4th Gen (2004 – 2009) Subaru Outback Problems

The 4th generation of the Outback has a cumulative PainRank™ of 9.0. That can be compared against other Subaru generations. Shopping for a Subaru? You should probably steer clear of this generation.

Owners of the 2004–2009 Outback model years have sent in 151 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (35%) followed by the airbags & seat belts (9%) and the wheels (9%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 Reliability PainRank (?)
2009 10
2008 23
2007 35
2006 40
2005 32
2004 11

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