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Volkswagen Tiguan vs. Subaru Outback Reliability Comparisons

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2015 Subaru Outback 47 Outbacks, 2.8 months of data per Outback, average 3000 miles27
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Subaru Outback 70 Outbacks, 9.1 months of data per Outback, average 9200 miles13
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Subaru Outback 120 Outbacks, 9.7 months of data per Outback, average 23100 miles22
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Volkswagen Tiguan 25 Tiguans, 10.1 months of data per Tiguan, average 16200 miles33
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru Outback 107 Outbacks, 10.1 months of data per Outback, average 34500 miles16
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan 36 Tiguans, 10.7 months of data per Tiguan, average 29900 miles22
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Subaru Outback 144 Outbacks, 9.9 months of data per Outback, average 47300 miles23
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Volkswagen Tiguan 40 Tiguans, 9.2 months of data per Tiguan, average 37200 miles49
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Subaru Outback 107 Outbacks, 9.9 months of data per Outback, average 60700 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Volkswagen Tiguan   24 Tiguans, 8.4 months of data per Tiguan, average 53700 miles

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2009 Subaru Outback 57 Outbacks, 9.2 months of data per Outback, average 68600 miles

Common problems with CV joint boots, and possibly also wheel bearings.
89
90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan 32 Tiguans, 9.0 months of data per Tiguan, average 66700 miles

First model year.
79
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Subaru Outback 60 Outbacks, 9.1 months of data per Outback, average 79800 miles

Common problems with wheel bearings and CV joint boots. Also starting to see head gasket failures with the 2008s. A common problem with previous model years.
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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Subaru Outback 45 Outbacks, 10.3 months of data per Outback, average 82100 miles

Common problem with wheel bearings. Also, head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
70
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Subaru Outback 64 Outbacks, 9.8 months of data per Outback, average 95200 miles

Muliple reports of problems with head gaskets, cv joint boots, sway bar links, and wheel bearings.
97
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Subaru Outback 100 Outbacks, 9.1 months of data per Outback, average 101400 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Most common problems involve struts, wheel bearings, steering pump, CV joints.
86
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Subaru Outback 25 Outbacks, 8.0 months of data per Outback, average 128400 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
72
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Subaru Outback 33 Outbacks, 8.9 months of data per Outback, average 150500 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
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70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Subaru Outback   17 Outbacks, 8.7 months of data per Outback, average 142400 miles

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2001 Subaru Outback 27 Outbacks, 9.0 months of data per Outback, average 164800 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
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20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Subaru Outback   17 Outbacks, 7.3 months of data per Outback, average 176600 miles

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1999 Subaru Outback   15 Outbacks, 4.5 months of data per Outback, average 166000 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Volkswagen Tiguan

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Ive had no issues with my tiguan, after 16,000miles in one year and plenty of abuse such as hundreds of redline shifts in 1,2,3rd gear and taking it on quite a few deeply rutted mountain roads. It still has no issues, squeaks or rattles. Everything is like the day I bought it.
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
In three years had no service related problems.
Volkswagen Tiguan Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I've had it in the shop 3 times for parts replacements in 2 years: rear brake rotors in first 6 months, then oil pressure relief valve necessitating replacing entire head gasket, then faulty fuel pump relay. All covered by warranty, and they comp'd my rental car, but I'm worried about what happens when it's not under warranty anymore!
 

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

Subaru Outback Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Wagon 256-horsepower 3.6L H6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I have nearly 30,000 miles and other than oil changes and other Subaru recommended service zero issues. I am just not noticing that my brakes aren't as strong as they once were, will probably have the pads replaced next service interval.
2011 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
I just took my 2011 Outback 2.5 Limited in for its timing belt. I have 105,230 miles on the car and bought it new. It is hard to think this car was anything but a great purchase decision. $30 in repairs (gas cap, wasn't stranded) was all I've spent. I had a 2009 Jetta TDI before despite the mileage of the TDI, the Outback is much cheaper to drive. I have purchase a new battery, changed the differential fluid for the 3rd time and use Mobil 1 syth+filter every 7500 mi. Changed the spark plugs at 60k. Don't. Waste of time. They looked brand new. Will do again every 100k. Air filters every 20-30k. Headlights are a pain to change (Youtube). Mine lasted 60k. Guessing the shop will tell me when I need brakes. I think it will be a while still.
2011 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
So far everything is great and it goes like crazy in the snow.
2011 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Reputation and family and friends experience tell me I will have this vehicle for a long time.
2011 4dr Wagon 256-horsepower 3.6L H6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Most owners rave about its Duability and Reliability and a big percentage of the autos are on the road after 10 years
2010 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Proven reliability.
2010 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
My wife and four kids drive Subarus. All are expected to be driven well over 100,000 miles. None have disappointed us. The AWD system is bulletproof. Standard maintenance procedures will assure long life.
2010 4dr Wagon 256-horsepower 3.6L H6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Too early to tell.
2010 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Everything about this car seems to be about for and function. Based on reports and friends own experiences I have been told to expect excellent reliability and durability. Most importantly are the number of satisfied owners I have questioned at random.
2010 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
I purchase a 1-2 year old used vehicle which I then drive for 10 years at a time. I chose the Subaru due to it's longevity and reliability and it's not been disappointing so far. I'm hoping to get 200k+ miles out of this vehicle and from rea
Subaru Outback Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
No repairs needed except for headlamp bulbs and my brakes are still almost new after 78,000 miles.
2009 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
In the first year, we had to replace the tie rods - it was under warranty but very unexpected & a major repair. At about 150,000 we had to replace major things like the head gaskets. The garage told us they make a lot of money on Subarus as this is a very common breakdown. He told us we were lucky to make it to 150K as most go at or before 140K. Our Toyotas went to almost 200,000 and we never replaced anything major - just routine maintenance. There are numerous other repairs - so costly & so much more expensive than with our Toyota truck or previous Toyota cars. I see why the warranty is for so few miles now. That said - back to Toyota for us.
2007 4dr Wagon 175-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I do have some reliability concerns, as this engine is notorious for head gasket problems. I noticed that my coolant tank was empty a couple weeks ago. I'm going to track it closely now, but I will be very disappointed if I have to do major work on this engine (head gaskets).
2005 4dr Wagon 168-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Anecdotal reports of engine head gasket problems made me wary.