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So I was reading Consumer Reports magazine. They had a list of of all makes 2009-2016. They only had data for 2015 and 16. The overall was the 2015 model was "much worse than average " and the 16 model was worse than average. Wtf. They had no data for the 2017 model ( which I have ) . Did any design changes happen from 2016 to 2017? I've never heard of anyone having any issues with these mainly if they're kept bone stock. I have a friend who's my age ( 47 ) and she bought her WRB Limited 6 speed new and now has 50k miles on it and has had zero issues beyond routine maintenance. Mine is a lease and will be kept bone stock because it is a lease. It's quick and fun enough from the factory for me. Lol.
I thought these things were bullet proof as I see the damn things all over the place. Maybe I'll turn it in at the lease end and move on. Anyone have a 15 or 16 model with issues justifying this data?
 

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The average is going to be cars like the Civic, Corolla, Altima, Mazda 3, etc. None of them are really performance or turbo charged so of course the WRX and sti will be lower.

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I, like quite a few others, had the throw-out bearing go out on the clutch. There is a TSB for it and it was replaced completely under warranty, but I'm sure that kind of stuff shows up under the "drive system" or "transmission" categories and impacts the reliability rating. Solid otherwise coming up on 2 years for my '16.
 

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I wouldn't let that report worry you. In general Subarus including WRX, sti, Forester st, legacy gt, and other performance models have been reliable for those that take care of them. Early failures are not uncommon, and often due to the abuse the cars get.

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I wouldn't let that report worry you. In general Subarus including WRX, sti, Forester st, legacy gt, and other performance models have been reliable for those that take care of them. Early failures are not uncommon, and often due to the abuse the cars get.

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Can you please define "take care"? Like all your routine maintenances and upkeep?


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Disappointing but these days Average is pretty darn good. the difference between the best and worst reliability on the market isn't that much anymore...
The data CR works with is surprisingly small samples based on not so detailed owner reviews, so do take it with a grain of salt. Also it seems like Subaru likes to fix issues and not deny and ignore issues like the last car I had cough Mini cough
It could always be worse you could have bought a Fiat Chrysler product:thumbup:

Still suck that the wrx got a low score though :(

(FYI 2016+ most civics are turbos)
 

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Basically following appropriate maintenance for the use of the car. Addressing issues when they arise and not waiting to see if they "fix themselves", not driving everywhere like you are a second behind on a stage rally and wailing on it everywhere you go.

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Can you please define "take care"? Like all your routine maintenances and upkeep?
Since I suspect the maintenance schedule recommended for our cars better serve the interest of Subaru selling more cars I decided to do the regular maintenance at twice the rate or maybe 40 to 30% sooner that what they recommend.
 

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Not necessarily. With many modern engines 15k oil changes are common. The newer synthetic oils don't degrade as quickly, and are more robust against shearing and loss of viscosity.

If you take the same engine and then spend all the time at the track then you'll be doing oil changes far more often, and choose oils more suited for that application.

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I have always been a bit leery of going with a brand new model or completely redesigned model since so often there are "bugs" to work out and I truly value reliability of a vehicle above almost every other item (i.e. looks, performance, comfort, etc.) . . . and yet I bought a 2015 based mostly on previous experiences with Subaru.

I knew going in there might be issues and that a car with a turbo might mean extra costs in terms of maintenance, premium fuel, etc. . . . but did so anyways.

So far . . . so good. I think I'm up to 43,000+ miles with not a single issue. Oil changes, air filter changes, etc. are done by the book (well actually I do the oil changes more frequently -- typically between 3,000-5,000 miles. Car is also stock (I would love to throw on some go-fast goodies, but a) I'm cheap, b) I'm pleased enough with the car's current performance and c) see first paragraph about me valuing reliability of a car.

My advice . . . don't worry . . . especially since it is a lease.
 

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CEL for rear O2 sensor came on. Disconnected then reconnected the connector at the sensor and that solved the problem. Don't know 'why' this solved it but I suspect I had water inside the connector somehow....
 

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Well, I feel much better after reading the responses here. My Rex as well as all my cars are meticulously maintained. I've had it a year and could park it in a,showroom today and you'd swear it was never driven. Subaru recommends oil changes every 6000 miles. I do them every 3500 cuz of the turbo. I also forgot about the new generation bugs to be worked out. I would assume by now, 2017, they'd have them worked out.
I drive mine for what it is, not what I want it to be. Some quick on / off ramps, pass the occasional slow poke but that's it.
Just surprised me to see a low rating.
 

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I suspect that the reliability of turbo Subarus is, in part, a function of the idiot owner base.
 
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