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Volkswagen Tiguan vs. Subaru Outback Reliability Comparisons

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

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Volkswagen Tiguan and Subaru Outback reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Subaru Outback 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 Tiguan and the Subaru Outback 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  
2014 Subaru Outback   23 Outbacks, 2.9 months of data per Outback, average 2900 miles

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2013 Subaru Outback 105 Outbacks, 8.8 months of data per Outback, average 10600 miles20
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Volkswagen Tiguan   21 Tiguans, 8.1 months of data per Tiguan, average 7400 miles

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2012 Subaru Outback 110 Outbacks, 10.4 months of data per Outback, average 21700 miles16
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan 37 Tiguans, 10.0 months of data per Tiguan, average 17200 miles10
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Subaru Outback 149 Outbacks, 10.1 months of data per Outback, average 34600 miles25
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Volkswagen Tiguan 37 Tiguans, 10.3 months of data per Tiguan, average 27400 miles41
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Subaru Outback 114 Outbacks, 9.7 months of data per Outback, average 46700 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
17
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Volkswagen Tiguan 31 Tiguans, 9.9 months of data per Tiguan, average 42200 miles47
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Subaru Outback 51 Outbacks, 9.9 months of data per Outback, average 56800 miles33
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan 36 Tiguans, 8.8 months of data per Tiguan, average 54400 miles

First model year.
95
100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Subaru Outback 67 Outbacks, 9.4 months of data per Outback, average 70000 miles

Starting to see head gasket failures with the 2008s. A common problem with previous model years.
65
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Subaru Outback 51 Outbacks, 9.9 months of data per Outback, average 73100 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
55
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Subaru Outback 68 Outbacks, 9.9 months of data per Outback, average 86000 miles

Muliple reports of problems with head gaskets, cv joint boots, sway bar links, and wheel bearings.
69
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Subaru Outback 96 Outbacks, 9.5 months of data per Outback, average 98600 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Most common problems involve struts, wheel bearings, steering pump, CV joints.
96
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Subaru Outback 28 Outbacks, 7.7 months of data per Outback, average 123100 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
78
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Subaru Outback 29 Outbacks, 8.6 months of data per Outback, average 134700 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
102
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Subaru Outback   24 Outbacks, 8.0 months of data per Outback, average 147900 miles

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2001 Subaru Outback 31 Outbacks, 9.4 months of data per Outback, average 158500 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
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90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Subaru Outback   22 Outbacks, 8.7 months of data per Outback, average 154900 miles

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1999 Subaru Outback   12 Outbacks, 9.0 months of data per Outback, average 150800 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 Volkswagen Tiguan Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Volkswagen Tiguan: 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.
Reliability and Durability of the Volkswagen Tiguan: 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!

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