2008 Subaru Outback - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

small car iamge Common problems of the 2008 Subaru Outback

242 problems have been reported for the 2008 Subaru Outback. The following chart shows the 21 most common problems for 2008 Subaru Outback. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags with 98 problems. The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (29 problems).

Table 1. Common problems of the 2008 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 2008 Subaru Outback in the United States are 67,432 units [1]. If the total number of problems reported by Subaru Outback owners in the last 11 years is 242, and the age of the vehicle is 11, the PPMY index can then be calculated as

      PPMY Index = 242 / 67,432 / 11 * 1000 = 0.33.

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 2008 Subaru Outback in 2008.

Table 2. PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend

Service Year Number of Problems
  2019
6
  2018
16
  2017
17
  2016
54
  2015
42
  2014
26
  2013
21
  2012
15
  2011
7
  2010
7
  2009
9
  2008
1

small car iamge Compare the 2008 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 2008 Subaru Outback with the Subaru Outback from other model years. Note that the number of problems reported for the 2008 Outback is 242 while the average number of problems reported for the 24 model years of the Subaru Outback is 204.

Table 3. Compare the 2008 Subaru Outback with other model years

Model Year Number of Problems
  2019 Outback
29
  2018 Outback
180
  2017 Outback
149
  2016 Outback
192
  2015 Outback
333
  2014 Outback
184
  2013 Outback
234
  2012 Outback
209
  2011 Outback
558
  2010 Outback
362
  2009 Outback
112
  2008 Outback
242
  2007 Outback
138
  2006 Outback
359
  2005 Outback
312
  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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