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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.

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Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport Reliability:
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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 30 Imprezas, 4.6 months of data per Impreza, average 5100 miles17
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Subaru Impreza 59 Imprezas, 9.3 months of data per Impreza, average 14400 miles4
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru Impreza 54 Imprezas, 9.6 months of data per Impreza, average 24200 miles

Impreza redesigned for this model year.
16
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru WRX / STI   15 WRX / STIs, 10.3 months of data per WRX / STI, average 22000 miles

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2011 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 42 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.2 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 28200 miles37
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 26 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.8 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 54100 miles5
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 30 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.8 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 55600 miles50
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 34 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.2 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 71200 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
54
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   18 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.1 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 77200 miles

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2006 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 30 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.1 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 75000 miles53
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 52 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.5 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 100500 miles84
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   21 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.1 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 111800 miles

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2003 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   14 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.6 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 127900 miles

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2002 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 30 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.0 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 113700 miles75
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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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
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
5-speed manual AWD
No annoying rattles, squeaks, plastic wearing, etc. Well made and tight tolerances.
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
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.
2008 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Good mechanical reputation for the brand.
2008 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
overall fantastic. rarely but sometimes if parked at the wrong angle(?) takes two trys to start. I think it has to do with the location of the fuel pump.
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.