2nd Gen (1995 – 1999) Subaru Outback Problems

The 2nd generation of the Outback has a cumulative PainRank™ of 3.02. That can be compared against other Subaru generations. Shopping for a Subaru? So far, so good. But there are some warning signs to watch for.

Owners of the 1995–1999 Outback model years have sent in 37 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (40%) followed by the exterior (16%) and the interior (8%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 Reliability PainRank (?)
1999 3
2.03
1998 2
0.44
1997 27
11.15
1996 3
1.03
1995 2
0.45

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