2011 Subaru Outback

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Available in 6 styles:  2011 Subaru Outback 4dr AWD Wagon shown
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Asking Price Range
$15,450–$27,534

Estimated MPG

18–22 city / 25–29 hwy


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Outback

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Recall number: 13V061000
Recall date: 02/25/2013

Problem Summary:

SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010-2012 LEGACY AND OUTBACK VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH AN AUTOMATIC OR CVT TRANSMISSION AND AN AUDIOVOX REMOTE ENGINE STARTER (RES) ACCESSORY, CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012-2013 IMPREZA VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A CVT TRANSMISSION AND AN AUDIOVOX REMOTE ENGINE STARTER (RES) ACCESSORY, AND CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2013 XV CROSSTREK VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A CVT TRANSMISSION AND AN AUDIOVOX REMOTE ENGINE STARTER (RES) ACCESSORY. ADDITIONALLY INCLUDED ARE CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2013 LEGACY AND OUTBACK VEHICLES THAT MAY HAVE RECEIVED REPLACEMENT RES FOBS. IF THE RES FOB IS DROPPED, THE FOB MAY MALFUNCTION AND RANDOMLY TRANSMIT AN ENGINE START REQUEST WITHOUT PRESSING THE BUTTON.

Consequence:

THE ENGINE MAY INADVERTENTLY START AND RUN FOR UP TO FIFTEEN MINUTES. THE ENGINE MAY CONTINUE TO START AND STOP UNTIL THE FOB BATTERY IS DEPLETED, OR UNTIL THE VEHICLE RUNS OUT OF FUEL. IF THE VEHICLE IS PARKED IN AN ENCLOSED AREA, THERE IS A RISK OF CARBON MONOXIDE BUILD-UP WHICH MAY CAUSE HEADACHES, DIZZINESS OR, IN EXTREME CASES, UNCONSCIOUSNESS AND/OR ASPHYXIATION.

Corrective Action:

SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE RES KEY FOBS, FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN BY THE END OF APRIL 2013. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

This recall affects vehicles manufactured between 04/01/2010 and 08/31/2011.


EQUIPMENT

Recall number: 13V061000
Recall date: 02/25/2013

Problem Summary:

SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010-2012 LEGACY AND OUTBACK VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH AN AUTOMATIC OR CVT TRANSMISSION AND AN AUDIOVOX REMOTE ENGINE STARTER (RES) ACCESSORY, CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012-2013 IMPREZA VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A CVT TRANSMISSION AND AN AUDIOVOX REMOTE ENGINE STARTER (RES) ACCESSORY, AND CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2013 XV CROSSTREK VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A CVT TRANSMISSION AND AN AUDIOVOX REMOTE ENGINE STARTER (RES) ACCESSORY. ADDITIONALLY INCLUDED ARE CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2013 LEGACY AND OUTBACK VEHICLES THAT MAY HAVE RECEIVED REPLACEMENT RES FOBS. IF THE RES FOB IS DROPPED, THE FOB MAY MALFUNCTION AND RANDOMLY TRANSMIT AN ENGINE START REQUEST WITHOUT PRESSING THE BUTTON.

Consequence:

THE ENGINE MAY INADVERTENTLY START AND RUN FOR UP TO FIFTEEN MINUTES. THE ENGINE MAY CONTINUE TO START AND STOP UNTIL THE FOB BATTERY IS DEPLETED, OR UNTIL THE VEHICLE RUNS OUT OF FUEL. IF THE VEHICLE IS PARKED IN AN ENCLOSED AREA, THERE IS A RISK OF CARBON MONOXIDE BUILD-UP WHICH MAY CAUSE HEADACHES, DIZZINESS OR, IN EXTREME CASES, UNCONSCIOUSNESS AND/OR ASPHYXIATION.

Corrective Action:

SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE RES KEY FOBS, FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN BY THE END OF APRIL 2013. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

This recall affects vehicles manufactured between 04/01/2010 and 08/31/2011.


EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Recall number: 12V602000
Recall date: 12/26/2012

Problem Summary:

SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 AND 2011 LEGACY AND OUTBACK VEHICLES, CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006 THROUGH 2012 TRIBECA VEHICLES SOLD BEFORE JANUARY 2012, AND CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009 THROUGH 2012 FORESTER VEHICLES SOLD BEFORE JANUARY 2012. UP TO 53,999 OF THESE VEHICLES MAY HAVE BEEN EQUIPPED WITH ACCESSORY PUDDLE LIGHTS THAT, WHEN ILLUMINATED, BRIGHTEN THE AREA UNDER THE DOORS OF THE VEHICLE. A SHORT CIRCUIT CAN DEVELOP WHEN EITHER THE PUDDLE LIGHT OR CONNECTOR ARE EXPOSED TO AN ELECTROLYTIC MOISTURE SOURCE (SUCH AS ROAD SPRAY THAT HAS ROAD SALT IN IT) AND IT PENETRATES THE CIRCUIT BOARD OF THE PUDDLE LIGHT OR THE PINS OF THE PUDDLE LIGHT CONNECTOR(S).

Consequence:

OVER TIME, MIGRATION OF THE MOISTURE INTO THE CIRCUIT BOARD AND/OR INTO THE CONNECTOR CAVITY, MAY RESULT IN A SHORT CIRCUIT OF THE PUDDLE LIGHT SYSTEM. THIS MAY GENERATE HEAT WHICH MAY MELT THE PLASTIC RESULTING IN SMOKE OR FIRE.

Corrective Action:

SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSTALL AN ADDITIONAL FUSED-HARNESS, FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING FEBRUARY 2013. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783 FOR MORE INFORMATION.


VISIBILITY:SUN ROOF ASSEMBLY

Recall number: 11V467000
Recall date: 09/07/2011

Problem Summary:

SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 OUTBACK AND LEGACY VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM AUGUST 3, 2010, THROUGH JULY 1, 2011. THE MOONROOF GLASS MAY COME LOOSE OR DETACH. THE AMOUNT AND POSITION OF THE ADHESIVE BETWEEN THE GLASS AND RETAINER WAS INADEQUATELY APPLIED.

Consequence:

THE MOONROOF GLASS CAN LOOSEN AND DETACH FROM THE VEHICLE DURING DRIVING, RESULTING IN A POTENTIAL ROAD HAZARD FOR OTHER VEHICLES, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Corrective Action:

SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE GLASS ADHESION CONDITION AND EITHER APPLY ADDITIONAL ADHESIVE OR REPLACE THE MOONROOF GLASS, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING OCTOBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.

The manufacturer first notified owners of this recall on 10/17/2011.

This recall affects vehicles manufactured between 08/03/2010 and 07/01/2011.


VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:MOTOR

Recall number: 11V469000
Recall date: 09/07/2011

Problem Summary:

SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010-2011 OUTBACK AND LEGACY VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 7, 2010, THROUGH MAY 20, 2011. COMPONENTS INSIDE THE WIPER MOTOR BOTTOM COVER MAY OVERHEAT.

Consequence:

IF THE COMPONENTS OVERHEAT, THE WIPER MOTOR BOTTOM COVER MAY MELT AND POTENTIALLY CATCH FIRE.

Corrective Action:

SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FRONT WIPER MOTOR BOTTOM COVER ASSEMBLY FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING NOVEMBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.

The manufacturer first notified owners of this recall on 10/10/2011.

This recall affects vehicles manufactured between 01/07/2010 and 05/20/2011.


POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION

Recall number: 10V326000
Recall date: 07/20/2010

Problem Summary:

SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 AND 2011 OUTBACK AND LEGACY PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 28 THROUGH JUNE 23, 2010. DUE TO A PROGRAMMING ERROR, A LUBRICATION HOLE WITHIN THE 6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION WAS OMITTED.

Consequence:

IF THE TRANSMISSION GEARS ARE NOT PROPERLY LUBRICATED, A GROANING SOUND MAY BEGIN TO DEVELOP ALERTING THE DRIVER OF A PROBLEM. IF THE SOUND IS IGNORED AND NO ACTION IS TAKEN, THE GEARS WILL EVENTUALLY BREAK AND THIS CONDITION WILL LEAD TO VEHICLE POWER LOSS, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A CRASH.

Corrective Action:

SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES BY DRILLING AN OIL LUBRICATION HOLE AND, IF NECESSARY, REPLACE THE INTERNAL PARTS WITH NEW ONES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT AUGUST 6, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.

This recall affects vehicles manufactured between 04/28/2010 and 06/23/2010.


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