What Are The Top Complaints About The Subaru Outback
Despite the Subaru Outback being a relatively trustworthy vehicle, the crossover car/SUV still does have some pretty major caveats. Potential buyers should be aware of some of the drawbacks of this long trusted vehicle.
Made by Fuji industries under the Subaru brand name and also known as the Subaru Legacy, the Outback has been around enough years to iron out most of the kinks. Despite it being a well established brand, there are still twenty reasons why buyers may not want to purchase this vehicle. On the plus side, The Outback has a kick-ass symmetrical AWD system that outperforms anything else on the car market when the snow and ice comes down and that handling may be enough to counter the many problems listed below. Most of the points below refer to the new sixth generation Subaru Outback 2020 model, but many of them also apply to the previous Outback models including the fifth generation (2015 – 2019) and the fourth Subaru Outback generation (2009 – 2014)
The lineage for the Outback is a strong on, but with a new design and updated tech, the new Subaru Outback 2020 may have some flaws that have manifested in the line of one of the most popular practical crossover SUV’s on the market.
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The Very Worst Fault With The Subaru Outback Is:
1 – Difficulty in Replacing the Headlight Bulbs
It is an insanely difficult task to replace headlight bulbs in the Subaru Outback. When attempting to replace the main-beam headlight bulbs, the car must be jacked up and the front wheels must be removed. Then, the wheel arch panels must be removed to gain access to the back of the headlights just to replace a broken bulb. This is a sad but true statement about the Subaru Outback and it is a common lament by Subaru owners and Subaru mechanics the world over. When they discover how much labor must go into performing such a simple task of replacing a bulb, owners are shocked. The problem speaks to a fundamental design flaw that Fuji industries cannot seem to resolve and ends up costing Outback owners a small fortune in labor costs every time a bulb blows. Even worse, an Outback owner cannot do this themselves unless they have half a day available to spend messing around with a jack and an impact driver.
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2 – Headlight Bulb Burnouts
Somewhat connected to first problem, the Subaru Outback also has a problem with the ‘auto’ light setting, which compounds the bulb replacement access problem above by burning out the headlights prematurely. Whenever daylight gets a little dim (like driving through a tunnel, or in the shade), the headlights instantly come on and then off again as soon as light improves. Most cars avoid immediate response on this, but the Outback will keep rapidly flicking the lights off and then back on when light changes, until the bulbs finally burn out and then it is time for the wheels to come off for a full bulb replacement. The poor headlights are an Achilles Heel for the Subaru Outback.
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3 – Subaru Outbacks Often Require Proprietary Parts
Just like Mercedes and BMW’s, many of the Subaru car parts are proprietary, making them quite expensive and rare to find. This can cause delivery delays and price gouging when urgent fixes are needed. Subaru vehicles often require special tools for mechanics to work on them, meaning that not every garage can undertake work on the Subaru Outback. E.G. proprietary wheel bearings that fail after 60K miles and the non standard ratchet required for the Boxer engine cylinder head are examples where the Outback makes repairs more difficult than they need to be.