2012 Subaru Outback - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

small car iamge Common problems of the 2012 Subaru Outback

217 problems have been reported for the 2012 Subaru Outback. The following chart shows the 18 most common problems for 2012 Subaru Outback. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train with 63 problems. The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (35 problems).

Table 1. Common problems of the 2012 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 2012 Subaru Outback in the United States are 97,632 units [1]. If the total number of problems reported by Subaru Outback owners in the last 7 years is 217, and the age of the vehicle is 7, the PPMY index can then be calculated as

      PPMY Index = 217 / 97,632 / 7 * 1000 = 0.32.

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 2012 Subaru Outback in 2012.

Table 2. PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend

Service Year Number of Problems
  2019
37
  2018
30
  2017
57
  2016
26
  2015
9
  2014
12
  2013
10
  2012
8

small car iamge Compare the 2012 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 2012 Subaru Outback with the Subaru Outback from other model years. Note that the number of problems reported for the 2012 Outback is 217 while the average number of problems reported for the 24 model years of the Subaru Outback is 208.

Table 3. Compare the 2012 Subaru Outback with other model years

Model Year Number of Problems
  2019 Outback
48
  2018 Outback
194
  2017 Outback
157
  2016 Outback
201
  2015 Outback
339
  2014 Outback
192
  2013 Outback
240
  2012 Outback
217
  2011 Outback
569
  2010 Outback
366
  2009 Outback
112
  2008 Outback
242
  2007 Outback
141
  2006 Outback
359
  2005 Outback
315
  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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