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Headlights Problems of Subaru Outback - part 1



Subaru Outback owners have reported 123 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 1
Failure Date: 03/21/2017

I have replaced headlights in this vehicle five times and they keep burning out. The drivers side headligh is out again and needs to be replaced.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 2
Failure Date: 03/10/2017

Low beam headlamps burn out very quickly - within 3-6 months, repeatedly. Also, the low beam headlights only come on after dark. As day-time running lights they fail to come on. This occurs at all times regardless of speed, temp, or driving conditions.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 Subaru Outback 3
Failure Date: 03/10/2017

The low beam headlights both burned out. Subaru said the issue only affected some of the Outbacks but obviously it affects mine and was not covered.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 Subaru Outback 4
Failure Date: 02/25/2017

In less than a year of ownership, we've had to replace four different directional/running/head lights. This is excessive, expensive, and awkward to do. (the front headlights require removal of the front tires to reach the access panel!) I know there is a class action lawsuit for this exact issue with earlier year's of Outbacks.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 Subaru Outback 5
Failure Date: 01/20/2017

High and low beam bulbs constantly burning out. I have had this car for 4 years and I replace a light build in the headlamps every 4-6 months. Usually when one goes out another will follow. Example I replaced high beam then 4 days later the low beam. Great vehicle but I have replaced more bulbs for the headlights of this car than the last 4 past owned vehicles combined. Bulbs usually burn out when going from low to high or vice versus. Dealer claims everyone with same model spanning different years have the same problem. They claim it does not matter brand of bulb. I purchased expensive bulbs with a 1 yr warranty free replacement if they burn out knowing I will only get a few months out of them. I will still have the hassle of replacing them but atleast I'm done buying them. Subaru should recall these vehicles and fix this problem. With all the airbag recalls I doubt they really care about headlights. Nhtsa please help us dealers should fix these vehicles before reselling these faulty vehicles!'.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Subaru Outback 6
Failure Date: 12/31/2016

The passenger headlight has went out again. This seems to happen every three to six months that either the drivers side or passenger side headlight blows out.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 Subaru Outback 7
Failure Date: 12/30/2016

My headlights on my Outback are constantly going out. I purchased this vehicle in October of 2015 and I have replaced my headlights 9 times. I live in alaska with very little day light and it is important to always have my headlights on, regardless of where I live. I have been fortunate enough to not have been pulled over for this yet but I can see it happening in the near future. Please help.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 8
Failure Date: 12/28/2016

Head light low beams continue to burnout, have had for 3 years. Have had to replace 3 low beam headlights in past year.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 9
Failure Date: 12/21/2016

The low beam headlights burn out ever 8-10 months. No matter what type of bulb used, the low beam bulb overheats and burns itself out faster than any other car.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 10
Failure Date: 12/19/2016

The headlight bulbs on my 2011 Subaru Outback "burnout" every 4-5 months. I addressed the issue with the the original dealer where the vehicle was purchased, to no satisfactory end. They basically said there was nothing they could do other than replace the bulbs. Since the first instance I have personally replaced the bulbs a minimum of a dozen times. The latest burnout occurred this weekend while driving in a snowstorm. The original dealer is no longer in business so I took it to a different dealer. They explained that there is now a "warranty extension" in place to replace the bulbs for a ten year period from the date of purchase. When I questioned what they were going to do to correct the obvious electrical problem, the service writer stated "there is nothing that can be done other than replacing the bulb". A subsequent call to Subaru of America produced nothing more than a "sir, we have extended the warranty for up to ten years to replace the bulbs" when I repeatedly questioned what was being done to fix the problem. I searched the internet and discovered this is a known issue that Subaru is doing absolutely nothing to rectify. They are band aiding the problem with the "extended warranty". This is a major safety issue when headlight bulbs just "burnout", almost always at the worst possible time. Is it going to take my vehicle burning to the ground due to an electrical short, voltage surge or whatever else is causing the burnouts, or worse yet a Subaru owner being involved in an accident, before Subaru initiates a recall to fix the issue they are well aware of.


 
car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Subaru Outback 11
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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 Subaru Outback 12
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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 13
Failure Date: 10/01/2016

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

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 14
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 15
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 16
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 17
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 18
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 19
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 20
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 21
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 22
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 23
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 24
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 25
Failure Date: 01/16/2016

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

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