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There's a lot that can go wrong in a Subaru

We collect information from owners and combine it with data from NHTSA to give you a clearer picture of what breaks the most and in which vehicles. We even have recommendatiosn on vehicle generations to avoid. Oh, and there’s the occasional bright spot too. Emphasis on the occasional.

Problems You've Had (Or Will Have Soon)


Subaru Outback headlights 3/4 view

Why Do Legacy and Outback Headlights Burn Out So Fast?

Headlight bulbs in the Outback and Legacy have a notoriously short life. Is it a problem with the bulb? Or is there a deeper electrical problem at work?

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A Subaru engine

Excessive Oil Consumption

Subaru wants you to know that adding a quart of oil to your new engine every 1,000-1,200 miles is perfectly normal. It’s not.

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Deployed airbag

Subaru's Takata Recalls

Parts supplier, Takata, manufactured defective, shrapnel-hurling airbag inflators that need to be recalled. The issue affects 34 million+ vehicles spread out across 24 brands, making it one of the largest (and most dangerous) recalls in automotive history.

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Subaru marketing image of EyeSight system

EyeSight Problems

The commercial says ‘it’s like having an extra set of eyes on the road.’ Sure, sleepy, tired and closed eyes.

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The Most Recalled Models

Subaru generations that are better suited for the scrap yard

Recent Subaru News

Lack of Fuel Pressure Causes Stalling in the 2017 Impreza

Are winterized fuels to blame for the stalling engines in 2017 Imprezas? If you ask Subaru, that’s what they’ll tell you.

According to the automaker, while the car is stopped or moving slowly the winterized fuel begins to vaporize in the lines under higher ambient temperatures. When vapor builds up, the fuel pressure goes down which leads to rough idling, stalling, or even a problem starting the engine.

More than 33,000 Imprezas will be recalled but Subaru doesn’t know when.

It’s been a rough couple weeks for the 2017 Impreza which was also recently recalled for memory issues causing blank or frozen rearview camera screens.

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Legacy Recalled For Rear View Screens That Go Blank or Freeze Up

The rear view camera systems in some 2017 Imprezas weren’t installed with enough memory, causing the screens to go blank or freeze up. Subaru will recall more than 25,000 of the 2017 Imprezas to fix the issue.

Blue Screen of Death

While both situations are frustrating, a frozen screen seems particularly dangerous – it might give you the impression that the area behind you is clear, when it really isn’t.

As always, it’s good not to rely 100% on technology.

Don’t forget the tried-and-true “look over your shoulder” method. I won’t even judge you when you complain about how tight your neck is while doing it.

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Subaru Can’t Escape Another Takata Recall

Subaru may want you to feel the freedom but even they can’t escape a Takata recall.

By now I’m guessing you’ve heard about the dangers of Takata airbags, but here’s a quick recap:

  1. Over time, Takata’s airbag inflators are susceptible to moisture.
  2. When that moisture mixes with the airbag’s propellant, the inflator becomes unstable. That means it can explode during a deployment and send shrapnel throughout the cabin.
  3. The problem is responsible for 11 deaths in the USA alone.

Subaru is recalling 186,000 vehicles, some of them for the second time. Find out if yours is on the list (make sure to scroll through all the different recall “zones”).

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