pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
22,850 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
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problem #3

Aug 092021

Outback Limited 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,235 miles

The infotainment system just goes crazy, select clicking and calling people. Jumping from screen to screen on its own.

- Jason S., Julian, NC, US

problem #2

Jan 132021

Outback 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,263 miles

The radio often does not connect well with the bluetooth / cell phone. Much rather, the unit is totally stuck and cannot be accessed, so neither do volume up/down work, nor does the radio on/off button work, or any other button. So the system is totally frozen. The only way to remedy this is a restart of the car, i.e., ignition off, wait, ignition on, then maybe better luck. This happens all the time, around once or twice per week. The cell phone itself is a modern Samsung Galaxy model, updated to Android 11, without any bluetooth problems with a range of other devices including various headphones.

The suggested solution is to first split the car software necessary for driving and the head unit software that always crashes. Then add a hardware button, a "reset software" button, to perform a cold restart of the head unit software that seems to be designed to crash every now and then. That would allow the user to perform a head unit reset without having to restart the ignition.

- Wolf S., Brüttisellen, Switzerland

problem #1

Dec 292018

Outback Touring 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,990 miles

2018 top Outback model, twice in the first 11 months the entertainment system has completely died. This leaves me without a backup camera, radio, NAV, phone Bluetooth. The fix is to replace it, but Subaru does NOT have replacement units. On top of that, when it does get replaced everything that had been programmed is gone and must be reprogrammed. Not sure if it is associated, but I have periodic problems with the windows and entertainment system losing settings while it WAS working. Have now gone 2 weeks without the system and the dealership cannot even give me an estimate of when a replacement will available. This was my first and probably last Subaru.

- lodi-driver, Lodi, US