20 Reasons NOT to buy the Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback is a pretty bulletproof vehicle made by Fuji industries under the Subaru brand name. Despite being a reliable vehicle, it does have some caveats. The car is also known as the Subaru Legacy Outback and below we have listed twenty reasons why you should not buy this vehicle. Some of the reasons might surprise you. Most of the points below refer to the sixth generation Subaru Outback 2020, but many of them also apply to previous Outback models including the fifth generation (2015 – 2019) and the fourth generation (2009 – 2014)

  1. To replace the main-beam headlight light bulbs, the car must be jacked up and the wheels and arch panels removed. A sad but true statement and a common lament by Subaru owners and mechanics the world over. It speaks to a design flaw that Fuji cannot seem to resolve and ends up costing owners a small fortune in labor costs every time a bulb blows, which is quite often.
  2. Many of the Subaru parts are proprietary, making them quite expensive and rare to find, causing delays and price gouging when fixes are needed. Subaru often requires special tools for mechanics to work on them, meaning that not every garage can undertake work on the Outback. E.G. proprietary wheel bearings that fail after 60K miles.
  3. The Subaru driver assist ‘eyesight’ system still takes up a large amount of real estate in the windshield and interferes with an owners use of their own dash cam, radar, nav, EZ Pass and other windshield mounted items.
  4. Subaru does not have a good record into owning up to past mistakes and it has taken a number of consumer lawsuits to force them to fix dangerous problems with past Subaru Outbacks see: http://www.subarucomplaints.com
    Subaru LED Rear Lights
  5. LED brake lights are still not standard on the Subaru Outback. Studies show that quick-response LED brake lights provide an extra 25 feet of braking distance for cars behind, often making all the difference from a safety perspective
  6. If owners attempt to add LED bulbs to the Subaru Outback all manner of error lights will appear on the dashboard as the on board computer thinks that the light has blown and will notify the driver by switching off cruise control or traction control.
  7. With the introduction of the turbo, the reliability of the top version of the Outback went downhill. Turbos often break when needed the most. This renders the car inoperable. Adding a turbo is an engineers way of getting more horsepower and efficiency out of a smaller engine, but brings significantly less reliability. That may be fine on the Subaru WRX model, but not on the old faithful Subaru Outback.
  8. In the 2020 model, the rear cargo space just went down by 3 cu ft, but leg room went up by the same amount.
  9. Memory seats are still not an option, even on the top of the line model.
  10. The Outback still suffers from sticking windows, that will not roll down if the vehicle has been standing for a while. A quick elbow to the window temporarily solves the problem, but could be devastating if the car is already underwater and there is no other way out.
    Subaru Outback Oil Leak
    Subaru Outback Oil Leak
  11. The problems with leaking engine oil have have still not been solved, requiring the engine to be regularly topped up with appropriate oil. It also takes over 15 minutes for the oil light to go out even though the oil is full, as the computer likes to take its time to assess the oil level.
  12. The 2020 Subaru Outback still does not come in s hybrid or electric version. An all-electric version of this popular vehicle is still twenty years away for Fuji Industries, but a partnership with Toyota may deliver earlier.
  13. The 2020 is the sixth generation model of the Subaru Outback and buyers should never buy the first year of a model of any car, unless they intend to lease. At the end of the lease they can hand the car back with all its problems to the dealer. If there are no problems lessees can then choose to just buy it for the pre-agreed amount on the lease, without taking any of the risk of the first year of launch
  14. The choice of accessories is significantly less than other comparable vehicles. For instance, no manufacturer makes a chrome bumper protector to protect the paint on the top of the bumper from being scratched when loading the vehicle. They do offer a black plastic version, but it is both expensive and downright ugly.