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1998 Subaru Legacy repairs by problem area

Engine (61%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (10%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (0%)

Chart based on 31 repairs.
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1998 Subaru Legacy repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (17%)

$100 - $499 (52%)

< $100 (24%)

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Chart based on 29 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

1998 Subaru Legacy

Engine not specified

Subaru in North Carolina, United States
Mar 2012 - Apr 2013
Aug 2012

135100 mi

US $250
Brakes failed one day on the road! The brake lines had rusted out and my mechanic had to run new lines. 
Feb 2013

140300 mi

US $300
Power steering pump going out -- replaced belt hoping it hangs on. replaced spark plug wires 
Mar 2013

142000 mi

US $170
CEL on, mis-fire on cylinder #4. Changed plug wires, etc, but still can't figure out the problem 
Apr 2013

142000 mi

US $170
CEL on, mis-fire. 
Subaru in California, United States
Aug 2014 - Aug 2014
Aug 2014

178000 mi
Some sort of leak 
Subaru in Vermont, United States
Jan 2013 - Feb 2013
Feb 2013

167000 mi

US $150
Muffler replaced 

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1998 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

Subaru in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2010 - Jan 2011
Jun 2010

135000 mi

US $550
Muffler had failed; car was very loud. Muffler and connecting pipe replaced. 

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1998 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

Subaru in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2013
Jul 2011

178000 mi

US $200
Cracked steering boot - replaced boot Rust on frame over the rear wheel wells where suspension is. Repaired in body shop. 800.00$ 
May 2012

193900 mi

US $220
Valve cover gasket repair and cam plug o-ring repairs replaced valve cover gaskets and right cam plug o-rings. 
Aug 2012

195600 mi

US $600
The car was repaired in another state. I have to find out what was done. My daughter has the car. She noticed a strong smell of gasoline, but apparently the problem was not related to that and no evidence of a fuel line leak was found. 
Subaru in Alberta, Canada
Jul 2010 - Dec 2011
Aug 2010

184760 mi

C $13
oil leak from oil pressure switch, have new part, need to complete replacement 
Nov 2010

187240 mi

C $16
corrected top-of-engine oil leak, there are other locations where gaskets and/or seals may be leaking 
Dec 2011

197780 mi
catastrophic failure, engine runs but not driveable. Deemed to be possibly not worth repairing. Will update once details are known. 
Subaru in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2009 - Jun 2013
Apr 2009

129000 mi
fuel vapor recovery system fault. Turned off light, No reoccurrence. 
Sep 2009

132000 mi

US $100
Replace rear pinion seal. 
Dec 2010

147000 mi

US $562
Replace exhaust system downstream of catalytic converter. 
Mar 2012

165000 mi

US $350
Evaporative emission system fault traced to rusted out gas tank filler neck. Filler neck replaced with new Subaru part. 
Jun 2012

168000 mi

US $460
Replace right front wheel bearing hub and seals. 
Jul 2012

170000 mi

US $385
AC compressor failed. Replaced with used compressor. 
Jun 2013

183000 mi

US $800
Lower hose failed first followed within days by water pump. Replaced timing belt and idler. Suspect premature wear on aftermarket pump (only 85K miles). Replaced with new Subaru pump. 
Subaru in New York, United States
May 2009 - Jun 2011
Sep 2010

145000 mi

US $400
CV Joints 
Subaru in California, United States
May 2011 - Dec 2011
Oct 2011

191000 mi

US $349
Overheating. Mechanic replaced radiator but car overheated next day.  Overheating persisted after radiator replacement. Mechanic insists not typical Subaru head gasket problem, which I've had before. Replaced water pump, thermostat, flushed cooling system and heater core. Runs good so far.  

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1998 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Subaru in Illinois, United States
Aug 2010 - Jun 2013
Oct 2010

76000 mi

US $1000
Ball joints and axle rod needed replacing along with new tires and a few other wear items. 
Oct 2011

81000 mi

US $60
Thought my thermostat was stuck open due to lack of heat in the winter. Turns out there wasn't even one installed. Mechanic simply installed one. 
Nov 2011

83000 mi

US $1750
Car would not reliably shift up, whole transmission rebuild and over drive computer fixed 
Dec 2011

83000 mi

US $250
Replaced whole exhaust system from front axle, back. New piping, muffler. 
May 2012

85900 mi

US $500
Battery died due to a failing alternator. Both were replaced. 
Jun 2013

89000 mi
Battery+Brake warning lights would come on intermittently with no discernible problem occurring. 

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