pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
45,000 miles
Total Complaints:
24 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (23 reports)
  2. keep a charged gooloo or similar device in the car (1 reports)
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problem #4

Sep 152018

Outback Limited 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles

Accidentally left the accessory switch on after stopping the engine. Tried to start about 20 minutes later, dead battery. Subaru roadside assistance was there in a short while. A jump started it right up. This could have been bad. Fortunately we had not locked the car. With the battery dead we could have not entered the car to a close windows (threatening rain) or gotten to the roadside assistance info in the glove box. Lesson learned put the info into the cellphone. Checked the owner’s manual. It says after an hour the accessory switch will turn itself off to save battery.

Took it to the dealership and this was the eye opener! They told us the battery will never last that hour. Customers are having this issue after only FIVE minutes of accessory power. The battery checked out as being fine. Service guy said they put in light duty batteries in order to decrease weight and help with gas mileage.

My confidence is this car is really shaken now. Thought the first incidence was just a fluke.

- Lynn O., Pine Island, US

problem #3

May 312016

Outback Limited 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles

We were camping. I opened the tailgate and doors about an hour before we were to leave so the interior would cool down. No start. Dead battery. Out first call to Subaru Roadside Assistance. It started right up with a battery jump. Okay, maybe I did something wrong, but it seemed weird to have a new car and dead battery.

- Lynn O., Pine Island, US

problem #2

May 032016

Outback 3.6L H6

  • CVT transmission
  • 1,000 miles

Brand new 2016 Outback bought in 2/2016. Battery has died about 4 times over the last 15 months. they replaced battery after it happened the first time - still continues to happen.

Has about 11,000 miles currently, but problem started with under a 1000 miles on the vehicle.

- Samvid D., Detroit, MI, US

problem #1

Apr 182017

Outback 25i Premium 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles

My husband left the keys in the ignition but in the off position. this drains the battery. And when you drain the battery then the automatic window on the passenger side cannot be controlled by the driver and has to be reset.

- Hester J., Melstone, MT, US