2006 Subaru Outback - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

small car iamge Common problems of the 2006 Subaru Outback

358 problems have been reported for the 2006 Subaru Outback. The following chart shows the 21 most common problems for 2006 Subaru Outback. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's vehicle speed control with 85 problems. The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (48 problems).

Table 1. Common problems of the 2006 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 2006 Subaru Outback in the United States are 58,801 units [1]. If the total number of problems reported by Subaru Outback owners in the last 13 years is 358, and the age of the vehicle is 13, the PPMY index can then be calculated as

      PPMY Index = 358 / 58,801 / 13 * 1000 = 0.47.

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 2006 Subaru Outback in 2006.

Table 2. PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend

Service Year Number of Problems
  2019
6
  2018
15
  2017
25
  2016
46
  2015
53
  2014
56
  2013
43
  2012
17
  2011
21
  2010
19
  2009
14
  2008
19
  2007
13
  2006
2

small car iamge Compare the 2006 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 2006 Subaru Outback with the Subaru Outback from other model years. Note that the number of problems reported for the 2006 Outback is 358 while the average number of problems reported for the 24 model years of the Subaru Outback is 200.

Table 3. Compare the 2006 Subaru Outback with other model years

Model Year Number of Problems
  2019 Outback
19
  2018 Outback
166
  2017 Outback
136
  2016 Outback
190
  2015 Outback
329
  2014 Outback
180
  2013 Outback
230
  2012 Outback
200
  2011 Outback
544
  2010 Outback
357
  2009 Outback
112
  2008 Outback
238
  2007 Outback
135
  2006 Outback
358
  2005 Outback
311
  2004 Outback
107
  2003 Outback
115
  2002 Outback
170
  2001 Outback
202
  2000 Outback
243
  1999 Outback
150
  1998 Outback
165
  1997 Outback
94
  1996 Outback
57


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