2011 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Engine problems (9,500 miles)

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Engine problems (9,500 miles)
By elkrun on


2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


Engine started to chug or mis-fire during a recent winter trip across the northern states (2,000 miles round trip).
The problem appears to be related to snow intake as the problem only surfaces when driving during a snow storm or in blowing snow.
I've taken it to two dealers and they have not resolved.
Problem is that the car "chugged" abruptly about 30 times during four separate snow events, so the "cause and effect" seems very obvious to me.
Not gasoline related.
Dealer ruled out transmission. Serious enough "chugging" to make the kids think we were about to break down.

There is something going on with a sensor or the engine that has yet to manifest as a code, but it's coming.

Best Features

Interior comfort; snow handling (with Blizzaks); remote engine start; ride comfort; luggage space for smaller SUV; paddle shifting the transmission in the mountains.

Worst Features

The display screen and functions for the radio, navigation, and media are not intuitive and seem like 10 year old technology. Navigation system isn't fully functional while moving, so even a passenger can't input a new destination. Have to change navigation DVD disks as you go across the country. The screen display on the radio is dated. The cross bars on the roof rack need to be more adjustable with regard to spacing (It's the first vehicle for which I had to drill new holes in my Thule to get it to fit because the roof rack won't adjust very much). Low headlights don't illuminate well on hilly roads.
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