pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
85,650 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace head gasket (5 reports)
  2. fix faulty head gaskets (1 reports)
2007 Subaru Outback engine problems

engine problem

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2007 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 152012

Outback 2.5i

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles


Sent in for the badge but they didn't respond to request for 'My LAST Subaru.'

- S S., Saint Paul, MN, US

problem #5

Dec 152015

Outback 2.5i

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles

This is a very common problem with Subaru's. Can't believe Subaru hasn't been able to fix this in 10 years? I have had several other problems with this car. Absolutely the worst car I have ever owned!

- hansenca, Granite Bay, CA, US

problem #4

Nov 012014

Outback I 2.5L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles

Engine began to leak oil at fairly significant rate. Had to be topped off often. Oil would regularly appear below the dipstick. Unfortunately it is quite an expensive repair, some may not think it worth it at such a high mileage. Very reliable vehicle otherwise.

- William G., Northville, MI, US

problem #3

Oct 152013

Outback 2.5i

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,500 miles


Well, our service shop has already done several 2.5 head gaskets. The previous one they did was at 45K miles.

This car has been worse than my old Chevy S-10.

I didn't think that was possible.

- S S., Saint Paul, MN, US

problem #2

Sep 252012

Outback 2.5i Wagon 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,650 miles

I found out today that my subaru has both leaking head gaskets. Being the ONLY owner of this vehicle and keeping meticulous maintenance and up keep according to the factory manufacters guidlines, I have to fix both head gaskets at only 77K miles? This is outragous; I could not have avoided this repair AT ALL. This should defnitely be a recall given the amount of complaints on the web about this issue.

I did today also call Subaru of America and voiced my concern. The lady, Elizabeth, was wonderful to speak to and told me that "...they are very sympathetic to the head gasket issue." I am waiting to hear back from Subaru of America along with my trusted mechanic to ensure if there is actually a default present. I will post in a few days what the result was, but I just had to add a complaint so Subaru and others like myself will be able to see for themselves.

- Diana D., Sparks, NV, US

problem #1

Jan 102011

Outback 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,594 miles

I bought my Outback in dec. 2007 and it drove great. In the beginning of 2011, the Subaru dealer discovered that on both sides the headgasket was leaking. Yes, you read this correct, both sides. My car was just out of warranty and an attempt to get some goodwill from Subaru was not honored. I looked into this head gasket problem and found lots of other Subaru drivers who had the same problem.

This shows me that this is a design/engineering problem and Subaru should sent out a recall to have this defect fixed. I am very upset that a product (just out of warranty) is not working properly. I am also very disappointed that Subaru treats their clients like this.

This will be my last Subaru and I will tell anybody who want to know Subaru's "quality and service"....bad

- Gary T., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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