Most Common Subaru Outback Problems

Over the years, Subaru has become synonymous with safety, reliability, and great crossover vehicles. However, with an increase in popularity, there is also likely to be an increase in complaints and concerns. The Subaru Outback is no exception. 

While the Outback is a highly-rated and well-regarded SUV, there are a couple of common issues that drivers report. If you’re on the hunt for a new or used vehicle and the Outback is on your list, first take a look at this list of commonly reported Subaru Outback problems so you can have a better idea of what to expect.

Oil Leaks/Seal Failure

Some owners have reported that their engine is leaking oil. In a lot of cases, this is due to failure in the camshaft or crankshaft seals. This particular issue is most commonly reported in older models, so I wouldn’t put it on the list of 2020 Subaru Outback problems. It is still good to note, though, if you’re considering buying a used model.

Vibrating Engine

One thing that’s high on the list of Subaru Outback common problems is vibration from the engine. This is most often reported upon acceleration. It is also described as shuddering in some cases. 

For this particular issue, most vehicles had over 112,000 miles. Subarus are known for their reliability and durability, so 112,000 miles is nothing when it comes to a Subaru. However, any type of engine issue is cause for concern, so if you are experiencing this as an Outback owner, be sure to have your car inspected by an expert.

Electrical Issues

Subaru Outback owners have also reported experiencing electrical problems, such as the car battery dying unexpectedly. Now this particular issue is hard to judge without the full picture. In some cases, a battery dying can be due to user error. In other cases, it is due to something faulty within the vehicle. 

Other reported electrical issues are related to the push-to-start button or the display. These features are specific to more recent models.

Windshield Problems

Amongst these other Subaru Outback issues are reports of the windshields being easily cracked. This is another example of an issue that needs more context, however it is important to note that any time you have a small crack in your windshield, it’s best to get it fixed as soon as possible. The crack will only continue to grow, especially during the colder months when water can settle in, freeze, and then expand the crack further.

Cracks in the Oxygen Sensors

The last of the most common Subaru Outback issues pertains to the oxygen sensors. In certain models, the oxygen sensors have been known to form cracks. This can result in the “Check Engine” light illuminating. This specific issue developed into a recall that allowed owners to get their sensors replaced. Depending on the year of the vehicle you own or are considering, this may not be an issue that affects you.

So now that you know some of the main issues that Subaru Outback owners report, you can go into your buying decision feeling prepared for what to expect. If you have any additional questions or are looking to get your Subaru Outback serviced, then we’re here to help. Give us a call today at (801) 302-0912!