2011 Subaru Outback engine NHTSA complaints: Engine And Engine Cooling

NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,158 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2011 Subaru Outback engine problems

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2011 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 182014


  • 101,000 miles


The engine shuts down whenever you brake suddenly or use any pressure to brake (not coast to a stop). The car shakes and then dies and you have to restart the car. This happens almost daily and after taking it to several shops it was determined that the torque converter is bad and needs to be replaced. There is a service bulletin out about fixing this so it appears to be a common problem. Even a quick search online produces hundreds of similar complaints for this make & model. Given that this can stall out at any speed with any pressure in applying the brakes with the torque converter, this should be an immediate recall for safety concerns!!! it's a faulty part on the car, not a wear & tear item.

- Red Hook, NY, USA

problem #4

Sep 212011

Outback 4-cyl

  • 1,800 miles
On manual air conditioning models with full maximum settings the system operates to full capacity, 39-41 degrees F.; however, after 10 minutes of operation without maximum setting changed the output temperature is reduced to 50-53 degrees F. dealer serviced, indicated that this is normal operation for this make/model. The internal cabin temperature after one hour of operation will only achieve 82 F. when outside temperature is 92-94 degree F. with maximum setting; as well as, internal air circulation.

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

problem #3

Apr 012011


  • 2,052 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Subaru Outback. While the contact was driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle began to jerk excessively with a loud clunking noise. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis where the timing belt was replaced. Also, there was a replacement of the timing belt tensioner and pulleys. The manufacturer was notified and they planned to provide an additional investigation related to the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 2,052.

- Virginia Beach , VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 202010


  • 289 miles
2011 Subaru Outback wagon - stalling problem. With clutch pedal depressed fully the engine stalled twice during a turn and coming to a stop sign. Lost power steering in corner - this is a safety issue!

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #1

Aug 082010


  • 649 miles
Vehicle stalled out while in second gear. Lost all power, plus power steering and braking. This is the second time it has happened. It seems to happen shortly after turning vehicle on and air conditioning is on. This happened while I was about to make a turn. I quickly clutched and turned the vehicle back on to avoid crashing.

- Whitestone, NY, USA

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