fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,050 miles

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problem #4

Jun 262007

Outback 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I pressed the gas pedal to accelerate around a corner and when I eased off the gas pedal it remained stuck down. I put the car in neutral and braked so I could pull over. I shut off the car, and when I restarted it, the engine revved. I had to put my foot under the gas pedal and lift it up to resolve the problem.

- West Hartford, CT, USA

problem #3

Mar 112005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
Vehicle experienced sudden acceleration. Owner was pulling into a school parking lot when suddenly the vehicle began to accelerate. The engine revved, and the driver had both feet on the brake while the vehicle continued to accelerate. Driver put the vehicle in neutral, and allowed the vehicle to coast before it shut down.

- Plainwell, MI, USA

problem #2

Dec 032004

Outback 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 31,200 miles
Dangerous hesitation in first and second gears especially. At stop light, upon attempting to accelerate, car bogged down, rpms dipped and nearly stalled before car finally accelerated with a violent jerk forward and back. Has happened on numerous occasions. Very dangerous-nearly been in three accidents already. So far the dealer has bled the clutch, adjusted the clutch, replaced the clutch, replaced knock sensor, replaced coolant temp sensor and replaced front oxygen sensor and problem still as bad as ever if not worse.

- Woodbury, CT, USA

problem #1

Aug 152003

(reported on)


  • miles
When applying pressure to the accelerator pedal vehicle would jerk and experience sudden deceleration. When removing pressure from the accelerator pedal the vehicle stalls. Dealer indicates this is normal for this type of vehicle, and there is no a remedy for this problem.

- Slanesville, WV, USA