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2008 Subaru Legacy repairs by problem area

Engine (35%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (26%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (12%)

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

Other (4%)

Chart based on 182 repairs.
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2008 Subaru Legacy repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (10%)

$500 - $999 (18%)

$100 - $499 (27%)

< $100 (43%)

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Chart based on 136 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2008 Subaru Legacy

Engine not specified

Subaru Legacy in British Columbia, Canada
Sep 2011 - Nov 2011
Oct 2011

58280 mi
muffler noise, baffles in muffler vibrating, replaced one muffler, then 2nd of twin mufflers same problem. found catalytic converter disintegrating blowing chunks into mufflers. Manufacturer eventually replacd 2nd mufflr +catalytic convert air bag dash light came on intermittently. dealer replaced sensor still came on for awhile but eventually went out. 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

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

Subaru Legacy in Manitoba, Canada
Aug 2014 - Jun 2018
Jul 2016

65100 mi
Front catalytic convertor failed and was replaced. Evidence it had be welded several times to correct the issue. Mass air flow sensor needed cleaning. 
Sep 2016

65720 mi

C $900
Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) valve failed and required replacement 
Jun 2017

69440 mi

C $1000
Front anti-sway bar end links replaced and rear shocks replaced. 
Apr 2018

73780 mi

C $590
Power steering belt needed tightening and power steering fluid changed. Front, inner CV boots replaced.  Lower radiator hose clamp was leaking and replaced at the same time. 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Nebraska, United States
May 2012 - Jun 2018
Jan 2013

US $554
Intake Manifold Gaskets were faulty. Spark plugs were changed out for the 60K service 
Feb 2014

66000 mi

US $505
Replaced the worn-out clutch with the OEM STi clutch and flywheel due to them being more robust than the stock OEM LGT spec.B parts. 
May 2015

77100 mi

US $42
Power Steering pump was "burped". 
Sep 2016

89000 mi

US $127
Driver's side suspension was clunking when going over bumps or "curb driveways". I replaced the sway bar endlinks but the problem remained. It turned out to be the lower ball joint. 
Dec 2016

91000 mi

US $30
Passenger side main beam headlight went out. I replaced both sides with new Sylvania Silver Star Ultra bulbs. 
Feb 2017

93000 mi

US $98
New rear pads required. 
Subaru Legacy in Michigan, United States
Sep 2012 - Mar 2018
Oct 2012

67200 mi

US $180
The O2 sensor tripped the check engine light after a trip to Virginia. It is the second time we have had to replace an O2 sensor after a long trip. 
Feb 2013

83400 mi
The map/navigation is not working on the display. The error reads "The DVD is not a Map DVD." We have not changed anything to create the error, it just came up one day when I went to use the navigation. 
May 2013

96000 mi
The navigation wasn't working. Found that there was a burned DVD in the system rather than an original Subaru DVD. Replacement costs $600. 
Feb 2014

110300 mi

US $350
We had to replace the MAC sensor. The problem was indicated by the "check engine" light, poor performance and poor gas mileage. 
Dec 2014

135000 mi

US $3400
Intermittent Check Engine Light warning. Misfire on cylinders 1 and 4, poor performance including running rough, poor gas mileage and backfiring, compression was leaking from Cylinder 4 into Cylinder 1. Replaced head gaskets and valves. 
Sep 2016

165000 mi

US $200
Repair exhaust leak. 
Oct 2016

166700 mi

US $300
Replaced worn wheel bearing on right rear. 
Mar 2018

186000 mi

US $1900
The turbo went out. The car was towed to the shop who replaced the turbo. Unfortunately, during the test drive metal shavings were thrown into the engine. The engine is not repairable. 
Subaru Legacy in Minnesota, United States
Jun 2010 - Aug 2018
Feb 2010

40000 mi

US $250
air intake manifold gasket changed-in cold weather the check engine light would come on due to shrinkage of the gaskets and entrance of unmeasured air-replaced with aftermarket,more elastic in low temp gaskets with no further issues. 
Jun 2014

106000 mi

US $200
Car/fuel pump stop working due to loss of electrical power-faulty contact under a seat. Contact was only partially made from factory,never pushed until the end/click.Contact reestablished with resolution of problem. 
Apr 2017

172000 mi

US $100
Left rear bearing 
Aug 2018

197000 mi

US $4500
engine failed completely,replaced with used JDM engine 
Subaru Legacy in Colorado, United States
Dec 2014 - Aug 2015
Jan 2015

US $1000
Catastrophic turbo failure. Turbo replaced. 
Mar 2015

108000 mi

US $700
Replaced all 4 struts and tophats. 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

Subaru Legacy in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2011 - Nov 2017
Dec 2011

66000 mi

US $200
Right front hub & bearing replaced Variable Valve Solenoid replaced 
Jul 2014

91500 mi

US $120
Leak from cam and crank seals. Replaced cam and crank seals. Passenger side inner axle boot leaking grease onto exhaust causing a burning smell. Replaced inner CV axle boot. 
Mar 2015

103000 mi

US $559
replaced both front wheel bearings 
Apr 2015

104000 mi

US $687
radiator seam failed causing coolant to leak 
May 2017

127040 mi

US $897
Left front axle boot was torn, axle shaft was damaged and pulled out of differential. Replaced front left axle. 
Subaru Legacy in Texas, United States
Dec 2011 - Apr 2015
Jan 2015

58000 mi
Timing Belt Idler Pulley seized and caused major engine damage. Cylinder head send to machine shop, new valves, water pump, timing belt, etc. Took over a month to get repaired due to Subaru not wanting to honor the warranty.  
Mar 2015

73000 mi
AC was not cooling 
Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Feb 2013 - Mar 2013
Mar 2013

69000 mi

US $200
4th wheel bearing replacement (all 4 wheels) 
Subaru Legacy in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2008 - Jan 2012
Jan 2009

8200 mi
Scratched instrument cluster plastic cover, came like that when I got the car at ~5000 miles off of dealer demo. Dealer replaced for free 
Subaru Legacy in Maine, United States
Dec 2007 - Mar 2010
Jul 2007

1000 mi
loose center brake light, misaligned glove box, malfunctioning instrument cluster - clock not working, door interior panel loose, cloth piece under seat missing gromets. 
Jan 2008

7000 mi
Radio and climate unit would periodically go blank, yet still function to an extent. To fix it the car would need to be shut off and restarted. Radio was replaced under warranty. 
Subaru Legacy in California, United States
Jun 2016 - Oct 2018
Mar 2016

86976 mi

US $3100
90K service: Brake pads, new tires, power steering fluid, coolant replacement, V belt, recall, oil change transmission mount CV boots 
Jun 2017

101341 mi

US $1100
radiator hoses replacement, firming up a little. There was no sign of impending failure so it was strictly preventative.  
Subaru Legacy in Nova Scotia, Canada
Jan 2008 - Jun 2018
Mar 2009

14880 mi
Clanking and wheezing noise from front end over large bumps. Anti-roll bar bushings gone. Replaced under warranty. 
Sep 2009

22320 mi
Driver's side window clunked going up or down. Screws inside the mechanism came loose. Required door panel removal, add loctite to 4 screws and retighten. 
Feb 2010

26040 mi
Front sway bar bushings noisy again. Same problem as this exact time last year. Dealer replaced under warranty with "new" design. Said the same thing a year ago. Unable to tell me if this new design same as the "new" design they put on a year ago. 
Nov 2011

44640 mi
Rear trailing arm bushings replaced, left plus right. Noticed by mechanic when installing snow tires. I had not noticed, but car now steers, rather than rides, better. Warranty till 100,000 km in Canada. 
Dec 2011

45260 mi
Replaced driver's side front anti-roll bar end link and associated bushing(s), due to clanking sound from front. 
Nov 2013

57660 mi

C $158
Provincial safety inspection (every two years) found right front stabilizer bar end link worn out. Replaced. No other problems. Repair price $85 part, $50 labour, plus tax. 
May 2014

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. Rear trailing arm bushings gone. New ones pressed in both sides. Repair carried out while waiting for trans cooler lines, would have been done same day. Repair cost noted includes both repairs. 
Jul 2014

60640 mi

C $500
Replaced integral hub wheel bearing left rear. Finally, a repair that was expected, as all LGTs seem to suffer this fate. 
Nov 2014

63240 mi

C $905
This time the left front wheel bearing hub. 
Feb 2015

63860 mi

C $80
Replace serpentine belt 
Nov 2015

65720 mi

C $302
Replaced rear sway bar bushings and link, $228. Welded on a new exhaust hanger, $74. 
Sep 2016

68200 mi

C $735
Replace center of exhaust system Y at indy shop because dealer refused to do it. Replaced charcoal canister because car would not start after refueling. After repair went to gas station filled up. No change, utter failure of diagnosis and repair by dealer. Returned and some gas plus vacuum line replaced. Still no good. 
Oct 2016

68300 mi

C $1150
dealer kept car provided free loaner and fixed fuel system. Took two additional visits to previous report. Rear shocks both leaked out and made handling awful. No Subaru replacements available for 8 year old car (!), so dealer procured aftermarket and replaced during 5 day fuel system marathon. Cost negotiated into fuel system repair debacle 
May 2017

70268 mi

C $800
Replace seized left front caliper Pillow bushings replaced both front side lower control arms 
Aug 2017

71920 mi

C $650
Replace left rear wheel bearing.  Reweld radiator support. 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Apr 2016 - Jun 2017
Nov 2016

124000 mi

US $420
Taken in for noise. Bad wheel bearings. 
Jan 2017

125500 mi
Power steering judder and noise. I was told that the car needed a new power steering pump, which would cost $700.00. I replaced the o-ring at the top of the pump myself. Noise and juddering went away. 
Subaru Legacy in Virginia, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2015
Jun 2015 Random stumbling on acceleration. Replaced O2 sensors but problem persisted. 
Subaru Legacy in California, United States
Dec 2010 - Sep 2018
Jan 2011

31000 mi
Headlights burned out 
Subaru Legacy in Florida, United States
Jan 2008 - Jun 2011
May 2008

6000 mi

US $800
Bent struts 
Jun 2008

6000 mi

US $1000
Replaced struts. 
Jan 2009

20000 mi
During previous clutch repair, dealership broke two turbocharger heat shields and various attaching bolts. Mechanic at the dealer didn't feel like putting the parts back on. 
Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2009 - Dec 2011
Dec 2009

36000 mi
Wheels were showing corrosion around center caps. Driver's door sill showed corrosion on it. Both being taken care of by Subaru. 
Mar 2011

61000 mi

US $400
Airbag harness connecting to passenger side went bad. 
Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Jan 2008 - Apr 2011
Sep 2008

24000 mi
2 clips were broken on an interior trim piece -- fully covered under warranty. 
Subaru Legacy in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2008 - Jul 2015
Feb 2008

620 mi
Starter failed and was replaced (with 200km's on a brand new car!!). 
Feb 2011

58900 mi

C $300
Rough idle on cold startup. Failed emissions test. Cleaned injectors and throttle body.  
Jul 2011

65800 mi
Oil was leaking slowly making a mess on my driveway. Turns out it was a recall. Dealer replaced turbo tube free of charge. 
Sep 2011

69440 mi

C $100
AC drain tube was clogged and draining into interior of car. Drain tube was cleared and re-installed. 
Oct 2012

93700 mi

C $400
Loud noise coming from front-left of vehicle while driving. Front-left wheel bearing assembly replaced. A/C drain hose was blocked and drain water was entering in passenger foot well. 2nd time this has happened. Subaru repaired it free of charge. 
May 2013

107260 mi
Front passenger side wheel bearing replaced (worn). Sway bar links replaced. CV boots cracked and seeping grease. 
Jun 2013

110360 mi
Front and rear driver side wheel bearings replaced 
Dec 2013

120900 mi

C $400
Cylinder 3 misfire. Ignition coil pack was the cause... replaced both as well as all four spark plugs for good measure. Rough idle when 0 degrees celcius or colder right after blue engine temp light turned off. Intake manifold o-rings shrink when cold, allowing unmetered air into cylinder and runs lean. Replaced with larger OEM o-rings (part# #14035AA492). 
Feb 2014

124000 mi

C $600
Cylinder 2 misfire. Replaced ignition coil on remaining 3 cylinders. Worn cv joint needed replacement. 
May 2014

130200 mi

C $450
Worn wheel bearing... Replaced. 
Jun 2014

132060 mi

C $220
Cylinder 2 misfire on warm restart. Replaced fuel injector. 
Sep 2014

137020 mi
Oil supply pipe to the turbocharger corroded and leaked oil. Related to Subaru recall # WVF-16 (transport cda# 2008333). 
Jul 2015

153140 mi
Emissions error P2443. Secondary air valve stuck in the closed position. 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

245-horsepower 3.0L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Subaru Legacy in Oregon, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2012
May 2012

37000 mi
small continuous oil leak; dealer believed drain plug was warped. wasn't sure if it was previous owner-caused or if it was the subaru recall. easy fix. 
Subaru Legacy in California, United States
Nov 2009 - Sep 2018
Dec 2009

17500 mi
Harsh/delayed shifts between 2nd and 3rd gears. Repair was covered under Subaru service bulletin (16-72-07) via South Coast Subaru Dealership in Costa Mesa, CA. 
Jul 2012

36300 mi
Replaced faulty seatbelt buckle (rear passenger, driver's side). 
Mar 2018

86000 mi

US $1500
Steering pump failed. 
Subaru Legacy in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2007 - Dec 2012
Oct 2007

820 mi
First of three unsuccessful attempts to fix wind noise. This involved first ordering a new weather seal, then trying to play with mirror gaskets and adjusting of window angle – all to no avail. 
Dec 2007

1240 mi
Second of three unsuccessful attempts to fix wind noise. 
Feb 2008

1860 mi
Third of three unsuccessful attempts to fix wind noise. 
Jul 2008

6200 mi
Wind noise caused by faulty gusset not holding window onto door seal. Gusset replaced with updated model, I was told. 
Subaru Legacy in Virginia, United States
Apr 2008 - Jun 2011
Oct 2008

10000 mi
Check engine light came on but no codes found at shop, everything seems fine. 
Jun 2010

41000 mi

US $250
Steering rack & pinion all three seals cracked and leaking PS fluid. Seals probably defective from new, rack & pinion replaced under extended warranty. 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2015 - Mar 2020
Jun 2016

123000 mi

US $385
Clutch release bearing was noisy and started to fail. Replaced clutch release bearing 
Jan 2017

132000 mi

US $16
Replaced rear brake pads. 
Mar 2018

151000 mi

US $130
replaced rear struts 
Jan 2020

186000 mi

US $325
Replace front cv joint boots repair tire leak - seal leaking around rim 
Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2007 - Jun 2010
Aug 2009

28000 mi
Noise in morning when turning(low power steering fluid). Gear assembly replaced under warranty. 
Subaru Legacy in Illinois, United States
Jan 2008 - Apr 2010
Sep 2008

10000 mi
Shifter trim popped out.  Also, passenger side door was loose and squeaking. 
Jul 2009

19000 mi
Front left wheel bearing went bad. ... this may or may not have been related to a curb bashing from drifting in the winter. 
Subaru Legacy in Tennessee, United States
Jun 2012 - Aug 2016
Jul 2015

146000 mi

US $450
Had to replace front control arms. 
Sep 2015

150000 mi

US $2000
The head gaskets have a an oil leak and they need to remove the hg to put in a new seal between the head gaskets and engine block. This will cost $2500 at Subaru dealer and about $1500 to 2000 at an independent shop. I have not done it yet. 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Nov 2008 - Jun 2011
Jan 2009

8000 mi
Remote start reprograming to the keys. 
Subaru Legacy in Ohio, United States
Aug 2010 - May 2014
Oct 2010

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. 
Nov 2010

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. 
Dec 2010

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. 
Jan 2011

31000 mi
Passenger side low beam headlamp burned out and then the driver side low beam headlamp burned out 5 days later. Both headlamps were replaced under warranty. 
Jun 2011

40000 mi
Noticed low rumble/growl from front of car. Dealer replaced a front wheel bearing under warranty. Noise gone. Clicking popping noise from driver seat when turning to the left. Was told that's just how it is. 
Feb 2013

66300 mi
Computer reported P0240 (catalyst below efficiency) error code. After returning a 2nd time to verify the error, they replaced the front cat, air/fuel mixture sensor, and oxygen sensor. 
Subaru Legacy in Colorado, United States
Apr 2011 - Jun 2018
May 2011

35000 mi

US $500
Basic 35000 mile maintenance; transmission jerking at stops, computer "retrain" of transmission 
Oct 2011

38000 mi

US $70
Had to relearn the computer to the transmission; was having hard down shift when coming to a full stop. 
Mar 2015

79000 mi

US $600
Replace cv boot during brake job 
Apr 2015

79700 mi
After cv boot axle replacement car vibrates while stopped but in drive. Attempts made to clean sensors causing low idle when in drive but stopped. Attempts failed to fix problem. 
Jun 2015

83000 mi

US $500
Fix prior problem by having brake shop install OEM axles to stop vibrations while stopped but in drive. This fixed the vibration issue. 
May 2016

92400 mi

US $300
Passenger airbag recall replacement. Also airbag sensor in the passenger seat was replaced, had been failing intermittently. 
Oct 2016

97000 mi

US $3
Power steering o-ring was leaking 
Apr 2018

114000 mi

US $925
During collision repair, I had rust spots on the roof also repaired. The original paint was failing in spots on the roof and showed signs of more failures, beginnings of future rusting. 
Subaru Legacy in Montana, United States
Nov 2016 - Dec 2016
Dec 2016

127000 mi

US $1098
General belt replacement, 2 cv joints, transmission flush, steering belt, ac belt 
Subaru Legacy in Rhode Island, United States
Mar 2010 - Jul 2011
Jul 2010

23800 mi
Oil was leaking slowly from the oil pan seal. Balise Subaru resealed the oil pan with super three bond. I was under the car checking things out as I do on occasion, to identify potential problems. 
Jan 2011

29000 mi
Three of four screws for dealer installed genuine Subaru arm rest fell out. Dealer replaced part opposed to replacing lost screws.  The right side mirror was also replaced. The mirror case was moving slightly on the pivot. 
Feb 2011

29000 mi
A few very small pin holes(porous)on the underside of the engine short block. Due to a factory defect in the engine casting. Minimal oil seepage, never added, between 3000 mile oil changes. Dealer replaced short block. 
Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Jul 2009 - May 2010
Aug 2009

42000 mi
Replaced 02 sensors, also had routine maintenance done while in the shop. Great service, even loaned us a new car, can't say much good about the selling dealer. All service was performed by another dealer of the same brand auto. Replaced cat sensor 
Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Dec 2017 - Apr 2018
Jan 2018

85000 mi

US $1600
Had both front wheel bearings replaced as well as front rotors. And all 4 brake pads 
Subaru Legacy in Texas, United States
- Nov 2008
Nov 2008

11000 mi
Gas cap retention string broken. Replaced under warranty. 
Subaru Legacy in Washington, United States
Jun 2014 - Apr 2017
Aug 2014

99600 mi
Air conditioning was poor. Found condenser was leaking. Replaced and rexharged. Alternator was working, but noisy. Replaced it. 
Feb 2015

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. 
Jul 2015

116000 mi

US $680
Power Steering pump seized. 
Mar 2016

130000 mi

US $140
Rusted section of exhaust pipe replaced. Car is from the east coast. 
Dec 2016

147000 mi

US $1196
Replaced power steering rack and tow set Replaced radiator & related parts (water pump, hoses, etc). $1000+- (part of another repair) Resealed the engine. Head gasket leak was the primary problem. $2092 
Apr 2017

151 mi

US $1100
Went to Firestone for routine alignment after putting on summer tires. I asked them to diagnose and repair a "clunk" I heard whenever going over bumps. It was a broken tie rod (as I recall). When trying to remove the part, the bolt head broke off leaving the rest of the bolt still inside. They had to remove the entire assembly and send it in to a machine shop to be drilled out and repaired via Helicoil. 
Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Oct 2013 - Apr 2020
Aug 2014

73300 mi

US $160
The heat shield under the engine rusted and was making a bad rattle sound. Local Subaru mechanic replaced it and noise went away. 
Feb 2018

90000 mi

US $300
One wheel bearing went bad. Suspect due to ice damage. 
Apr 2020

93 mi

US $75
Replaced headlights (one burnt out). 
Subaru Legacy in Colorado, United States
Oct 2011 - Sep 2017
Feb 2016

31000 mi
Right brake light was out. Replaced at dealership. 
Subaru Legacy in New Brunswick, Canada
May 2011 - Jan 2012
Jun 2011

70060 mi

C $457
Replaced rear control arm bushings. TSB. If I had the car checked over before exceeding 100m km., repair would have been covered under warranty. 
Subaru Legacy in Louisiana, United States
Feb 2008 - Aug 2009
Mar 2008

1000 mi
Asked to check rough idle and slight miss at low rpm. Could not duplicate. Seems powertrain management was reprogrammed for '08 and changes driveability. Exterior trim moulding out of place/loose. Sent to a glass shop where the moulding was glued to the body. 
Apr 2009

26000 mi
Car has an intermittant miss or stumble on very low rpm, light acceleration and seems to shift into overdrive too soon (around 25-29mph) and it also has a bucking/bumping when rolling in traffic at very low speeds (under 5mph or less) & has rough upshifts Unusually loud knock/jerk sound comes from front suspension/steering rack area when turning at very low speed on uneven surface like pavement and gravel. Dealer says it may be the ps hoses hitting; but they do not see a problem. Car still does this today Trim panels on the fuel and trunk release come loose each time one of the knobs are pulled causing the knobs to stay up until pushed back down. New knobs and trim panels are on order.  Rattle at base of A-pillar...the corner where dash meets windshield on drivers side. Dealer could not duplicate the problem because it mostly occurs when the outside temperature is cool or in the morning.  
May 2009

26000 mi
Fuel and trunk release knobs replaced. Trim panel under knobs replaced. Note: Knobs no longer stick when pulled; but trim panel still does not stay snapped in place due to carpet being too tight in this area. 
Jul 2009

31000 mi
Mud/splash deflectors located in front of the 2 rear wheels had become loose and eventually fell off the car. Both flaps and mounting hardware were replaced. Knocking sound when turning at low speed on uneven surface. Outcome: They said this was a normal condition- even a Subaru rep drove it and said this was normal and that Outbacks do it too. Solved by trading car for a 2009. Erratic shifts and annoying jerky downshifts usually on hard braking (automatic). Outcome: Transmission fluid and filter were changed and the powertrain control's learning was reset. But the Subaru rep also said this behavior was normal. 
Subaru Legacy in Utah, United States
Apr 2011 - Mar 2012
Mar 2012

67000 mi
Bad head gaskets Had to replace a bad catalytic converter. 
Subaru Legacy in Texas, United States
Feb 2008 - Jun 2009
Subaru Legacy in Maryland, United States
Jun 2008 - Jun 2018
Oct 2008

2000 mi
Check engine warning light and ABS light came on. 
Dec 2008

3000 mi
CEL lit, replaced sensor. 
Jan 2014

11000 mi
Exterior trim on windshield came off. Reattached with glue. 
Aug 2016

62500 mi

US $130
Engine sensor light on. They say it was due to gas cap being loose. Hope it doesn't happen again. 
Jun 2018

75000 mi

US $50
Subaru Legacy in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2013 - Dec 2016
Sep 2016

91760 mi

C $550
Leaking rocker cover gasket 
Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Aug 2013 - Dec 2013
Aug 2013

78000 mi
Engine shuts off while driving Airbag light comes on intermittenly Radio does not turn on 
Dec 2013

80000 mi

US $80
Faulty leaking tire pressure monitor 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Sweden
Apr 2008 - Oct 2012
Feb 2012

46500 mi

Seat heater adjustment knob wasn't working properly. According to mechanic there was a connection problem, solved by tweaking the pins to make sure the cable was firmly attached. 
Jun 2012

50840 mi

Brake pads were in contact with rotor, calipers needed refurbishing. 

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2007.5 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

245-horsepower 3.0L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Subaru Legacy in New Zealand
Dec 2014 - Jan 2018
Sep 2015

89900 mi

Bushes were worn and needed replacement. 
Jan 2016

Rear passenger side window motor had failed 

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