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Subaru Legacy repairs by problem area

Engine (33%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (20%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (19%)

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

Other (6%)

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Subaru Legacy brake repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (4%)

$500 - $999 (28%)

$100 - $499 (35%)

< $100 (31%)

Chart based on 54 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2015 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

15000 mi Recall to reprogram the Electronic Parking Brake. 
19000 mi Re-flash of traction control system based on TSB. No symptoms. 

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2013 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

79000 mi pads replaced, rotors resurfaced. 

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2013 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

45880 mi

C $575
Changed front brakes and rotors 
79000 mi

US $799
Brake master cylinder failed. 

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2011 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

110980 mi

C $550
Vibration unknown source maybe handbrake too stiff Brake needed to be replaced rear rotors and pads (pad were used 90%)/ Caliper needed services on all corners because they were stuck (rust/salt). Brake has been replaced on front (rotors and pads) I wanted to do a good job. 

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2010 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 148hp 2.0L H4 Diesel 6-speed manual AWD

39680 mi Clonking noise from RH brake caliper, when going over bumps. Could only be solved by replacing complete caliper (pads and clips not changed) 

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2009 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

30700 mi Brake pedal was making a noise when released. Problem diagnosed as defective brake booster valve. Dealer replaced brake booster, problem is gone. It took me over a YEAR of complaining before a dealer finally agreed to look. 

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2009 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

16500 mi Brake warning light came on. Vehicle needed a new brake fluid reservoir. Part ordered (late December)installed 1-13-10. Loaner provided. Repair took roughly two hours. Picked up the vehicle about 11:30 a.m. Brake warning light came on. Vehicle needed new brake fluid reservoir. Part ordered in late December. Repair done 1-13-10. Loaner provided. Repair completed in two hours. Picked up vehicle at 11:30 a.m. 
76400 mi

US $70
Parking Brake Issue 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

93000 mi

US $98
New rear pads required. 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

70268 mi

C $800
Replace seized left front caliper 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

132000 mi

US $16
Replaced rear brake pads. 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual AWD

50840 mi

$2866
Brake pads were in contact with rotor, calipers needed refurbishing. 

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2007 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

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

73160 mi

C $350
Rear brake failure due to corrosion of brake line near right rear wheel. The recall to stop corrosion had been done. This point of corrosion is well know. The plastic envelope over the pipe is absent at the attachment clamp. 

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2007 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

43000 mi

US $100
Backing plate bent. Dealer removed and straightened plate. 

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2007 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

163-horsepower 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

36300 mi Front brake caliper slide pins replaced. 

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2006 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

88500 mi

US $10
Front brakes sticking on application; cleaned and regreased front pads and shims and regreased caliper slide pins. 
76000 mi

US $300
Replaced 1 malfunctioning brake caliper 
106000 mi

US $700
seized caliper, replaced pads rotors and other caliper as precaution 
16740 mi Vacuum line valve on brake booster broke, entire brake booster replaced under warranty. 
120000 mi

US $150
Had to replace both front calipers. Pistons were seized in caliper housing. 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

47500 mi

US $650
Left front caliper seized due to broken dust seal and corrosion. Caliper cylinder bore was pitted, so had to be replaced. 
118000 mi

US $750
rear brakes replaced. 
112000 mi

US $700
Replace driver's side front brake caliper. 
48000 mi

US $350
Frozen right front brake caliper 
58000 mi

US $150
Frozen brake caliper. Caliper replaced. 
116700 mi

US $900
Front left brake caliper seized and had to be replaced...along with front rotors/pads. 
56000 mi Shop broke ABS sensor during alignment. Patched back together as ABS senor was on order. A broken ABS senor on this car puts it in "safe mode" with little boost and fuel cut a 4kRPMs. Patch fixed this. Replaced ABS sensor. 
58000 mi

US $500
ABS sensor ring failed, requiring replacement of wheel bearing. Subaru currently refusing warranty coverage. Caused by design defect. 
172000 mi

US $350
Failed caliper froze and cooked the brake pads and rotor. 
65500 mi

US $650
Sticking parking brake 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

60900 mi

US $1000
Brake guide pins seized. Needed to be replaced. Parts cost ($40) + around $200 labor. 
101780 mi

C $500
Both front callipers seized, replaced with rebuilt. Rotors & pads OK. 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

140800 mi

US $250
LF brake caliper siezed up. 
107600 mi

US $800
Both front calipers were frozen and required replacement. 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

122000 mi

US $100
Free up sticking calipers. 
115000 mi General brake maintenance, loose calipers - front passenger side brake 
86180 mi

C $140
Replaced Rotors and Pads and seized caliper pin. 

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2003 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

174500 mi

US $500
Caliper seized, taking pads and rotors with it. 
205400 mi

US $150
Rear brake caliper seized. Replaced rear pads and calipers 

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2003 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

81000 mi

US $263
caliper on the left front brake system stopped functioning properly resulting in brakes failing to release. Discovered the problem through strong steering wheel vibration on the speed of 50 miles per hour. Also felt strong heat from the front wheel. During one of the trips the calipers on the front left brakes failed to work properly. Due to this problem the brakes did not release and resulted in bumping on the steering wheel as well as made the left front rim extremely hot. The failed part was repl 

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2003 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

124000 mi Parking brake was dragging and giving many issues. It was temporarily removed to make drivable. Replacement proved difficult and FREQUENT on the Gen 2 Subaru Legacy/Outback Platform. It is still problematic due to rust issues. 

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2002 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

149000 mi brake lines rusted out. brakes to be repaired. needed 2500 to repair. 

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2000 Subaru Legacy

Engine not specified

134000 mi

US $2200
Brakes. 

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2000 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

171100 mi

US $130
Rear calipers replaced due to excessive corrosion that would not allow the piston to be retracted into caliper body to allow space for new pads and rotors. 

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1999 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

202000 mi

US $400
Rear brake lines rotted causing leak. Replaced. 
202500 mi

US $220
Driver side front caliper was hanging up. Replaced both front calipers. 

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1998 Subaru Legacy

Engine not specified

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. 

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1997 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

189200 mi

US $700
piston froze in caliper, broken sway bar mount, bad cv boot, rust 

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1996 Subaru Legacy

Engine not specified

151280 mi

C $300
Hill HOld Brake system failed and locked brakes 

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