definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,756 miles

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2005 Subaru Outback transmission problems

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2005 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 272011

Outback 4-cyl

  • 75,023 miles


Intermittent throttle disabled. Car becomes unresponsive to the gas pedal. Engine continues to run but gas pedal has no response.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #3

Jan 192009


  • miles
I have a 2005 Subaru Outback wagon. This weekend, on hard packed ice roads, the back wheels would "float", sway out from under my vehicle. This has happened previously in black ice conditions. I was traveling 20 mph slower than the rest of traffic to maintain control of my vehicle, and thus creating an additional hazard to the vehicles that could handle the conditions. The below email thread is a good description of what I have experienced in the past and other Subaru Outback owners are experiencing as well. The vehicle has new tires and the alignment was recently verified. Thanks, cale streeter www.subaruoutback.org/forums/showthread.php?S=&threadid=11267&perpage=20&pagenumber=32.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #2

Nov 252006

Outback 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Subaru Outback. Intermittently, the rear of the vehicle loses control in slick road conditions. The contact stated that there was mechanical failure with the electronics in the all wheel drive. The failure occurs while driving between 20-45 mph. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The tires were replaced twice. The vehicle was realigned, but the failure still persists. The current mileage was 25,800 and failure mileage was 12,000.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #1

Jun 212006

Outback 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
I have been experiencing a problem while accelerating from a stop or from coasting, such as when a red light has just turned green. I begin to depress the accelerator and the engine just about dies. This has nearly caused me to get "T-boned" at intersections numerous times. I have brought it to the attention of two different Subaru dealers and they say that nothing is wrong with it. I have heard that other Subaru owners are having this problem but Subaru will not admit that this is a safety issue.

- Chelmsford, MA, USA

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