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Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI vs. Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI or Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI and the Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI and Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI and the Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport were 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 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI and the Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2000 Volkswagen Golf / GTI   20 Golf / GTIs, 7.2 months of data per Golf / GTI, average 120300 miles

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2000 Volkswagen Golf diesel   12 Golf diesels, 8.9 months of data per Golf diesel, average 215400 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Golf / GTI 28 Golf / GTIs, 8.3 months of data per Golf / GTI, average 143200 miles104
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 29 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.3 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 113100 miles49
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Volkswagen Golf / GTI   17 Golf / GTIs, 8.3 months of data per Golf / GTI, average 109500 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Golf diesel   15 Golf diesels, 8.6 months of data per Golf diesel, average 186900 miles

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2003 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   17 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.1 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 123500 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Golf / GTI 32 Golf / GTIs, 8.8 months of data per Golf / GTI, average 126300 miles

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77
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Volkswagen Golf diesel 26 Golf diesels, 10.0 months of data per Golf diesel, average 228600 miles

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124
90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 26 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 7.8 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 111300 miles65
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Volkswagen Golf diesel   12 Golf diesels, 7.2 months of data per Golf diesel, average 177100 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Golf / GTI   13 Golf / GTIs, 11.0 months of data per Golf / GTI, average 94000 miles

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2005 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 55 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.2 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 98700 miles74
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Volkswagen Golf diesel   12 Golf diesels, 11.1 months of data per Golf diesel, average 138100 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Golf / GTI   11 Golf / GTIs, 9.2 months of data per Golf / GTI, average 102100 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 75800 miles40
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   20 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 7.2 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 73100 miles

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2007 Volkswagen Rabbit 2.5 36 Rabbit 2.5s, 9.4 months of data per Rabbit 2.5, average 89300 miles

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78
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volkswagen GTI 29 GTIs, 10.5 months of data per GTI, average 84800 miles

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95
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 37 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.3 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 70300 miles

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45
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Volkswagen R32   13 R32s, 9.2 months of data per R32, average 55200 miles

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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit 2.5 39 Rabbit 2.5s, 9.0 months of data per Rabbit 2.5, average 68000 miles24
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Volkswagen GTI 40 GTIs, 8.9 months of data per GTI, average 63400 miles67
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 30 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 10.1 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 53700 miles39
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Rabbit 30 Rabbits, 8.7 months of data per Rabbit, average 56000 miles14
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen GTI 27 GTIs, 10.4 months of data per GTI, average 56000 miles56
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 26 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 10.9 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 51100 miles17
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Volkswagen Golf 2.5   24 Golf 2.5s, 9.8 months of data per Golf 2.5, average 36800 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Golf diesel 75 Golf diesels, 10.2 months of data per Golf diesel, average 56200 miles

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38
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Volkswagen GTI 74 GTIs, 8.4 months of data per GTI, average 40300 miles

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60
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 51 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.5 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 26900 miles42
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Volkswagen Golf 2.5   19 Golf 2.5s, 10.4 months of data per Golf 2.5, average 35600 miles

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2011 Volkswagen Golf diesel 74 Golf diesels, 9.7 months of data per Golf diesel, average 41300 miles37
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Volkswagen GTI 56 GTIs, 9.5 months of data per GTI, average 33500 miles47
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru Impreza 56 Imprezas, 10.0 months of data per Impreza, average 21000 miles

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15
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru WRX / STI   15 WRX / STIs, 10.7 months of data per WRX / STI, average 19600 miles

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2012 Volkswagen Golf 2.5 28 Golf 2.5s, 9.9 months of data per Golf 2.5, average 18500 miles22
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volkswagen Golf diesel 56 Golf diesels, 10.5 months of data per Golf diesel, average 21900 miles25
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volkswagen GTI 89 GTIs, 9.5 months of data per GTI, average 18600 miles40
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Subaru Impreza 58 Imprezas, 9.1 months of data per Impreza, average 11900 miles5
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Volkswagen Golf 2.5   11 Golf 2.5s, 7.5 months of data per Golf 2.5, average 9000 miles

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2013 Volkswagen GTI 48 GTIs, 8.5 months of data per GTI, average 9400 miles15
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Volkswagen Golf diesel 38 Golf diesels, 8.6 months of data per Golf diesel, average 11600 miles18
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Subaru Impreza   16 Imprezas, 3.8 months of data per Impreza, average 4000 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI

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What Our Members Are Saying about Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 2dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
5-speed manual FWD
The car is not old, but so far, so good. Oil changes are required only every 10K miles at first, and the first three are taken care of - not a high-price incentive, certainly, but a nice touch. I haven't had a single cause for alarm so far, and the car operates as it did on the day I bought it. VW has an iffy reputation in the US right now, but it's also said that quality control is best in Wolfsburg, where this car is assembled, and for what its worth, Consumer Reports ranked the MK6 Golf well above average for projected reliability.
2010 4dr Hatch turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
I may be risking jinxing myself, given the brand's reputation, but it's been very reliable for three years now! No major problems, no big out-of-pocket expenses.
2009 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
No complaints once we sorted out a few initial problems. Car is reliable and I would drive it anywhere.
2009 2dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
5-speed manual FWD
No problems so far, the car feels durable and does not creak or make funny noises
2008 2dr Hatch 250-horsepower 3.2L V6
6-speed automated manual AWD
Rated by Edmunds as a "least cost" vehicle, coming in at a rate below the comparable vehicle costs of operation and ownership
2008 2dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
very safe car, rated well in crash ratings, better warrenty than most,
2008 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
The 2008 VW GTI is a car that you can't depend on. It has tons of issues that affect a high percentage of owners, which include: Diverter valve failure PCV faliure Cam wear Fuel pump failure Air conditioning failure Misfires Carbon build up Avoid this car at all costs. Don't make the same mistake I did.
2006 4dr Hatch turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
5-speed manual FWD
The diesel engine is built to last.
2006 4dr Hatch 115-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
We had a very high recommendation from a close friend regarding Golf and we are finding it to be exactly as stated. Solid and reliable, plus easy to drive. We are aware of expensive parts and service but we have not had any repairs to date other than tire
2005 4dr Wagon turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
5-speed manual FWD
Engine has 150K+ miles, and I should be able to get another 150K
Reliability and Durability of the Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Hatch turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
There is a major potential problem with the Golf TDI in the form of the high pressure fuel pump. The concern is that the Bosch unit does not like American low sulfur diesel fuel because of its relatively lower lubricity compared to Euro diesel fuels available where the car was designed. When the pump fails, it can send metal shavings throughout the fuel system, and require major replacements to the tune of $8-10,000. This is a sword of Damocles hanging over the head of any TDI owner. Three or more design revisions have been implemented, but the problem still shows up. Are you willing to take a chance they finally got it right in your car?
2012 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
My GTI had a water pump failure inside of 20k miles. Other than that, all was good.
2010 4dr Hatch turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
Do not trust VW to be well built or have dealers that will honor the warranty.
2008 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
The 2008 VW GTI is a car that you can't depend on. It has tons of issues that affect a high percentage of owners, which include: Diverter valve failure PCV faliure Cam wear Fuel pump failure Air conditioning failure Misfires Carbon build up Avoid this car at all costs. Don't make the same mistake I did.
2007 2dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
OK, everything comes with a price, right? Rattles, bad tranny, warpped timing belt cover, cracked tail light lens. Did I mention the rattles? Know what? I STILL like it. Thank God for warranties.
2007 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
In a year of ownership I have had far more dealership experiences than I care to remember. Lots of check engine lights, parts acting funny, and several parts that have questionable long-term durability.
2007 2dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
VW needs to address reliability concerns with bulletprood reliability and a good service network.
2007 2dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
I have had to return to the dealership three times for "Airbag Fault" warnings.
2007 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Averaging 2 to 3 shop visits per year. Concerns about how much it will cost to own this vehicle over the long haul.
2006 4dr Hatch turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Lots of repairs so far, minor and major ones.

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