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2008 Subaru Legacy repairs by problem area

Engine (35%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (24%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (13%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (11%)

Other (3%)

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2008 Subaru Legacy transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (50%)

$100 - $499 (13%)

< $100 (25%)

Chart based on 8 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

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. 
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

127000 mi

US $1098
General belt replacement, 2 cv joints, transmission flush, steering belt, ac belt 
50200 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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2008 Subaru Legacy Transmission Problems

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