2006 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Check Engine Light Horrors

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Check Engine Light Horrors
By yifinguy on


2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


I loved my Roo until the Check Engine Light came on. First it was the O-2 sensors code that came up. After a $400 cost to replace those, then came a code indicating Random Misfire and I replaced the plugs, then came a P20296 code showing eventually that it needed a new computer which will cost over $600 for a 2nd hand one - almost $900 for a new one. You have to get it re-keyed with a new Electronic Control Module. Nickel and dime to death isn't the word for it! When those codes come up, you have no cruise either! All of this has happened within a few weeks.

Best Features

We both love the snappy performance and that you have lots of road control even in the worst winter conditions. The turbo puts you past all the slower drivers in an instant. Great for hauling my pop-up camper. The short turning radius is impressive, too.

Worst Features

Get rid of the immobility feature on the keys or make it optional. It's another $125 when you get the new computer.
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