2011 Subaru Outback steering NHTSA complaints: Steering

NHTSA — Steering Problems

2011 Subaru Outback (Page 2 of 2)


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,888 miles

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2011 Subaru Outback steering problems

steering problem

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2011 Subaru Outback Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Sep 162010


  • 40 miles


Test drove 2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R before purchase and vehicle had front end shake at freeway speed of 70 mph or so. As result did not buy.

- La Canada , CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 142010


  • 500 miles
Steering wheel of the vehicle started shaking bad around 500 miles. It is a constant pulsation left/right. Hand/arm pains and aches while trying to hold the steering wheel. This is also termed as shimmy / steering wheel shake problem and Subaru has 2 tsb in effect 05-50-10 and 05-48-10. 05-50-10 (rfb) was performed. That did not fix the issue and the steering wheel still continues to shake. They have not yet scheduled 05-48-10 (bunch of parts replacement) for me, but I have a case opened with soa (Subaru of America) - case # [xxx] in addition, during long moderate-speed turns like highway ramps, highway entrances the steering wheel pulsates. It feels like there is a "free-play" going around mid-turn. Also, I would have to hold the steering wheel tight otherwise it tends to go away or float. From what I get from other owners who got this tsb done, the problem has not been fixed. Subaru seems to be masking the problem rather than fixing the problem. [refer link : www.subaruoutback.org/forums/108-steering-wheel-shake-issues/] I am yet to get the major tsb done. Soa said parts will arrive at dealer this week. I will followup with my dealer on this. I wanted to report this as a critical issue since I do not believe this tsb will fix my problem (based upon experience from others). Please help to address this issue. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Mountain View, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 162010


  • 20 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Subaru Outback. The contact stated that the steering wheel would vibrate excessively. The dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer would not provide any assistance. The current and failure mileages were approximately 20.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #1

Jun 252010

Outback 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Subaru Outback. While driving approximately 35-40 mph the steering wheel began to vibrate; however, he continued to drive to his residence. He called an authorized dealer to schedule an appointment to have the vehicle repaired. The dealer advised him that the tires needed to be balanced. The failure continued to occur. The contact scheduled another appointment with the dealer next week. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 7 and the current mileage is 500. Updated 09/28/10 updated 10/01/10

- Huntley, IL, USA

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