2009 Subaru Outback engine NHTSA complaints: Engine And Engine Cooling:Engine

NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems

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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,000 miles

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2009 Subaru Outback engine problems

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2009 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 112010

Outback 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


In June of 2009 my husband and I purchased a 2009 V6 Subaru Outback (VIN [xxx]) from manchester Subaru in manchester, nh for $29,843.in December of 2010, with approximately 30,000 miles on the car and still under warranty the engine failed without warning, leaving us stranded, once again, this time with our now 2 year old and 4 month old. The car momentarily raced while driving and the RPM indicator rose unexpectedly to the red zone for a brief time. No indicator lights turned on until the engine had already failed. We had the car towed to manchester Subaru where they stated they found metallic particles in the oil. We were asked to provide oil change receipts, which we did provide, as my husband regularly changed the oil himself. It took a month for a decision to be made as to whether or not the engine repair would be covered by the warranty and we were without a car for this entire time. We repeatedly asked for a loaner car, were told we would get one, but never did. Subaru America finally decided that they would split the cost with us and that we would be responsible for paying $5,485. This was due to the fact that according to Subaru, we did not put enough oil in the car as it required 5.8 quarts and we put in 5 quarts. We had just changed the oil in the car in October 2010 and it was less than 1 quart low at the time of the engine failure. We had checked the oil level every time when changing the oil and the dipstick indicated that level was sufficient, giving us no indication that the oil level was low. There was never any indication of low oil pressure at any time during the life of the vehicle. The next day, my husband spoke to the service department at manchester Subaru. They indicated that the V6 Outback has a very sensitive engine and if the oil is just a little bit low, it can cause the engine to fail. The V4 model would have also given a low oil pressure indicator light, which the V6 model does not do this. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Auburn, NH, USA

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