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Headlights Problems of Subaru Outback - part 1



Subaru Outback owners have reported 110 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Subaru Outback 1
Failure Date: 11/28/2016

Low beam headlights have needed to be replaced 4 times now (8 bulbs total). First time, it blew out about a year after purchase. Then the second 6 months after that. Third time about a year ago and the fourth time the headlight failed was today (November, 2016). Also my rear night time light also blew out this past August, 2016. Worst part is the difficulty of replacing the headlights. You have to remove the front bumper to get to the headlight compartment which just adds to the aggravation. Something like headlights should be considered a safety feature that needs to be easily replaceable by the car owner. Regardless of the difficulty in replacing the headlights, these lights should not need to be replaced as frequently as what I'm experiencing.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 Subaru Outback 2
Failure Date: 11/09/2016

The low beam headlamps are constantly burning out on my 2012 Subaru Outback. I have replaced the bulbs several times in the past two years, approximately every 3-6 months or 3,000-6,000 miles. One side burns out right after the other. I cannot say if the headlight bulbs burn out while driving or stationary; I drive mostly in daylight then notice the outage at night. Replacing the bulb involves removing the tire and having a mechanic or dealership perform the work. What should be an infrequent simple task is getting very expensive! I am primarily concerned about safety as the bulbs could easily both burn out while driving at night.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 3
Failure Date: 10/01/2016

Multiple headlight failure since car was new. Atleast one headlight goes out every three months.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 4
Failure Date: 07/03/2016

I have replaced many headlight bulbs. Now it seems, I am replacing a headlight bulb about every 3 months!.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 5
Failure Date: 06/10/2016

I have replaced both left & right side headlight low beam bulbs at least 6-7 times since the car was new. One occasion they were both out and my wife drove home with only the parking lights on (she said "it sure is dark on route 9a"). I'm not sure I saved all the receipts, but I bet autozone has records withmy rewards account.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 6
Failure Date: 06/03/2016

Low beam headlights burn out approximately every 3-6 months. About to replace a bulb for the 6th time.


car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 7
Failure Date: 06/02/2016

Low beam headlights burn out - continuing problem and replacement involves a poorly designed access method requiring removal of wheel well plastic to get to the light bulb. Vehicle is not safe with lights that burn out.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 8
Failure Date: 05/17/2016

I have to replace my low-beam headlight every 3-4 months at a very expensive cost. This is very frustrating and a severe safety issue.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 9
Failure Date: 05/01/2016

My low beam headlights both went out at the same time. After some research, it appears that this is a problem with the vehicle.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Subaru Outback 10
Failure Date: 04/11/2016

My low beam headlights last 3-6 months. I've replaced both drivers side and passenger side five times in three years.


 
car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Subaru Outback 11
Failure Date: 03/18/2016

Replacement of headlight bulb requires removal of wheel and partial removal of wheel well. This is a major safety design flaw. Headlights are obviously a key safety feature and replacement of the bulbs should not require service at an auto repair facility. One burned out bulb renders the car unusable for night and foul weather driving. This design flaw needs to be corrected and owners should be reimbursed for labor charges incurred for replacement of bulbs.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 12
Failure Date: 02/28/2016

I have had to have the headlight bulbs (low-beams) replaced a minimum of 4 times over the past two years. The passengers side was first. . . Then a few months later the driver's side. This continues for no apparent reason. Last night leaving work. . . The passenger side is out again. I cannot believe I am the only Subaru owner who has experienced this problem. Replacing them is no easy task as after investigating, you have to go through the wheel well to get to it. Again. . . Both sides will now have been replaced 4 times withing the two years. Minor issue compared to the other complaints, but nevertheless a safety issue.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 13
Failure Date: 02/04/2016

The headlights have failed several times. The dealer has replaced them, because, due to the front end design, it is impossible to do it yourself. The dealer stated that the headlights fail because the front end design allows the lights to overheat.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 14
Failure Date: 01/29/2016

This is 4th time that the headlight blows out. If it's not the headlight its the point lights. I filed a complaint on Dec. 04, 2015 about other complaints. Just noticed that the passenger side headlight blew out again while driving on local road at night the other night. Jan. 29, 2016. High beams work, low beam is out. This is getting frustrating and Subaru dealer tells me there are not recalls. I am sick of paying and taking time to drive 45 minutes to the dealer to get this fixed all the time. Please do something. I have an appt. Tomorrow Feb. 2, 2016 with the dealer again to fix it. This seems to be an electrical problem.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 15
Failure Date: 01/16/2016

Low beam headlight bulbs fail prematurely. Necessary to frequently replace (less than 12 month service life).

car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 Subaru Outback 16
Failure Date: 01/02/2016

In less than 4 years, I have had to replace a headlight 4 times. On the 4 cars I owned/leased prior to this vehicle, I have never had to replace a headlight ever.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Subaru Outback 17
Failure Date: 01/02/2016

Replacement of headlight bulbs requires removal of front wheels, wheel wells, and bumpers. Headlights are a key safety feature on a vehicle. They should be easily accessible for maintenance and replacement at any time. As designed, if headlights fail while traveling at night it is essentially impossible for the driver to replace them to safely continue the voyage. This should be a safety recall and dealers should replace bulbs at no cost for service (parts only).

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 18
Failure Date: 12/08/2015

Headlights on 2011 Subaru Outback continue to blow. Replaced all front lights multiple times. Reckless endangerment of their customers and will cause crashes as lights go out while driving vehicle. So far only one has gone out at a time for I am not holding my breath. Appears that this is a very common issues that Subaru fails to stand behind the issue. Customers should not be forced into purchasing only Subaru replacement product to achieve safety. This sounds like extortion since it appears the only answer is to purchase Subaru original bulbs . This is getting frustrated and I do not hear or see of a recall for the problem. I see alot of complaints, but again, no recalls to fix the problem. Subaru keeps taking my money to fix the problem.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 19
Failure Date: 12/01/2015

Headlights on 2011 Subaru Outback since owning it has blown out 3 times and pointer light has gone out 1 time. I am not sure if I am driving or if they blow when I put the lights on. This is getting frustrated and I do not hear or see of a recall for the problem. I see alot of complaints, but again, no recalls to fix the problem. Subaru keeps taking my money to fix the problem. Will not be buying anymore Subaru's.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 20
Failure Date: 11/20/2015

I have had to replace my headlight 6 times in the past 6 months. I replaced it last week and noticed today it is already out again. There needs to be a recall on this vehicle because every time I have to replace a bulb it is $40 with labor and cost of bulb.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 21
Failure Date: 11/02/2015

Our 2011 Subaru Outback premium 2. 5i has had to have both low-beam headlights replaced numerous times. Only the low-beam lights need to be replaced so often. I have done it myself several times, but accessing the light bulbs is a difficult process that requires going through the wheel well and doing everything by feel because it is impossible to see what you are doing. Now I just have a repair shop do it when I have it in for regular maintenance. It is getting old saying, "OH yeah, can you replace my headlight that is out, too. " there are numerous reports of headlight issues on various venues on the internet, and I have friends with a slightly older Outback who have had both headlights go out at the same time. This is a fundamental piece of safety equipment that should not need to be replaced multiple times a year. In my 2003 kia rio, I have replaced headlights a total of two times in 12 years. On my Outback, I think I am up to 8 headlight replacements (I have lost count) in 5 years. I fear that some night when my wife and children are driving home both headlights will go out and their safety will be jeopardized. I urge Subaru to issue a recall for this dangerous issue.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Subaru Outback 22
Failure Date: 10/28/2015

Replacing low beam headlamp bulbs every 15k miles or less on this vehicle. 4th bulb in 3 yrs just burned out on 10/28/15. Occurs at random times - no pattern. Discontinued using the headlamp auto on/off feature and still no improvement in situation. Becoming a safety issue due to periods of having to drive with one headlight. Impossible for typical owner to replace low beam bulbs on their own due to difficulty of accessing headlight assembly.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 23
Failure Date: 09/24/2015

I purchased the car (2011 Outback) new in October of 2011. Since then headlights have been replaced at least 4 times and now (September 2015) other exterior lights are starting to fail. It appears this is a common problem. I replaced the driver's side headlight less than a month ago and it is already burned out again. This is a repeated problem and it seems that we're getting less and less life out of the headlights as time goes on. The Subaru dealer seems to think this is just an effect of driving with the headlights on (what am I supposed to do, drive without light?) and not an actual problem with the car.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 24
Failure Date: 07/23/2015

Our 2011 Subaru Outback has had an excessive number of headlight bulbs burn out over the past 18 months. Over the past 18 months I have had to replace 4 headlight bulbs, 2 driver side and 2 passenger side. They have all occurred at different times and the vehicle has never been in an accident. This is becoming a safety issue with the vehicle and a costly repair. There must be something in the design of the automatic headlight system design which is causing these failures.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2015 Subaru Outback 25
Failure Date: 01/12/2015

Projector beam headlights with sharp cut off. . . . . Low beam lights are bright and great on level straight road at moderate speeds, deviate from that and it is dangerous. Need further penetration for high speed driving. . Going downhill or on any slope and around curves limited visibility;;; . Downhill freeway cloverleaf on ramp, impossible to negotiate safely with low beam. . Depth of field 20 to 25 feet, extremely dangerous. Lights just cut off right in front of you. Have to turn on high beam to see. . . Also lights do not light up the sides of roads very well, would not be able to see wildlife very well. Limited visibility turning corners in residential driving, hard to see pedestrians at side crosswalks. Hard to see projected path. . Lights do not project high enough to the right to properly light up street signs. Self leveling may help with some of the issues, but not not all of them.

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