we purchased this new 2012 outback with the consumer reports recommendation. i wander if any one checked this car instability at highway speeds. this car drifts over the roadway and is tiring to drive especially for an older person. it requires both hands on the wheel and constant attention ,especially if there is a windy condition, then it is really off the charts.
to compound this problem is the confusing operation of the various controls to perform various operations while driving this drifter at highway speeds 50-65
A car wash revealed a leak at the rear seal of our 2012 Subaru Outback Limited.
The leak was enough to splash over the small gutter system below the rear seal and onto the passenger seat.
It's designed to be able to pop up for ventilation or slide down and into the roof of the vehicle when full open.
In order to do this the rear seal sits loosely against the roof lip.
I have had two automobiles with moonroofs before this (a Chevrolet and a Ford).
Neither one was designed this poorly.
I have tested the seal by pooring a bottle of water on it and it still leaks in 4 spots at a continuous drip rate.
I can't leave my vehicle parked outside untill Subaru comes up with a fix.
towing capacity (2700 lbs.), rear visibility compared with CRV (especially in blind spot).
No transmission fluid maintenance on CVT transmission.
Longer wheelbase for better ride over bumps than CRV. Storage below rear compartment.
Rear seal of of moon roof needs redesign/recall.
Leather seats that don't have pinholes all over them so clean up is easier.
Remove plastice "wood" trim from Limited model. Allow manual entry of names in the phone book on models with phone link capability.
Program stereo to only charge phone on initial like to USB port, instead of autoplaying mp3s stored on the phone (this may be a phone setting option also).
This car would be perfect if it would only track down the road.
This is our 6th Subaru and all the previous Outbacks drove fine.
We have had it aligned 3 times, the rack and pinion has been adjusted, but the steering wheel will not return to center when traveling on the highway.
Because of this, the car needs constant correction to drive in a straight line.
We only have 2700 miles on it and if this problem can't be resolved, this car will be gone and it will be our last Subaru.
Everything other than the steering is wonderful.
Handling must be corrected.
When you look away from the road for a moment, you never know what direction the car will be heading when you look back.
This is a serious design issue that needs a recall.
I own the wagon 2.5 with CVT and I can say that Iím very happy with my purchase. With over 3 K right now, I havenít found anything that I donít like or didnít expect in a ďWagonĒ-SUV in this segment. I almost go for the new 2012 Honda CRV, but I donít regret my decision. Itís solid and comfortable, enough room in both front and rear seat, plenty of cargo space, has style and a great history of reliability. A little noisy because of the CVT, but I could live with that as long as Iím getting fuel efficiency and this seems to be the case since Iíve been averaging (mostly highway) from 27 to 31 MPG not bad if you consider the size of this car and that many times you canít drive at less than 70 miles on NJ highways, otherwise they run over you.
Iíve been to several shows where I was able to see and compare others SUV like Toyota Venza or RAV4, the CRV, or the Forester , Iím glad I chose the Outback. I highly recommend it.
The controls for the different air flows are too small, hard to find them when
driving during night time. I think all models should include an Ipod port. When lights are on "Auto" and you turn on the car using the remote stater all lights go on (night time) even if the emergency brake is on, I preffer that they stay off while brake is on, this is normal in other makes, this forces me to turn the lights off.
Are you in the market to buy a new Outback?
If you are then don't act until you have read about the steering wandering at highway speeds.
Go to subaruoutbackdotorg and do a search on wandering.
There are lots of posts about this problem.
We just bought a new 2012 (1800 miles now) and our car wanders at highway speed (50_ MPH).
You have to constantly make corrections to keep the car on track.
Very tiring after a while and dangerous at times.
I would not have bought this car if I had known about this problem.
I hope Subaru does a recall and fix this issue.
This car would have received a perfect score if it wasn't for this serious problem.
Please read people's comments on the wandering problem at highway speeds and fix it.