2003 SUBARU Outback

These recalls apply to the make, model, and year of your car – and should be fixed as soon as possible.

15 Recalls for 2003 SUBARU Outback

Recall Date Component Summary
January 2, 2020 AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE

Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2009-2013 Forester, 2003-2006 Baja, 2004-2011 Impreza, 2004-2014 WRX (STI included), 2003-2014 Legacy and Outback, and 2005-2006 Saab 9-2X vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands or “Zone A.”

These vehicles had their passenger frontal air bag inflators previously replaced under a prior recall using inflators of the same design. The inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.

Remedy:

Subaru will notify their owners. General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflators with alternate inflators, free of charge. The recall began January 7, 2020. Subaru Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Saab owners may contact the Saab Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-955-9007. Subaru’s number for this recall is TKA-20.

January 2, 2020 AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE

Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2009-2013 Forester, 2003-2006 Baja, 2004-2011 Impreza, 2004-2014 WRX (including STI), 2003-2014 Legacy and Outback, and 2006 Saab 9-2X vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia or “Zone B.”

These vehicles had their passenger frontal air bag inflators previously replaced under a prior recall using inflators of the same design. The inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.

Remedy:

Subaru will notify their owners. General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflators, free of charge. The recall began January 7, 2020. Subaru owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Saab owners may contact the Saab Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-955-9007. Subaru’s number for this recall is TKB-20.

January 2, 2020 AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE

Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2009-2013 Forester, 2003-2006 Baja, 2004-2011 Impreza, 2004-2014 WRX (including STI), 2003-2014 Legacy and Outback, and 2005-2006 Saab 9-2X vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming or “Zone C.”

These vehicles had their passenger frontal air bag inflators previously replaced under a prior recall using inflators of the same design. The inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.

Remedy:

Subaru will notify their owners. General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflators, free of charge. The recall began January 7, 2020. Subaru owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Saab owners may contact the Saab Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-955-9007. Subaru’s number for this recall is TKC-20.

May 25, 2016 AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE

Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 Legacy, Outback, and Baja vehicles originally sold or that have ever been registered in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, or “Zone C.”.

These vehicles may be equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.

Remedy:

Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began August 24, 2016. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-856-488-8500. Subaru’s number for this recall is TKC-16.

Note: This recall covers vehicles that were not previously covered in 16V-358 for Zone A or 16V-359 for Zone B.

May 25, 2016 AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE

Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 Legacy, Outback, 2006-2008 Impreza, Tribeca, 2006 Saab 9-2x, and 2003-2006 Baja vehicles originally sold or that have ever been registered in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or “Zone B.”

These vehicles may be equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.

Remedy:

Subaru will notify their owners. General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began August 24, 2016. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-856-488-8500. Subaru’s number for this recall is TKB-16.

Note: This notice is only for vehicles that were not covered by 16V-358 for Zone A.

May 25, 2016 AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE

Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 Legacy, Outback, 2009-2011 Legacy, Outback, Forester, 2006-2011 Impreza, Tribeca, 2003-2006 Baja, and 2006 Saab 9-2x vehicles originally sold or that have ever been registered in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or “Zone A.”

These vehicles may be equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.

Remedy:

Subaru will notify their owners. General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began August 26, 2016. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-856-488-8500. Saab owners may contact GM at 1-800-955-9007. Subaru’s number for this recall is TKA-16.

May 28, 2015 AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE

Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 Subaru Baja vehicles manufactured January 22, 2003, to July 21, 2004, 2004-2005 Impreza vehicles manufactured January 28, 2003, to May 31, 2005, 2003-2008 Subaru Legacy vehicles manufactured January 22, 2003, to May 2, 2008, 2003-2008 Subaru Outback vehicles manufactured February 18, 2003, to May 5, 2008, and 2005 Saab 9-2x vehicles manufactured February 11, 2004, to March 17, 2005. The affected vehicles are equipped with a passenger side frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture upon its deployment.

Remedy:

Subaru will notify their owners and General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The Subaru recall began on June 17, 2015. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. The Saab recall began on July 27, 2015. Owners of Saab vehicles may call 1-800-955-9007. Subaru’s number for this recall is WQR-53. Note: The recall completely supersedes recall 14V-399 (WQL-48) and partially supersedes recall 14V-763 (WQP-51) in that model year 2004 through 2005 Subaru Impreza and model year 2005 Saab 9-2x vehicles are now only part of this campaign. Note: On December 18, 2015 Subaru informed NHTSA of an expansion of this recall to include certain model year 2003-2004 Subaru Baja, 2003-2008 Subaru Legacy and 2003-2008 Subaru Outback vehicles.

December 1, 2014 AIR BAGS

Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 Legacy and Outback vehicles, and 2003-2005 Baja vehicles sold, or ever registered, in geographic locations associated with high absolute humidity. Specifically, vehicles sold, or ever registered, in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Florida and adjacent counties in southern Georgia, as well as the coastal areas of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.

Remedy:

Subaru will notify their owners. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began on January 15, 2015. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru’s number for this recall is WQP-51. Note: This recall supersedes recall 14V-471. This recall has been partially superseded by 15V-323. All 2005 model year Subaru Legacy and Outback vehicles will now be repaired under recall 15V-323.

November 29, 2013 FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP

Airtex Products LP (Airtex) is recalling certain model E8598M, E8518M, E8600M, E8596M, and E8597M fuel pumps manufactured July 26, 2013, and July 29, 2013 and used as aftermarket replacements on Subaru Baja’s, Outback’s and Legacy’s. The affected fuel pumps were sold or installed into the aftermarket applications on or after July 26, 2013, and may may leak fuel from the base of a fuel line connection when the gas tank is full.

Remedy:

Airtex will notify owners, and will replace the fuel pump, free of charge. Recall is expected to begin on January 2, 2014. Customers may contact Airtex at 1-800-880-3056. The recall is expected to begin during January 2014. This recall is being conducted by Airtex, not by Subaru.

March 16, 2004 VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:CABLES

ON CERTAIN PASSENGER SEDANS, WAGONS, AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, THE CRUISE CONTROL CABLE COULD COME OUT OF ITS TRACK ON THE CRUISE CONTROL LEVER AND LODGE ON THE CONTROL LEVER TAB WHEN THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL IS RELEASED. IF THIS CONDITION OCCURS, THE THROTTLE WILL NOT RETURN TO THE IDLE POSITION AND WILL REMAIN IN AN OPEN POSITION.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL INSTALL A CRUISE CONTROL CABLE RETAINING CLIP TO THE CRUISE CONTROL LEVER TAB ON THE THROTTLE SHAFT IN ORDER TO PREVENT THE CRUISE CONTROL CABLE FROM COMING OUT OF ITS TRACK. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN ON APRIL 12, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.

June 26, 2003 SUSPENSION:FRONT

ON SOME PASSENGER AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KENTUCKY, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, CERTAIN LEFT-HAND FRONT TRANSVERSE LINK COMPONENTS WERE PRODUCED WITH POOR PAINT QUALITY. IF THE VEHICLE IS OPERATED FORM AN EXTENSIVE PERIOD IN A SALT-BELT AREA, CONTINUED EXPOSURE TO SALT COULD CAUSE THE LEFT FRONT TRANSVERSE LINK TO RUST AND EVENTUALLY BREAK.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL APPLY ANTI-RUST MATERIAL TO THE LEFT FRONT TRANSVERSE LINK. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN AUGUST 1, 2003. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.

April 22, 2003 SUSPENSION:REAR

THIS RECALL APPLIES TO CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KENTUCKY, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. CERTAIN REAR SUSPENSION SUBFRAME COMPONENTS WERE PRODUCED WITH POOR PAINT QUALITY WHICH, AFTER CONTINUED EXPOSURE TO CORROSIVE ROAD SALTS FOR A PERIOD OF SEVERAL YEARS, COULD RESULT IN RUST-OUT OF THE COMPONENT AND POSSIBLE BREAKAGE OF THE SUBFRAME.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL CLEAN AND RUST-PROOF THE REAR SUSPENSION SUBFRAME. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN JULY 14, 2003. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.

October 30, 2002 POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY AND PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS WERE PRODUCED WITH AN IMPROPERLY MANUFACTURED TRANSMISSION PARKING ROD. WHEN THE TRANSMISSION SELECTOR LEVER IS PLACED IN THE “P” (PARK) POSITION, THE TRANSMISSION PARK MECHANISM, THAT IS INTENDED TO HOLD YOUR VEHICLE, MAY NOT ENGAGE.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION PARKING ROD ASSEMBLY. OWNER NOTIFICATION JANUARY 8, 2003. AN INTERIM OWNER NOTIFICATION WILL BE SENT DURING NOVEMBER 2002. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.

September 5, 2002 WHEELS

ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 6-CYLINDER ENGINES, THE ALUMINUM WHEELS MAY HAVE AN OFF-CENTER DIAMETER.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL REPLACE ALL 4 ALUMINUM WHEELS. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN SEPTEMBER 12, 2002. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.

September 13, 2002 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM

ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY AND PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 4-CYLINDER ENGINES, THE WATER PUMP PULLEY CENTER HOLE WAS IMPROPERLY MACHINED.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE WATER PUMP. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN SEPTEMBER 12, 2002. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.

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2 Complaints sent to the Center for Auto Safety for 2003 SUBARU Outback

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94 Complaints submitted to NHTSA for 2003 SUBARU Outback

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Date Component  
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
ODI Number: 10317591
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10993452
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10916525
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10967745
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10898770
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10899020
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10896193
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10895593
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10894176
STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS | SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 10948991
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10944470
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10928297
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
ODI Number: 11161929
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 11122509
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 11056102
TIRES
ODI Number: 11052243
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 11044260
AIR BAGS | ENGINE
ODI Number: 11032558
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL | SERVICE BRAKES
ODI Number: 11023309
ENGINE | POWER TRAIN
ODI Number: 10875096
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10870584
FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM
ODI Number: 10838851
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10823291
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10730715
ENGINE | STRUCTURE:BODY
ODI Number: 10691408
POWER TRAIN
ODI Number: 10691850
ENGINE
ODI Number: 10661292
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
ODI Number: 10629764
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
ODI Number: 10587606
SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 10510665
SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 10503356
ENGINE | POWER TRAIN | UNKNOWN OR OTHER
ODI Number: 10466702
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 10443069
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING | POWER TRAIN
ODI Number: 10435459
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
ODI Number: 10433110
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
ODI Number: 10384586
SUSPENSION:FRONT | SUSPENSION:REAR
ODI Number: 10390365
SUSPENSION:REAR
ODI Number: 10355798
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
ODI Number: 10350813
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
ODI Number: 10348661
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 10348489
SUSPENSION:REAR
ODI Number: 10339457
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 10330546
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
ODI Number: 10321776
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
ODI Number: 10317591
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
ODI Number: 10316003
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
ODI Number: 10302886
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
ODI Number: 10292537
WHEELS:LUGS/NUTS/BOLTS
ODI Number: 10285375
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
ODI Number: 10254078
STEERING
ODI Number: 10249090
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION | SUSPENSION:FRONT | SUSPENSION:REAR
ODI Number: 10241012
POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION | SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 10240259
SUSPENSION:FRONT:WHEEL BEARING
ODI Number: 10239062
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:ACCELERATOR PEDAL
ODI Number: 10221473
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:PARK/NEUTRAL START INTERLOCK SWITCH
ODI Number: 10220941
VISIBILITY:SUN/MOON ROOF ASSEMBLY
ODI Number: 10211126
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
ODI Number: 10210090
POWER TRAIN
ODI Number: 10202929
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TAIL LIGHTS | STRUCTURE:BODY:HATCHBACK/LIFTGATE
ODI Number: 10200852
WHEELS
ODI Number: 10182436
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: INSTRUMENT CLUSTER/PANEL | EQUIPMENT:APPLIANCE:AIR CONDITIONER | STRUCTURE:BODY:DOOR
ODI Number: 10178523
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
ODI Number: 10173330
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:PADS
ODI Number: 10160572
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
ODI Number: 10157758
VISIBILITY:REARVIEW MIRRORS/DEVICES:INTERIOR
ODI Number: 10158069
TIRES:SIDEWALL
ODI Number: 10154536
STRUCTURE
ODI Number: 10142569
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
ODI Number: 10124745
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:LINKAGES | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:SPRINGS
ODI Number: 10122351
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE
ODI Number: 10119584
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 10119359
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK/TRACTION CONTROL/ELECTRONIC LIMITED SLIP
ODI Number: 10105056
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:MASTER CYLINDER
ODI Number: 10104981
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
ODI Number: 10099525
EQUIPMENT:ELECTRICAL:RADIO/TAPE DECK/CD ETC.
ODI Number: 10092632
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 10088106
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 10066366
WHEELS
ODI Number: 10066323
TIRES:SIDEWALL
ODI Number: 10066484
POWER TRAIN:CLUTCH ASSEMBLY:PEDAL/HAND LEVER(MOTORCYCLE)
ODI Number: 10048108
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
ODI Number: 10045525
TIRES
ODI Number: 10037810
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 10040053
TIRES:SIDEWALL
ODI Number: 10036950
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
ODI Number: 10032755
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING:INTERIOR/UNDER DASH | ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE | POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION | STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM | VISIBILITY:POWER WINDOW DEVICES AND CONTROLS
ODI Number: 10014538
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
ODI Number: 10014511
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
ODI Number: 10018128
STEERING | WHEELS
ODI Number: 10009798
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 11013000
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
ODI Number: 10029500
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
ODI Number: 769809
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING:INTERIOR/UNDER DASH
ODI Number: 770289
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4 Investigations for 2003 SUBARU Outback

Date Opened Date Closed Component  
AIR BAGS
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
AIR BAGS
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
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79 Service Alerts for 2003 SUBARU Outback

Date Description
May 27, 2016 350000 EQUIPMENT

Subject: Takata Recall Expansion ? New Subaru Recall Campaigns TKA-16, TKB-16, TKC-16 covering all non-desiccated frontal Takata PSAN inflators. Each phase of the expansions will address the most at risk vehicles first and is divided into

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March 18, 2022 110000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

This bulletin has been developed to outline the steps for gathering basic essential information during diagnosis and repair of the Infotainment concerns. (Applicable to all models with Harman or Denso CP1 Infotainment).

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January 12, 2021 101000 POWER TRAIN:CLUTCH ASSEMBLY

This bulletin announces a design change to the clutch release bearing.

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January 12, 2021 350000 EQUIPMENT

This bulletin announces a design change to the clutch release bearing.

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January 12, 2021 356000 EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE/MOBILITY

This bulletin announces a design change to the clutch release bearing.

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January 4, 2021 110000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide replacement key and immobilizer information.

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January 4, 2021 350000 EQUIPMENT

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide replacement key and immobilizer information.

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June 7, 2021 060000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

This bulletin is to advise of SOA⿿s revised catalytic converter recycling program shipping procedure.

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June 7, 2021 350000 EQUIPMENT

This bulletin is to advise of SOA⿿s revised catalytic converter recycling program shipping procedure.

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June 17, 2021 110000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

This bulletin contains additional information for recommended materials listed in the Service Manuals for individual models

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June 17, 2021 350000 EQUIPMENT

This bulletin contains additional information for recommended materials listed in the Service Manuals for individual models

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May 14, 2021 110000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Takata Front Passenger Air Bag Inflator Replacement.

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May 14, 2021 140000 AIR BAGS

Takata Front Passenger Air Bag Inflator Replacement.

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January 12, 2021 060000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

This bulletin announces a design change to the clutch release bearing.

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February 1, 2021 350000 EQUIPMENT

To help reduce confusion and increase technician efficiency, Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) has developed the following cross reference list to help locate the appropriate Special Service Tool.

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April 30, 2020 350000 EQUIPMENT

All Models (Vehicle Cleaning- COVID-19Best Practices)

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August 26, 2020 060000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

This service information bulletin announces a design change to the clutch release bearing used on the models listed.

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August 4, 2020 350000 EQUIPMENT

Special Service Tools Cross Reference List.

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February 4, 2020 140000 AIR BAGS

SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. has determined that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety, exists in certain 2003-2014 model year Legacy and Outback vehicles, 2003-2006 model year Baja vehicles, 2009-2013 model year Forester vehicles, 200

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January 15, 2020 140000 AIR BAGS

SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. has determined that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety, exists in certain 2003-2014 model year Legacy and Outback vehicles, 2003-2006 model year Baja vehicles, 2009-2013 model year Forester vehicles, 200

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January 15, 2020 356000 EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE/MOBILITY

SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. has determined that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety, exists in certain 2003-2014 model year Legacy and Outback vehicles, 2003-2006 model year Baja vehicles, 2009-2013 model year Forester vehicles, 200

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January 6, 2020 140000 AIR BAGS

Takata Like for Like recalls- TKA20 (Zone A), TKB20 (Zone B), TKC20 (Zone C).

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January 6, 2020 356000 EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE/MOBILITY

Takata Like for Like recalls- TKA20 (Zone A), TKB20 (Zone B), TKC20 (Zone C).

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May 6, 2019 350000 EQUIPMENT

To help reduce confusion and increase technician efficiency, Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) has developed the following cross reference list to help locate the appropriate Special Service Tool.

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July 11, 2019 030000 SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

This Service Information bulletin announces instruction for application of additional lubrication between the brake caliper support and pad clips. This will prevent the pad from dragging due to corrosion buildup which may result in uneven o

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May 21, 2019 350000 EQUIPMENT

Subaru Service and Technical Support Line Newletter.

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October 26, 2018 100000 POWER TRAIN

This Service Information bulletin announces a design change to the clutch release bearing used on the models as listed above. During assembly of the bearing, a different type of grease is used which has a higher resistance to heat. In cases

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October 26, 2018 350000 EQUIPMENT

This Service Information bulletin announces a design change to the clutch release bearing used on the models as listed above. During assembly of the bearing, a different type of grease is used which has a higher resistance to heat. In cases

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October 26, 2018 356000 EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE/MOBILITY

This Service Information bulletin announces a design change to the clutch release bearing used on the models as listed above. During assembly of the bearing, a different type of grease is used which has a higher resistance to heat. In cases

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October 26, 2018 100000 POWER TRAIN

This Service Information bulletin announces a design change to the clutch release bearing used on the models as listed above. During assembly of the bearing, a different type of grease is used which has a higher resistance to heat. In cases

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October 26, 2018 356000 EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE/MOBILITY

This Service Information bulletin announces a design change to the clutch release bearing used on the models as listed above. During assembly of the bearing, a different type of grease is used which has a higher resistance to heat. In cases

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April 12, 2016 350000 EQUIPMENT

Revised TSB. The Subaru Lock Information Site (SLIS) is located at http://lockinfo.subaru.com, and provides information on how to obtain immobilizer codes and key cut codes for Subaru vehicles from the 2000MY to present. This bulletin iden

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April 12, 2016 355200 EQUIPMENT:OTHER:OWNERS/SERVICE/OTHER MANUAL

Revised TSB. The Subaru Lock Information Site (SLIS) is located at http://lockinfo.subaru.com, and provides information on how to obtain immobilizer codes and key cut codes for Subaru vehicles from the 2000MY to present. This bulletin iden

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April 12, 2016 356000 EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE/MOBILITY

Revised TSB. The Subaru Lock Information Site (SLIS) is located at http://lockinfo.subaru.com, and provides information on how to obtain immobilizer codes and key cut codes for Subaru vehicles from the 2000MY to present. This bulletin iden

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February 6, 2018 350000 EQUIPMENT

This bulletin provides details regarding a new oil filler tube o-ring developed to address engine oil seepage concerns. This seepage may accumulate along the bottom sealing surface of the rocker cover. The new o-ring utilizes material whic

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February 6, 2018 060000 ENGINE (PWS)

This bulletin provides details regarding a new oil filler tube o-ring developed to address engine oil seepage concerns. This seepage may accumulate along the bottom sealing surface of the rocker cover. The new o-ring utilizes material whic

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June 17, 2015 015100 STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:PUMP

If you encounter a vehicle that has a groaning type noise coming from the power steering pump when the wheel is turned to the full right or left position when the vehicle is parked, it may be caused by the relief valve vibrating within the

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June 17, 2015 350000 EQUIPMENT

If you encounter a vehicle that has a groaning type noise coming from the power steering pump when the wheel is turned to the full right or left position when the vehicle is parked, it may be caused by the relief valve vibrating within the

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April 12, 2016 141000 AIR BAGS:FRONTAL

Recall Bulletin Revised. UPDATE ? April 2016: New and different inflators are available for affected 2004-2005 Impreza, WRX, and STI vehicles. As a result, there are different installation instructions depending on the inflator being insta

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May 27, 2016 140000 AIR BAGS

Subject: Takata Recall Expansion ? New Subaru Recall Campaigns TKA-16, TKB-16, TKC-16 covering all non-desiccated frontal Takata PSAN inflators. Each phase of the expansions will address the most at risk vehicles first and is divided into

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February 6, 2018 060000 ENGINE (PWS)

This bulletin provides details regarding a new oil filler tube o-ring developed to address engine oil seepage concerns. This seepage may accumulate along the bottom sealing surface of the rocker cover. The new o-ring utilizes material whi

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May 22, 2013 100000 POWER TRAIN

This Bulletin provides production change, repair procedure and parts information to address a customer concern of a high-pitched sound coming from the transmission extension housing area. In cold temperatures, thermal contraction causes shr

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May 22, 2013 350000 EQUIPMENT

This Bulletin provides production change, repair procedure and parts information to address a customer concern of a high-pitched sound coming from the transmission extension housing area. In cold temperatures, thermal contraction causes shr

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September 30, 2016 355200 EQUIPMENT:OTHER:OWNERS/SERVICE/OTHER MANUAL

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide replacement key and immobilizer information along with an overview of the Subaru Lock Information web-site.

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February 10, 2016 140000 AIR BAGS

Based on ballistic testing results, it has been determined that affected vehicles with registration history in high absolute humidity (HAH) areas are more susceptible to rupture. Owner notification letters were mailed to the owners of those

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November 16, 2016 350000 EQUIPMENT

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide replacement key and immobilizer information along with an overview of the Subaru Lock Information web-site.

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January 14, 2015 141320 AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE

THE REVISEMENT OF THIS RECALL ADVISES (WQM-49) HAS BEEN SUPERSEDED TO THE WQP-51 REGIONAL FRONT PASSENGER TAKATA AIR BAG INFLATOR RECALL.

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January 14, 2015 141320 AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE

THIS BULLETIN ANNOUNCES SUBARU IS CONDUCTING THIS LIMITED REGIONAL RECALL TO REPLACE THE FRONT PASSENGER AIR BAG INFLATORS PRODUCED BY TK HOLDINGS, INC. (TAKATA) IN CERTAIN 2003-2005 MODEL YEAR LEGACY, OUTBACK, AND BAJA VEHICLES AND CERTAIN

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September 1, 2002 061000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE

IMPROPERLY MANUFACTURED ENGINE WATER PUMP. RECALL CAMPAIGN WWI93. *TT

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September 1, 2002 200000 WHEELS

IMPROPERLY MANUFACTURED ALUMINUM ROAD WHEEL REPLACEMENT. RECALL CAMPAIGN WWI92. *TT

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September 9, 2005 061000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE

2.5L REMANUFACTURED SOHC SHORT BLOCK RELEASE. *TT

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April 15, 2003 162300 STRUCTURE:BODY:DOOR

LOWER FRONT DOOR WEATHER STRIP DETACHED OR HANGING LOOSE. *TT

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September 26, 2014 140000 AIR BAGS

WQM-49 – REGIONAL FRONT PASSENGER AIR BAG INFLATOR REPLACEMENT

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December 4, 2014 140000 AIR BAGS

UPDATED STATEMENT ON TAKATA AIRBAGS POSTED ON SUBARU.COM

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March 10, 2004 183000 VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:CABLES

IMMEDIATE STOP SALE ORDER FOR POSSIBLE CRUISE CONTROL CABLE MISLOCATION THAT COULD PREVENT THE THROTTLE FROM CLOSING. *TT

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March 1, 2004 185000 VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:CRUISE CONTROL

CRUISE CONTROL CABLE RETAINING CLIP. *TT

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November 6, 2014 140000 AIR BAGS

PARTS REMINDER: RETURNS TO TAKATA FOR WQL48 AND WQM49 AIR BAG INFLATOR

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September 24, 2003 134000 VISIBILITY:SUN/MOON ROOF ASSEMBLY

UNUSUAL BUT VERY DISTINGUISHABLE NOISE COMING FROM THE REAR OF THE FRONT SUNSHADE DURING MANUAL OPERATION ON VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH DUAL SUNROOFS. *TT

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March 1, 2005 355100 EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS

FUSE LABEL FOR SBF NO. 7 OF THE MAIN FUSE BOX LOCATED IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT MAY BE LABELED INCORRECTLY. SUBARU TECH TIPS. *TT

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July 6, 2015 351130 EQUIPMENT:RECREATIONAL VEHICLE/TRAILER:LPG SYSTEMS:TANK VALVE/GAUGE

IF YOU ENCOUNTER A VEHICLE THAT HAS A GROANING TYPE NOISE COMING FROM THE POWER STEERING PUMP WHEN THE WHEEL IS TURNED TO THE FULL RIGHT OR LEFT POSITION WHEN THE VEHICLE IS PARKED, IT MAY BE CAUSED BY THE RELIEF VALVE VIBRATING WITHIN THE

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January 15, 2014 103000 POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

REPAIR PROCEDURE FOR HIGH-PITCHED SOUND FROM EXTENSION HOUSING AREA USING LATEST GENERATION PRODUCTION PARTS – THIS BULLETIN PROVIDES PRODUCTION CHANGE, REPAIR PROCEDURE AND PARTS INFORMATION TO ADDRESS A CUSTOMER CONCERN OF A HIGH-PITCHED

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September 11, 2014 140000 AIR BAGS

SUMMARY TO BE PROVIDED ON A FUTURE DATE.

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October 3, 2006 135200 VISIBILITY:REARVIEW MIRRORS/DEVICES:EXTERIOR

LOOSE DOOR MIRROR SCREWS. *KB

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November 1, 2001 162000 STRUCTURE:BODY

INFORMATION REGARDING ROOF RACK/CROSSBAR WIND NOISE. *YH

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August 25, 2014 140000 AIR BAGS

WQL-48 – FRONT PASSENGER AIR BAG INFLATOR REPLACEMENT

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December 1, 2002 103000 POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

IMPROPERLY MANUFACTURED 4EAT TRANSMISSION PARKING PAWL ROD. *TT

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February 3, 2011 190000 TIRES

SUBARU: THERE IS A STEERING WHEEL VIBRATION AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS DUE TO AN IMPORPER WHEEL BALANCE. *RM

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September 11, 2014 140000 AIR BAGS

WQL-48R – FRONT PASSENGER AIR BAG INFLATOR REPLACEMENT

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December 13, 2012 350000 EQUIPMENT

REPAIR PROCEDURE FOR HIGH-PITCHED SOUND FROM EXTENSION HOUSING AREA USING LATEST GENERATION PRODUCTION PARTS

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December 11, 2012 105400 POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE:CENTER SUPPORT BEARING

THIS BULLETIN REVIEWS A CHANGE TO THE PART NUMBERS USED FOR THE TRANSFER DRIVEN GEAR BEARINGS. THESE REVISED BEARINGS ARE TO BE USED TO ENHANCE DURABILITY.

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November 8, 2006 061000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE

THROTTLE POSITION SENSOR. VEHICLES EQUIPED WITH H-6 3.0L ENGINES. *KB

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August 15, 2014 140000 AIR BAGS

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RETURNS-COMPLIANCE REMINDER – WQL48 TAKATA AIRBAG RECALL

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August 11, 2014 140000 AIR BAGS

WQL-48 – FRONT PASSENGER AIR BAG INFLATOR REPLACEMENT

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August 4, 2014 140000 AIR BAGS

ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW SUBARU RECALL CAMPAIGN: FRONT PASSENGER AIR BAG INFLATORS WQM-49

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July 1, 2007 121000 EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS

HEADLIGHT BULB SOCKET REPAIRS. *KB

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August 1, 2014 140000 AIR BAGS

SUMMARY TO BE PROVIDED ON A FUTURE DATE.

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July 3, 2014 140000 AIR BAGS

SUMMARY TO BE PROVIDED ON A FUTURE DATE.

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January 4, 2002 350000 EQUIPMENT

SUBJECT REGARDING AUTO DIMMING ELECTROCHROMIC COMPASS MIRROR TROUBLE SHOOTING GUIDE. *SLC

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February 25, 2005 110000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE FUSE LABEL FOR SBF NO. 7 OF THE MAIN FUSE BOX, LOCATED IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT, MAY BE LABELED INCORRECTLY. *TT

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