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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
3,727
  Forester
2,297
  Legacy
1,865
  Impreza
1,568
  Impreza Wrx
837
  Tribeca
199
  Baja
113
  Impreza Sti
50
  SVX
7
  Esteem
4
  Outback Sport
2

Number of problems reported for all models of Subaru built from year 1996 to 2017.

Owners of Subaru cars have reported a total of 10,669 problems across all Subaru models built from year 1996 to 2017. The average number of problems per model year in this period, reported across all Subaru models, is 484.5. Cars from Subaru's 2002 model year have the most problems reported (1,101 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  1996 Subaru
246
  1997 Subaru
307
  1998 Subaru
502
  1999 Subaru
444
  2000 Subaru
504
  2001 Subaru
467
  2002 Subaru
1,101
  2003 Subaru
519
  2004 Subaru
523
  2005 Subaru
702
  2006 Subaru
699
  2007 Subaru
315
  2008 Subaru
695
  2009 Subaru
485
  2010 Subaru
615
  2011 Subaru
702
  2012 Subaru
393
  2013 Subaru
282
  2014 Subaru
320
  2015 Subaru
556
  2016 Subaru
213
  2017 Subaru
68

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 1,345 problems reported. The second most common Subaru car problem is related to the vehicle's power train (1,137 problems).



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