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Subaru Legacy vs. Toyota FJ Cruiser 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    
2016 Subaru Legacy 0
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  63 Legacys, 3.1 months of data per Legacy, average 2900 miles

 

2015 Subaru Legacy 32
58.0745341615% 58.0745341615% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  159 Legacys, 8.8 months of data per Legacy, average 8800 miles

Redesigned. Common problems with wind noise around the front side windows and the fuel door release.

 

2014 Subaru Legacy 21
24.7252747253% 24.7252747253% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  78 Legacys, 10.2 months of data per Legacy, average 21200 miles

 

2013 Subaru Legacy 20
17.9802955665% 17.9802955665% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  121 Legacys, 10.2 months of data per Legacy, average 35400 miles

 

2012 Subaru Legacy 28
27.0562770563% 27.0562770563% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  107 Legacys, 10.1 months of data per Legacy, average 45800 miles

 

2011 Subaru Legacy 33
34.0336134454% 34.0336134454% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  132 Legacys, 10.3 months of data per Legacy, average 60500 miles

 

2010 Subaru Legacy 36
32.7067669173% 32.7067669173% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  97 Legacys, 10.1 months of data per Legacy, average 70500 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2009 Subaru Legacy 73
62% 62% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  49 Legacys, 9.7 months of data per Legacy, average 83100 miles

Common problems with CV joint boots, and possibly also wheel bearings.

 

2008 Subaru Legacy 102
97.5218658892% 97.5218658892% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  62 Legacys, 9.9 months of data per Legacy, average 96000 miles

Common problems with wheel bearings and CV joint boots.
2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 FJ Cruisers, 10.4 months of data per FJ Cruiser, average 71900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2007 Subaru Legacy 103
83.6734693878% 83.6734693878% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  43 Legacys, 9.3 months of data per Legacy, average 91500 miles

Common problem with wheel bearings. Also, head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser 31
10.2040816327% 10.2040816327% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  47 FJ Cruisers, 9.7 months of data per FJ Cruiser, average 98400 miles

Many FJs are off-roaded.

 

2006 Subaru Legacy 76
54.7619047619% 54.7619047619% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  61 Legacys, 9.3 months of data per Legacy, average 99300 miles

Muliple reports of problems with head gaskets, cv joint boots, sway bar links, and wheel bearings.

 

2005 Subaru Legacy H6   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Legacy H6s, 10.8 months of data per Legacy H6, average 122300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2005 Subaru Legacy H4 88
61.0070257611% 61.0070257611% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  78 Legacy H4s, 9.1 months of data per Legacy H4, average 109400 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Most common problems involve struts, wheel bearings, steering pump, CV joints.

 

2004 Subaru Legacy   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Legacys, 8.3 months of data per Legacy, average 142600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2003 Subaru Legacy 100
54.7619047619% 54.7619047619% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Legacys, 9.8 months of data per Legacy, average 146800 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2002 Subaru Legacy   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Legacys, 9.5 months of data per Legacy, average 159600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2001 Subaru Legacy 95
46.4285714286% 46.4285714286% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Legacys, 7.8 months of data per Legacy, average 177200 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2000 Subaru Legacy   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Legacys, 5.3 months of data per Legacy, average 162300 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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Subaru Legacy vs. Toyota FJ Cruiser Reliability Comparisons

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Subaru Legacy

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Subaru Legacy

Subaru Legacy Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
We keep cars for 10 years or more. I expect to drive this one for the next 15.
2010 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
You see many Subarus still on the road. I have heard many stories of these vehicles still running great with high mileage.
2010 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
Had the previous model. I never had any problems, it was a solid car, as all Subarus seem to be.
2009 4dr Sedan turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
subaru has been using the same basic engine design for years. the design is tested and proven to be very durable.
2009 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Like most Japanese cars the Subaru is known for being reliable and durable. I have owned this vehicle for just over a year and with the exception of a leaky transmission line (assembly error) it has only required regular maintenance.
2008 4dr Sedan turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
proven engine and awd
2008 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
I beat the piss out of my car - but it still keeps coming back for more. The only problem I had was a wheel bearing going bad. This was fixed under warranty.
2007 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Low maintenance, tough enough to base a heavy duty version of the car, think Outback, will go hundreds of thousands of miles if you just remember to do the recommended maintenance.
2006 4dr Wagon turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Here in Canada, we see extremes in temperatures. It gets very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. You need a car that is built tough.
2006 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Very dependable.
Subaru Legacy Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2005 4dr Sedan turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Many more problems than any other Subaru I have owned. Lots of fit and finish issues along with failing wheel bearings and bad fuel injectors.
2002 4dr Wagon 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
Annual repairs have nearly doubled price paid for vehicle; substantial engine problems; none of the 4 recalls addressed engine issues.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Toyota FJ Cruiser

Toyota FJ Cruiser Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Both the structural and power components are based on long time proven designs
2008 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Its my car today and will be my sons first car ten years from now just like my first 1976 FJ40 my dad sold me!
2008 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual AWD w/low range
FJ is manufactured and assembled in Japan. Reliability and durability will be excellent.
2008 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual AWD w/low range
My third Toyota. Overall have more than 10 years of driving experience in three different Toyotas and had absolutely ZERO problems - not a single failure.
2008 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Not one problem with drive train in 38,000 miles, built well.
2007 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual AWD w/low range
Powertrain and chassis has been used on many other Toyota models and has proven reliability.
2007 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Very reliable. Just turn the key and drive.
2007 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
It is a Toyota; what more do you need to say? Similar drive train to the 4 Runner so very reliable.
2007 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Lack of maintenance costs means better value throughout the life of the vehicle and increasing value overall.