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
4,180
  Forester
2,585
  Legacy
2,004
  Impreza
1,716
  Impreza Wrx
864
  Tribeca
223
  Baja
120
  Impreza Sti
52
  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 11,757 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 510.6. Cars from Subaru's 2002 model year have the most problems reported (1,111 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
1,111
  2003 Subaru
540
  2004 Subaru
555
  2005 Subaru
742
  2006 Subaru
751
  2007 Subaru
345
  2008 Subaru
741
  2009 Subaru
532
  2010 Subaru
711
  2011 Subaru
789
  2012 Subaru
472
  2013 Subaru
357
  2014 Subaru
388
  2015 Subaru
693
  2016 Subaru
293
  2017 Subaru
185
  2018 Subaru
58

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 1,467 problems reported. The second most common Subaru car problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (1,312 problems).



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