2013 Subaru Outback fuel system NHTSA complaints: Fuel/Propulsion System

NHTSA — Fuel/Propulsion System 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,847 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2013 Subaru Outback fuel system problems

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2013 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #5

May 192016


  • 60,000 miles


On a clear dry morning I pulled into a parking space on a slight incline in front of a brick office building. When I released the service brake (having reached the end of the parking space) the car bolted forward, jumped the curb, crossed a sidewalk, went thru shrubs, and hit the brick wall, causing severe damage to the car and building. The distance traveled was about 10 feet.

- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

Oct 152015


  • 37,000 miles
Sudden unintended acceleration wned pulling into parking space. The vehicile suddenly accelerated and ran into store front.

- Germantown, TN, USA

problem #3

May 232015


  • 27,032 miles
Using excessive oil. Thi si sthe secon time I had to put oil in approximately 5700 milees after an oil change. Its not leakeing anywhere.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #2

Apr 202014


  • 12,000 miles
Oil light came on and had to add 1 quart of oil after about 4000 miles since previous oil change. The car takes synthetic oil and is supposed to go 7500 miles between oil changes. Since then, we have had to add oil in between oil changes several times, approximately 1-2 quarts every 1500 to 3000 miles. Subaru dealer says this is normal; however, we have never had this problem with any other vehicle. We are concerned about damage to the motor by this continuing to happen. The car was bought new and only has 23,000 miles on it.

- Raymond , ME, USA

problem #1

Sep 282013


  • 8,204 miles
I brought the car in for a routine repair. When I got it back it began to malfunction. It would not shift correctly. The automatic transmission was slipping. The car did not accelerate correctly and chugged. The acceleration abruptly stopped at a high speed on the freeway nearly causing a severe accident and replicated this at a low speed, and from a stop. I returned the car 3 times and the issues remain consistent. To date Subaru of America has not addressed my concerns. The car is unsafe for me and my family. Downtown oakland Subaru has yet to identify what is the cause of the malfunction. Each service department person has test driven the car and experienced the same issues.

- Oakland, CA, USA

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