Recall Alert: 2013 Subaru Outback and Legacy

Subaru is recalling 5,379 model-year 2013 versions of the Outback and Legacy due to a problem with the steering column, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured from Feb. 15 through June 15, 2012; check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb. In these cars, the inner and outer shafts of the steering column assembly could become disengaged, leading to a possible loss of vehicle control. Subaru received customer complaints about a loss of steering ability, which led to the recall investigation, the automaker said in a statement.

Subaru will start notifying affected owners today, and dealers will replace the affected parts for free. Owners can call Subaru at 800-782-2783 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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I was already to purchase a 2014 Outback until I was told it does not have a power tailgate. Very disappointing since other comparative models do offer the power tailgate.


I was ready to buy an Outback when I was told it does not have a power tailgate. This is a drop dead issue since my wife requires same. Very disappointed since I have to change our choice of SUV'S


Anyone heard of a ping noise from the motor when its hot outside on a 2013 Outback?


Yes, 2013 Outback 2.5i with CVT, I get pinging under moderate or greater load, in warm/hot ambient temperatures, and it also seems worse at higher altitudes. Higher octane (92) gas seems to help, but does not eliminate it.

Thomas Ryan

My 2013 knocks like crazy when I start it. I believe it to be the w020 oil that Subaru recommends It sounds like the rods are coming right out of it for 35-45 seconds.Also, the tires on the car by manufacturer are to small or the speedometer is not calibrated for the 215x70x16 recommended by manufacturer.The odometer is off, at 60 mph the car is doing 51 mph. That's 9 miles every hundred, which seriously impacts the warranty.

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