2013 Subaru Outback steering NHTSA complaints: Steering

NHTSA — Steering Problems

2013 Subaru Outback (Page 2 of 2)

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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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,144 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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2013 Subaru Outback steering problems

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2013 Subaru Outback Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Jan 012013

Outback 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles


Car does not track straight during highway driving. Car veers to one side or the other needing constant correcting. When you do make a correction it normally over corrects. This is incredibly dangerous! I thought it was just me but my husband has also had the same problem and I see many complaints on the internet. Subaru must be made to fix this. This is an expensive car.

- Catonsville, MD, USA

problem #5

Sep 282012

Outback 4-cyl

  • 500 miles
This vehicle presented issues after the first 500 miles of ownership. After 1 repair attempt it is still the same. This vehicle replaced a 2012 Outback which had the same issues. The problem with the steering in the 2012 and the 2013 is that both the vehicles wander all over the road. You need to keep all your attention on keeping it following the road causing extreme fatigue. It is described by me as heavy, does not return to center and in even slight turns the car suddenly pulls in the direction you are traveling which is startling like hitting black ice. Taking your eyes to even the side mirrors for lane changes offers the vehicle to invite itself into oncoming traffic. This replacement 2013 I now have started presenting these symptoms after about the first 500 miles. There is a thread on the matter on the subaruoutback.org forum with over 670 replies on the matter. www.subaruoutback.org/forums/104-gen-4-2010-present/31638-ob-lane-wandering.html the responses on page 45 describe the problem pretty well. My responses are under [xxx]. one response #442 was "and now, at 17 months & 25K mis, we still have a 'new' car that steers like a drunk pushing a shopping cart with a bad wheel..." how sad is that? please, look into the matter because if someone didn't get hurt already someone will. All my drives are very exhausting. This is now my third Subaru so I am not new to Subaru and/or AWD. I still offer your organization the opportunity to inspect and drive my vehicle to personally experience what I am describing. I do not want to see anyone to get hurt of lose their life. Thank you information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6). The consumer referenced recall # 13V194000.

- Milford, NY, USA

problem #4

Jan 302013

Outback 4-cyl

  • 150 miles
Vehicle drifts at highway speeds, regardless of how diligent you are it will start drifting off, and requires constant correction.

- Ore City, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 212013

Outback 4-cyl

  • 2,000 miles


This new vehicle has steering that tends to wander from side to side while driving on various types of roads. On urban interstate travel it is necessary to be very vigilant when driving in the lanes as the car will often head for the edge of the lane without warning. This tendency is balanced between both left and right, and does not seem to be predictable. Took the vehicle to the dealer and the head mechanic drove the car. They specified that the vehicle was to manufacturer's specifications. I find that the attention that must be paid to maintain the vehicle within the roadway lanes is tiring and far exceeds any other vehicle I have driven.

- Edmonds, WA, USA

problem #2

Aug 272012

Outback 6-cyl

  • miles
Our complaint is that this 2013 Outback Subaru continues to drift. It does not just drift one way. You are constantly correcting to keep it in the center of the road. The first time we complained they did an alignment. That did not correct the problem. We then ask if they check the tires. They claimed there is no problem with theirs but they lowered the air pressure and that made it worse. Took it back to the dealer and had them increase the air pressure. The service manager keeps telling us there is no mechanical issues. You cannot relax driving this car. I hope I never have to drive it in a snow storm because of the lack of the steering control.

- Fairchild, WI, USA

problem #1

Oct 292012


  • 250 miles
Driving 55-60 mph car continually "drifted" off of center when driving, most noticeable on a straight stretch of road. Constant correction and recorrection needed to keep vehicle in its own driving lane. Dealer inspected vehicle and claimed there are no mechanical issues however many online complaints exist about this problem. I took a big loss but I immediately traded this brand new car in - I was terrified to drive it and consider this lack of steering control will get someone killed.

- Peebles, OH, USA

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