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
4,341
  Forester
2,740
  Legacy
2,044
  Impreza
1,766
  Impreza Wrx
882
  Tribeca
228
  Baja
123
  Impreza Sti
55
  SVX
7
  Esteem
4
  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 12,192 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 507.5. 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
546
  2004 Subaru
558
  2005 Subaru
746
  2006 Subaru
763
  2007 Subaru
347
  2008 Subaru
757
  2009 Subaru
539
  2010 Subaru
740
  2011 Subaru
821
  2012 Subaru
502
  2013 Subaru
389
  2014 Subaru
432
  2015 Subaru
755
  2016 Subaru
346
  2017 Subaru
233
  2018 Subaru
108
  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 1,525 problems reported. The second most common Subaru car problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (1,363 problems).



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