2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 3.6 H6


A grown up version of the previous generation Outback


Stone was caught between disc brake rotor and splash shield.

General Comments:

Excellent fuel economy.

Very comfortable, quiet, smooth running automobile.

Ride quality on par with large North American body on frame models from years ago.

Excellent performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2011

22nd Mar 2018, 22:27

After 6 years and 9 months with this car, I am definitely turned off of Subaru and will not buy another. The car was great when new and in many respects still is, but at 130,000 km the car has had a few expensive problems to deal with and it seems impossible to keep the brakes on the car for more than a year. They are prone to severe rusting, and if the car isn’t used daily in damp weather, the brakes soon rust to the point where they vibrate severely and the rotors must be replaced.

The oil pan cracked near the drain plug and needed to be replaced, two ignition coils failed and there is now a vibration from the driveline.

Both front wheel bearings lasted only 50,000 km.

Rust has been forming around the windshield, which will require its removal in order to repair.

The suspension bushings are quite noisy and need to be replaced.

Both of my Outbacks seem to be cars that are designed for a 3 or 4 year lease, and after that become quite costly to keep on the road. People seem to think that a Subaru is some sort of magical car that goes for 500,000 miles. They definitely are not.