3rd Gen (2000 – 2003) Subaru Outback Problems

The 3rd generation of the Outback has a cumulative PainRank™ of 6.99. That can be compared against other Subaru generations. Shopping for a Subaru? You could do worse (but you could also do better).

Owners of the 2000–2003 Outback model years have sent in 56 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (26%) followed by the transmission (14%) and the fuel system (10%).

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 2003 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Reliability PainRank (?)
2003 20
9.63
2002 13
8.43
2001 10
2.57
2000 13
7.31

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