5th Generation (2017—2018) WRX Problems

This generations ranks 12th out of 36 Subaru generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the clutch (60%), steering (20%), and the transmission (20%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Premature Clutch Failure 2 complaints at an average of 6,650 miles in the 2017 Subaru WRX.
  2. Grind on Downshift, Bad Synchro 1 complaints at an average of 3,500 miles in the 2018 Subaru WRX.
  3. Clutch Slipping 1 complaints at an average of 4,847 miles in the 2017 Subaru WRX.

What WRX 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 2017 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2019 0 0 14 0.0
2018 1 0 35 0.82
2017 4 0 72 2.31

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