Lemon Information - 2007 Subaru Outback

Better World Club's "Lemon Information" highlights consumer complaints from a different car model each month. We are not editorializing or claiming that these cars are necessarily lemons. Instead, we are merely providing information and ask readers to form their own opinions.

Component: Steering

Complaint: The vehicle suddenly veered to the left while driving on the highway with the cruise control set to 60 mph, causing the car to run into a guardrail.

Component: Fuel system, acceleration

Complaint: When accelerating from a stop, the Outback's engine (manual transmission) bogs down, slowing acceleration. The only way to avoid this is to rev the engine prior to releasing the clutch. This lunges the car forward quickly, making the smooth shifting of gears seemingly impossible.

Component: Engine

Complaint: The vehicle jerked unexpectedly at different speeds and on variable road conditions. The dealer determined that the vehicle's engine computer software was defective. The dealer also claimed that this was the way the vehicle was designed.

Component: Child seat

Complaint: The design of the back seat did not allow for the safe installation of a child seat. The Outback owner ultimately had to buy a Tribeca, in which a child seat did fit safely.

Component: Cruise control

Complaint: The vehicle unexpectedly accelerated while driving uphill to 80 mph even though the cruise control was set to 60 mph.

Component: Engine

Complaint: The air conditioning began intermittently blowing hot air as well as cold. This overcharging of the AC also resulted in problems with the cruise control, and erratic shifting of the transmission.

Component: Transmission

Complaint: The vehicle delayed acceleration in situations where the driver was decelerating and then quickly hit the accelerator. This resulted in several "near accidents".

Component: Door locks

Complaint: The driver side automatic door locks ceased working.

Component: Speed control

Complaint: The car speeds up when foot is taken off the accelerator, causing the car to jump forward unexpectedly.

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