2016 Subaru Outback fuel system NHTSA complaints: Fuel/Propulsion System

NHTSA — Fuel/Propulsion System Problems


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,925 miles

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2016 Subaru Outback fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2016 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 272016


  • 8,000 miles


3rd occurrence: While driving on a state highway, vehicle jerked, all warning lights came on and vehicle lost movement with resistance. Towed to dealer.

- Island Heights, NJ, USA

problem #3

Oct 312016


  • 7,200 miles
Less than 1 week later, 2nd occurrence: While driving on interstate, all warning lights came on and vehicle suddenly lost forward movement. Vehicle was running but not engaging enough to propel vehicle. Towed to dealer, dealer repaired Pilot pin in transmission.

- Island Heights, NJ, USA

problem #2

Oct 232016


  • 7,000 miles
1st occurrence: While driving on a county road, all warning lights came on. Brought vehicle back to dealer, dealer replaced the transmission.

- Island Heights, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 032016


  • 1,500 miles
I descend a steep, crooked country road to reach my house and lock my transmission in second gear to avoid having to apply brakes. In low idle, the vehicle speed is well controlled but when the fuel control shifts to high idle the engine speed increases from 2000 to about 3500 RPM with a corresponding increase in vehicle speed which requires rapid, sharp brake application. During the summer months this is only mildly irritating but when the roads are covered with ice and snow this winter sudden brake application will become very dangerous because of the sharp curves and steep drop-offs. The difference between low and high idle settings is excessive and Subaru should be forced to correct this design deficiency. I have lived in this location for over twenty years and driven this road with about six other vehicles without difficulty but I dread the approach of this winter. The dealer admits that this is a frequent complaint but beyond their control because it is governed by a computer in the fuel control system.

- Orofino, ID, USA

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