definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,135 miles

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2007 Subaru Outback engine problems

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2007 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 012013


  • miles


2007 Subaru Outback. Consumer writes in regards to no response from gas pedal. The consumer stated he stopped for a red light and began to turn right after the light turned green. The vehicle then accelerated to around 20 mph and would not go any faster. He was able to pull into a parking lot and stop, as there was a scratching sound coming from the vehicle. He noticed the engine was turning about 2,000 RPM and was responding to the air condition cycling. With the transmission in neutral, the idle speed went up to around 2,400 RPM. Also, a flag was set for the check engine light the entire time, which he was informed it would cause the cruise control light to blink at a very slow rate.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 062011

Outback 6-cyl

  • 66,270 miles
While driving our 2007 Subaru Outback sw on a 6 lane divided highway at 65 mph, the car suddenly decelerated and lost all gas pedal response. My wife was able to move the car to the side of the road although she almost caused an accident due to surrounding traffic. The car started flashing the cruise control, traction control, and check engine dash lights. After allowing the car to sit for a few minutes, my wife was able to start the car again and get home. I checked the error codes and got a P02138. I did some research and found numerous other people experiencing the same issue on the Subaru blogs. All of the other reports pointed to the same source(s) the gas pedal position sensor or throttle position sensor. Most reported Subaru service departments claiming no knowledge of the issue ever happening before. Both my wife and I have had the same thing happen several times since in both local and highway traffic. I have cleaned the terminals on both sensors and this seems to help, but the problem always returns. I read where several other drivers had the gas pedal assembly changed and the issue seemed to be resolved. This seems to be a severe safety issue. Having a car suddenly become dead on the road in the middle of traffic is dangerous to anyone around.

- Odessa, FL, USA

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