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Subaru Legacy Transmission Problems and Repair Histories

776 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Subaru Legacy. 131 of these members (16.9%) have reported transmission and drivetrain repairs for their car. A total of 92 transmission and drivetrain repairs to Subaru Legacys--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Subaru Legacy problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Subaru Legacy problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Subaru Legacy problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Subaru Legacy repairs by problem area

31% of the Subaru Legacy repairs were to the engine, 10% to the transmission, 9% to the brakes, 18% to the suspension, 17% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 11% to the body and trim, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 927 repairs.

Subaru Legacy transmission and drivetrain repair cost distribution

Of the Subaru Legacy transmission and drivetrain repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 21% cost less than $100, 43% between $100 and $499, 16% between $500 and $999, 14% between $1000 and $2499, and 6% more than $2500.

Chart based on 94 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Subaru Legacy Transmission and Drivetrain problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2007 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Subaru Legacy in Connecticut, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2007 15000    
18000 0 Intermittent rubbing noise (increases/decreases based on speed), sometimes accompanied by "burning"/friction smell. 
 

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2006 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Rhode Island, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2008 42000    
52000 900 New Clutch 
 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Indiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2006 23000    
28000 0 In extremely cold weather, the wheel bearings make loud noises when cornering and accelerating. Dealership attributed it to tire noise. Will revisit if it occurs with different tires. 
70000 200 Right inner cv boot completely torn, left outer cracked and leaking grease with clicking when turning left. Both shafts replaced with aftermarket parts 
88000  

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Georgia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2007 28000    
37000 42 Whinning and vibration coming from left rear of car. Dealer replaced left rear wheel bearing fixing the problem. 
63000 854 The throw-out bearing in the clutch self destructed itself. Which inturn damaged the the fly wheel and the transmission case snout it is housed on. I naturally replaced all my clutch parts while they were in there. That bearing should not die at 60k. 
70700 350 Replaced the Front passenger side half-shaft becasue CV boot closest to trasmission was torn. Typical problem on turbo models due to how close the boot is to the exhaust manifold. Easy repair, but axle was very expensive. 
92000 1500 Boot on front driver axle/cv was cracked. Replaced the axle. 
103000  

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2003 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2009 118420    
119660 300 Transmission shifter fork seal leaking 
127100 0 viscous center differential needed replacing when sold. 

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2002 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 203000    
212000 0 Need to repl. (screamingly loud) transmission, would be another $2,000. 
217000 0 Needed new transmission when stopped driving it. 

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2000 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Legacy in Oregon, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008 80000    
82000 1900 Seal in auto tranny. Shop said it was common for 2000. Also replaced a bearing in front differential. 
100000  

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2000 Subaru Legacy 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in New Zealand
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 88040    
90520 780 Diff bushes cracked and replaced. 10k service - fluids and filters. 
 

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1998 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

Subaru Legacy in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 126000    
132000 100 Replace rear pinion seal. 
183000  

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