definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
53,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2017 Subaru Crosstrek body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2017 Subaru Crosstrek Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 082021


  • Manual transmission
  • 98,000 miles


Every little flying object or abrasion seems to knock the paint down to the primer. My 6 year old daughter tried to toss a smallish piece of driveway gravel over her head and accidentally threw it forward (SPORTS!), underhanded, and it just reminded us of how thin it is. Every little rock and stone from the roadway exposes primer somewhere. Wasn't a problem on the Mazda this replaced, or on my 2005 Dodge RAM.

- Tyler S., Powhatan, US

problem #1

Aug 272017

Crosstrek Premium 2.0L

  • CVT transmission
  • 9,000 miles

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paint and chrome are easily damaged paint and chrome are easily damaged

I purchased this Subaru CrossTrek new from the dealer here in California. The vehicle generally is not as ruggedly made as I had hoped. The interior materials scratch and scuff extremely easily. The exterior paint and chrome are very fragile. I have driven 9000 highway miles and 5 dirt road miles since I bought the car.

I have small rock chips all the way down to the aluminum (hood) and plastic (bumpers) around the front of the car, but somehow I have several rock chips that go all the way down to the black plastic underneath on the bumper on the REAR of the vehicle.

The paint is so fragile that bird poop that was in my hood dissolved the clear coat AND paint and got down to the aluminum. It looks terrible.

There are dozens of smaller bird poop marks all over my car that have stained the paint yellow, even on surfaces that are waxed.

I am frightened to see what this car will look like after 10 years or 100,000 miles.

Additionally, the "chrome" on the grill is bubbling (about an inch) from a small rock hit that I must have gotten.

So much for having a rugged vehicle.

- J D., Laguna Niguel, US

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