4th Generation (2004—2009) Outback Problems

Outback owners with a 2004—2009 model year have the most problems with the engine (35%), airbags & seat belts (9%), and the wheels (9%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Clutch Failure at Low Mileage 6 complaints at an average of 66,809 miles in the 2005 Subaru Outback.
  2. Leaking Head Gasket 6 complaints at an average of 85,624 miles in the 2007 Subaru Outback.
  3. Head Gasket Leaking 3 complaints at an average of 72,982 miles in the 2005 Subaru Outback.

What Outback Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Subaru model years.

Watch out for the 2005 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2009 11 9 52 9.76
2008 23 4 60 9.16
2007 35 4 59 11.02
2006 42 3 66 9.08
2005 32 5 108 12.58
2004 11 8 64 5.43

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