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BMW X3 vs. Subaru Outback Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending June 30, 2018. 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 and Model % of Average Repair Frequency  
2018 Subaru Outback Reliability by Generation2018 Subaru Outback
0% Best 33% Worst
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2015 - 2017 BMW X3 Reliability by Generation2015 - 2017 BMW X3
20.2857142857% Best 73% Worst
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2015 - 2017 Subaru Outback Reliability by Generation2015 - 2017 Subaru Outback
23.7142857143% Best 79% Worst
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2013 - 2014 Subaru Outback Reliability by Generation2013 - 2014 Subaru Outback
28.2857142857% Best 87% Worst
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2011 - 2014 BMW X3 Reliability by Generation2011 - 2014 BMW X3
85.4285714286% Best 187% Worst
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2010 - 2012 Subaru Outback Reliability by Generation2010 - 2012 Subaru Outback
40.2857142857% Best 108% Worst
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2005 - 2009 Subaru Outback Reliability by Generation2005 - 2009 Subaru Outback
63.1428571429% Best 148% Worst
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2000 - 2004 Subaru Outback Reliability by Generation2000 - 2004 Subaru Outback
55.1428571429% Best 134% Worst
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the BMW X3

BMW X3 Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Not a single issue in over three years of ownership. SA at BMW store stated X3s have much fewer problems than most other BMW vehicles. full 2008 BMW X3 review
2006 4dr SUV 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I’ve only encountered the most minor problems – a bad airbag sensor in a seat and a bad Sirius radio tuner. Otherwise, it’s been problem-free driving for almost 30K miles. full 2006 BMW X3 review
2006 4dr SUV 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
not lots of gizmos and trinkets to break - interior simple and well made - even at high mileage it looks new! switches, buttons all high quality full 2006 BMW X3 review
BMW X3 Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Ride qualities have necessitated two visits to the dealership along with one two-night stay in the first month of ownership. The tailgate latch has begun to stick where it will neither open or close completely. full 2009 BMW X3 review
2008 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
After a long trip, a downshift in the driveway from 2nd to 1st was missed accompanied by slippage and loud noises. In test drive around the neighborhood it continued. Next morning was ok. Dealer unable to find any computer log of event. full 2008 BMW X3 review
2004 4dr SUV 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed manual AWD
Frequent expensive repairs from past experiance full 2004 BMW X3 review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the BMW X3

BMW X3 Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Not a single issue in over three years of ownership. SA at BMW store stated X3s have much fewer problems than most other BMW vehicles. full 2008 BMW X3 review
2006 4dr SUV 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I’ve only encountered the most minor problems – a bad airbag sensor in a seat and a bad Sirius radio tuner. Otherwise, it’s been problem-free driving for almost 30K miles. full 2006 BMW X3 review
2006 4dr SUV 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
not lots of gizmos and trinkets to break - interior simple and well made - even at high mileage it looks new! switches, buttons all high quality full 2006 BMW X3 review
BMW X3 Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Ride qualities have necessitated two visits to the dealership along with one two-night stay in the first month of ownership. The tailgate latch has begun to stick where it will neither open or close completely. full 2009 BMW X3 review
2008 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
After a long trip, a downshift in the driveway from 2nd to 1st was missed accompanied by slippage and loud noises. In test drive around the neighborhood it continued. Next morning was ok. Dealer unable to find any computer log of event. full 2008 BMW X3 review
2004 4dr SUV 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed manual AWD
Frequent expensive repairs from past experiance full 2004 BMW X3 review