

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