hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,750 miles

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2006 Subaru Outback miscellaneous problems

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2006 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 092015


  • 145,000 miles


Flashing, cruise control, and check engine light, no control and car surge and died on the interstate. From what I have read why is this not a recall. Lives can be lost due to this being a major problem.

- Mead, WA, USA

problem #3

Sep 142011


  • 80,000 miles
Fall of 2011 I started to notice a film, which was all over the dashboard, this film was of sticky substance and it was mainly or more noticeable on the parts of the dashboard that were most directly affected by the sun. This film was of such stickiness that hair, dust particles, paper, or anything that would come in contact with it would get trapped as if it was fly paper. I did everything that could had been done in order to if not eliminated, to make it acceptable and not so sticky and glue like. I went to the Subaru dealer, where the car was purchased, in order to get some re-dress to this problem, in several occasions I was told this film, this stickiness came from using armor all, that it must come from some product I must have used on it. Well, nothing ever came out of my many visits and conversations with the service manager, as the last resort the last time of my visit to the dealership, I insisted on them opening a case so Subaru headquarter would be aware of it, after I called and obtain a complaint #, the Subaru dealer in sanford was notified and then they made the appt to take the pictures, this was sometime this year March or April, about a week or so later, I was contacted by the Subaru regional office and the representative went on to educate me by telling me that my car was out of warranty, they had no complaint of sticky dashboards on record, and 3rd that no matter how many time I went to the dealer or headquarters, I was not going to get my dashboard fixed or replaced. In closing thus let me say, that another Japanese company "Toyota" has already owned up to their responsibility for the sticky and shinny dashboard also referred to as melting dashboards: mechanics.stackexchange.com/questions/14613/why-is-my-Toyota-dashboard-shiny-and-sticky-and-how-do-I-clean-it

- Lake Mary, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 242008


  • 67,000 miles
I am in my third season driving my 2006 Subaru Outback to lake Tahoe for winter ski season. I've always felt confident driving on snowy or icy roads until my last two trips--christmas 2008, and new year's 2009. On these trips, I experienced very disturbing fishtailing that everyone in the car noticed, and I had to fight to compensate for. This occurred even on long straight sections. Each time I had to slow down well below the flow of traffic, and the speed of previous trips. This issue made me wonder about improper tire inflation pressure, so we called the tire dealer, who confirmed this was not the cause. It felt as if the rear wheel traction was overcoming front wheel traction, that made me also wonder whether the all-wheel drive was functioning properly. I also considered weight as a cause, because one day I drove from reno to Tahoe with only one passenger, and little cargo, and did not experience the problem. But, the fully loaded vehicle was no different than many trips the previous two seasons, when the fishtailing did not occur, and I could maintain sufficient speed to stay with the flow of traffic. Same vehicle, same tires, same loads, same road, same conditions, yet much different performance. I noticed other similar complaints, some of which refer to "ghostwalking." Please work on identifying the cause and solution for this issue, to prevent serious accident/injury. Thank you.

- Windsor, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 022008


  • 43,000 miles
Our 2006 Subaru Outback was taken on an extended trip in the summer of 2006 where the alignment went so far out of true that the tires almost blue (problem corrected enroute). A 2nd extended trip was taken a few weeks ago where the same problem occurred, even though the dealers service department ok'd the car. The amount of weight in the car was no more than personal belongings and some food but, due to the alignment (as verified by Subaru mechanics), the tires came frighteningly close to blowing.

- Eugene, OR, USA

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