2005 Subaru Outback - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

small car iamge Common problems of the 2005 Subaru Outback

316 problems have been reported for the 2005 Subaru Outback. The following chart shows the 20 most common problems for 2005 Subaru Outback. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's suspension with 49 problems. The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (35 problems).

Table 1. Common problems of the 2005 Subaru Outback

small car iamge PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend

In our research we use the PPMY index to compare the reliability of vehicles. The PPMY index of a certain model is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. The total sales of the 2005 Subaru Outback in the United States are 82,141 units [1]. If the total number of problems reported by Subaru Outback owners in the last 14 years is 316, and the age of the vehicle is 14, the PPMY index can then be calculated as

      PPMY Index = 316 / 82,141 / 14 * 1000 = 0.27.

For more information, refer to this page: A study of reliability comparison across Subaru Outback model year vehicles.

The following chart shows the number of problems reported during each of the service years since the debut of the 2005 Subaru Outback in 2005.

Table 2. PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend

Service Year Number of Problems
  2019
12
  2018
8
  2017
15
  2016
35
  2015
17
  2014
22
  2013
28
  2012
14
  2011
22
  2010
30
  2009
23
  2008
29
  2007
8
  2006
21
  2005
6

small car iamge Compare the 2005 Subaru Outback with Other Model Years

When making the decision between buying a new or used Subaru Outback, the following table can be used to compare the 2005 Subaru Outback with the Subaru Outback from other model years. Note that the number of problems reported for the 2005 Outback is 316 while the average number of problems reported for the 24 model years of the Subaru Outback is 208.

Table 3. Compare the 2005 Subaru Outback with other model years

Model Year Number of Problems
  2019 Outback
51
  2018 Outback
195
  2017 Outback
158
  2016 Outback
201
  2015 Outback
340
  2014 Outback
192
  2013 Outback
240
  2012 Outback
217
  2011 Outback
570
  2010 Outback
368
  2009 Outback
112
  2008 Outback
242
  2007 Outback
144
  2006 Outback
359
  2005 Outback
316
  2004 Outback
107
  2003 Outback
115
  2002 Outback
170
  2001 Outback
204
  2000 Outback
243
  1999 Outback
150
  1998 Outback
165
  1997 Outback
94
  1996 Outback
57


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