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Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Subaru Impreza 9
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  57 Imprezas, 6.9 months of data per Impreza, average 6700 miles
2014 Subaru Impreza 24
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  49 Imprezas, 10.0 months of data per Impreza, average 19200 miles
2013 Subaru Impreza 14
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  58 Imprezas, 8.7 months of data per Impreza, average 30900 miles
2013 Subaru WRX / STI   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 WRX / STIs, 9.5 months of data per WRX / STI, average 33000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2012 Subaru Impreza 26
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  48 Imprezas, 10.6 months of data per Impreza, average 46300 miles

Impreza redesigned for this model year. Some reports of excessive oil consumption in the Impreza.
2012 Subaru WRX / STI   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 WRX / STIs, 9.3 months of data per WRX / STI, average 37900 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2011 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 26
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.7 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 40700 miles
2010 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 10.5 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 67500 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2009 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 64
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.8 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 66300 miles
2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 59
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.9 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 89000 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2007 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.8 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 97200 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2006 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 76
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.8 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 87300 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
2005 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 75
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  43 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.3 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 119800 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
2004 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.2 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 124600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2003 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.9 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 153800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2002 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 10.5 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 120000 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport Reliability

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport

Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Hatch 148-horsepower 2.0L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Subaru is legendary for the durability & craftsmanship of the engine, powertrain, and vehicle frame. The interior may not be luxury, but that's fine by me.
2012 4dr Hatch 148-horsepower 2.0L H4
5-speed manual AWD
I do not trust this car on any kind of extended trip. The owner's manual calls for oil changes every 7,500 miles. A synthetic oil is used that makes oil changes expensive. Normally about 3,500 miles after an oil change, your oil light comes on and you have to add oil. On 3 trips of more than 100 miles, this has happened to me. Then you have to locate a Subaru dealer to get the oil they are using. My dealer has given me oil to keep in the car but this is not satisfactory to me. I do not feel the car is reliable and am looking to trade it on something else.
2012 4dr Hatch 148-horsepower 2.0L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Ultimately it was Subaru's predicted reliability past 50,000 miles that had us make our final decision between this car and a Volkswagen (Jetta or Passat).
2011 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I have had zero issues with this car, it performs well for me day in and day out without fail. I love it and I am proud to say I own a Subaru.
2010 4dr Hatch turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
I have a lot of friends with Subarus who say nothing but good things. Word-of-mouth is a huge deciding factor here.
2009 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
No problems so far (I bought the Impreza). This is more based on word of mouth than experience - I know friends who have 200,000+ miles, so durability is certainly achievable in this car.
2009 4dr Hatch turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
It is immensely reliable, especially for a sports car. It always starts right up, never runs hot or rough, has never shown a single leak of any kind, whether fluids leaking from the engine or wind/water leaks inside. It's my trusty steed that never disappoints for security and performance, no matter what the world throws at it. Yes, I've abused it by accodent a few times--foot slipped and popped the clutch, backed up with the hand break on, the long nose and ground effects are very susceptible to high curbs. But all in all, this vehicle has been a solid 9.5. I'd give it a 10, but the stupid "hill assist" that you can't turn off caused me to lose the clutch at 23,000 miles. It's ironic that the people who lose their clutches early on these WRXs are the ones with the most experience--quicker feet than the cutoff on the "hill assist", which wears out the clutch PDQ but with no sign of trouble until it totally fails way too early. It's a very stupid, incredibly annoying feature on a hot sports car that only comes as a stick shift. I understand that this feature can be turned off on the STI, but not the WRX. Grrr.
2009 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
No annoying squeaks, rattles, plastic wearing, etc.
2009 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
No annoying rattles, squeaks, plastic wearing, etc. Well made and tight tolerances.
2008 4dr Hatch turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Basic maintence is all that needs to be done for the most part. Subaru is an extremely reliable vehicle.
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Hatch turbocharged 305hp 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
Sub had some issues with the 08 tune for the sti. They where prone to cracking the piston rings in sustained high rpm use. This is not a good thing !! They have since done a service recall to fix this issue.