Yesterday, my wife was driving her 2006 Outback home from our vacation, and
after about 2 hours on the highway, she heard a "bang" and the car lost all
acceleration. The engine was still running, lights and radio worked, etc,
but pressing the accelerator did nothing. She pulled off the road as the car
drifted to a stop. I was driving behind her, and, as far as either of us
saw, she hadn't hit anything.
We had to get towed about 80 miles to the Subaru dealership. And today, the
Subaru guys tell her the car runs fine. They said they found the battery
dead from leaving the lights on all night (I don't know about that -- maybe
something the tow truck driver did), but they say the car can be driven with
Any ideas about what is going on here???
Wife thought that the accelerator cable had broken, because that happened to
her quite a few years ago (with GM car), and the sound and the effect were
similar. But, Subaru says the Outback's accelerator is all electronic, no
We're out about $250 for the tow, plus $100 to the Subaru dealership which
claims there is no problem. And of course, the wife now has no confidence
that the car can be driven beyond convenient towing distance. The car is
maybe 8 months old.