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About one in twenty times I try to start my 2005 Subaru outback, it doesn't start. However after periodically trying to start the car, it will usually start within 1 to 6 minutes. Here is a video of the car not starting. This problem has been going on for about 3 years. It is not the battery since I had that replaced within a couple of months of when the problem began. I have an outback 2.5i which according to cars101.com does not have an immobilizer key.

  • Is it by chance a manual transmission? – David Watson Apr 18 '19 at 16:20
  • No it is a automatic transmission – Jeff Bloom Apr 29 '19 at 19:12
  • I decided to replace the starter/solenoid. Everything worked great for about 3 days and then the problem happened again. At least the starter has been eliminated as a possible problem. – Jeff Bloom Apr 29 '19 at 19:13
  • Yeah I would suspect it’s not the starting or charging systems at all. I had a car with the exact same symptoms. I had other issues with it and never did figure it out, but it has to be an electrical connection of some sort. Possibly a low voltage sensor connection that has minor corrosion? – David Watson Apr 30 '19 at 17:09
  • My guess for my case was clutch switch but I’m your case I would suspect a transmission sensor or possibly a wonky ignition switch. – David Watson Apr 30 '19 at 17:11

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