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Does anyone know if the factory hitch used on the 2015 Outback is compatible with the 2018 (or even 2017)? My vehicle was just totaled due to flooding. I was told I could take the factory hitch off the vehicle by the insurance company (just not the wiring harness due to saltwater intrusion). I hate to see it go to waste as it is in excellent condition and costs a bit of money for the factory hitch. Thanks...
 

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Does anyone know if the factory hitch used on the 2015 Outback is compatible with the 2018 (or even 2017)? My vehicle was just totaled due to flooding. I was told I could take the factory hitch off the vehicle by the insurance company (just not the wiring harness due to saltwater intrusion). I hate to see it go to waste as it is in excellent condition and costs a bit of money for the factory hitch. Thanks...

I notice that Ecohitch shows the same hitch part number for ‘15 though ‘18 model years if that helps.


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I noticed that on most aftermarket hitches. I called the Subaru dealership and they said it would not work. The tech bulletin shows different part numbers, but the directions are almost identical. Might just take it off anyway and see what happens.
 

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The old part number superceeds to the newest (L101SAL010 to 011 to 012 to L101SAL013).
So yes the 2015 will fit the current 2018 as it will for the 2019.

Tom Kukla
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Gemini Motors (SUBARU)
Kitchener, Ontario
 

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The only potential problem I see with using the old hitch is getting a new wiring harness. I believe the factory hitch comes with the wiring harness all under one part number.
 

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You can easily remove the current wiring harness from the old car (plug n play) and re-install in the new car.
 

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I uninstalled the old wiring harness and kept that. I went to uninstall the old hitch and realized that it is not compatible with the 2018. Different mounting set up. I had both cars side by side and could see the differences. Glad I did not do all that work for nothing. Instead I just ordered a 1 1/4 curt hitch.
 
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