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
5,187
  Forester
3,520
  Legacy
2,276
  Impreza
2,067
  Impreza Wrx
940
  Crosstrek
302
  Tribeca
243
  Baja
129
  Impreza Sti
55
  Outback Sport
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Number of problems reported for all models of Subaru built from year 2019 to 1996.

Owners of Subaru cars have reported a total of 14,721 problems across all Subaru models built from year 2019 to 1996. The average number of problems per model year in this period, reported across all Subaru models, is 612.9. Cars from Subaru's 2002 model year have the most problems reported (1,124 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2019 Subaru
231
  2018 Subaru
444
  2017 Subaru
466
  2016 Subaru
604
  2015 Subaru
1,054
  2014 Subaru
677
  2013 Subaru
635
  2012 Subaru
673
  2011 Subaru
987
  2010 Subaru
857
  2009 Subaru
591
  2008 Subaru
807
  2007 Subaru
368
  2006 Subaru
797
  2005 Subaru
780
  2004 Subaru
575
  2003 Subaru
560
  2002 Subaru
1,124
  2001 Subaru
470
  2000 Subaru
506
  1999 Subaru
446
  1998 Subaru
507
  1997 Subaru
308
  1996 Subaru
243

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 1,854 problems reported. The second most common Subaru car problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (1,655 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of Subaru vehicles



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