2016 Subaru Legacy Subaru Legacy 2016

We are 106,000+ car owners sharing real-world car information.

Join Us

2016 Subaru Legacy repairs by problem area

Engine (25%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (3%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (14%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (36%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 36 repairs.
See TSBs and recalls for the 2016 Subaru Legacy.

2016 Subaru Legacy repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (4%)

$100 - $499 (0%)

< $100 (96%)

Worried about potential repair costs? An extended warranty can provide peace of mind.

Chart based on 23 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2016 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

256-horsepower 3.6L H6 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2016 - Apr 2017
Jun 2016

2000 mi
serpentine belt replaced 
Jul 2016

2800 mi
serpentine belt replaced again 
Sep 2016

6000 mi
passenger seat bottom replaced 
Oct 2016

7000 mi
rear decklid repainted - paint defect from factory 
Nov 2016

7700 mi
steering rack replaced left front strut replaced 
Subaru Legacy in Quebec, Canada
Feb 2016 - Mar 2019
Dec 2016

3100 mi
Replaced faulty fuel door under warranty. 
Jan 2018

12028 mi
Engine failed to start. It would not even crank. I managed to get it started, but all the warning lights were lit. The dealer pulled the following codes : P0700 and P0890. They replaced the TCM power relay for a new upgraded relay. Works fine but confidence in the car took a hit. 
Sep 2018

19220 mi
Driver side headlight foggy. Replaced under warranty. 
Jan 2019

22320 mi
Same as January 2018 repair : on a very cold day, car starts normally in the morning but fails to start after a short trip where the engine has not fully warmed. In fact the starter does not engage at all. The situation returned to normal after about 15 minutes. Dealer replaced the same relay as last year’s and he added some sort of thermal insulation to the relay. Relay part number is the same as last year’s. In other words, Subaru Canada does not really know how to fix the problem and they are improvising. 
Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Feb 2016 - Apr 2017
Nov 2016

8900 mi
Factory car alarm system would not arm. Intermittent problem. 
Apr 2017

11000 mi
Car alarm never fixed. Dealer could not find cause. 

Return to top

2016 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2016 - Jun 2018
Nov 2017

5000 mi
Hesitation on startup. Software update corrected problem. 
Subaru Legacy in Wisconsin, United States
Oct 2015 - Jun 2018
Feb 2018

36000 mi
DS front strut was replaced under warranty. Noticed a slight clunking noise that didn't seem to happen on the PS. Took a while but they noticed a bit of leaking from the strut so the part was ordered and replaced. I think it took about 2 hours to replace. 
Subaru Legacy in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2016 - Jun 2018
Mar 2018

62000 mi

US $500
Front and rear brake pads, cut rotors 
Subaru Legacy in Minnesota, United States
Oct 2017 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

37000 mi
shifter replaced. Key would be unable to remove without moving the transmission selector lever from P to R repeatedly for up to 5 minutes. The transmission selector was repaired, a $750.00 repair. I had purchased the extended warranty on the car for fears about potential electrical components needing work, and a purely mechanical repair justified the extended waranty's purchase. 
Subaru Legacy in Minnesota, United States
May 2016 - Oct 2016
Sep 2016

10000 mi
Dash rattle. Rattle in drivers door. Seat rattle and pop. 
Oct 2016

12000 mi
Subaru Legacy in California, United States
Jun 2016 - Jun 2018
Oct 2016

6000 mi
Constant wind noise from drivers window. TSB was performed to replace window weather stripping. Right rear rocker panel trim not fitting flush against right rear door. Recirculated button intermittently turns off letting outside air in. 
Nov 2016

8000 mi
Recirculated button randomly shuts off while driving.. 
Oct 2017

33587 mi
Whine noise at 50 mph then goes away at 53... 
Jan 2018

37000 mi
Drive belt replaced, 4 wheel alignment done. Dealer scratched the car on driver's door and left rocker panel and on right front passenger door. Window trim also damaged on right front passenger door... 
Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2015 - Mar 2018
Feb 2016

2000 mi
Wind noise as many experience in 2015 and now 2016 models. Also cold drafts and breezes in driver side compartment. Dealer loath to recognize this over 2 months in winter. 
Mar 2016

5000 mi
Wind noise at highway speed. Breezes in driver's compartment. Dealer applied the wind noise kit to both front doors. Breezes all but disappeared and car stays warm and comfortable for driver. Wind noise worse, but road noise reduced. 
Aug 2016

11900 mi
Wind noise on passenger door was fixed per Tech Service Bulletin in spring. Noise returned worse than before. Run channel replaced. Noise reduced a great deal. Starting to increase again. Wind noise on driver door has increased since repair in spring according to Tech Service Bulletin. Noise when driver window is initially lowered that started with this wind noise fix was found not to be "abnormal." 
Apr 2017

25000 mi
Wind noise TSBs applied to both front doors. 61099AL01B for the second time to driver side. 61099AL00B for third time to passenger side. I had written a letter to the president of Subaru of America telling him how miserable driving the car on the highway was. I was contacted by a "Team Leader Customer Retailer Services." A Field Service Engineer drove my car and with some instrumentation determined that the noise level was only 2 decibels higher than a 2015 model. That was basically an admission that there is wind noise and SOA has some notion of what is "normal." And ridiculous! The application of the TSBs was the decision of the the dealer Customer Service Manager. I have nothing bad to say about the car, but the wind noise. 
Dec 2017

38482 mi
Warranty: Audio & Navigation Unit. It is the display itself. You could see rows of grid lines. I_|-I_|-|_|-|_| (Imagine the dashes connecting the tops of the vertical lines not the middle.). Square waves. 
Subaru Legacy in New Brunswick, Canada
Oct 2015 - Jun 2018
Mar 2016

6200 mi
Fuel door was sticking. replaced under warranty. 
Aug 2016

12920 mi
Noise from right rear. 
Subaru Legacy in Delaware, United States
Aug 2015 - May 2018
Jan 2017

6700 mi
the door covering the gas tank wouldn't open. 
May 2018

26000 mi
upper oil pan replacement 
Subaru Legacy in Minnesota, United States
Jan 2016 - Jun 2018
May 2016

6600 mi
Serpentine drive belt was chirping. Dealer replaced the belt. Problem resolved and has not returned. 

Return to top

See TrueDelta's information for all Sedans and Wagons.
See TrueDelta's information for all Subaru models.

2016 Subaru Legacy Repair Histories

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently 2016 Subaru Legacy problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Website Security Test