2001 Subaru Outback Legacy SW 2.5L from North America


Unreliable and problematic vehicle


The entire clutch/flywheel assembly is being replaced for the THIRD time this week by Subaru (at their cost).I have experienced severe clutch shudder problems, especially when cold, but also when warm on occasion.

The car also burns an excessive amount of oil. I am currently seeking to return the car under the Washington State Lemon Law.

General Comments:

DO NOT BUY THIS VEHICLE WITH A MANUAL TRANSMISSION!!!I've talked with other owners who have automatics and they have not had any problems.

Overall, the car is comfortable and has reasonable performance, but I cannot recommend it because of the continuing drivetrain problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th July, 2003

2001 Subaru Outback from North America


2001 Outback has some design and mechanical flaws


The clutch shutters and car hesitates when you first start using the car and then it improves after 3 minutes of driving.

The steering wheel shakes when the brakes are applied.

It burns oil.

The seats are not very comfortable for extended trips.

The wind noise can be very annoying.

The window design on the doors causes the glass to shake when you close the door.

Water pours in the window if it is cracked open when it is raining or if you use the wiper fluid with the window down.

The wiper blades wore out fast and the passenger side wiper fluid dispenser does not work properly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th May, 2003

2001 Subaru Outback Legacy from North America


My final opinion will hinge on how they follow up with warranty service


My check engine light went on at 15,000 miles. I have taken my car in for service 8 times during the last six months to fix the same "error" code causing the light to come on. The Subaru dealer has replaced many parts, but the check engine light keeps coming on again. Thank goodness the car is still under the three year warranty. The Subaru dealership is responsive. However, their headquarters doesn't seem to have a clue as to the real cause of the problem nor how to fix it.

General Comments:

I love the Subaru Outback, except for the check engine light problem that I am still working on. I have a bike rack on top that holds two bicycles. It drives and handles well. I'm putting my Subaru warranty to the test with this check engine light problem. I've had it in 8 times now. How will they stick to their warranty?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th April, 2003

21st Feb 2004, 22:35

I had this problem with my Legacy. Have you tried replacing the solenoid or sensors? If not, try that.

15th Mar 2004, 00:20

Our Engine Check light comes on, occasionally. One or two Chevron Pro-Gard Fuel Injector Cleaner always put the light out for months at a time. (Chevron? That is what Costco Sells; 4/box.) Eventually, if this doesn't work, some Auto Parts stores like Schuck's in the State of Washington are now loaning code analyzers (deposit required) and will print the readings for you. (Also they're to help sell the parts.) (Discretion: I noticed the owner's manual in all our late vehicles do not recommend using fuel system cleaners. I've fewer problems when I use an occasional cleaner.)

23rd Mar 2004, 18:33

It's a solenoid. What else would it be?

21st Jul 2004, 17:01

Sometimes my Subaru won't start. I mean it cranks, but doesn't roll over and start. Then check engine light comes on. After a few tries, it will start and check engine light goes off after a while. It keeps on happening every few days. I changed the batteries and the starter. Someone suggested fuel injector cleaner, but I think that won't resolve the problem with starting the engine. The same person also recommended that I change the spark plugs. Any sgguestion is welcome.

3rd Apr 2005, 13:59

I had this problem once and discovered that refilling my brake fluid made the light go off. Go figure.

26th Oct 2007, 12:05

Subaru's check engine lights will always come on. Good luck fixing one at this age/mileage. I have never been able to figure out how to fix this. It's a Subaru quirk. Most Subaru's don't like high octane fuel either. Keep this in mind. They may run better, but for some reason this seems to turn on the lights sooner. The gas cap thing is true, but is a minor issue. Usually the computer will tell you that it's emision related; which is not true! You can replace your Cat's and sensors and the light will come back on!