2012 Subaru Outback - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

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

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

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

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