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
4,758
  Forester
3,016
  Legacy
2,168
  Impreza
1,917
  Impreza Wrx
909
  Tribeca
239
  Crosstrek
177
  Baja
127
  Impreza Sti
55
  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 13,368 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 556.5. Cars from Subaru's 2002 model year have the most problems reported (1,122 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
468
  2002 Subaru
1,122
  2003 Subaru
554
  2004 Subaru
568
  2005 Subaru
768
  2006 Subaru
782
  2007 Subaru
354
  2008 Subaru
789
  2009 Subaru
567
  2010 Subaru
805
  2011 Subaru
907
  2012 Subaru
585
  2013 Subaru
525
  2014 Subaru
533
  2015 Subaru
896
  2016 Subaru
453
  2017 Subaru
336
  2018 Subaru
300
  2019 Subaru
38

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 1,718 problems reported. The second most common Subaru car problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (1,482 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of Subaru vehicles



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