hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
123,679 miles

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2005 Subaru Outback engine problems

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2005 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 202015


  • 170,000 miles


Return fuel line leak. The leak is on the drivers side on top of the engine. A small rubber hose shrinks in the cold allowing fuel to leak on the engine block. A strong smell of fuel in the cabin when stationary. Leak goes away when the engine is warm. This problem has been reported in other Subaru models. I have repaired the problem once before as well as the previous owner of the car, and now it needs to be repaired again.

- Newtown, CT, USA

problem #5

Aug 102015


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Subaru Outback. While driving at approximately 25 mph, the accelerator pedal was applied and the vehicle experienced a loss of power as the check engine light blinked off and on. The vehicle was merged over to the side of the road and then driven to the contact's residence. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Providence, RI, USA

problem #4

Nov 302013

Outback 6-cyl

  • 102,075 miles
Driving on interstate freeway, in heavy traffic, with the cruise control set, when the vehicle suddenly lost all power and throttle response. The "check engine" light came on, and the "cruise" light started blinking. Engine continued to run at high idle but speed and RPM were not maintained. I was lucky enough to cross 4 lanes of traffic and stop. Turned off the engine, which was running at 2200 RPM. After a brief stop and investigation, I was able to restart the engine and drive normally to an auto parts store. I scanned the obd II code (dtc code) and found P2138 - throttle position sensor. No injuries, but this is a potentially deadly issue. Has recurred one time since.

- Provo, UT, USA

problem #3

Apr 182013


  • 105,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Subaru Outback. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, he heard an abnormal noise as the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the engine was blown. The failure had occurred two years prior to the recent failure and the engine had been replaced. The third engine was installed and the vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 105,000. Returned by usps on 6/7/2013. 2nd attempt on 6/11/2013 failed.

- Freeland, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 102010

Outback 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
On approximately 10 occasions right after a rain when I start up the car the engine light starts blinking and the car runs roughly with little power. After a short time the car power returns but the check engine light stays on for about a week. Once the light goes out the car then runs normal until the next rainstorm. It then does the same all over.

- Demarest, NJ, USA

problem #1

Feb 252013

Outback 4-cyl

  • 155,000 miles
Subaru Outback 2.5xt. 2005 check engine light came on & I could hear whistling or whoosing sounds from engine area. Took it to an auto repair place slowly, asap & there it sits. Has 155,000 miles on it & I maintain & love my car! the gears in the turbo 'broke apart' & left shards of metal in oil pan & at this time who knows where else. Was hoping there was a recall as I maintain my vehicles & it seems like a manufacturer error.

- Lowville, NY, USA

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