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Subaru Impreza vs. Honda S2000 Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending September 30, 2016. 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 and Model Percent of Average  
2012 - 2016 Subaru Impreza / WRX
16.8571428571% Best 67% Worst
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2008 - 2011 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport
44.8571428571% Best 116% Worst
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2002 - 2007 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport
44.2857142857% Best 115% Worst
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport

Subaru Impreza / WRX / 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. full 2013 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
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). full 2012 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
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. full 2011 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
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. full 2010 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
2009 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
No annoying rattles, squeaks, plastic wearing, etc. Well made and tight tolerances. full 2009 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
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. full 2009 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
2009 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
No annoying squeaks, rattles, plastic wearing, etc. full 2009 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
2008 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Reputation is outstanding full 2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
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. full 2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
2008 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Good mechanical reputation for the brand. full 2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
Subaru Impreza / WRX / 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. full 2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Honda S2000

Honda S2000 Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 2dr Convertible 237-horsepower 2.2L I4
6-speed manual RWD
Honda's in general are great. Originally this was a 30k + vehicle. Honda really took great care in putting it together. If you can find a gently used model it should go forever. Speaking as a former honda owner. full 2007 Honda S2000 review
2004 2dr Convertible 240-horsepower 2.2L I4
6-speed manual RWD
The car is 4 years old and has demanded nothing except oil changes (synthetic). The unibody is exceptionally stiff for a roadster, no rattles, squeaks or other noises, doors close with authority, the top mechanism is flawless and the paint is as new. full 2004 Honda S2000 review
2004 2dr Convertible 240-horsepower 2.2L I4
6-speed manual RWD
have had this car for over 5 years, have not had one problem. full 2004 Honda S2000 review
2003 2dr Convertible 240-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual RWD
I have owned the car for three years and had to pay nothing apart from oil changes so far. full 2003 Honda S2000 review