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Subaru Outback Issues

Subaru Outback Dead Battery? Drain Problems & How To Fix Them

| by Michelle Yang, Esq.

Many 2015-2022 Subaru Outback, Forester, Legacy and WRX owners have experienced a dead battery issue in their cars. If you’re having a similar problem with your vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation under the lemon law.

Unfortunately, jumper cables and a battery charger have become two essential items that Subaru drivers cannot leave home without.

According to a lawsuit filed against Subaru, the 2019 to 2020 Subaru Ascent and 2016 to 2020 Subaru Outback vehicles feature batteries with insufficient capacity to run the electrical systems when these vehicles have been switched off.

Tomasian versus Subaru and Dalen versus Subaru are two of the many cases filed over the Subaru battery troubles.

As of May 2022, a preliminary settlement was been reached between Subaru and the plaintiffs. The settlement includes the compensation for the following vehicles:

  • 2015-2020 Subaru Outback
  • 2015-2020 Subaru Forester
  • 2015-2020 Subaru Legacy
  • 2015-2020 Subaru WRX

In this article, we will discuss the car battery drain issues in greater detail, the settlement, and why battery failure poses such a great danger to motorists and vehicle occupants.

If you’ve purchased or leased a defective 2017-2023 Subaru in California, we can help you receive compensation at no cost to you. Contact Cali Lemon Lawyers today!

Subaru Outback Battery Drain

dead battery issue

The Subaru outback battery problems are most commonly caused by a parasitic drain, which occurs when a component in the electrical system continues to draw power even when the car is turned off. This can be caused by a malfunctioning electronic component, a wiring short, or an incorrectly installed aftermarket accessory.

The parasitic drain can be caused by a number of different components, but some of the most common culprits include:

  • The security system
  • The remote start system
  • The infotainment system
  • The climate control system
  • The headlights
  • The taillights
  • The door locks
  • The trunk release
  • The SOS button

Diagnosing Battery Problems

The parasitic drain can be difficult to diagnose, but there are a few things you can do to check for it:

  • Turn off all of the accessories in your car.
  • Open the hood and disconnect the negative battery cable.
  • Use a multimeter to measure the amount of current that is being drawn from the battery.
  • If the current draw is more than 50 milliamps, then you have a parasitic drain.

Once you have diagnosed the parasitic drain, you can then start to troubleshoot the problem. This may involve replacing the faulty component, repairing a wiring short, or disconnecting an aftermarket accessory.

Here are some additional tips to help prevent your Subaru Outback battery from dying:

  • Avoid making short trips. Short trips don’t give the alternator enough time to fully charge the battery.
  • Turn off all accessories when the car is not in use. This includes things like the radio, headlights, and climate control.
  • Have your battery tested regularly. This will help to catch any problems early on.

How to Fix the Subaru Outback Dead Battery Drain Problem

battery drain issue Subaru

If you are experiencing dead battery problems in your Subaru Outback, there are a few things you can do to fix the problem:

  1. Check for a parasitic drain. This is the most common cause of the dead battery problem in Subaru Outbacks. To check for a parasitic drain, you will need a multimeter. Turn off all of the accessories in your car, including the headlights, climate control, and radio. Then, disconnect the negative battery cable. Use the multimeter to measure the amount of current that is being drawn from the battery. If the current draw is more than 50 milliamps, then you have a parasitic drain.
  2. Replace the faulty component. Once you have found the component that is causing the parasitic drain, you will need to replace it. This may be a fuse, relay, or electronic component.
  3. Disconnect an aftermarket accessory. If you have added any aftermarket accessories to your car, such as a sound system or a winch, disconnect them one at a time until the parasitic drain stops. This will help you to identify which accessory is causing the problem.
  4. Replace the battery. If the battery is old or damaged, it may need to be replaced. When choosing a new battery, make sure that it has the same cold cranking amps (CCA) as the original battery.
  5. Repair a wiring short. If there is a wiring short in the electrical system, it can cause a parasitic drain. This can be caused by a damaged wire or a loose connection.
  6. Replace the alternator. If the alternator is not working properly, it can’t keep the battery charged, which can lead to a dead battery.

If you are not comfortable fixing the problem yourself, you can take your Subaru Outback to a qualified mechanic. They will be able to diagnose the problem and fix it for you.

2018 Subaru battery problem

What Has Subaru Done About These Complaints?

Subaru Outback owners dealing with battery drain problems are frustrated with Subaru because it has never been upfront about the issue or offered a recall to fix the problem.

Occasionally the company offers a replacement of the battery, but the underlying problem has seemingly still not been addressed. Subaru continues to dismiss any allegations that there is anything wrong with the Subaru Outback models, despite thousands of accounts from drivers who have experienced the battery issue.

Subaru Battery Class Action Lawsuit Settlement

As mentioned, several Subaru drivers filed lawsuits against Subaru for battery troubles. These suits have been consolidated into one class-action lawsuit against Subaru.

The lawsuit argues that 2016-2022 Subaru owners constantly need to jump-start their depleted batteries and keep charging them to ensure that their vehicles are running.

Moreover, according to the lawsuit, drivers have been forced them to seek alternate transportation, buy jumper cables, and spend their money on battery chargers.

The class action claimed that even when the car manufacturer replaces these car batteries under warranty, they experience the same drain issues as the original batteries. Rightfully so, drivers claimed that the manufacturer had a responsibility to inform them of the issues with the battery prior to the purchase.

As a result, customers who bought a new or used vehicle from a Subaru dealership may be eligible for compensation in excess of the amounts they paid for related expenses, according to the company’s battery drain lawsuit settlement. Battery replacements and/or battery testing and diagnosis done by a Subaru dealer are examples of eligible expenses, as are towing costs incurred outside of the convenience network.

If you are a customer whose vehicle was serviced at a third-party repair facility and paid for things like battery replacements or towing services, you may also be eligible for reimbursement.

The settlement stated that, “Recoverable expenses include, without limitation, hotel expenses, meals and equipment purchased to sustain battery operation, and other expenses reasonably related to the battery failure. A Settlement Class Member who qualifies for the cash payments under this section will also be entitled to receive a $140 single-use Subaru service voucher, which will remain valid for one year from the date the claim is approved.”

The thirteen named plaintiffs in the case will each receive $4,000 dollars, and the lawyers who represented them will get over $4 million.

How Did Subaru Respond to the Lawsuit?

Subaru lawsuit

Instead of admitting that there is a battery drain problem with its Subaru Outback vehicles, Subaru chose to file a motion to dismiss the class-action suits.

Lack of Subject Matter

In its request to dismiss the lawsuit, Subaru stated that prevailing law demands that the claims be dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction or for the failure to establish a clear case.

Some Plaintiffs Dismissed Their Claims

It further pointed out that four plaintiffs, including Dalen and Tomasian from the aforementioned cases, had willingly dropped their complaints since the filing of the consolidated class-action lawsuit.

A Vague and Inconsistent Claim

According to Subaru attorneys, the lawsuit is a vague and inconsistent pleading that files several claims against a number of defendants without defining which defendants are liable for which actions or which defendants the lawsuit has been brought against.

The plaintiffs, according to the court, lack the capacity to pursue damages for Subaru models they never owned or leased and may only pursue claims connected to Subaru cars they own.

Dismissal Based on Jurisdictional Restrictions

Subaru also argued that non-New Jersey claimants’ claims brought under New Jersey law must be rejected and that the court should reject the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act claims due to restrictions based on jurisdictions.

How Should You Respond as a Subaru Outback Owner?

Suppose you own a Subaru Outback affected by these battery troubles. You’re probably wondering whether you should support this class-action lawsuit. Joining the class action lawsuit may not be the best option. Filing a lemon law claim could help you receive a much more favorable settlement.

By hiring a lemon lawyer, you can file your own lawsuit to hold Subaru liable for the problems you experienced because of the battery.

Need a Lemon Law Attorney? Cali Lemon Lawyers Can Help!

If you need a lemon lawyer, we can help! Cali Lemon Lawyers by Prestige Legal Solutions, P.C. has extensive experience providing aggressive representation against Subaru.  Whether your car was recently purchased new or used, if it’s a lemon, we will not stop fighting until your vehicle’s manufacturer offers compensation.

 

Comments (49)
  • Was away for seven days and car wouldn’t start when I returned. This is the third time it happened! I end up hooking it up to a battery charger I went out and bought. Should I look up the date on my battery or just call Subaru? Can’t go to Sabaru with a dead battery 🤬

    • We left on vacation for eight days and came back and the car was completely drained and we had to call a tow company at 12 AM to come and jump our car so that we could get home, which was 4 1/2 hours away from where we were. I have had the battery drain multiple times and I have a newer battery. I was told they had to replace it with a specific battery as Subarus are known to drain the battery quickly. I spent a lot of money and ended up having the same issues. .

  • 2020 Outback. Making good time coming back from the San Juan mountains camping in Colorado, I stopped in Lamesa TX for a snack. Came out to car and would not start “Access Key Not Detected” . Stranded on a Saturday night. One night in car and one night at hotel. Tow to Midland Texas ($487) New battery $420. But what if it had been my wife or daughter stranded? What if this would have happened up where we camped?
    In trying to communicate this to the Service Mgr. and GM in a meeting I detected a smirk on the service managers face and total indifference from the GM.

  • John Parker-Kennedy

    Interested about the issues of the batteries. Our is a 2020 Outback model and our issues have occurred three times while we were camping two nights. So yes, we do opened the doors/trunk when we needed access but we don’t think that should happen. So now, I start up the car each night while camping for about 5 minutes. The technician at the Subaru shop say that we must alway keep out car locked so it won’t drain the battery, which we do anyway, but seriously?

  • I am an 89 years old lady living in a remote area and depend on 2018 Subaru for emergencies. Last week when I tried to start my car the battery was dead. Had to call a neighbor to jump start the battery and go to an auto store to purchase a battery for the price of $164.00. not only is this expensive for a lady on a fixed income, it is frightening not to have a dependable car.

    • WOW, sounds just like my story – if I do not drive my 2019 Legacy for 72 hours it is dead as a doornail. I live in the mountains, and my driveway is gravel, with quite a steep incline, so basically I am on my own. I have replaced the battery like you, and now I have to drive around with an emergency jumper system, which also cost me an arm and a leg. This is my 5th Subaru, and I have never had so much trouble with a car in my life. After the New Year I am driving it to the dealership and leaving it.

  • Have 2017 Subaru Outback with 20k miles.Twice the battery ran down.This time we cannot get into the car with the keyfob OR the emergency manual key. Car is in garage,dead as a doornail and I cant even unlock it to replace the battery. Subaru Roadside Assistance has been no help so far.

  • I had several episodes with my 2017 Subaru Outback when the battery died after briefly operating the radio with the engine off, or operating the lift gate too many times in loading the vehicle. So, I bought a portable jump starting device and stored it in the back of the vehicle. But the next time that the battery failed, I could not open the lift gate to get to the jump starter. This is incredibly poor engineering for any vehicle, but particularly for one that is marketed for “rugged off road use.”
    Imagine this happening to somebody who takes the vehicle camping in a location a location away from other people and with no cell service. Subaru ought to be fined for deceptive advertising.

  • Why isn’t this a recall? Will just buying a heavy duty battery be enough to cover the symptoms? Since there is no response, or solution, that Subaru has come up with to fix the actual cause. I love Subaru brands but this is enough to make me never buy one again!

    • Nope. Tried that. The battery is not the problem. It could possibly be a faulty alternator (some of the descriptions here seem to be that issue), but I would bet $$ there is a parasitic drain somewhere.

  • Be aware – you do not have warranty for the battery purchased from Subaru dealer, if you install yourself!!!
    Walmart provided better warranty. I had 1 year old battery, which does not hold charge anymore – NO WARRANTY!!!
    Because it was not installed in dealership ($138 per hour charge). I did not make $138 per hour. Local mechanic charged me $20. It is shame, Subaru was a good car. It is it. Bad electronics, bad service. Should look for other brand.

  • I have a 2017 Outback. The battery drains if I don’t drive it for 3 days. I just replaced the battery and still have the same problem. I have gotten into the habit of starting the car almost daily but that doesn’t seem to be enough. I carry a small battery charger in the car now. I have had several recalls on my Ford over the years which have been nowhere near the problem this battery situation creates and I don’t know why Subaru not only doesn’t fix it, but apparently keeps making vehicles with the same problem. I am now in a position where I have an extra vehicle and would like to sell one. The Subaru is newer but if I keep it, I almost have to keep the second vehicle just as a backup.

  • Our 2019 Subaru Outback battery went dead today for the 4th time in a month. The first and even the second time this happened, I thought that perhaps I had left some light on. So after recharging it for the second time I checked everything in the interior (including checking after it was dark outside) and there was no light left on. I checked the alternator with a volt meter and it was registering properly. In addition I ensured that both battery posts were free of any buildup and that the leads did not display any crust that would inhibit the connection. The battery went dead again we did not use the car for about 3 days. I took it to the AutoZone store for a diagnosis. They thought the battery cells were fine and said that I should have it checked out by a mechanic. After the second incident I began to wonder if the battery was being depleted while the car was not being used. After the third incident and my diagnosis by AutoZone, I decided to see if other Outback owners were experiencing similar problems which led me to this webpage. I have a growing suspicion that the problem is with the Controller Area Network. I live in a rural area in northeast Washington with cold winters. I go skiing in the back-country and do not want to end a ski day far from home with a dead battery. I likewise travel to places in the winter by plane, and I do not want to return to the airport late in the evening to discover that my car will not start. I appreciate the information provided at this webpage so I don’t begin to fix things that may not result in a solution to this problem.

      • Subaru in Spokane replaced the battery with a new one at no charge in early January. We went to Hawaii for 3 weeks starting in the middle of January and returned home last evening. We left our 2019 Outback at home while we were gone. When I went to start the Outback this morning, I found the new replacement battery to be completely dead. I have been recharging it all day. I am convinced that the Controller Assembly Network unit is the cause of the problem. I haven’t decided what to do next yet.

        • My 2019 had similar issues. And my story is the same. Replaced at dealership late 2022, where they too pretty much laughed at the idea this is a recall issue. Told me to put on trickle charge if not going to drive for several days! Left untouched for 5 days this weekend – in cold weather, but battery 2 months old! Had to get jump last night. Need something reliable. So disappointed with brand/dealer response. Will try different Subaru dealer again today.

  • My car is a 2019 Subaru Outback and I had to get a tow truck driver and buy a new battery the first weekend of November 2021 and tonight my car would not start and after the key was taken out and we were out of the vehicle ,the headlights stayed on a long time the first time and the second time I thought I’d just see if it would start and it would not but the lights started flickering like a Christmas show, I took a video of it, it did it for about 2 minutes.

  • Today is the second time my 2017 Subaru Forester battery has died. My car has less than 30,000 miles. I guess I will mention this situation when I contact the dealership about a battery replacement.

  • I have the same issue with my 2015 Outback. Even with a year old battery, I’ve still had to jump start it a few times. I’ve also while camping left the back gate open for a time & battery died. Big pain in the butt because we travel all over the place & have been “stranded” because of this issue

  • Within the first month of owning my new 2019 Outback, I had to have it jumped because it would’ve start. I have had to have it jumped about 6 or 7 times since then and this is my3rd battery, put in by the dealer. I have been a loyal Subaru customer up to now but am furious as I sit and wait for the tow truck to come to have it towed to Subaru. They lie to us and refuse to take care of the problem for us. I can’t imagine ever buying another Subaru. I will loose money trading this car in but I cannot live this way, always worried my car won’t start and dealing with being stranded.

  • 2019 outback
    Three batteries and numerous trips to dealer who insisted all was fine. Extended warranty was running out and I took it back only to be told the same story
    Left my wife stranded for hours at the Airport parking lot twice. Had to call for a jump start both time. Over 100 bucks each time. If it isn’t started and ran every two days, it likely won’t start.
    I’m trading it off and will never buy another Suburu product.

  • 2019 Outback, if I leave car for five days, the battery is dead, three times/3 trips to dealer,
    Subaru Service had me register with a third party to register regarding the class action suit/ Subaru battery,
    Charged battery for two hours but would not replace the battery
    The battery is not the issue, the electrical system draws too much & the battery cannot recharge,

    I leave everything on off, including the radio(press button for five seconds to turn off),
    Also drive with headlights on (manual), which somehow makes the battery recharge faster,

    Bottom line, this is a pain & Subaru should retrofit,
    Selling my Subaru

  • We have 2017 and 2018 Subaru Outback’s . Each have close to 30,000. On 2 separate occasions this past month I have been pulled into parking space and sat in the car for about 20 minutes each time, waiting for my wife . Nothing was on, key was off. When I went to start each car the battery was dead. The 2017 already had the battery changed a couple years ago. Had to start each car with my power pack I carry. Both batteries checked out by mechanic show no dead cells or problem. As mentioned by others here there is something in the car that seems to drain the battery.

  • I bought a used ’19 Outback that had a new battery in it at the time. Now for the 2nd time in only a few weeks the car won’t start. I luckily have a charger and am able to charge the battery when I’m at home. I also have a small jump starter that I now carry in that car and have shown my wife how to hook it up and get the car started just in case she has an issue away from home.
    Apparently from all the other people that have had the same issue with no admitted responsibility from any of the Subaru dealers, I’ll be looking to trade it for a Toyota or Lexus which have a very good reputation and very good dealerships to deal with.

    I also have an issue with poor radio reception in this car, and have seen and heard of several others that have the same problem. I now believe that the radio and the battery drainage may be related, and I believe the so called super powers at Subaru should be able to figure this out and make it right with everyone.

    I will never stop or shop at another Subaru dealership, unless or until Subaru stands up to their lies and corrects not only the old problems, but also corrects the issues in the new cars.

  • My 82 year old mother-in-law is having the same issue with her 2018 Outback. The current battery is a little over a year old and the car won’t start after about 4 days. I jumped it today and had to disconnect the battery for 15 minutes to get the tailgate working. Also had to reset the automatic front window switches. Has anyone tried a premium battery such as Optima?

  • I have a 2020 Outback that I had purchased new in 2019. Original battery in vehicle went dead after about 29 months. Because car was under warranty, it was replaced free. Service person advised me at that time there was an issue and battery had 3 year warranty. Nine months later this new battery started going dead. Lucky for me it happened each of the four times when car was in garage. Last time I had it towed to Subaru dealer, 39 miles, tow paid for by Subaru. When I called to see if car was repaired, I was told new battery installed. I asked if underlying problem was resolved. I was told that Subaru is replacing original battery, size 700, with new batteries, size 900, and there have been no further issues. Since I have not found any mention of this “solution”, I’m wondering if anyone else has?

  • Have had this issue on my 2016 since I bought it. Have had to buy 2 heavy duty batteries and it still goes dead. Had the problem less than a month after purchase. Took it to dealership. They acted dumb. Like it was something new. We joined the lawsuit and looking for a partial refund of service fee and battery (s). We today decided to trade it in and get a Toyota truck. I will bad mouth Subaru at every opportunity. We figured they Knew a class action suit was coming but it was cheaper to pay the suit than to fix the cars. STAY AWAY FROM SUBARUS. MY OPINION IS THEY ARE DISHONEST CROOKS.

  • We bought our Outback used and purchased the extended warranty. Our car will set 3 to 4 days and the battery will not start. Why hasn’t Subaru company found a way to reprogram the computer system to go into sleep mode? It would stop a lot of emotional stress and financial loss.

  • I have had the same problem with my 2019 legacy. I was told it was because computers run even when the car is turned off. I researched this and it is not true. Only the clock and alarm system( which I don’t have) still run but they aren’t enough to kill the battery.
    There is definitely an issue with the CAN or alternator or electrical system. My car is now at Suburu for a diagnostic check. We will see what they find.

  • Again!!! 5th time since Christmas! It is Feb 4. I am so over this. Love my Subie, and it’s paid for.. but I’ve got to get rid of it. I’ve been stranded more times than I can stand! 😤

  • I was planning on making a long backcountry camping trip to the Sonoran desert so while my 2008 GMC truck had never failed me once in 10 years, I decided to buy a newer 2019 Subaru Outback with 20,000 miles on it. Thought it would be more reliable. I was sure wrong on that. After setting up camp in the backcountry and unloading my gear (left the tailgate open for about 2 hours), the battery was completely dead and would not start. Since then I’ve had a dead battery several times and now carry a portable power pack & jumper cables. The last time it died, I bought a new, larger amp battery because I was headed out on a weeks vacation and did not want a dead battery when I returned. Didn’t work – the battery was so dead even the power pack couldn’t jump it. Going into Subaru tomorrow for diagnosis but based on what I’ve heard on this forum & personal experience with other issues (like their defective front window shields), I know they will deny responsibility for everything.

  • 2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Symmetrical AWD causes anxiety not knowing when will not stop and have to call to get a jump start again. Most ever spent for a car; most disappointing and undependable.
    Lots of battery issues. Big issue with local Subaru dealer with battery issue and customer service.
    So disappointed with the reliability of this vehicle and local dealer! More locations need to be available with certified Subaru employees, etc.

  • I am having issues with the battery going dead on my 2020 Outback. Seemed fine for almost 3 years. Took it to Subaru dealer. They tested the battery and said it was fine. Refused to replace it. Went to start it the other day after it was parked in a heated garage for a few days. Had to jump start it. Drove at highway speed for 3.5 hours. Stopped for lunch for 1.5 hours. Would not start without jump starting. Engine was still warm. Drove another half hour and battery was still dead. Going to take it to a different dealer to see what they have to say.

  • I had my 2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i. Same problem with the battery.
    I do not drive the car everyday. If I do not drive it for say, 3 or 4 days, then the battery died. This forced me to join AAA and also bought a battery charger – the NOCO Boost Plus (needless to say, I have to keep maintaining enough charge by periodically charging this device, another headache)
    Very often, I have to drive the car out for several rounds in my neighborhood just to maintain the battery. This situation is highly annoying and make me feel not safe when driving the car out for long distance and to a more remote area like in the country park, etc.
    Subaru should initiate a recall and fix this problem!

  • I have a 2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited and thankfully I have not had any problems YET!!! Based on what I have read here I expect to have problems in the future. My wife drives the car almost every day, so that’s probably why I have not experienced a problem yet. When I do it will get traded.

    When a company refuses to address a known problem it deserves to go out of business. Large companies should feel extremely fortunate and privledged to be able to sell products to American consumers, and they should only be given one chance to make things right when they have a problem with their product. After that it’s goodbye customer.

  • I have a 2016 Subaru Outback. We bought it brand new in late 2015. I just went to Les Schwab and had my 5th battery installed last year so I’m probably due for a new one soon. I received a card telling me of the problem so I sent a letter and asked for my money back. I received a letter from them with a series of forms to fill out and I have been too busy to do that. I wish my dealer who was anxious to sell me my Subaru would kindly acknowledge the problem and Subaru also. It is my only car and I do not want to buy another car of any sort.

  • Frustrating that the exact same issues are occurring with our Subaru Impreza limited, suspect the DCM. Told there is no alternator update for the Impreza. I’m convinced the Limited and Premium Impreza trims have the same DCM software/hardware as the 5 models covered, but we’re left out of lawsuit because the small numbers of vehicles sold. Tell me I’m wrong please. Of course Subaru is in full denial mode.

  • I have driven a Subaru since 1986 and never had any problems until I got a 2018 Subaru Outback. Now I have problems with the battery . I bought a new battery September 2022 and have the same problem. I do not drive every day but about every 8 – 10 days the battery has to be recharged. I’m thinking about trading it. Do other cars have this problem? I will never buy another Subaru.

  • I have to charge my 2019 Subaru Outback every time I start it. Sometimes if I drive on the freeway it will start again after but that is becoming less as my battery is draining permanently. I was told the lemon law only applies to the engine and transmission and that I don’t have a case for this issue. I bought the car primarily for the use of my job and with this issue I can’t work because jump starting my car between every clients appointment doesn’t work. So now, I can’t work so can’t afford my car payment! I bought the car as pre-certified used and paid thousands o more for the gold extended warranty and the dealership has no date for me as to when this issue with the central computer can be fixed or replaced! How is this legal on their behalf! I’m so frustrated. Can you help?

    • Cali Lemon Lawyers

      We understand how frustrating this situation must be for you, and we’re here to help.

      Lemon laws vary from state to state, but generally, they provide protection for consumers who purchase defective vehicles, including cars with repeated, unfixable problems. While you mentioned that you were told the lemon law only applies to the engine and transmission, this is not entirely accurate. Lemon laws typically cover a broader range of defects that can substantially impair the use, value, or safety of the vehicle.

      In your case, the issue with the central computer and battery draining may qualify as a substantial impairment, especially since it’s affecting your ability to use the vehicle for work. Furthermore, you mentioned that you purchased a gold extended warranty, which could provide additional coverage for this issue.

      We would be more than happy to assist you with this process. Please give us a call at so we can gather more information and help you evaluate your options.

      We look forward to speaking with you and assisting you in resolving this issue with your 2019 Subaru Outback.

  • Hi, I am going through this dead battery issue right now with my 2020 Outback Touring XT. The car is currently at the dealer. The battery was replaced by the dealer for the same issue back in Sept ‘22, and was covered by the 3year warranty. I did purchase the extended warranty before my 3year ran out thank goodness. I had it jump started and drove the car to the dealer. Guess what the battery was dead the next day at the dealer, so they asked if they could keep it another day. I said sure, I just want it fixed. I had been on the outback FB page which I find so helpful and one of the other OB owners sent me the the service bulletin and I was able to provide that # to the dealer. I also asked them about the DCM causing a parasitic drain on the battery. Well, this is day 2 and it’s 10:30a and I haven’t heard from the dealer yet. I’m just waiting for the call. Back in sept. 2022 when this happened they told me to put a battery tender on it. Been there done that with my Honda which is why I went to a Subi😕.

  • I received correspondence that I can enroll in the settlement. In my experience with my 2015 Subaru Outback, I have already purchased an extension cord, a ‘smart’ battery charger, 2 new batteries, and 2 jump-start boxes (batteries). I have also had to wait an hour for a jump from AAA.
    If I remember to keep my car on the charger between trips, I do pretty well. But, should I forget, I have to use the jump-starter box. I do not believe that any settlement will cover the expenses that will be incurred during the life of the car, since I do not plan to get rid of it.

    I WANT SUBARU TO PROVIDE A SOLUTION THAT I CAN LIVE WITH, and that all Subaru owners can live with. Subaru could likely just provide a free software fix, so that the alternator works properly, all of the time. I can’t understand why Subaru doesn’t do this. The likely reason is that their ‘precious’ MPG rating will go down, and they will be subject to fines from the government. I found one interesting comment that Subaru’s sold in Europe don’t have the problem, period. This should be looked into.

    A class action settlement will not fix the problem, since it only provides a pacifier to current owners. They will eventually see that they will need to monitor it as long as they own the car. Lawyers are not mechanics. Mechanics need to be consulted for a permanent solution that makes all Subaru owners more comfortable and confident in their cars.

  • 2016 Subaru Legacy-purchased new-dead again this morning after not driving it over the weekend. Needed a jump start…again…which was the second time this month and fourth time this year. Battery was replaced last year. I was told that I need to DRIVE the car. I only drive about two miles each day and they say the battery doesn’t re-charge unless I drive more. My driving habits haven’t changed in the last 40 years. The purchase of this car is what changed. I have never had this issue with any other vehicle. I shouldn’t have to purchase a battery charger or portable jump starter or call AAA or call a neighbor. This car is dead to me. It’s time for a new one and NOT a Subaru.

  • I have the same issue with my 2019 Outback. Dead as a door nail in the morning (but it was not always like this– began just this Spring ). New OEM battery by me at reasonable cost from dealership (did not solve problem). Dealership reprogrammed ECM module dealing with charging, and fully charged the new battery free of charge, but only after I signed on to the class action law suit dealing with the issue ( had to get a number from the class action lawyers, which I did) .
    Fat, dumb, and happy for about three weeks, but just two days ago the problem is back with a vengeance. The battery does charge, it’s just that it discharges when car is off. Back to the dealership Monday.

  • I just bought a 2023 outback in April. Only 5000 miles on it. I went to a wedding so the car sat 2 days, I came back it was dead. I was told I must have left a door open. 1 month ago went to start the car and it was dead. I had to have it towed to dealer. They said I need to put it on a trickle charge if not driving it for a few days, it was one day. They tested battery the next day and it failed so they put in a new battery. I drive it now every day but I am retired so I’m not driving it 50 miles a day which the dealership also said I need to average 1000 miles a month. None of this was mentioned when I bought it. I even told them I have always timed out of a warranty and never mileage out. It is my first Subaru and I really can’t turn around a buy another car.

  • I have a 2019 Legacy and battery went dead as door nail and lifted hood up and noticed under the battery
    a lot of acid under it on battery plate holder. I called Subaru and this kid answers said they can tow it. I’m thinking cost and lift the vehicle at and angle would cause acid to flow over plate all over it. So, next day I put baking soda all over the “LAKE” of acid and drove super slow to my dealer and closest one in miles to service entrance. The head guy who was older ASAP got smart with me and said he couldn’t tell what it is under the battery. Said Subaru won’t replace battery because battery mfr. won’t allow it () WHAT ? My car was under warranty at time.He then goes back behind closed door to mechanics area where thye don’t allow customers and comes out with battery volt meter and says full charged ASAP. I said yeah aI just drove it 22 miles to get here it should be charged. He then goes back again to mechanics area and comes back and poors all over the battery water and splashed all over the engine block. I was pissed ! Still am. And the guy left and the young
    kids were at the desk stunned like me. I called Subaru HQ Customer Service. Got the run around and gal apologized and sent me a $320 voucher for whatever I needed. Very shortly after I got recall notice in mail for some mechanical issue. So my wife wanted to go to Bloomington, Il and I thought I will go to the Subaru dealer over there to get recall notice fixed and tell them with my voucher to replace battery. Well, they did it and not only that they took out $ 150 + for so called labor to take out original battery with new one. I was ticked. I never in my life been charged for labor for unscrewing couple of connections and pull out new with old battery. Never! My older Ford Taurus I had went to Interstate battery dealer and only charged for battery. That was just couple months for I switched vehicle because of age. This newer battery I am having same headaches. Battery dying on me. My wife is mad I traded car off for this Subaru. She wanted me to get another brand. My buddy always bragged how Subaru was so great and he lives way up in Michigan. I am very, very upset on their service. Treated me like public enemy ASAP at original car dealer over a battery issue and would not take care of problem at all and the other raping my voucher for so called labor cost which I regret and took it as no way would they charge for loosening couple of bolts and pulling out and putting in fresh new expensive battery. I could done that myself in few minutes myself if I had only known. Learned something new on that to. NOTE> we just got back from Florida after five days this week and my wife asked me to get car while she got luggage. So, I go to our car and it was dead. AGAIN! I had to get airport bust driver for PAX’s ifhe could jump my car. He got his jumper device and it started up. I was only PAX’s that needed a car jump. I f he was not able to my headaches would of been worse the other day. I am worried it will happen again out of town with hard getting help.
    I will probably never by a Subaru ever even though they spend huge monies on how they do this and that for America on pets and environment and all the other BS PR they use. Sad!

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