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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Subaru Impreza 42 Imprezas, 9.5 months of data per Impreza, average 10300 miles15
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Subaru Impreza 58 Imprezas, 9.9 months of data per Impreza, average 22800 miles10
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Subaru WRX / STI   10 WRX / STIs, 8.7 months of data per WRX / STI, average 21600 miles

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2012 Subaru Impreza 52 Imprezas, 9.9 months of data per Impreza, average 36400 miles

Impreza redesigned for this model year. Some reports of excessive oil consumption in the Impreza.
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10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru WRX / STI   15 WRX / STIs, 9.1 months of data per WRX / STI, average 29700 miles

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2011 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 38 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.4 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 32800 miles20
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   24 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.5 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 64700 miles

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2009 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 25 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.7 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 58400 miles50
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 31 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.0 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 79900 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   22 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.0 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 96100 miles

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2006 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 31 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 10.5 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 82700 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
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60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 46 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.5 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 110800 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
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30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   14 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.2 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 121200 miles

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2003 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   12 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.6 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 139700 miles

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2002 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   18 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.9 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 119200 miles

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Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport Reliability

You won't find Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots. So you can tell how much the Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport truly differs from competing car models in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport was a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport has been recently.

What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport

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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
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).
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.
2011 4dr Hatch 148-horsepower 2.0L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT 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 268hp 2.0L H4
6-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 No annoying squeaks, rattles, plastic wearing, etc.
2009 4dr Hatch No annoying rattles, squeaks, plastic wearing, etc. Well made and tight tolerances.
2009 4dr Hatch 148-horsepower 2.0L H4
CVT 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.
2008 4dr Hatch turbocharged 268hp 2.0L H4
6-speed manual AWD
Basic maintence is all that needs to be done for the most part. Subaru is an extremely reliable vehicle.
2008 4dr Hatch Good mechanical reputation for the brand.
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.