really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,616 miles

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2005 Subaru Outback engine problems

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2005 Subaru Outback Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Mar 012006


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Subaru Outback. When the contact attempted to move forward, the vehicle accelerated on its own and crashed into another vehicle. There were no injuries. The failure occurred a total of three times. The most recent failure was on January 10, 2009 while parking the vehicle. She took the vehicle to the dealer, but they could not duplicate the failure. A report was filed with the manufacturer and they stated that there was no recall for the vehicle. The failure mileage was 30,000 and current mileage was 44,000.

- Wytheville, VA, USA

problem #3

Jun 212008


  • 17,441 miles
2005 Subaru Outback. The car was in park and my right foot was tucked back behind my left foot which was resting on the foot rest pad on the far left side of the floor. The engine was idling normally when suddenly it went to very high revs for 4 to 5 seconds and then returned to normal idle. Later the same evening, as I slowly entered my garage and applied normal brake pressure, the car first slowed (as expected) then suddenly began to accelerate. I applied hard brake pressure and the car stopped. It did not seem like the engine had revved as high as the earlier incident and it only lasted for a couple of seconds, but there was a definite, brief surge forward as I entered the garage.

- Topsfield, MA, USA

problem #2

Jul 132007


  • miles
2005 Subaru Outback faulty cruise control. Consumer states that the invoice states that it turns off on its own but it should state that it turns on by itself. The consumer stated while the cruise control was in use, suddenly and unexpectedly the vehicle lunged forward at a high rate of speed, jumping a 10 inch curb, striking a pine tree, then down a grassy slope and off a second curb into a lower parking area.

- Waccabuc, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 152006

Outback 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,317 miles
- the contact stated that the driver was pulling into a parking space with a 2005 Subaru Outback when the car unintentionally accelerated. The contact stated that his mother was doing about 5 mph. The contact stated that is was a nice day and weather was not an issue. The contact stated that the car stopped when it struck trees and that front end damage was done to the car. The contact also stated that the car's engine continued to run until his mother turned the car off. Updated 1/19/2007 -

- East Brunswick, NJ, USA

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