hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,199 miles

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2006 Subaru Outback engine problems

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2006 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #6

May 012011


  • 100,000 miles


Subaru has recall on wheel bearings and state my Outback does not fit into recall. However it is the same part that has failed, yet they state they fixed the problem. Headgasket is leaking at 125,000, Subaru states replacement gaskets are better however I am expected to pay 2000 for the repair.

- Willamsburg, VA, USA

problem #5

Feb 062012

Outback 6-cyl

  • 151,965 miles
Engine lost power and had to pull to side of road. Retrieved error code P2138 (accelerator pedal position sensor) from (dlc) data link connector in car.

- West Union, SC, USA

problem #4

Nov 282011

Outback 4-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
While driving on a limit access highway, the check engine light came on and the vehicle immediately went into "limp home" mode. This event nearly resulted in a high speed rear end collision.

- Newtown, CT, USA

problem #3

Oct 212011

Outback 4-cyl

  • 81,000 miles


Incident happened at a red light in traffic at rush hour. After pulling up to a red light to a full stop, the light turned green and the throttle stuck open at exactly 2500rpm. The car accelerated from a dead stop and continued to do so with no input from me. The gas pedal does nothing at all. I had to apply brakes and move off the road to avoid traffic. Check engine light is solid and the cruise control light flashes.

- Gloucester, VA, USA

problem #2

Jun 192011


  • 49,731 miles
The contact owns 2006 Subaru Outback. The contact stated while driving 55 mph the vehicle stalled causing the vehicle to lose power. The check engine light illuminated and the cruise control indicator started to flash. The contact shifted into neutral gear and drove the vehicle onto the side of the road and turned the vehicle off. The contact was able to restart the vehicle and it began to function normally but the check engine light and cruise control light remained on. The contact has scheduled an appointment with the dealer for diagnostic testing. The contact stated the vehicle could have caused a crash to occur. The failure mileage was 49,731. Updated 07/26/11 updated 3/20/12

- Canbler, NC, USA

problem #1

Dec 302010


  • 59,500 miles
After slowing to a near stop at the bottom of an interstate highway exit ramp, my car suddenly, and without warning, died and I lost all systems, including engine and power steering. All I was able to do was drift to the side of the road. Subaru initially believed that the ECM had failed. After replacing the ECM, it became apparent that that was not the issue. Subaru ultimately determined that the wiring harness housing had melted against the coolant crossover pipe, exposing wiring which was then shorting out. Subaru could give me no explanation as to why the wiring harness was installed against a hot component of my engine such that it would melt. Had this happened 1 minute earlier, I would have been on interstate 95 during rush hour traffic with a dead car. Given the suddenness with which my car died, it is likely I would have been involved in a serious accident.

- Millis, MA, USA

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