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2010 Subaru Legacy repairs by problem area

Engine (21%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (27%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (19%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 108 repairs.

2010 Subaru Legacy repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (10%)

$500 - $999 (25%)

$100 - $499 (50%)

< $100 (15%)

Chart based on 20 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2010 Subaru Legacy

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Subaru Legacy in Florida, United States
Sep 2010 - Jun 2011
Nov 2010

2500 mi
Car hesitated when cruising at very low speeds. Lost power when accelerating into traffic or pulling out into traffic. Hesitation upon acceleration. Stalling when stopped, shutter when RPM when below 500 and then car would stall. Cars stalling out at stoplights increased in frequency. Original dealer where car was purchased not interested in helping me with problem. They stated I have to wait till there is a Trottle body recall from Subaru. This car will kill me. 
Dec 2010

4000 mi

US $288
Car continued to stall on highway and at lights after repeated complaints and loss of MPH, dealer stated Cont Variable Trans was no good and had to be replaced. Car still idles rough at stop with RPM going below 500 they cant fix this part. When air conditioning turned on to high all front and side top vents would close shut from air pressure on vents. "clips" could not hold vents open so all vents close when air turned on. They cant repair havent made replacement parts yet. 
Subaru Legacy in Alabama, United States
Dec 2012 - Dec 2013
Dec 2013

95000 mi
Headlights 

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2010 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 148hp 2.0L H4 Diesel 6-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Belgium
Sep 2011 - May 2014
Mar 2012

39680 mi
Clonking noise from RH brake caliper, when going over bumps. Could only be solved by replacing complete caliper (pads and clips not changed) 

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2010 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2014
Nov 2011

14000 mi
There is a rubbing sound coming from under the left timing belt cover. It increases with rpm and disappears after car if warm to some degree. Appears that the timing belt is coming in contact with the cover. More investigation by dealer, adjusted a guide. 
Jun 2014

29000 mi
Misfire in cylinder 1. Happened twice. Ran fine in between. Dealer unable to replicate. Traded car in so unknown if problem still persists. 
Subaru Legacy in New Hampshire, United States
Apr 2011 - Apr 2012
Oct 2011

24000 mi
Steering wheel audio/cruise controls failed. Replaced wiring harness under warranty. 
Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2011 - Dec 2015
Aug 2011

20000 mi
Volume control on steering wheel works sporadically. Dealer said they couldn't replicate problem, so they couldn't fix what they determined wasn't broken. 
Nov 2011

23500 mi
Lumbar support driver's seat non-functioning. Dealer replaced a hog ring that attaches the lumbar tensioning cable. 
Jan 2012

26700 mi
steering-wheel volume control was inoperable. Tech said a wire in the wheel was pinched. He fixed it. 
Sep 2013

48000 mi
Brake pads finally wore. Rears were worse than fronts. Replaced all four corners. 
Feb 2014

52000 mi
Lumbar support connector in driver's seat broke .. for second time. Replaced dealer-replaced cheap factory hook with 250 lb capacity hook. 
Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2011 - Apr 2014
Jan 2012

34300 mi
shimmy at highway speeds 
Sep 2012

42000 mi

US $500
throwout bearing replaced. "dirty" as a result of normal clutch wear- no abnormal clutch wear and no other component replaced. 50 percent paid as goodwill by subaru of america. 
Subaru Legacy in Florida, United States
Dec 2009 - Oct 2012
Oct 2012 Engine case was cracked and leaking motor oil. 
Subaru Legacy in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2012 - Jan 2016
Dec 2013

93000 mi

C $100
Replaced front engine cover due to rust of the original 
Mar 2014

96720 mi

C $500
Replaced Rotors and pads 
Subaru Legacy in California, United States
Oct 2009 - Jun 2013
May 2011

27000 mi
Passenger seat belt bottom fastener very squeaky, dealer ordered replacement, replaced. 
Mar 2013

46000 mi
replaced clutch 
Subaru Legacy in Virginia, United States
Dec 2013 - Dec 2014
Dec 2013

94000 mi

US $950
I needed to replace the clutch. I also replaced all the fluids in the trans and rear at the same time. 
Subaru Legacy in Alberta, Canada
Jun 2013 - Dec 2015
Feb 2014

73620 mi

C $20
Low beam headlight was burnt out. Replaced bulb 
Apr 2014

75400 mi

C $1000
Whining noise accompanied by strong resistance when trying to turn the steering wheel. Happens when the engine is warm, but not from a cold start.rnrnPower steering pump was replaced. 
Sep 2014

78120 mi
Oil leak coming from engine compartment. Oil is collecting on exposed hot parts of engine and causing burning smell and white smoke. Unknown where leak is originating. Engine bay was cleaned and will return in 1,000km to re-diagnose. 
Dec 2014

78740 mi
Scraping/crunching noise coming from passenger front brake when braking at slow speeds. Checked for subsequent leak. None found. 
Feb 2015

79140 mi

C $250
Replaced front brake rotors. Right front rotor had deep gouge that would produce crunching/scraping noise when braking a low speeds. 
Subaru Legacy in New Jersey, United States
Apr 2011 - Mar 2015
May 2012

32700 mi
Sunroof was not sitting correctly in tracks preventing glass from creating seal with roof (highway wind noise was unbelievably loud). Dealer replaced entire sunroof unit under warranty. 
Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2010 - Dec 2010
Mar 2010

1100 mi
Re-Balance 4 tires, significant shake since new at highway speeds. 
Dec 2010

11000 mi
Front suspension issue - car was returned and repurchased by Subaru. Shimmy at speed could not be fixed after several attempts, dealer/SOA attempts. 
Subaru Legacy in California, United States
Jul 2010 - Jul 2012
Nov 2010

2700 mi
Broken left speaker grille on dash. This was present at delivery. Replaced under warranty during first oil change. 
May 2011

12000 mi
stainless window trim was pitted at delivery. issue kept getting worse, and paint on drivers door began to chip. paint was repaired and trim was replaced. 
Jan 2012

24000 mi
Steering wheel controls for Bluetooth and radio inoperable. 3rd trip to dealer for issue, finally replicated. Parts ordered, car will return to dealer when parts arrive. Car would shake under braking. Into dealer 3 times, finally able to replicate. Rotors turned. Problem seems resolved... for now. 
Feb 2012

26000 mi
Replaced steering wheel controls. 
Subaru Legacy in Vermont, United States
Sep 2009 - Oct 2015
Jun 2010

20000 mi
Lumbar support in drivers seat detached from seat frame. New unit ordered and installed and attachment to frame strengthened. Per LGT forum, this is a fairly common problem. 
Sep 2014

121000 mi

US $900
Ignition problems. Replaced coil pack.  Other items all wear (underbody tray)& cosmetic items. 
Feb 2015

129000 mi

US $300
Bad right rear wheel bearing. Shop tech used the words "imminent catastrophic failure". Bearing never made any of the failing bearing noises prior to the shop visit (for an oil change). 
Oct 2015

143000 mi
Coolant lines to turbocharger replaced due to catastrophic corrosion. 

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2010 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

256-horsepower 3.6L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Subaru Legacy in Virginia, United States
May 2010 - Jul 2010
Jul 2010

13000 mi
Car has been to the shop several times for same issue. The suspension is making a popping and groaning noise when the cars suspension goes over bumps and when the brakes are applied and released. Subaru purchased the car back. 
Subaru Legacy in Oregon, United States
Mar 2010 - Dec 2015
Nov 2012

32000 mi
The plastic engine cover broke at attachment point when I removed the cover for routine maintenance. Weak design improved with the new one. Happened once before, and paid out of pocket that time thinking it was my fault. Lift handle broke on removable trunk floor cover. Installed new engine cover. Installed new trunk floor cover. 
Jul 2014

45700 mi

US $258
Oxygen sensor failed and required replacement. 
Subaru Legacy in Maryland, United States
Sep 2009 - Oct 2011
Jan 2010

4700 mi
hesitation when cruising at low speed and pressing on the gas to accelerate. 
Subaru Legacy in Massachusetts, United States
May 2010 - Dec 2015
Feb 2015

24500 mi
Fuse #34 blew. Problem was with dealer installed "puddle lights." Lights shorted out and fried the body control module. There is a recall for this problem. Dealer did not have the parts in stock to repair this known problem. Dealer replaced four puddle lights, wiring harness and added an in-line fuse under a recall. A short in the puddle lights caused the body control module to fail. That part was replaced under warranty. Car in the shop for six days. 
Subaru Legacy in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2014 - Jan 2016
Nov 2014

45100 mi

C $15
L headlamps pigtail failed due to heat damage relating to poor connection. 3 headlamps replaced annually prior to replacement harness(aftermarket) so far so good. 
Nov 2015

58300 mi

C $12
L headlamp bulb replaced. L headlamp failed regularly until I replaced the pigtail for bulb. 
Subaru Legacy in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2010 - Oct 2015
Nov 2012

34700 mi
The low engine oil light came on, so I took it to the dealer who stated that reset the sensors that monitor the levels, as the levels were perfectly accurate 
Jan 2013

35340 mi
The passenger seat squeaks when taking turns or going over bumps. The dealer lubed the seat 
Subaru Legacy in Colorado, United States
Jul 2010 - Jan 2014
Jan 2014

32000 mi
Replacing a leaky gasket 

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2010 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2010 - Dec 2015
Feb 2015

59300 mi

US $900
Pads needed to be replaced, rotors turned. 
Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Mar 2010 - Oct 2013
Nov 2011

13000 mi
Passenger side power forward and backward switch working only in backward motion. Dealer inspected and ordered a new switch. 
Mar 2012

17000 mi
Passenger side lower seat surround broken and replacement electrical switch knob missing. Possibly related to earlier switch problem. Replaced under warranty. 
Jun 2012

18900 mi

US $111
Dealer replaced Driver side body weatherstripping due to splitting and DS leather upper seat. Dealer paid for parts and I paid for labor but supposed to be reimbursed from SOA via Customer service "Good Will".Had to argue with SOA for $. 
Feb 2013

22237 mi
replaced mass air flow assembly Also checked tires and 24 point inspection. 
Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Sep 2009 - Mar 2010
Dec 2009

4000 mi
Driver's side seat squeaked.  
Subaru Legacy in Washington, United States
Jul 2009 - Dec 2015
Sep 2015

59000 mi

US $130
battery replacement 
Subaru Legacy in Illinois, United States
May 2013 - Dec 2015
Sep 2015

56000 mi

US $285
replace rotors and pads, spark plugs 
Subaru Legacy in Ontario, Canada
- Feb 2015
Feb 2015

41257 mi

C $252
The car was towed to a local shop as it would not start (battery fine) Shorted wires from the ECM (in engine compartment) has caused the ignition coil fuse to to blow. Wires were fixed, fuse replaced and it started, Engine light on now The car was towed to a local shop as it would not start (battery fine) Shorted wires from the ECM (in engine compartment) has caused the ignition coil fuse to to blow. Wires were fixed, fuse replaced and it started, Engine light on now Three lights now flashing in instrument panel, parking brake, traction control and engine light. Also cruise flashing. Shop says its the O2 sensor but the car runs perfect. just traded this in for a 2013, not sure the issue 
Subaru Legacy in Nebraska, United States
Feb 2010 - Dec 2015
Feb 2010

1700 mi
Front Passenger seatbelt latch replaced under warranty due to it vibrating during normal driving. 
Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Oct 2010 - Oct 2015
Jul 2010

11000 mi
Dust sheild hitting brake rotor over certain bumps. Noticed when I first received car but couldn't get to dealer right away. Fixed for free in minutes 
Oct 2014

124000 mi

US $75
Passenger headlight goes out 2-3X a year. Dealer says there is no problem. 
Subaru Legacy in Indiana, United States
Nov 2009 - Jun 2011
Dec 2009

9000 mi
Steering wheel vibrations at 75MPH. Subaru installed a new backlash spring 65nm, old spring was 50nm. subaru replaced tires, road force balance and 4 wheel alignment. Problem is not as bad but still not completly fixed. Still waiting on Subaru. 
Subaru Legacy in Illinois, United States
Oct 2009 - Jun 2013
Dec 2009

1000 mi
Sunroof leaked really bad down on my wife and I when we went into the car wash. After taking it to the dealer they said that "it's in the Manual" that you can't take the car into a high pressure wash, so good luck washing your new Legacy. 
Feb 2010

3000 mi
Fuel economy gauge died then came back to life ater like 5 miles. They said nothing was wrong so they didn't fix it. (Still no change in the status of the sunroof that drips in carwashes.) 
Jun 2011

18000 mi
Chrome door trim on drivers door was replaced. Plastic end cap on top corner came off and was sharp. Replaced the whole trim piece as its one unit.  Car still has lag between shifts from Reverse to Drive. told not a problem. 
Subaru Legacy in Wyoming, United States
Oct 2012 - Oct 2014
Nov 2013

127500 mi

US $395
Steering wheel Stero Controls 
Subaru Legacy in Florida, United States
May 2012 - Dec 2015
Oct 2013

64500 mi

US $200
Trunk won't close. Dent in trunk. Due to cheap metal. 
Dec 2013

69000 mi

US $100
Replaced left and right headlamps.  
Apr 2014

79700 mi

US $135
Replace Headlight bulbs... again. Replaced sway bar links. 
Sep 2014

93000 mi

US $200
Fuel injection cleaning. Got rid of pinging noise. 
Nov 2014

97000 mi

US $900
Replace springs struts spring seats. Noise coming from suspension Alignment. Car will not line up. 
Feb 2015

103000 mi

US $360
Replaced Sway Bar Links again. This time everything is fixed. Resurfaced front rotors. Installed new pads all the way around. 
Oct 2015

130000 mi

US $1760
Lockup solenoid failed. Replaced entire valve body. Changed transmission fluid. side markers, DRL bulbs 
Subaru Legacy in British Columbia, Canada
Jun 2011 - Mar 2013
Nov 2012

33780 mi

C $100
Warranty repair, all instrument lights were on suddenly. 
Subaru Legacy in Wisconsin, United States
Sep 2009 - Dec 2015
Nov 2010

19000 mi

US $168
Brake light LED's were not all coming on. Light replaced. 
Oct 2011

32300 mi
Lumbar support was not working. Repaired at dealer under warranty. 
Subaru Legacy in Washington, United States
Oct 2010 - May 2011
Dec 2010

38000 mi
Driver seat middle cushion collapsed. Dealer called in outside source to repair. Problem was a broken clip. Dealer covered the cost, did not pass charges. 
Subaru Legacy in New Jersey, United States
Apr 2010 - Jun 2011
May 2010

1000 mi
Hesitation when driving at slow speeds 
Subaru Legacy in New Hampshire, United States
Oct 2013 - Sep 2015
Nov 2013

72500 mi
Fouled spark plugs replaced by dealer. Steering wheel stereo controls failed. Unit replaced. 
Dec 2014

102000 mi

US $1800
Stalled under braking/rapid RPM decrease. Torque Converter not unlocking when coming to a stop, replaced per TSB. 
Subaru Legacy in Michigan, United States
Nov 2009 - Jan 2012
Jul 2011

28000 mi
Heat shield rattle needed repair. Dealer ALSO did a recall which I hadn't yet rec'd; reflash computer to lower idle speed 

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2010 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2011 - Oct 2015
Jan 2012

22780 mi

C $90
Both low beams quit working at the same time. 
Mar 2012

26040 mi
The seat frame developed a squeak and was replaced. 
Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2015 - Jan 2016
Jan 2016

100000 mi

US $1200
Clutch blew. 

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2010 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder CVT AWD

Subaru Legacy in Minnesota, United States
Oct 2010 - Oct 2011
Nov 2010

15000 mi
Intermittent car starting problems. At first, "all do that". Then they did a software update. Problem returned two weeks later (but in a different month) 
Dec 2010

17000 mi
Determined to be "compromised" battery. It tested fine but sent, per tech, "weird" error messages. Battery finally failed in shop and was replaced. This was one day ago. We'll see if the intermittent starting problems are really f 
Aug 2011

26000 mi
loud rattle. seat belt latch replaced. still loud rattle from front right side. 
Oct 2011

29000 mi
3 trips to dealer for same problem. Loud rattle front passenger seat. 3 attempts to fix. Each time problem came back in a few days. Last fix was 4 days ago. We'll see if this time it is really fixed. 

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