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Question re: '16 & '17 OB

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This is my first post on this forum. I'm looking to purchase a 2016 or 2017 Subaru OB this coming week. I've had four Subarus previously but that was many years ago and I'm no longer familiar with the brand, particularly Gen 5 OBs. I've paged through various threads here looking for systemic problems and for the most part, I feel relatively safe buying a 2016 or 2017 OB.

Is it safe to assume oil consumption issues with the 2.5L or 3.6L have been resolved in previous years? I also see various complaints about the head units in 2018s, but it seems 2016s/2017s are fairly solid - is that correct?

I've owned dozens of cars/trucks over the years and have never bought an extended warranty. However, the electronics is these vehicles has me wondering if I should re-think that. Any comments that you may have are welcome!

This looks like a good place to come for assistance.

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I would have no problem buying a clean, well-maintained 2016 or 2017 Outback. Anecdotally, both our 2015 Legacy (currently ~42,000 miles) and 2016 Outback (~37,000 miles) have been essentially trouble free. Expect to replace the OE battery sooner rather than later, but that's a minor expense. MY 2016 had problems with distinct grid lines becoming visible in the display panel of the Fujitsu Ten head units, so that's something to look for; Subaru will replace the head unit under warranty. There have been isolated reports of excessive oil consumption in the 2.5 engine (FB25), but that's increasingly rare for MY 2016 and 2017. There have been few reported problems with the 2016-2017 CVTs, but Subaru has extended the warranty on them to 10 years/100,000 miles anyway.

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never read of many 3.6 consuming oil,...except US spec 2010 outback / legacy (on now very old threads)

edit and FB20 FB25 seemed to have stopped in 2014-15.
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Curious to see the comments here, I am in the exact same position than you, my budget allow me to either:

- 2016 Premier 3.6 (brown leather!)
- 2017 Limited 3.6
- 2018 Limited 2.5


I've had a LOT of problem with my previous Crosstrek 2015 regarding the Infotainment which was basically the worst system ever. Bluetooth connection, screen lag and so on. I always had a Subaru either me or my wife and I know for a fact that you don't buy a Subaru for the Infotainment and now I am worried about the next OB I'll get, I would assume that the 2017 infotainment which seems to be the same version of the 2015 but three years later would be our best bet since they fixed the issues over the year? The 2018 now has the Apple Car Play, that's amazing but reading at the review, it really stops me from getting the 2018.
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We have a 2017 2.5, about 30k miles, no issues thus far, other than the odd low engine rpms when at idle when the AC cycles (haven't yet taken it in for that TSB fix). Head unit is fine, no problems (if you can do without carplay), and our engines has no measurable oil consumption thus far.
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My 2016 OB Ltd just turned 78K miles and I have no issues or problems since buying her new back in April 2016. Regular maintenance performed following the Subaru manual. In fact, she goes in today for synthetic oil change, tire rotation and front, rear diff fluid and CVT fluid change at my local Subaru service. I don’t think you can go wrong with a 2016 if it’s been maintained.


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Consumer Reports, for what that's worth, gives good ratings to both years, with a slight edge to the '17. That may be because it has less of a "history".
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I have a 2016 3.6 Ltd and have no problems at all. Granted it only has 10K miles on it - but it's been a very enjoyable and reliable 10K :-) Just took it in this weekend for its second oil change and rotation.


I would echo what others have said about the HU. While I haven't had any "problems" with it - it's barely a functional unit IMO. It's probably the only thing I don't like about the car - everything else is excellent. If Infotainment is your thing I would still buy the car and consider putting in something after-market.
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Thank you everyone who contributed. Wife and I just moved from CO to FL and while we'll be here for a couple of years we hope to go back very soon. I'd love to pick up a 3.6L but they're as rare as hens teeth here at sea level.

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Ended up buying a 2016 Limited 2.5L with 40k miles that came off a lease. Still have lots to learn about the car but so far wife likes it. Thanks again for the input.

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