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Subaru Outback Parts and Subaru Outback Accessories

Interesting Facts about the Subaru Outback

  • The Outback nameplate has been used by Japanese auto manufacturer Subaru since 1994. The "Outback" name is actually found in two other different Subaru vehicles. One of these would be the Subaru Legacy Outback, which is a variant of the Subaru Legacy that is equipped with heightened suspension and sportier trims. The other vehicle would be the hatchback version of the popular Subaru Impreza. Nowadays, the modern Subaru Outback has been redesigned into a crossover vehicle, which is a huge leap from its previous hatchback looks.

  • The Subaru Outback was named after the "outback" regions in Australia. The name was chosen to emphasize the vehicle's moderate off-road capabilities and sporty look. Although it's a Japanese car, the Australian imagery used for this vehicle made it a popular vehicle in Australia as well.

  • The company Subaru has quite a history to its name too. It is actually owned by Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd., which in turn traces its roots to the Nakajima Aircraft Company, an airplane parts supplier to Japan during World War II. After the war, the Allies broke up the Nakajima Aircraft Company and one of the separated operations became Fuji Heavy Industries. Today, FHI uses the Subaru logo, the Japanese name for the Pleiades star cluster, as the company's worldwide corporate symbol.

  • Mick Dundee, the fictional hero of the Crocodile Dundee film series actually drives a Subaru Outback. The character has appeared in various commercials for the Subaru Outback, which helped in boosting the vehicle's popularity. Australian actor Paul Hogan, who plays Mick Dundee, also drives a Subaru Outback in real life.
  • Both the Subaru Legacy and Subaru Legacy Outback have won the Alcan Winter Rally for a couple of times. It was first won back in 1990, which was then followed in 1992, 2002, and most recently back in 2006.

  • Thanks to great design and performance that included superb features like high ground clearance, low weight, and a top-notch fuel efficiency, the 2010 Subaru Outback became Motor Trend's SUV of the year. The vehicle impressed their staff so much that it won with an overwhelming 10-1 victory during voting.

Subaru Outback Articles

  • Subaru Outback Problems

    The Subaru Outback is probably the Japanese company's most popular vehicle ever since it was introduced back in 1995. The idea for the vehicle actually originated from Subaru of America, which was suffering from a sales slump and needed a new vehicle that can compete in the surging SUV market. What they did was upgrade their existing Subaru Legacy wagon with a taller suspension system and give it a rugged and sporty look. Named after the rugged outback of Australia, the Subaru Outback proved to be a sales success with it's newest models designed as crossover vehicles. Despite its popularity, the Subaru Outback has its share of problems that users have experienced over the years.

    Unnecessary vibrations build up while driving at highway speeds.

    A lot of owners of the 2010 - 2011 Subaru Outback complained of significant vibration from their vehicle's steering wheels, especially at high speeds over 60MPH. Reports varied with some drivers saying that the vibrations were negligible while others reported that the steering wheel kept on moving and vibrating. Subaru responded with a technical service bulletin that called for replacement steering wheels and a modification to the engine mount and rear subframe in order to reduce the vibrations. Although aftermarket replacements are widely available for the Subaru Outback, some users still complained that replacing these parts have not solved their problem. It's best to have a dealer or mechanic look into this issue, especially if the vibrations are strong enough to affect the vehicle's steering.

    Lighting defect led to a huge recall for the Outback and other Subaru vehicles.

    The latest problem with the Subaru Outback was a company wide recall of more than 600,000 vehicles, including the Subaru Tribeca and Subaru Legacy. The recall cited a potential lighting problem that could lead to smoke and fire in the vehicle. The report indicated that issue was traced to faulty puddle light accessories, although the company isn't sure about which cars have the problematic part. A short circuit could develop in the puddle lights when they come in contact with moisture, which then could result in heat melting the plastic that will then cause smoke or fire in the vehicle.