Subaru - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Compare Subaru models

The following chart shows the Subaru models that have had the most problems reported. Note that a model on the top of the list may simply indicate that it is a popular model rather than a problematic car. For example, over the years, Subaru has sold far more Outback model cars than the Outback Sport model.

Table 1. Compare Subaru models

Subaru Model Number of Problems
  Outback
4,896
  Forester
3,182
  Legacy
2,220
  Impreza
1,958
  Impreza Wrx
933
  Tribeca
242
  Crosstrek
214
  Baja
129
  Impreza Sti
55
  Outback Sport
2

Number of problems reported for all models of Subaru built from year 1996 to 2019.

Owners of Subaru cars have reported a total of 13,831 problems across all Subaru models built from year 1996 to 2019. The average number of problems per model year in this period, reported across all Subaru models, is 575.8. Cars from Subaru's 2002 model year have the most problems reported (1,123 problems).

Table 2. Number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service

Model Year Number of Problems
  1996 Subaru
243
  1997 Subaru
308
  1998 Subaru
507
  1999 Subaru
445
  2000 Subaru
504
  2001 Subaru
470
  2002 Subaru
1,123
  2003 Subaru
555
  2004 Subaru
570
  2005 Subaru
771
  2006 Subaru
790
  2007 Subaru
360
  2008 Subaru
798
  2009 Subaru
577
  2010 Subaru
826
  2011 Subaru
938
  2012 Subaru
629
  2013 Subaru
563
  2014 Subaru
578
  2015 Subaru
945
  2016 Subaru
482
  2017 Subaru
384
  2018 Subaru
364
  2019 Subaru
90

Common problems of Subaru Vehicles

The following chart shows the most common problems reported across all models of Subaru cars. The number one most common problem of Subaru cars is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling, with 1,770 problems reported. The second most common Subaru car problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (1,548 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of Subaru vehicles



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