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Subaru Legacy repairs by problem area

Engine (33%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (20%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (19%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (9%)

Other (5%)

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Subaru Legacy body repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (3%)

$500 - $999 (3%)

$100 - $499 (18%)

< $100 (76%)

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2017 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

3200 mi DRIVER SUN VISOR REPLACED DUE TO BROKEN CLIP. 

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2016 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

6000 mi passenger seat bottom replaced 
7000 mi rear decklid repainted - paint defect from factory 

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2016 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

10000 mi Dash rattle. Rattle in drivers door. Seat rattle and pop. 
12000 mi Rattles 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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." 
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. 

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2015 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

4000 mi Performed TSB to replace front window elements due to excessive wind noise. 
6000 mi Wind noise on the B pillar. 
Wind noise from passenger side of car. Diagnosed to problem with small window triangle in front passenger door. Replaced rubber seals around small window in passenger door 

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2015 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

12300 mi Replaced seals around side windows, windshield. Dealer was very helpful. 
3200 mi The rear seat will make noise when driving slowly on an uneven or bumpy road. 
8000 mi Wind noise at high speeds. Dealer replaced the front quarter panel windows and seals on both sides. However the wind noise has not been resolved. 
33000 mi Driver side mirror was stuck. Mirror was replaced via warranty. 
28000 mi Wind noise on drivers side 
12000 mi Brought car in for A & B pillar wind noise repair. Issue got addressed although dealer's tech was lack of knowledge, driver door windows mechanical loose making noise when operate the window, they broke the pass door window motor as well. 

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2014 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

70000 mi

US $100
Moonroof leaking. Moonroof was replaced. Not covered by extended gold plus warranty however I,complained and subaru sent a 500.00 "coupon" to cover the cost. Headliner wasn't replaced. That's another cost if 700.00 

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2013 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

3800 mi One of the speaker covers on the dash was loose. The replaced the cover and it is fine now. 

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2013 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

40000 mi Aerodynamic air baffle/shield under the car in front of the rear driver side wheel began to sag. Repaired by family mechanic at no cost. This car does paved roads only. 
7000 mi Sunroof jamming when closing. Pop noise coming from rear passenger side of the vehicle. 
9000 mi noise from rear passenger side. 

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2012 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

55000 mi

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

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2012 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

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

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

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

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2011 Subaru Legacy

Engine not specified

5000 mi Driver's side interior column panel coming loose 
6000 mi Driver's side interior column panel still coming loose when sold 

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2011 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

1020 mi Salesperson noticed the missing spoiler (manufacturer did not install) the day I was to pick-up the car. Spoiler was ordered and installed 5 days later. 
15500 mi Clip/screw on a rubber part/cover under the body broke or fell off; replacement of clip/screw took very little time. Also had a clip replaced on the sheet metal attached to the the wheel well (was missing for quite a while). 

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2011 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

11000 mi Small water leak around moon roof. 
7900 mi Paint appears to be fading in a small area near sun roof 

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2011 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

11400 mi The console pocket in front of the shifter was starting to come apart and excessive rattling was being heard in the interior. The dealership disassembled the dash, reinstalled/reattached these pieces and had me on my way within an hour. 
30000 mi Headliner was loose at the back of the car. 
32000 mi Salt leaking in on rear door windows. Seat belt squeaking 
26000 mi Rattle coming from front of car at speeds under 45 MPH. Dealer found something loose in the hood latch mechanism that was causing rattle. 
4000 mi Small leak from sunroof repaired (Subaru issued TSB). 
13000 mi Sunroof wind deflector did not deploy. Sunroof was adjust and realigned and wind deflector now works properly. 
20000 mi Passenger seatbelt was rattling. Dealer followed TSB to repair. 

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2010 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

121000 mi

US $900
Other items all wear (underbody tray)& cosmetic items. 
32600 mi Sunroof was not sitting correctly in tracks preventing glass from creating seal with roof (highway wind noise was unbelievably loud). Dealer replaced entire sunroof unit under warranty. 
27000 mi Passenger seat belt bottom fastener very squeaky, dealer ordered replacement, replaced. 
2300 mi Broken left speaker grille on dash. This was present at delivery. Replaced under warranty during first oil change. 
12000 mi stainless window trim was pitted at delivery. issue kept getting worse, and paint on drivers door began to chip. paint was repaired and trim was replaced. 

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2010 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

The passenger seat squeaks when taking turns or going over bumps. The dealer lubed the seat 
31400 mi The plastic engine cover broke at attachment point when I removed the cover for routine maintenance. Weak design improved with the new one. Happened once before, and paid out of pocket that time thinking it was my fault. Lift handle broke on removable trunk floor cover. Installed new engine cover. Installed new trunk floor cover. 

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2010 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

64000 mi

US $200
Trunk won't close. Dent in trunk. Due to cheap metal. 
11000 mi Dust sheild hitting brake rotor over certain bumps. Noticed when I first received car but couldn't get to dealer right away. Fixed for free in minutes 
1000 mi Sunroof leaked really bad down on my wife and I when we went into the car wash. After taking it to the dealer they said that "it's in the Manual" that you can't take the car into a high pressure wash, so good luck washing your new Legacy. 
18000 mi Chrome door trim on drivers door was replaced. Plastic end cap on top corner came off and was sharp. Replaced the whole trim piece as its one unit.  
4000 mi Driver's side seat squeaked.  
17000 mi Passenger side lower seat surround broken and replacement electrical switch knob missing. Possibly related to earlier switch problem. Replaced under warranty. 
18900 mi

US $111
Dealer replaced Driver side body weatherstripping due to splitting and DS leather upper seat. Dealer paid for parts and I paid for labor but supposed to be reimbursed from SOA via Customer service "Good Will." Had to argue with SOA for $. Dealer replaced Driver side body weatherstripping due to splitting and DS leather upper seat. Dealer paid for parts and I paid for labor but supposed to be reimbursed from SOA via Customer service "Good Will".Had to argue with SOA for $. 
22100 mi driver side weatherstripping split again and passenger seat lower seat surround broken again. 

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2010 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder CVT AWD

26000 mi loud rattle. seat belt latch replaced. still loud rattle from front right side. 
29000 mi 3 trips to dealer for same problem. Loud rattle front passenger seat. 3 attempts to fix. Each time problem came back in a few days. Last fix was 4 days ago. We'll see if this time it is really fixed. 

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2009 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

40000 mi

US $150
sun visor no longer folds in place-obstructs view 

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2009 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

28400 mi Rattle coming from Glovebox. 2 screws were loose. They were tightened. The right rear original equipment mug flap came loose and eventually fell off. The dealer first refused to replace unless I paid for part.(approx $70)I eventually convinced dealer part falling off not my fault..should be covered by warranty Replaced right rear mud flap and 2 mounting clips which had fallen off the car. They were ordered on the last visit.  
33000 mi Rattle in glovebox remains, especially when weather is cool. Also asked dealer to check buzzing in passenger door caused by speaker. Dealer says glovebox and passenger door interior panel were disassembled and insulation/padding applied. 
37000 mi Glovebox rattle had grown worse since last repair attempt. This time repair was successful. Latch screw was found to be loose. Cause of minor buzz in passenger door could not be repaired. It remains, however it is minor. 

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2009 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

5000 mi The center armrest cover detached. Dealer repaired, and stated that it was just a few loose screws. 
54600 mi

US $428
Excessive interior condensation on windows impaired visibility during cold, wet temperatures. Had to clear inside of front window with squeegee into order to drive. Sunroof drain tubes were cleared but did not remedy problem completely. 
32000 mi Also loose center arm rest was repaired on this visit (under warranty) 
12000 mi Steering wheel creaks, one rattle from the dashboard, and one rattle from passenger side door. Could not replicate at dealer. 
25000 mi Wind noise from windsheild at highway speeds. Windsheild was pulled and installed with new seal on the outside of windsheild. 
17000 mi car had water leak onto interior passenger side. interior filter had not been replaced in the past. also two rims bent. not happy with CPO inspection. 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

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 
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. 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

24000 mi 2 clips were broken on an interior trim piece -- fully covered under warranty. 
36000 mi Wheels were showing corrosion around center caps. Driver's door sill showed corrosion on it. Both being taken care of by Subaru. 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

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. 
1240 mi Second of three unsuccessful attempts to fix wind noise. 
1860 mi Third of three unsuccessful attempts to fix wind noise. 
6200 mi Wind noise caused by faulty gusset not holding window onto door seal. Gusset replaced with updated model, I was told. 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

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

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

29000 mi Three of four screws for dealer installed genuine Subaru arm rest fell out. Dealer replaced part opposed to replacing lost screws.  
40000 mi Clicking popping noise from driver seat when turning to the left. Was told that's just how it is. 
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. 
1000 mi Exterior trim moulding out of place/loose. Sent to a glass shop where the moulding was glued to the body. 
26000 mi 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.  
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. 
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. 
11000 mi Exterior trim on windshield came off. Reattached with glue. 

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2007 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

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

28576 mi

C $21
sunroof gasket fell off and I re-glued with 3M weather strip glue (good stuff). Lots of glue left over for next job. All the drains at the base of the windshield ( under the cowl ) and at the bottom of the front fenders were plugged with pine needles and mud. Had to take it all apart, removed cowl and fender liner, in order to wash it all out. Took a day. sunroof gasket fell off and I re-glued with 3M weather strip glue ( good stuff). Lots of glue left over for next job. 

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2007 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

175-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

31000 mi Attachment for screen below back window broken. 

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2007 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

43400 mi

C $2500
fender guard molding replaced Rust appearing at bottom of driver door on the inside 

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2007 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

33000 mi Driver's seat leather and padding wore through, creating a hole in the leather. Neither us or the dealership could figure out why this happened and so they replaced the leather seat cover (including foam seatback). 
23000 mi fixed dash rattle 

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2006 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

22320 mi

C $1000
Sunroof rattle Surface rust appeared after 2 years on a small spot and was repainted. 
15000 mi Rattle originating from emergency brake handle assy. 
23000 mi Dashboard rattle near driver's side A pillar 
24000 mi I stuck some foam weatherstripping in the dashboard/A-pillar joint to muffle the rattle. Consensus among owners at legacygt.com is that anyone who makes the dealer remove the dashboard ends up with more rattles than the original. I don't consider it fixed 

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2006 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

175-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

38440 mi Under warrantee - replaced drivers seat left side seat bolster foam and seat back seat cover. 

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2006 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

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

12000 mi Fabric in the rear driver side door had started to come out. Was repaired easily under warranty. 
19000 mi Rattle in dash near windshield. 

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2006 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

8000 mi Warranty work. Removal of glue from rear carpet. 

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2006 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

17000 mi Dreaded dash rattle. 
30000 mi wear on drivers side left upper seat bolster 
32000 mi Drivers seat back cover replace as it was worn through on the bolster 
65000 mi

US $100
Worn drivers seat bolster worn through will take to an upholstery shop for repair 

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2006 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

117000 mi Paint is cracking. Car has never been in an accident. Went to the dealer to complain, was told that "this is a common issue on 2005-2008 subarus. Was told that nothing can be done, except paint the car, which I would have to pay 5k for! 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

123000 mi

US $275
Sunroof broke and would not open / close properly. Dealer had to replace the tracks / mechanism. The glass was OK, and did not need replacement. 
26000 mi Sunroof stuck in the middle of operation. Dealer fixed it(replaced the sunroof assembly) - covered under warranty. 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

167000 mi

US $300
The plastic rear deck lid, which houses the upper brake light), shattered. No impact -- presumably failed because of earlier stress or age. 
20000 mi Reported trim problem. We forgot it when we dropped off the car. we called the dealer ~ 1 hour after the car was dropped off. They didn't add it to the work order and ignored it. 
22000 mi Driver's door vinyl trim has a defect which the dealer refuses to repair under the warranty. This was reported last July, but they ignored it then also.  
34000 mi Drivers all weather floor mat worn through. Driver side rear window seal coming apart. 
36000 mi Worn through driver door body weather stripping. Worn through driver door body weather stripping. 
42000 mi Rear door window weatherstripping came loose. 
35000 mi Warranty-replaced exterior rubber trim against lower part of rear passenger window. 
32000 mi Seat frame replaced for 3rd time due to squeaking 
45000 mi The floor mat hook came off and the clip migrated under the carpet. 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

168-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

145700 mi

US $200
Noise like a rain stick coming from console. 
142000 mi

US $400
Rear spoiler broke and fell off, had to buy new one. 
136000 mi Windshield rusted out. 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

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

151900 mi

C $100
Door handle dont open de car 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

135000 mi

US $200
Driver side outside door handle broke in the cold. 

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2004 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

60000 mi

US $10
Bad leaks into rear cargo area from roof anchor openings in headliner. Unable to find source of leaks. 

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2003 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

154000 mi

US $110
Found rust hole inside left rear fender, cut out rust, did my own amateur-night welded patch panel and poor respray. 
156000 mi fixed some rust fixed a water leak 
185000 mi Bottom of left front fender rusted through. Made my own patch panel. Left rear wheel arch and rocker panel also needed patches. 
198000 mi

US $100
Repaired rust in both rear quarter panels poorly with welded sheet metal, Bondo, and spray paint. 
96720 mi

C $1325
water infiltration in rear hatch door, 
111600 mi a paint job and fixing rust spots. 

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2003 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

82000 mi

US $110
Headlights where oxidized and foggy reducing clarity. Replaced both headlight assemblies. 

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2003 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

95000 mi

US $300
drain for sunroof reattached 

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2003 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

49600 mi Sunroof and power lock system died. Subaru at first did not want to pay for the repairs. After I threatened a law suit, the dealership put in a new sunroof motor and seals along with replacing the power door modulator. Their cost >$3400. 
114000 mi

US $160
Strut tower collapsed due to rust. 

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2002 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

217000 mi Some rust in the sills and behind rear wheel arches. 

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2002 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

146000 mi Sunroof started leaking due to rust, according to the dealer they could not fix it. 

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2001.5 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

155-horsepower 2.0L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

83080 mi

$1800
Recover both bumpers and the rear right door. 

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2001 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

140000 mi My Subaru has a leak where water gets into one of the brake light fixtures. I recently needed to replace not only the bulb, but also the entire socket assembly for one of the lights. 

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1999 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder manual 4WD

243040 mi

€750
Had to replace the housing of the front lights - technical control in Belgium (yearly event) refused them. Had become a little dirty inside (and lens had tiny scars), which lead to light which was too diffuse (cannot be opened, had to be replaced). 

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1998 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

178000 mi

US $200
Rust on frame over the rear wheel wells where suspension is. Repaired in body shop. 800.00$ 

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