2006 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Can't believe this is a Subaru

2006 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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2.5i Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 4-speed Automatic)

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Can't believe this is a Subaru
By srhorn77 on


2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


I bought my 2006 Outback used with 78K miles.
After 800 miles of driving, the weather turned cold and the tranny started slamming from 3rd into 4th.
I took it to the dealer and they recommended I replace the tranny for $3400.
There's also a rubber/oil burning smell when driven long distances.
The radio and drivers window randomly stop working and the entire lighter assembly pulled completely out when I tried to unplug my car charger.
This car must have been built the Monday after Superbowl Sunday before coffee.
I'm so disappointed in this car.
Subaru is supposed to be so reliable but I can't wait to trade it. The good is it does great in the snow.
I had a 2003 Impreza and loved it!

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The AWD does great in the snow.
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By rellohs
on 03/05/14 17:48 PM (PST)

I am also having the same problems (tranny slam in cold weather and burning smell after long drives) on my 06 Outback. I purchased the car used with around 90K miles. Problems did not occur until around 95K miles. Anyone else experiencing the same problems?

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