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Volkswagen Tiguan vs. Subaru Outback Reliability

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Results are for year ending March 31, 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 Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2016 Subaru Outback 5
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  99 Outbacks, 4.4 months of data per Outback, average 4300 miles

 

2015 Subaru Outback 43
85.4037267081% 85.4037267081% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  153 Outbacks, 9.5 months of data per Outback, average 10900 miles

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

 

2014 Subaru Outback 22
28.8571428571% 28.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  78 Outbacks, 9.7 months of data per Outback, average 24400 miles

 

2013 Subaru Outback 20
16.6666666667% 16.6666666667% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  118 Outbacks, 10.2 months of data per Outback, average 38800 miles
2013 Volkswagen Tiguan 41
56.6666666667% 56.6666666667% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Tiguans, 9.1 months of data per Tiguan, average 29700 miles

 

2012 Subaru Outback 25
23.2142857143% 23.2142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  104 Outbacks, 9.7 months of data per Outback, average 48800 miles
2012 Volkswagen Tiguan 36
42.8571428571% 42.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 Tiguans, 9.4 months of data per Tiguan, average 42100 miles

 

2011 Subaru Outback 33
32.4489795918% 32.4489795918% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  127 Outbacks, 10.2 months of data per Outback, average 63800 miles
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan 52
63.4693877551% 63.4693877551% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 Tiguans, 9.9 months of data per Tiguan, average 51000 miles

 

2010 Subaru Outback 38
32.8571428571% 32.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  95 Outbacks, 9.9 months of data per Outback, average 73900 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2010 Volkswagen Tiguan   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Tiguans, 9.6 months of data per Tiguan, average 56600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2009 Subaru Outback 88
75.2747252747% 75.2747252747% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  47 Outbacks, 9.3 months of data per Outback, average 86600 miles

Common problems with CV joint boots, and possibly also wheel bearings.
2009 Volkswagen Tiguan 89
76.3736263736% 76.3736263736% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Tiguans, 9.5 months of data per Tiguan, average 81200 miles

First model year.

 

2008 Subaru Outback 96
84.0659340659% 84.0659340659% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  60 Outbacks, 9.4 months of data per Outback, average 98200 miles

Common problems with wheel bearings and CV joint boots.

 

2007 Subaru Outback 95
77.2727272727% 77.2727272727% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 Outbacks, 9.5 months of data per Outback, average 94100 miles

Common problem with wheel bearings. Also, head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2006 Subaru Outback 68
45.5665024631% 45.5665024631% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  57 Outbacks, 9.3 months of data per Outback, average 102600 miles

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

 

2005 Subaru Outback H6   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Outback H6s, 10.4 months of data per Outback H6, average 124100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2005 Subaru Outback H4 85
54.4642857143% 54.4642857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  63 Outback H4s, 9.7 months of data per Outback H4, average 111600 miles

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

 

2004 Subaru Outback   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Outbacks, 7.7 months of data per Outback, average 143100 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2003 Subaru Outback 102
53.2967032967% 53.2967032967% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Outbacks, 9.0 months of data per Outback, average 147800 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2002 Subaru Outback   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Outbacks, 7.7 months of data per Outback, average 163300 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2001 Subaru Outback 91
45.2380952381% 45.2380952381% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Outbacks, 6.3 months of data per Outback, average 180000 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

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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
But, here is the problem. At 89,000 miles I've spent more on maintenance than I spent on my last car, a Toyota Camry, in 200,000 + miles. I've replaced an intake manifold, thermostat, water pump, cooling fans, door handle and a few other smaller things.
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!
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Electrical glitches. Direct injection issues... Carbon on intack valves. 3 water pumps....4 sunroof drain tubes. Not so good
 

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 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
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.
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
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.
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.