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Subaru Outback Lemon Odds and Nada Odds for the Year Ending June 30, 2017

An asterisk (*) marks results based on small sample sizes.

Year Make/Model Nada Odds per 100 Cars Lemon Odds per 100 Cars    
33 vehicles, 10.5 months per vehicle, 9500 miles driven2017 Subaru Outback Join or sign in to view   see reported repairs
  33 vehicles, 10.5 months per vehicle, 9500 miles driven
125 vehicles, 11.5 months per vehicle, 17800 miles driven2016 Subaru Outback
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  125 vehicles, 11.5 months per vehicle, 17800 miles driven
96 vehicles, 11.5 months per vehicle, 29100 miles driven

Redesigned. Common problems with wind noise around the front side windows and the fuel door release.
2015
Subaru Outback
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  96 vehicles, 11.5 months per vehicle, 29100 miles driven

Redesigned. Common problems with wind noise around the front side windows and the fuel door release.
49 vehicles, 11.6 months per vehicle, 47700 miles driven2014 Subaru Outback
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  49 vehicles, 11.6 months per vehicle, 47700 miles driven
79 vehicles, 11.5 months per vehicle, 61900 miles driven2013 Subaru Outback
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  79 vehicles, 11.5 months per vehicle, 61900 miles driven
56 vehicles, 11.5 months per vehicle, 69000 miles driven2012 Subaru Outback
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  56 vehicles, 11.5 months per vehicle, 69000 miles driven
87 vehicles, 11.6 months per vehicle, 85700 miles driven2011 Subaru Outback
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  87 vehicles, 11.6 months per vehicle, 85700 miles driven
53 vehicles, 11.6 months per vehicle, 88300 miles driven

Redesigned for this model year. Dramatic improvement in reliability compared to the previous generation.
2010
Subaru Outback
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  53 vehicles, 11.6 months per vehicle, 88300 miles driven

Redesigned for this model year. Dramatic improvement in reliability compared to the previous generation.
25 vehicles, 11.8 months per vehicle, 98200 miles driven

Common problems with CV joint boots, and possibly also wheel bearings.
2009
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  25 vehicles, 11.8 months per vehicle, 98200 miles driven

Common problems with CV joint boots, and possibly also wheel bearings.
38 vehicles, 11.2 months per vehicle, 116500 miles driven

Common problems with wheel bearings and CV joint boots.
2008
Subaru Outback
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  38 vehicles, 11.2 months per vehicle, 116500 miles driven

Common problems with wheel bearings and CV joint boots.
25 vehicles, 11.0 months per vehicle, 106300 miles driven

Common problem with wheel bearings. Also, head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
2007
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  25 vehicles, 11.0 months per vehicle, 106300 miles driven

Common problem with wheel bearings. Also, head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
31 vehicles, 11.5 months per vehicle, 107800 miles driven

Muliple reports of problems with head gaskets, cv joint boots, sway bar links, and wheel bearings.
2006
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  31 vehicles, 11.5 months per vehicle, 107800 miles driven

Muliple reports of problems with head gaskets, cv joint boots, sway bar links, and wheel bearings.
41 vehicles, 11.5 months per vehicle, 121200 miles driven

Redesigned for this model year. Most common problems involve struts, wheel bearings, steering pump, CV joints.
2005
Subaru Outback H4
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  41 vehicles, 11.5 months per vehicle, 121200 miles driven

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

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Subaru Outback Lemon Odds and Nada Odds

Other sources of Subaru Outback reliability information provide only averages, which can conceal as much as they reveal. So we also report the percentage of Subaru Outbacks with no repairs at all in the past year and the percentage of Subaru Outbacks that are lemons (required three or more repair trips in the past year). These figures might surprise you.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to closely track Subaru Outback lemon odds as the cars age. Others can be over a year behind. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Subaru Outback has been recently.

To see how frequently Subaru Outback problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

What Our Members Are Saying about the Brand Reputation of the Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback Brand Reputation: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Lived up to reputation, one year 20,000 miles no repairs. see full Subaru Outback review
2012 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
This is our 3rd Outback and 10th Subaru with ours and our kids. We love Subaru's. Safety was the reason we purchased our first Subie, a '95 Legacy, for our daughter. All wheel drive and the other safety features of Subaru sold us. We still feel like our Subaru's give us an edge in any unexpected unpleasant situation on the road. When Subaru came to the U.S., it was known for quirky fun vehicles. The Subaru's of today remain fun, but a lot of the quirkiness is gone. In design and execution, they seem more mainstream now. Our Subaru's have been reliable. The all wheel drive system seems bullet proof and with one exception the engines have been the same. Our '99 Outback has had an overheating gremlin. With normal maintenance a Subaru can be trouble free. see full Subaru Outback review
2011 4dr Wagon 256-horsepower 3.6L H6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Most Subaru owners go back again when changing their cars see full Subaru Outback review
2010 4dr Wagon 256-horsepower 3.6L H6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
It has engendered fierce owner loyalty. I wanted to understand that better after owning many other vehicles over 4 decades. see full Subaru Outback review
2010 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
After reading the excellent reviews on Conumer Reports, and talking to Subaru owners I beagn to like the product. After seeing the bank for my buck value and then driving one I was sold! see full Subaru Outback review
2010 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Very durable and GREAT in the snow. see full Subaru Outback review
2009 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Many independent reviewers gave it high ratings, and current owners we s/w gave it high ratings for performance & satisfaction. see full Subaru Outback review
2008 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
sturdey, reliable, lasts for ever. see full Subaru Outback review
2008 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
I take care of my own vehicle maintenance, and I like the reputation for longevity that the drive-train, engine components, and suspensions have. I do regular oil changes with Mobil 1 synthetic, and get 200K miles out of my cars. see full Subaru Outback review
2008 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Again, these cars are everywhere in the Northwest. This leads to wide availability of quality independent mechanics. see full Subaru Outback review