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Subaru Legacy repairs by problem area

Engine (31%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (18%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (18%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (10%)

Other (5%)

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Subaru Legacy transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (16%)

$500 - $999 (22%)

$100 - $499 (37%)

< $100 (19%)

Chart based on 128 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2013 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

31000 mi Transmission was making a grinding noise when under heavy acceleration or going uphill once the car warmed up. Also, a belt was making a pronounced squeaking sound. Entire transmission and belt replaced under warranty. Noise began @ 15,000mi 
11000 mi Transmission oil temperature light turned on after extended driving. Subaru performed electrical system reset and stated that the problem was fixed. Covered under warranty. 
13000 mi Transmission oil temperature light turning on after extended driving despite a previous trip to Subaru for the same problem in June. Covered under warranty. 

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2012 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

2000 mi Rough downshift into low gear. 
13000 mi Rough downshift in lower gears.l 

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2011 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

28520 mi

$50
AT jerking a little, needed replacement of fluid after only 46,000 kilometers, even though maintenance manual requires this to be done at 72,000. Car sits a lot, so maybe it went bad after 4.5 years of use. 

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2010 Subaru Legacy

Engine not specified

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. 

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2010 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

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. 

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2010 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

102000 mi

US $1800
Stalled under braking/rapid RPM decrease. Torque Converter not unlocking when coming to a stop, replaced per TSB. 
130000 mi

US $1760
Lockup solenoid failed. Replaced entire valve body. Changed transmission fluid. 
18000 mi Car still has lag between shifts from Reverse to Drive. told not a problem. 

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2010 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

100000 mi

US $1200
Clutch blew. 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

91700 mi

US $120
Passenger side inner axle boot leaking grease onto exhaust causing a burning smell. Replaced inner CV axle boot. 
139000 mi 3rd attempt to replace the transmission control module. Earlier replacements didn't fix the problem (3rd gear when should be in 1st). This one didn't work either. 
59520 mi

C $910
Rusted out transmission cooler lines.Refused to let me drive car! Rubber hose end connectors took a week to arrive. Dealer offered loaner Impreza for entire duration at no charge. Accepted gratefully. Job performed at quoted initial price. 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

107260 mi CV boots cracked and seeping grease. 
124000 mi

C $600
Worn cv joint needed replacement. 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

123000 mi

US $385
Clutch release bearing was noisy and started to fail. Replaced clutch release bearing 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

49000 mi

US $70
Had to relearn the computer to the transmission; was having hard down shift when coming to a full stop. 
79000 mi

US $600
Replace cv boot during brake job 
28000 mi Noticed a whining/gear-like noise during acceleration above 40mph. Dealer diagnosed the problem as being a faulty front differential. Was told it was safe to drive and repair parts ordered under original warranty. 
29000 mi Installed new front diff gears only to realize problem was in the transmission. Special ordered new transmission parts (hence long repair time) and fixed the transmission. Loud whine gone, but new softer whine now. Returning to dealer. 
30000 mi Under consultation from area Subaru tech, the dealership replaced the entire transmission and both front axle half-shafts. Finally,... the sound is gone. 
109000 mi

US $600
Replaced inner joint and boots(AKA: "DOJ"/Dual Offset Joint / inner CV joints). Note that the car is originally from the well-salted Northeast, and wasn't well maintained. Not sure if that's significant with this repair. 

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2007 Subaru Legacy

Engine not specified

64000 mi

US $120
vehicle makes 2-4 second mild rumbling sound/loss of power every 5-8 minutes of drive time. transmission filter and oil replaced, no metal bits found. issue still exists. plugs and plug wires replaced last month in attempt to fix same issue 

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2007 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

53320 mi

C $50
The linkage between the shifter arm and the tranny is quite exposed and it slowly began to seize up with dirt and corrosion. A lot of WD40, compressed air, and elbow grease freed it up so that grease could be liberally sprayed at the joints. 
75020 mi

$450
Left CV joint worn out and was repaired. 

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2007 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

175-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

135780 mi

C $500
Shift linkage broke. Bearing seized and joint broke. While waiting for repair I decided to trade my vehicle for newer forester. Higher clearance makes, boat launch easier. 

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2007 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

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

114963 mi

US $289
Front inner CV boot was split. Replaced the whole axle assembly. 
138300 mi

US $265
A boot on front passenger axle had ripped. Axle was replaced. 

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2007 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

50500 mi

US $317
Replaced right front CV boot 

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2007 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

18000 mi Intermittent rubbing noise (increases/decreases based on speed), sometimes accompanied by "burning"/friction smell. 

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2007 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

163-horsepower 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

27500 mi Full 3 part clutch and Flywheel replacement. Known issue with the Dual Mass Flywheels, which after a period of time or miles,(possibly about 55-60K) usually start "squeaking." Noticeable on take-up when the clutch is released. 

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2006 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

139000 mi

US $776
Drive shaft required replacement account center joint was worn out (where front half and rear half come together), 
69000 mi

US $661
Replaced right front CV axle due to torn boot. Replaced left front CV axle due to leaking boot. 

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2006 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

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

62000 mi

US $250
two boots torn, axles replaced in repair 

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2006 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

55000 mi

US $800
Took car in for tuneup/oil change. Dealer called to say that the CV boots were torn. Replaced axles. 

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2006 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

98700 mi

US $100
CV AXLE BOOT CLAMP 
145000 mi

US $100
Internal CV boot failed, needed to be replaced 
147000 mi Gear grinding noise when turning and cold. Mechanics could replicate it but did not know what it was. 
148000 mi

US $250
Both drive shafts were making noise Shaft seal was leaking 
52000 mi

US $900
New Clutch 
49000 mi

US $900
Clutch, flywheel, and throw out bearing were replaced. Throw out bearing had exploded.  
4650 mi Squeaky clutch pedal could not be fixed by dealership. 
119000 mi

US $792
Throw out bearing failed requiring complete clutch jog. 
75000 mi

US $1600
Clutch replacement. Something has been wrong with the clutch on this car all along. Oveheats easily and causes odor. Cheap clutch I think. 

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2006 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

94000 mi

US $500
Replaced front axle 
107000 mi

US $3500
Replace cv joints 
89280 mi

C $500
A small leak in the hose from the transmission to the transmission cooler was discovered. The hose was cut and a new clamp was attached. Total cost: $35. 

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2005 Subaru Legacy

Engine not specified

60140 mi

$80
Replacement of CV boot (right) 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

49880 mi

C $1400
leaky differential shaft seal 
52040 mi

C $790
vibration felt through steering, but no issue with wheel balance; replaced ft axle shaft assy - slightly improved, but not solved ... gave up. 
77500 mi

US $1200
CV boot/shaft assembly replaced, passenger side. 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

66500 mi

US $650
CV boot failed, half-shafts needed to be replaced 
71000 mi

US $825
U-joint/Carrier bearing issues. Individual parts not reparable, required new driveshaft assembly. 
95000 mi

US $2200
needed new clutch and bearings 
100000 mi

US $450
Replaced front passenger-side half axle due to torn CV boot. 
100700 mi

US $250
Replaced passenger half shaft due to damaged CV joint boot and very slightly clicking joint. 
23300 mi took 5 seconds to shift into reverse no R indicator on dash. transmission replaced with new one. new transmission locked which locked front wheels while traveling at 65MPH. car currently back at dealer for repair. 
24000 mi Replaced transmission. New transmission failed next day on freeway at 65MPH. Front wheels totally locked from transmission locking up. Almost a fatal catastrophic failure. Subaru of America dragging their feet. 
28000 mi 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 mi

US $200
Right inner cv boot completely torn, left outer cracked and leaking grease with clicking when turning left. Both shafts replaced with aftermarket parts 
65500 mi

US $145
Clutch fork into transmision/bellhousing squeaks and binds at end of travel. Dealer greased, but no effect. Was told transmission must be removed to solve the problem. 
219000 mi

US $216
Replaced Left Front wheel bearing assembly 
107000 mi

US $230
Replaced driver's side front half shaft. 
176700 mi

US $1800
Pressure plate blew up -- took out starter as well. replaced starter, clutch and flywheel 
180300 mi

US $350
broken half shaft, replace wheel bearing as well. 
106000 mi

US $1500
Throw-out bearing was fried. Replaced bearing, clutch and oh-so-expensive dual mass flywheel. RIDICULOUS!! Oh and I just lost my job a week ago. This is awesome! And the hits they just keep a coming... 
116000 mi

US $1200
The pressure plate failed. This made an entire clutch job necessary. 
66000 mi

US $631
passenger-side CV boot cracked and leaking lubricant, removed, cleaned, lubricated and installed new CV boot. 
95000 mi

US $5400
Third gear shredded 
98000 mi

US $800
Inner CV boot on pass side tore, spewing grease over exhaust manifold resulting in smoke. Inner CV boot, drivers side leaking. Replaced. Discovered during problem 1. 
135000 mi

US $2300
During a clutch job, it was discovered that the snub mount on this car was completely destroyed. This is part of the case and caused by a design issue. Thankfully, issue is common so there is a $300 fix. Bad news, it killed the clutch early 
79000 mi

US $300
Leaky CV boot. 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

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

94700 mi

US $500
Replace CV boots 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

42000 mi

US $200
CV joint was leaking. Replaced entire CV axle with a model from Raxles by myself for about $200. OEM = $300 Raxles = $200 Autozone = $80, but users report lots of vibration problems with them The CV joint was not clicking. 
104000 mi

US $2463
torn axle boots 
145000 mi

US $300
Right inner axle boot worn, replaced 
195000 mi Driveshaft worn/failing, required replacement 
115000 mi

US $660
Cracked CV boot front passenger side, new axle installed 
59000 mi

US $210
CV boot was cracked and leaking oil on front passenger side. Boot replaced and axle re-lubricated. Problem was identified by mechanic while the car was in to resurface front brake rotors. 
83000 mi

US $600
Both front CV joints replaced. Took 3 days because I did one, then the other. The passenger's side joint went out during the the test drive, and was replaced again the next day. 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

74000 mi

US $800
split cv boot 
133300 mi

US $135
Transfer gear bearings in the center differental were noisy. Replaced 2 bearings. 
153000 mi

US $1500
Clutch worn out, throw out bearing noisy. 
86800 mi

US $300
Passanger Inner CV Boot ripped.  
61000 mi Torn axle boot, the dealer service department choose to call it a warranty repair even though it was just outside of the power train warranty 
100000 mi

US $2050
Clutch throw out bearing failure, augmented by the notorious transmission snout grooving. Fixed with a new clutch assembly and a transmission snout sleeve kit(tsk3). Also got 2 axle seals and a control arm bushing as maintenance. 
61000 mi

US $100
torn cv joint boot 
88000 mi

US $3500
Clutch froze and had to be replaced. 
37000 mi

US $42
Whinning and vibration coming from left rear of car. Dealer replaced left rear wheel bearing fixing the problem. 
63000 mi

US $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 mi

US $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 mi

US $1500
Boot on front driver axle/cv was cracked. Replaced the axle. 
110000 mi

US $800
Drivers side axle half-shaft was leaking at the inner boot, had that replaced. 

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2004 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

74000 mi

US $1500
Torn CV boot and ruined axle. 
119300 mi

US $1400
Both front CV joints 

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2004 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

117000 mi

US $45
Changed rear differential fluid in attempt to diagnose drive train noise. 

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2004 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

122000 mi

US $270
Inside boot (passenger side) torn, drive shaft and boot replaced 

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2004 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder manual 4WD

109740 mi

€600
NOISE FROM GEARBOX. A small part in it was damaged. Dealer says Subaru knows 1/1000 of those parts get broken... 
119040 mi

€1200
Fly wheel got broken and had to be replaced. 

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2003 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

160000 mi

US $180
Center viscous differential was showing signs of failure for a while (clunking), then failed completely, leaving front drive only. Replaced with used viscous unit purchased from a friend. Shifter linkage bushings worn and mount broken 
187000 mi

US $500
Aftermarket CV joint sloppy and noisy 
192000 mi

US $275
Driveshaft front U-joint seized. Had shaft rebuilt at area driveline shop. 

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2003 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

90700 mi

US $120
Inside right front CV boot split open. Problem caught before any damage was done to the CV joint. CV boot replaced. Damage to boot most likely caused by off-road use of vehicle (rough terrain and brush). 
129300 mi

US $300
Outside front right CV joint was failing. Axle had to be replaced. Dealership provided a free loaner car. 
137000 mi Outside right CV joint failed 
52260 mi

C $400
CV Joint work. 

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2003 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

128000 mi

US $400
cv boot needed to be replaced 
119660 mi

C $300
Transmission shifter fork seal leaking 
128340 mi viscous center differential needed replacing when sold. 
1000 mi Warranty service. I complained that the engine was not running smoothly when the car was driven at neighborhood speeds. The service manager said that the car's operation was normal. 
2000 mi I tried several times over the next two years to figure out a way to make the engine run more smoothly. I helped a little but the engine still ran uncomfortably. 

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2002 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

151000 mi warning light on. 
92000 mi

US $1120
full clutch replacement including slave gear 
212000 mi Need to repl. (screamingly loud) transmission, would be another $2,000. 
217000 mi Needed new transmission when stopped driving it. 
120000 mi

US $150
Clutch stopped working - stuck to floor. Replaced clutch slave cylinder and soft hydraulic line. 

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2002 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

170000 mi

US $2500
Complete transmission failure. Required new transmission. Loud grinding noise and transmission binding, preventing car from moving forward or in reverse. Code: "3rd Gear out of ratio" 
170000 mi cv boot replaced-right front axle 

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2001.5 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

155-horsepower 2.0L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

97340 mi

$450
A rithmic vibration whenever accelerating. changed 
104780 mi Changing CV joints 

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2000 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

185000 mi Fluid lines leaking resulting in fluid loss and gears "slipping". 
192000 mi

US $385
Torn boot and wear on driver front axle. Replace axle. 

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2000 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

136000 mi

US $150
Left front axle replaced 
106020 mi

C $100
The car would jump out of fifth gear. The problem was that the nut at the end of the main shaft came loose. Removal of the transfer case allowed access to install a new nut ($20 part). If you can change a clutch, you can do this job. 

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2000 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

82000 mi

US $1900
Seal in auto tranny. Shop said it was common for 2000. Also replaced a bearing in front differential. 
84940 mi

C $70
Transmission fluid cooling line developed a minor leak. The leaked piping was discarded and replaced with new rubber piping. Transmission fluid was added. Got oil changed, but that was not part of any problem. 
142000 mi

US $360
CV boots were torn (replaced)  

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2000 Subaru Legacy 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual AWD

90520 mi

$780
Diff bushes cracked and replaced. 10k service - fluids and filters. 

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1999 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

152000 mi

US $365
Grinding from front of car and pulling to the left at high speeds. Axle boot was cracked so debris was getting into axle. Boot replaced. But found front right hub also bent. Decided just to repair the hub. 

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1998 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

145000 mi

US $400
CV Joints 
132000 mi

US $100
Replace rear pinion seal. 

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1998 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

83000 mi

US $1750
Car would not reliably shift up, whole transmission rebuild and over drive computer fixed 

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1997 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

166000 mi

US $200
bought the car used with a whirring noise in transmission, drove on it for 40k mi. started slipping out of 4th gear when coasting, had to replace rear main input shaft bearing 

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1997 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

175000 mi

US $210
CV axle worn out 

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