2nd Generation (1995—1999) Outback Problems

This generations ranks 19th out of 36 Subaru generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (40%), exterior (16%), and the interior (8%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Light Came On 3 complaints at an average of 114,333 miles in the 1997 Subaru Outback.
  2. Clutch Wore Out Prematurely 1 complaints at an average of 26,000 miles in the 1997 Subaru Outback.
  3. Overheating - Head Gasket Failure 1 complaints at an average of 87,000 miles in the 1999 Subaru Outback.

What Outback Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Subaru model years.

Watch out for the 1997 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1999 3 1 4 2.03
1998 2 2 4 0.44
1997 27 4 5 11.13
1996 3 2 4 1.03
1995 2 1 3 0.45

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