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2012 Subaru Legacy repairs by problem area

Engine (9%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (9%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (50%)

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

Other (7%)

Chart based on 44 repairs.
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2012 Subaru Legacy repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (3%)

$500 - $999 (13%)

$100 - $499 (13%)

< $100 (71%)

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Chart based on 38 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2012 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Alberta, Canada
Aug 2013 - Aug 2015
May 2013

6200 mi
Sensor was replaced under warranty 
Subaru Legacy in Michigan, United States
Jan 2012 - Jan 2018
Jun 2013

28000 mi

US $50
Headlights are extremely difficult for the owner to repair without fender or bumper removal. Not a 10 minute driveway repair for sure. 
Feb 2014

45000 mi

US $140
Both headlights burned out w/in 24hrs of each other, 2nd headlight replacement in 2 years. Both side-marker lights burned out, required bumper removal to repair. 
Sep 2014

55000 mi

US $300
Rust on the trunk lid near license plate garnish. 
Apr 2017

114000 mi

US $200
Misfire on cylinder 4. Found coil pack for this cylinder corroded and cracked causing arcing at high engine load. Replaced all 4 packs and plugs as precaution and is good as new again. 
Subaru Legacy in Utah, United States
May 2013 - Mar 2017
Jun 2013

14000 mi

US $65
Auto Headlight sensor was replaced as it was not functioning. Headlights were not coming on automatically. 
Aug 2015

34300 mi
Automatic headlight sense needed to be replaced for the 2nd time. 

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2012 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

Subaru Legacy in New Jersey, United States
Oct 2011 - Jun 2018
Jan 2012

29800 mi
Rough downshift into low gear. 
Jan 2013

13000 mi
Rough downshift in lower gears.l 
Dec 2013

25000 mi
Vibration at 60-70 mph, probably caused by new tires. 
Subaru Legacy in Quebec, Canada
Jun 2016 - Dec 2016
Oct 2016

43400 mi
transmission was kicking sliding, all the lights in the dash were on. replaced transmission. 
Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Mar 2012 - Nov 2014
May 2012

4000 mi
Dealer says oil level sensor needs replacement, TSB. Broke one installing it, ordered another. 
Feb 2014

32000 mi
Headliner was coming down in the rear passenger compartment. 
Mar 2014

34000 mi
Fixed headliner by re-attaching clips. 

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2012 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
May 2013 - Dec 2016
Dec 2016

62000 mi

US $18
Bad daytime running lights relay caused highbeams to not work. 
Subaru Legacy in North Carolina, United States
Jan 2015 - Jun 2019
Feb 2018

91000 mi

US $71
2 headlights out. Both replaced 
Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2014 - Jun 2015
Jun 2014

38000 mi
Sunroof stuck open. Technician replaced sunroof rail system. Sunroof stuck open. Technician replaced sunroof rail system. Covered by extended warranty. 
Subaru Legacy in California, United States
Aug 2013 - Jun 2018
Aug 2017

67000 mi
The CVT transmission seemed to not be working properly although it was a minor issue. The cause was not determined during this service visit. Subaru must be seeing some mechanical problems with the CVT as they raised the warranty time, recently, to 100,000 miles 
Jun 2018

75000 mi

US $700
Front calipers and rotors were replaced. The calipers were replaced twice as you could feel, through the brake pedal and your ears, a shuttering noise on rough roads. The calipers were remanufactured and the company doing this evidently didn't know how to do this properly. The service dealer gave me my money back and then I paid additionally for Subaru calipers. This solved the noise problem. 
Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2012 - Apr 2012
Apr 2012

6000 mi
Lumbar support was broken 
Subaru Legacy in California, United States
Jan 2012 - Sep 2018
Apr 2014

29700 mi
Seats could not be adjusted. A fuse had blown. 
Jan 2015

28700 mi
Bad wiring in automatic seat adjustment under drivers side causes fuse to blow often. This was not covered under warranties. 
Subaru Legacy in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2018
Dec 2013

54000 mi

US $50
Both low beam headlights burnt out and were replaced.rna REAL pain to replace. 
Jun 2014

65000 mi

US $18
Puddle lights left side shorted out, cooking the front puddle light assembly and blowing the inline (NON_REPLACEABLE) fuse. I rebuilt the module. New current limit resistor, new capacitor, resealed. Bypassed inline fuse with new inline fuse 
Dec 2014

74000 mi
replaced both low beam headlights as they both burnt out within one week of each other. 
May 2015

84300 mi
Replaced both front low beam headlights a third time. It is not an easy replacement on this car. You need to jack up the front end, remove the wheel, remove the inner fender and then you can get at the headlight for replacement.  
Nov 2015

100000 mi
Low beam headlight drivers side replaced yet again 
Jul 2017

135000 mi

US $1355
Head gasket blew 500 miles from home. Vehicle was blowing bubbles out of the radiator with the cap off no external block leaks and no contamination of the engine oil. Put in a can of block seal and limped home stopping every 100 miles or so waiting for the engine to cool down and adding antifreeze . Dealer (North End Subaru in Lunenburg Ma) said they pulled the engine out of the car and replaced the head gaskets. They did NOT machine the heads. The car came back a mess. Grease all over the fenders and hood. Antifreeze all over the engine compartment, things not put back together as designed. Clamps on hoses not in place, parts missing, etc. I was very unhappy with the state of the vehicle when I picked it up. The cost was supposed to be 1850.00 but the dealer kicked in $500.00 toward the repair. I called 1-800subaru3 and they declined to assist in paying for the repairs. I'm not sure I can trust this vehicle any longer. Parts replaced: 4 Gasket spark plug, 2 gasket cylinder head, 2 gasket rocker cover 2 Gasket intake manifold, 1 oil filter, 5 5W30 oil, 2 Super coolant, 1 thermostat gasket, 5 studs, 1 radiator assy. 
Oct 2017

138000 mi

US $100
replace front brake pads and rotors 
Jan 2018

144000 mi
No heat passenger side dual control heating/AC system. Flushed out the heater core. One heater core servers both the drivers side and the passenger side heat on this vehicle. There was no apparent obstruction in the heater core so I will have a look at the heater door control motors and control arms Oil level/pressure light stays on after oil and filter changed. I add this repair as a note for other Subaru owners as a hint. I had changed a Fog light bulb during the time that the engine oil was draining from the car. To verify the light which needed replacing I briefly turned the ignition to ON (not starting). I replaced the fog light bulb and continued with the oil change. After finishing changing the engine oil and filter When the car was started the oil light would not go out. When I finished I started the engine and the oil light would not go out. The engine sounded fine but the light was on. I removed the new filter thinking it might be defective and replaced it with another new filter. This had no effect on the oil light. I found a thread on the web saying this had happened to other folks. some drove the car and the light went out. One said he spoke to a Subaru Tech and was told to remove a fuse for about 1 minute. His oil light went out after replacing the fuse and starting the vehicle. I disconnected the battery for a few minutes and the light issue was resolved upon restarting the engine. It appears that the diagnostic bit for low oil level once set is not re-checked on engine re-starts. Took about 15 minutes to change the fog light bulbs. 
Jun 2018

155000 mi
Replaced both front and rear sway bar bushing, clamps and bolts 
Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2012 - Dec 2015
Sep 2015

16000 mi
Front driver side seat belt retractor weak, would not rewind belt completely on exit. Replaced complete seat belt/retractor assembly. 
Subaru Legacy in Iowa, United States
Aug 2011 - Oct 2015
May 2013

17000 mi
Condensation in spoiler brake light. Brake light was replaced and the issue was resolved. 

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2012 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Minnesota, United States
Jan 2012 - Jul 2019
Jan 2019

45000 mi

US $200
Engine - "Variable valve lift diagnosis oil pressure switch" on the right severely leaking oil. Both sides replaced. Solenoid gasket slightly leaking oil. Left for a future repair. 
Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2012 - Dec 2016
Jun 2015

28000 mi
Effluent hose was clogged. Effluent ended up on front passenger side foot well. 
Subaru Legacy in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2013 - Sep 2017
Nov 2016

68300 mi

US $800
The struts were replaced due to tire cupping. 
Subaru Legacy in Connecticut, United States
Feb 2012 - Mar 2012
Mar 2012

4000 mi
Rear headliner clip and hole failure at assembly plant. Headliner hanging loose on passenger side near rear windshield. 

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2012 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

Subaru Legacy in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2012 - Aug 2019
Sep 2015

48980 mi
warranty repair - air conditioning condensation was draining into the cabin, hoses rerouted. 
Nov 2015

50840 mi

C $500
Cracked front-end bushings - replaced. 
Dec 2015

52080 mi

C $800
Headlight and tailight bulbs burnt / replaced. 
Jul 2018

60140 mi

C $600
Front upper and lower control arms. 

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