2013 Subaru Outback accessories - exterior NHTSA complaints: Visibility/Wiper

NHTSA — Visibility/Wiper Problems

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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2013 Outback has a problem with excessive oil consumption.

A class action lawsuit is pending that alleges Subaru's "FB" engine has defective piston rings which causes oil to leak past the rings & burn up at an excessive rate. More information about the class action is available here.


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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,484 miles

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2013 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 012016


  • 45,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Subaru Outback. When the front windshield wipers were activated, the wipers failed to operate. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V694000 (visibility). The part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The failure mileage was approximately 45,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Oswego, IL, USA

problem #3

May 162016


  • 49,935 miles
2013 Subaru Outback front wiper motor caught fire while vehicle was in motion. Just prior to fire, wipers had been activated but would not return to home or stop when turned to off position. Vehicle was purchased new in October 2012. Root cause of wiper motor as determined by Subaru dealer shop. Subaru claims this is unrelated to prior recall for wiper motors wvw32 which had been extended to 2012 models.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 272016


  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Subaru Outback. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 70 mph, the moon roof exploded. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was undetermined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximately mileage was 31,000.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 082014


  • 24,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Subaru Outback. The contact stated while driving 65 mph she heard a loud noise and the glass shattered all over the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the technician replaced the sunroof but was unable to determine what caused the failure to occur. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 24,000.

- Cape Elizabeth, ME, USA

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