3rd Generation (2000—2003) Outback Problems

This generations ranks 28th out of 36 Subaru generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (26%), transmission (14%), and the fuel system (10%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Blown Head Gasket 3 complaints at an average of 56,000 miles in the 2003 Subaru Outback.
  2. Engine Blew Up 1 complaints at an average of 18,641 miles in the 2002 Subaru Outback.
  3. Transmission Failure 3 complaints at an average of 104,000 miles in the 2000 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 2003 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2003 20 12 69 9.62
2002 13 5 29 8.42
2001 10 4 34 2.57
2000 13 2 25 7.3

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