hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
115,159 miles

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problem #27

Nov 262020


  • 156,000 miles
At highway speed the vehicle suddenly lost power. The check engine light came on solid with the cruise control light blinking. The car did not respond to any inputs from the accelerator pedal and began to decelerate. Upon stopping and shifting into neutral the car held itself around 2800rpm with no accelerator input from the driver. After reading the check engine light code, the car gave a P2138 indicating a problem with the pedal position sensor.

- Southington, CT, USA

problem #26

Jun 122020


  • 190,000 miles
Gas pedal quits working leaving my daughter stranded, must be in the drive by wire electrical system, looking at forums, this is a common issue

- Clinton, UT, USA

problem #25

Jan 202020


  • 49,000 miles
Subaru dealership refused to discuss safety issue recalls selling vehicle with open safety recalls and other safety issues that could have been easily remedied. The vehicle had been in for service and problems were not addressed. Dealership claims "sold as is" and buyer beware, after we had leased a new 2019 vehicle and purchased a like new used vehicle that had gone through their extensive multipoint inspections. Issues for air bags, fuel system leaking, potential fire and explosion, faulty seat latches as safety recall. Dealership has violated trust and exhibited no concern for anyone's safety. We can not trust this dealership for repair or service of our vehicles.

- Willoughby Hills, OH, USA

problem #24

Jan 302020


  • 166,000 miles
While my 2006 Subaru Outback was at the dealer for the expanded takata recall, they notified me that they found a leak in my gas tank. I have found several people complaining about this online and can't imagine why this is not being addressed as a safety concern.

- Simsbury, CT, USA

problem #23

Aug 282018


  • 110,000 miles
The cruise and check engine lights flash. Car looses power and stalls while driving.

- West Hempstead, NY, USA

problem #22

Apr 212018


  • 89,364 miles
While driving lost all power, got off road, engine still run but would not move, finally, restarted and got home, checked codes, P2138 came up.this is a big safety concern, have read reports of this happening to others. What has Subaru done to correct big safety problem!!! has this become a recall.now scared to drive.

- Campobello, SC, USA

problem #21

Apr 072018


  • 170,000 miles
Today I came to a complete stop at a red light. When the light turned green and I accelerated, my vehicle began to sputter out. I tried to pull over but my car had no power. It began to sputter then died in the middle of the road. I was stranded at 9am on broadway with my 1.5 year old and 2 week old. I tried to start my car multiple times for 8 minutes until one attempt it turned over, this time with my check engine light and cruise control light flashing. It limped around for a while as I took it to a shop I was told the code read ┐throttle positioning sensor┐. which I can┐T seem to find anything about let alone find it in a store or online. This experience has been frightening and dangerous and I have lost utter faith in my Subaru.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #20

Jan 062018


  • 210,000 miles
While driving my 2006 Subaru Outback down the highway, the accelerator became non-responsive. I was traveling at above 65 mph and lost power. The service engine soon (ses) light came on and the cruise control light started flashing. I had to pull over to the side of the road. The car was still running at idle but nothing would happen when pushing the accelerator. I turned car off and waited for 15-20 minutes and restarted the car. The accelerator pedal then seemed to work as normal. My husband read the ses code (P2138 throttle position sensor). He checked the wiring connection at the foot pedal and it seemed fine. He reset the code with his code reader. The car drove fine with no issues for about 3-4 weeks but then had the same issue recur. This is a safety issue as I was very lucky I wasn't in the middle of a lot of traffic when this occurred. If I was I was pretty much a sitting duck as the car wouldn't move. I had to coast to the side of the road. There are quite of few other people on the internet that mention they have encountered this issue however most of them don't mention they reported the issue.

- Mount Vernon, IA, USA

problem #19

Feb 172017


  • 130,000 miles
Unexpectedly, while driving, the check engine light will come on, the car will idle high, the accelerator pedal will not respond, and the cruise control light will also come on. The car won't move even while pressing down on the accelerator pedal. I have to pull off the road, turn the car off, and wait until the car starts, the idle returns to normal, and the accelerator pedal responds. This has happened once last year and twice this year; the last time being 2/17/17. I was lucky. The first time it happened I was on a country road. The second time was more difficult as I was on a busy city street in winter, and the last time I had a green light and had just gone through an intersection in a suburb and was able to pull off the road. I did bring it to my mechanic who ran the code, which was P2138, the throttle position sensor. I will be getting this repaired. I am very concerned about the severity of this safety issue where the car just stops responding while driving.

- Wynantskill, NY, USA

problem #18

Nov 152016


  • 155,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Subaru Outback. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle would not accelerate while the accelerator pedal was being depressed. The engine warning indicator illuminated. After the vehicle was stopped, the contact had to open the fuel cover, open and close the fuel cap, close the fuel cover, and start the engine to continue driving. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 155,000.

- Big Sky, MT, USA

problem #17

Dec 272016


  • 107,866 miles
I was driving on the highway traveling about 70 miles per hour in the mountains of Colorado when my car's accelerator stopped working. I was on a sharp downhill curve when I was no longer able to accelerate my car to keep up with traffic. This was extremely dangerous as I was almost hit by the cars behind me. There was no warning prior to the incident.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #16

Jan 312016


  • 102,000 miles
My vehicle lost all ability to accelerate while driving on the freeway. I had to coast into the emergency lane, which was a wall of snow in Colorado at this time of year. Blocking traffic in the slow lane, I waited for a tow to my Subaru dealer. They told me that my pedal accelerator assembly had failed. After repairs, I experienced the same problem 2 weeks later. This time they are stating that my electronic throttle body has failed. I have researched carcomplaints.com and see that I am one of over 50 consumers that have experienced this problem.

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #15

Jan 242015


  • 110,000 miles
Three times I have lost all acceleration while in motion, with the car and engine slowing to idle speed even though the accelerator is depressed. This occurred twice on two-lane highways and once in my driveway. In all cases, the car returned to normal after being turned off for a short time and restarted. My mechanic is looking into a possible electronic throttle issue. In searching the internet, I find this is not an uncommon problem with 2006 Outbacks and other Subaru. This is a dangerous condition that could prove deadly if it happens on a busy highway and Subaru should address it.

- Dallas, PA, USA

problem #14

Oct 022015


  • 175,000 miles
I recently had P2138.. one time. No throttle response, stopped on a hill on a 2 lane road, on a curve, in big sur.. not good. Rolled backwards down hill after the ones behind had all passed me. Turned off car, waited for 10 minutes, then it fixed itself after a restart. Jiggled the pedal connector and it has been gone for the last 2 weeks while waiting for my mechanic to have room in his schedule to replace my throttle pedal (which has a pedal position sensor), two days from now.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #13

Sep 252015


  • 53,000 miles
I was driving on the interstate and when I got onto the exit ramp, the vehicle gas pedal stopped working and the check engine light came on along with flashing cruise control light. I coasted into a dealership with hazard lights on at about 10mph. Diagnosis was a faulty accelerator pedal sensor. This could have been very dangerous if I was in heavy traffic or still on the interstate. Car only has 53,000 miles on it.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #12

Jan 282015


  • 49,296 miles
I was traveling on a 3-lane highway at the posted mileage (60 mph). Simultaneously the check engine light came on and the gas pedal lost all power. The cruise light was also flashing. I tried flooring the gas pedal, but the vehicle continued to lose power and the speed rapidly decreased to less than 20 mph. This happened with absolutely no warning and no time to get off a busy thoroughfare. This occurred at approximately 3:00 pm, so fortunately the traffic was not extremely heavy. I was able to cut across 2 lanes of traffic that was going 60 mph +, exit on an off-ramp, and get to a safe location to call for a tow truck to take the vehicle to dealership for repair. The outcome was code P2138 (accelerator sensor). The sensor was replaced at a cost of $340. I purchased this vehicle new in 2006, and have kept it well maintained at the dealership per their service schedule. However, until this problem occurs, there?S no doubt it would have ever been caught by the dealer to repair. This is extremely dangerous because it could have caused a serious injury to me and other drivers. If it had been at another time, I could have been rear-ended by drivers going the posted speed limit.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #11

Jan 042015

Outback 4-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
Sudden deceleration of vehicle. Check engine light comes on and the car goes limp. Vehicle is restartable after 5 minutes, however the throttle does not work properly afterward and the vehicle will not accelerate normally, thus it drives much slower, and will not go above 60 mph. Problem comes and goes.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #10

Nov 162013

Outback 4-cyl

  • 134,651 miles
Vehicle lost power and control abruptly while driving at freeway speed. This is a serious safety issue. This happened twice over a two week period. Lucky to have avoided rear end collisions both times as I was traveling in the right hand lane. If I had been in middle or left lane there would definitely have been serious multiple vehicle collisions on a densely crowded I5 where people don't leave safe following distances. Took vehicle to independent Subaru shop and found error code P2138= accel. Pedal sensor circuit. Replaced accel pedal sensor for $269.

- Marysville, WA, USA

problem #9

Oct 112014

Outback 6-cyl

  • 96,105 miles
Driving on the highway, the check engine light came on soon followed by the flashing cruise control light. At the point, the car became no longer responsive to the accelerator. I was forced to pull over because after breaking, I couldn't speed back up. Turning the car off and on again did not solve the problem. When I turned the car on the engine revved at a high speed with the cruise control light still flashing. I eventually had to get the car towed.

- Fair Oaks, CA, USA

problem #8

Jun 302014


  • 138,000 miles
The first incident with this car was me putting the transmission into park after stopping at a gas station and the rpms suddenly shot up to 2000. After filling the tank, I tried to start it but it wouldn't turn over. I let it sit for a moment and then tried again and it started with now the "check engine light" on and "cruise" flashing. The lights self-corrected later that day before I could have the code read. The next incident I was in a left hand turn lane with a green arrow. The check engine light and cruise came on and I suddenly lost the use of the gas pedal. It was completely limp. No matter how hard I pressed on it the car just moved along at idle speed, less than 5 mph. I barely made it through the intersection before I lost the green arrow. I pulled over, put it in park, the rpms went to 2000, then I turned it off. Tried starting it again and it wouldn't turn over. Tried it a second time and it fired right up and the gas pedal functioned properly. The check engine light and cruise were on again. I took it to an auto parts store to have the code read and it came up with P2138, an issue with the throttle position sensor. These incidents occurred twice more before I was able to get a proper diagnosis from a mechanic and they occurred anywhere from one to two weeks apart. This is a potentially very dangerous issue with these cars and should be addressed by a recall by Subaru.

- Auburn, WA, USA

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