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
4,252
  Forester
2,651
  Legacy
2,021
  Impreza
1,741
  Impreza Wrx
874
  Tribeca
227
  Baja
121
  Impreza Sti
53
  SVX
7
  Esteem
4
  Outback Sport
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Number of problems reported for all models of Subaru built from year 1996 to 2018.

Owners of Subaru cars have reported a total of 11,953 problems across all Subaru models built from year 1996 to 2018. The average number of problems per model year in this period, reported across all Subaru models, is 519.1. Cars from Subaru's 2002 model year have the most problems reported (1,114 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
467
  2002 Subaru
1,114
  2003 Subaru
541
  2004 Subaru
557
  2005 Subaru
742
  2006 Subaru
755
  2007 Subaru
346
  2008 Subaru
751
  2009 Subaru
536
  2010 Subaru
723
  2011 Subaru
801
  2012 Subaru
484
  2013 Subaru
374
  2014 Subaru
402
  2015 Subaru
722
  2016 Subaru
318
  2017 Subaru
218
  2018 Subaru
75

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 1,494 problems reported. The second most common Subaru car problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (1,338 problems).



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