The Worst 2016-2017 Crosstrek Problems

Cracked Windshields

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Since 2015 there has been a surge in complaints about Subaru windshields that crack spontaneously. Many believe this is due to a design switch to 'acoustic glass.' Owners want compensation from Subaru because windshield replacements come wi…

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What Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

1st Generation Crosstrek in the News

What Crosstrek Owners Say About This Generation

Unintended Acceleration

Pulling into my garage in my apartment complex. 7 MPH vehicle had unintended acceleration and engine revved and slammed into garage wall. Brakes did not stop the car from accelerating and lunging forwards. Crash was significant and airbags did not deploy. Physically suffered blunt force trauma from hitting steering wheel and fractured, dented and chipped my sternum.

Unintended Acceleration

We have a steep driveway and my car accelerated and the brakes went totally out on my way down to check our mail. Could do nothing to stop it... It was like the car shot forward like a bullet. I headed towards a big tree so I turned wheels slightly and landed in a group of smaller trees. Both side airbags inflated, the front one did not inflate. I was just barely able to get out of the car because of trees blocking the door.

By the Numbers

  1. 2 model years

    Grouping all models by their year can reveal some baddies.

  2. 17 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  3. 16th in reliability

    Overall reliability rank out of 37 eligible generations.