definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,800 miles

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2007 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 012015


  • 64,200 miles


Wire harness, that passes through rubber articulated gasket that connects between vehicle body and rear hatch door of wagon, suffers from wire fatigue that causes individual wire insulators to crack and conducting wires to break, leading to failure of critical automobile safety equipment; namely, rear wiper motor, rear back-up lights, rear middle brake light, rear license plate lights, rear window defroster. This design defect has be reported by numerous owners and has been documented on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?V=amekptvgmhs) and Outback owners' bulletin board websites (www.subaruoutback.org/forums/66-problems-maintenance/20718-rear-wiper-does-not-return-park-home-position.html). probable manufacturing defects include: (I) orientation of rubber articulated gasket through which rear door wiring harness passes is such that it causes undue flexing of wire harness wires upon open / close sequence of rear tailgate, and (2) defective and/or undersized wire harness wires unable to withstand the open / close sequence of rear tail gate.

- New Canaan, CT, USA

problem #3

Jun 302014

Outback 4-cyl

  • miles
Hatch won't lock, and backup lights don't work. Found 2 broken wires on right side wire harness, I have read lots of other postings about the same problem.

- Sugar Grove, NC, USA

problem #2

Jan 122011


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Subaru Outback. The contact stated that the housing for the rear parking lights was burned. The vehicle was repaired but the contact stated that the lights would become extremely hot and were melting the light fixtures and reflectors. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that they were unable to assist unless the vehicle were to catch on fire. The contact was concerned with the safety risk involved and the potential of a fire. The failure mileage was 55,000 and the current mileage was 72,841.

- Albequergue, NM, USA

problem #1

Jan 022007


  • miles
There is moisture in the headlights of my 2007 Subaru Outback.

- Chico, CA, USA

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