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
4,441
  Forester
2,819
  Legacy
2,070
  Impreza
1,798
  Impreza Wrx
891
  Tribeca
230
  Baja
125
  Impreza Sti
55
  SVX
7
  Esteem
4
  Outback Sport
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Number of problems reported for all models of Subaru built from year 1996 to 2019.

Owners of Subaru cars have reported a total of 12,442 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 517.9. Cars from Subaru's 2002 model year have the most problems reported (1,116 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
310
  1998 Subaru
506
  1999 Subaru
445
  2000 Subaru
507
  2001 Subaru
468
  2002 Subaru
1,116
  2003 Subaru
549
  2004 Subaru
563
  2005 Subaru
755
  2006 Subaru
766
  2007 Subaru
348
  2008 Subaru
765
  2009 Subaru
546
  2010 Subaru
752
  2011 Subaru
844
  2012 Subaru
518
  2013 Subaru
405
  2014 Subaru
448
  2015 Subaru
786
  2016 Subaru
372
  2017 Subaru
263
  2018 Subaru
147
  2019 Subaru
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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 1,557 problems reported. The second most common Subaru car problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (1,389 problems).



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