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With less than 1,000 miles on it, my new car had the trim piece that runs from both sides of the steering wheel to underneath the dashboard falling off!

The service advisor told me that the clips holding the piece on had broken -- and that this wasn't the first time he had seen the issue.

He had me straightened up and on my way in a,few minutes, no charge.

It did give me some concern about the build quality, though.

Has anyone else experienced this?

The car has otherwise been great.
 

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Don't worry about the build quality. Subies are built as well as any car on the market and are superior to most of them. One little part doesn't mean you've made a bad purchase. Nothing built by man of over 35 000 parts is going to be fault free.

Don't believe me? Check out Consumer Reports on Vehicle Reliability and you'll see where Subies stand. Its very near the top of the list. That said, things will still go wrong, but not to the extent of many of its competitors.
I have read CR since childhood and have been a subscriber for decades. The reliability statistics played a part in my decision to by the Outback. Still, this problem after such a short period did have me concerned. I'll chalk it up to something the dealer did when they installed the remote start, a feature I could easily live without.
 
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