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Subaru Legacy Transmission Problems

Subaru Legacy transmission Problems: photograph by Subaru Legacy transmission Problems

910 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Subaru Legacy. 94 of these members (10.3%) have reported transmission repairs for their car. A total of 133 transmission repairs to Subaru Legacys--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Subaru Legacy transmission repair cost distribution

Chart based on 120 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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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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2006 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

52000 mi US $900 New Clutch 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

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 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 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

37000 mi US $42 Whinning and vibration coming from left rear of car. Dealer replaced left rear wheel bearing fixing the problem. 
63000   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   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   Boot on front driver axle/cv was cracked. Replaced the axle. 
110000   Drivers side axle half-shaft was leaking at the inner boot, had that replaced. 

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2003 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

119660 mi C $300 Transmission shifter fork seal leaking 
128340   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

212000 mi   Need to repl. (screamingly loud) transmission, would be another $2,000. 
217000   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

82000 mi US $1900 Seal in auto tranny. Shop said it was common for 2000. Also replaced a bearing in front differential. 

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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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1998 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

132000 mi US $100 Replace rear pinion seal. 

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