157 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2005 Subaru Legacy. 55 of these members
(35%) have reported engine repairs for their car.
A total of 110 engine repairs to 2005 Subaru Legacys--an average of 0.7 per
vehicle--have been reported.
Coolant overflow/failed rad cap problem
fixed per TSB 09-52-08
Oil consumption >1L per 1000mi. Leakdown and compression test. 60% loss -- 105 psi (normal 175-145psi). Suspect piston ring failure. Note: passed later test, now suspect turbo.
Radiator had a blockage. Rodded out radiator and replaced coolant. Shop also found intercooler leaking ($800 of repair in parts, replaced with aftermarket part). This was likely caused by aftermarket parts.
Two blown up piston rings
Fluid filled mount was leaking. Replaced. Dealer had never seen anything like it.
Replaced squealing AC tensioner.
Found oil leak in a hose. Put over to order parts. Possible warranty item from engine replacement.
Leak in hose repaired. Had to replace intake hose as well as it was looking rough.
During clutch job, dealer noticed a rear seal leak.
Leaky valve covers (both sides)
Blown turbo due to clogged oil filter on line leading to turbo. Apparently common problem on the 2005 Legacy GT's. Replacing unit with aftermarket turbo.
Black sooty buildup at exhaust pipe tips. Dealer said this is normal. Our other car, with a turbocharged engine alos, does not have any evidence of soot at the tail pipe. After driving ~ 15-20 minutes to get to interstate, exhaust smokes so you can't see out the rearview mirror accelerating onto the freeway in cold weather. Dealer says this is normal. Car hesitates or misses, occaisionally when driving 35-40 mph in 3rd gear, cruise on or not. They reflashed the engine contol module. It helped decrease the frequency, but did not eliminate the problem.
OBD reported "system too lean", inspected/cleaned injectors, checked/adjusted all intake connections and junctions.
A bolt backed out of the tensioner for the accessory drive belt that runs the alternator and power steering. Alerted by belt squeal, I repaired this myself in a Wal-Mart parking lot because the bolt was still present, just loose from the tensioner.
Dealer mechanic discovered minor oil leak in head gasket, will keep an eye on it and fix with extended warranty when it gets worse.
Small oil and Coolant leak from head gasket, gasket replaced under extended warrenty. mechanic discovered thermostat was sticking, they replaced thermostat, at my cost for the part. idler pulley for timing belt going bad, replaced under extended warranty, I had to pay for a new timing belt.
Cruise kicks off, then engine pings, and surges, after about a minute it acts normal. NO CODES! Replaced spark plugs and knock sensor. It still has the problem.
Engine still pings, misses, surges, stalls, has no power, or has great power while still doing the above. On a rare occasion it will run perfectly for a few min. Subaru said it was my gas and wouldn't look further. After 30 tanks of gas!
Local shop put in a used computer, 3 months of problems are now fixed.
Faulty fuel injector, causing misfire in cylinder 3.
Originally brought car in for check engine light and the Turbo Fan Relay recall. The car ran rough at idle and studdered at 2800rpm. Dealer replaced the ECM(computer).
Rough idle again and poor performance. Dealer replace #2 injector, but did not solve the problem. Possibly another injector is defective along with a needed ECM reflash dealer didn't have time to complete last visit. Bringing back to dealer to fix again.
Rough idle and poor performance still exist, dealers dianostic computer was down and could not determine which injector was bad. Must go back to dealer, AGAIN! Rough idle and poor performance problem still. Different dealer(out of town) did not find anything wrong with the injectors but had fouled up plugs. Preformed 30,000 service which included new plugs, carbon cleaning, etc. Ran great for about 100 miles the
Replaced the number 4 injector and the car has been running great.
I had the turbo banjo bolt removed after reading a TSB that the banjo filter could become clogged and starve the turbo of oil causing it to seize. Dealer recommended removal of filter rather than cleaning every 3000 miles at a cost of $90 in labor.
Valve cover gasket leak. Typical expensive repair on all subaru's around 100k. Had them replaced along with I minor oil leak from the oil filter attachment.