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Subaru Legacy repairs by problem area

Engine (44%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (0%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (20%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (28%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (5%)

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Subaru Legacy brake repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (5%)

$500 - $999 (25%)

$100 - $499 (40%)

< $100 (28%)

Chart based on 40 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

14300 mi Fuel filler door failed to open without multiple pulls on latch. Removed piece of end of latch strike while waiting for part. 
19000 mi Re-flash of traction control system based on TSB. No symptoms. 
11000 mi Fuel door is sticking and won't open, and is scheduled to be repaired as per TSB on this problem. 
15000 mi Recall to reprogram the Electronic Parking Brake. 

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2010 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 148hp 2.0L H4 Diesel 5-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

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

25000 mi Wind noise from windsheild at highway speeds. Windsheild was pulled and installed with new seal on the outside of windsheild. 
76300 mi

US $70
Parking Brake Issue 
17000 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 reservoir replaced earlier. Warning light returned but it seems warning light was for tire pressure not brakes. Told in cold weather tire warning light comes on prematurely (only down 3 lbs. pressure). Told this was a common problem. 
32000 mi front sway bar bushings need replacement. parts ordered.  Also loose center arm rest was repaired on this visit (under warranty) 
34000 mi previous bushing replacement did not resolve noise. follow-up diagnosed strut problem and this was replaced which has cured the problem. 
40000 mi 3 tires losing air. No leaks in the tires or wheel problems were found. Update: new tires fixed problem. 

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2009 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

22000 mi Check Engine light and TC Off light came on while driving. Took car to the dealer. Problem diagnosed as broken oxygen sensor. Dealer ordered the sensor, as no sensor in stock. Dealer replaced oxygen sensor. Interesting fact: In a Legacy GT, a broken O2 sensor also disables: traction control, cruise control, VDC, SI-Drive. Highly unpleasant in the middle of a snow storm. 
30300 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. 
65000 mi

US $250
Had to replace battery. Had to replace front headlight. 

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual AWD

46500 mi

$100
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. 
50840 mi

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

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2007 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

29760 mi 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. 
48540 mi

C $240
Rear oxy sensor kaput. 2nd time in 2 years, 35,000kms. Each lasted 40,000kms. First one took 4 yrs and second 2 years. These things are problematic. The turbo has a history of repeated failures. It may be related to cold winters. 200 km later Rear oxy sensor again. These things can be reset with a good code reader and it takes 5 minutes or less. This time light back on in 2 km. Humidity seems to be a problem. Replaced sensor. 
53320 mi

C $50
The linkage between the shifter arm and the tranny is quite exposed and it slowly began to seize up with dirt and corrosion. A lot of WD40, compressed air, and elbow grease freed it up so that grease could be liberally sprayed at the joints. 
70680 mi

C $483
Front Left wheel bearing replaced 
73160 mi

C $350
left rear wheel bearing difficult to change due to corrosion. Other side front and rear noisy: will need to be changed in near future. 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. 
75260 mi

C $350
3rd wheel bearing in 6 months. Used a jobber bearing ( National ) rather than Subaru to save over 100$. 
76880 mi Timing belt. Also crankshaft front oil seal due to slight not previously visible leak. No oil needed between changes. 
76880 mi

C $170
Replaced centre gasket in exhaust system 

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2007 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

280-horsepower 3.9L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

43000 mi

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

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2007 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed manual AWD

27500 mi Full 3 part clutch and Flywheel replacement. Known issue with the Dual Mass Flywheels, which after a period of time or miles,(possibly about 55-60K) usually start "squeaking." Noticeable on take-up when the clutch is released. 
36000 mi Front anti-Roll(sway) bar bushes replaced 
36500 mi Front Bottom Ball Joints replaced, Front Drop Links replaced. Front brake caliper slide pins replaced. 
46000 mi Front Wishbone (Control arm) lower rear bush (both sides) 
50300 mi

£150
Major air con gas leak traced to sealing o ring on ancillary air con pipes 

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2006 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

68000 mi

US $100
brief malfunction causing check engine light to go off, no problem 
76000 mi

US $300
Replaced 1 malfunctioning brake caliper 
98700 mi

US $100
CV AXLE BOOT CLAMP 
106000 mi

US $700
sway bar seized caliper, replaced pads rotors and other caliper as precaution 
114000 mi

US $250
Check engine light, low oil pressure, oil change, brakes resurfaced 
113000 mi

US $345
Exhaust up pipe cracked causing P0171 engine code, rough idle, and stalling. 
114000 mi

US $86
Both front wheel bearings were replaced. 
119000 mi

US $150
Had to replace both front calipers. Pistons were seized in caliper housing. 
119000 mi

US $792
Throw out bearing failed requiring complete clutch jog. 
128000 mi

US $120
Replace ball joint. 
139000 mi Struts worn. Replaced all four corners 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

117300 mi

US $900
Front left brake caliper seized and had to be replaced...along with front rotors/pads. 
48000 mi

US $650
Left front caliper seized due to broken dust seal and corrosion. Caliper cylinder bore was pitted, so had to be replaced. 
60000 mi

US $300
Problem: Front sway bar endlinks wore out and failed (likely due to hard cornering), causing clunking sounds and steering response issues at low speeds. Endlinks were replaced with OEM links by an independent shop. 
72000 mi

US $200
Heat only worked on driver side. Required flush of heater core to resolve. 
76000 mi

US $139
replaced rear lift gate supports. The gas charged support cylinders had given out. 
100700 mi

US $250
Replaced passenger half shaft due to damaged CV joint boot and very slightly clicking joint. 
114300 mi

US $150
Air conditioner relay failed. Diagnosis involved testing AC refrigerant charge and pulling and testing the relay. Relay was non-functional and replaced. 
115700 mi

US $80
Heater core clogged again. Had to back-flush twice before it started heating the passenger side consistently. 
124000 mi

US $400
Radiator inlet hose popped off while driving, possibly due to a leak or clamp fatigue. Radiator and clamps replaced. 
124700 mi

US $400
Radiator inlet deteriorated and hose slipped off, dumping engine coolant while driving. Bad injector replacement. Car has always had bad idle (roughness), and finally fixed properly with new injectors. 
127000 mi

US $80
Rear gate wiper motor and wiring harness replaced. 
135000 mi

US $500
Replacement of valve cover gaskets. Existing gaskets caused leakage of oil onto exhaust. 
31000 mi

US $30
Headlamps replaced. The 2005 LGT is notorious for short-lived lamps due to daytime running lights and I'm just out of warranty. 
55700 mi

US $1200
Replace worn clutch. Also required flywheel replacement. 
66500 mi

US $650
CV boot failed, half-shafts needed to be replaced Sticking parking brake 
68000 mi

US $1900
Replace lower control arms. Worn tranny/engine mounts Oil leak. 
71000 mi

US $825
U-joint/Carrier bearing issues. Individual parts not reparable, required new driveshaft assembly. 
75000 mi

US $700
Rear wheel bearings R&R. 
76000 mi

US $1200
R&R Lower Control Arms and Rear End Links 
84000 mi

US $475
Leaking valve gasket 
91000 mi Ignition coil to cylinder 4 failed. 
48000 mi

US $350
Frozen right front brake caliper 
52000 mi

US $100
Burned out coil. Replaced Spark plugs 
58000 mi

US $150
Frozen brake caliper. Caliper replaced. 
64000 mi

US $300
Replaced exhaust pipe. (front crossover pipe) 
45000 mi The floor mat hook came off and the clip migrated under the carpet. 
56000 mi

US $200
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. Discovered torn lower control arm bushings -- Both sides. (Common issue on these cars when tracked/autocrossed) Replaced LCA bushing with re-enforced aftermarket bushings. 
58000 mi

US $500
ABS sensor ring failed, requiring replacement of wheel bearing. Subaru currently refusing warranty coverage. Caused by design defect. 
72000 mi

US $40
Coolant overflow/failed rad cap problem fixed per TSB 09-52-08 
75000 mi Oil consumption >1L per 1000mi. Leakdown and compression test. 60% loss -- 105 psi (normal 175-145psi). Suspect piston ring failure. Note: passed later test, now suspect turbo. 
84000 mi

US $1100
Radiator had a blockage. Rodded out radiator and replaced coolant. Shop also found intercooler leaking ($800 of repair in parts, replaced with aftermarket part). This was likely caused by aftermarket parts. 
86700 mi

US $500
Front drivers wheel bearing. 
95000 mi

US $5400
Two blown up piston rings Third gear shredded 
98000 mi

US $800
Inner CV boot on pass side tore, spewing grease over exhaust manifold resulting in smoke. Inner CV boot, drivers side leaking. Replaced. Discovered during problem 1. Ball joint boot torn. Replaced Fluid filled mount was leaking. Replaced. Dealer had never seen anything like it. (Tracked car) Light power steering leak from boots. Leak is extremely minor, no notable drop in fluid level in reservoir. Dealer recommends leaving alone. 
108500 mi

US $240
Replaced squealing AC tensioner. Replaced passenger front CV boot that was improperly installed by dealer. Warranty repair. 
116000 mi Found oil leak in a hose. Put over to order parts. Possible warranty item from engine replacement. 
117000 mi Leak in hose repaired. Had to replace intake hose as well as it was looking rough. Massive boost leak. Shop had to repair stripped threads on intercooler caused by previous work. Vacuum hose may have popped off as well, or my have not been attached correctly at last visit. 
121300 mi

US $712
Front driver's wheel bearing replaced. Discovered that a shop stripped out a bolt hole on the front (both sides). They put in a narrower bolt and put a nut on the end. This resulted in the driver's knuckle cracking. The other side was replaced as it had the same "repair." 
129000 mi

US $100
Power steering system was leaking. Replaced an O-ring. 
131000 mi Due to previous repair, air got into the system and ruined PS pump. Pump replaced. 
135000 mi

US $2300
Screw fell in blower motor and made a lot of noise. Removed blower to remove screw. During a clutch job, it was discovered that the snub mount on this car was completely destroyed. This is part of the case and caused by a design issue. Thankfully, issue is common so there is a $300 fix. Bad news, it killed the clutch early During clutch job, dealer noticed a rear seal leak. 
135000 mi

US $150
Leaky valve covers (both sides) A/C not working unless engine under (slight) load. Diagnosed as low r134a. Diagnosed but not fixed because mechanic doesn't have a license for that purpose. (Originally believed to be AC fan, but working normally) 
42000 mi Rear door window weatherstripping came loose. 
43000 mi Left and right rear wheel bearings replaced under factory warranty. 
65500 mi

US $145
Clutch fork into transmision/bellhousing squeaks and binds at end of travel. Dealer greased, but no effect. Was told transmission must be removed to solve the problem. 
112000 mi

US $700
Replace worn out lower front control arm and sway bar bushings. Replace driver's side front brake caliper. Low compression #3 cylinder due to leaking exhaust valve. Valve slowly deforming creating leak. 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

78000 mi Rear wheel bearing noisy, replaced under an extended warranty. 
117700 mi

US $83
Rear sway bar links wore out, noisy/clunking sound. 
133300 mi

US $135
Transfer gear bearings in the center differental were noisy. Replaced 2 bearings. 
141700 mi

US $250
A/C compressor seized. Replaced compressor and condensor/dryer assembly. LF brake caliper siezed up. 
153000 mi

US $1500
Head gaskets again. Used Tomei Racing reinforced gaskets along with ARP head studs this time. Clutch worn out, throw out bearing noisy. 
155700 mi starter motor stopped working 
108300 mi

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

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

115000 mi General brake maintenance, loose calipers - front passenger side brake 
116000 mi

US $1200
Head gasket, timing belt and water pump replacement. 
129000 mi

US $900
Muffler replacement 
70060 mi

C $10
Right low-beam light burned out. Replaced myself.  
86180 mi

C $140
Replaced Rotors and Pads and seized caliper pin. 
103540 mi

C $100
Spring broke on passenger side. Bought a used strut in good condition and replaced the entire thing. 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

42000 mi

US $200
CV joint was leaking. Replaced entire CV axle with a model from Raxles by myself for about $200. OEM = $300 Raxles = $200 Autozone = $80, but users report lots of vibration problems with them The CV joint was not clicking. 
55000 mi

US $200
Air conditioner/defroster was cycling cold for only 5 seconds. Recharged freon and performed a leak test. (Leak test was the majority of the cost). No leak found, probably needed recharge based on age. 
61300 mi

US $1000
Power steering pump leaking. No cheap aftermarket parts. $700 pump + about $250 labor. Brake guide pins seized. Needed to be replaced. Parts cost ($40) + around $200 labor. 
63300 mi

US $850
Car was overheating on highway. Radiator was mostly empty. Towed to a mechanic 
78100 mi

C $444
CEL P0011, inspected, oil changed (5,500 km), part ordered, changed AVCS solenoid. 
96960 mi

C $75
Original exhaust gasket blown 
101880 mi

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

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2003 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

149000 mi AC compressor seized at 60 mph. Stalled engine. Restarted, terrible burning smell and noise. Popped hood, found siezed AC compressor. Shut off all HVAC and belt could spin again. Disconnected wire to compressor for now. 
154000 mi

US $110
Front oxygen sensor failed.  Found rust hole inside left rear fender, cut out rust, did my own amateur-night welded patch panel and poor respray. 
156000 mi 157k miles of hard use resulted in worn suspension bushings. Replaced all bushings on car, a ball joint and spindle, replaced springs with heavy duty aftermarket units(King Springs) that raise car about 2". fixed some rust fixed a water leak 
160000 mi

US $180
Center viscous differential was showing signs of failure for a while (clunking), then failed completely, leaving front drive only. Replaced with used viscous unit purchased from a friend. Shifter linkage bushings worn and mount broken 
167000 mi

US $800
Replace clutch, machine flywheel, replace transmission mounts, replace engine mounts. Replace rusted out oil pan, replace bad valve cover gaskets, replace timing belt and pulleys, replace water pump. Dealer changed timing belt at 100k miles, but didn't replace pulleys, bearings were shot in two of them. W/pump semi preventive 
172000 mi

US $350
Head gasket failed, causing a 1 quart per 100 mile oil leak. Removed engine myself, had heads machined, installed new multi-layer steel head gaskets. 
175000 mi Rear windshield wiper got caught on chunk of ice and stripped out the motor's gears. Makes really annoying clicking noise, but won't move wiper 
183000 mi Finally replaced busted rear wiper motor with junkyard unit. 
185000 mi Bottom of left front fender rusted through. Made my own patch panel. Left rear wheel arch and rocker panel also needed patches. 
187000 mi

US $500
Caliper seized, taking pads and rotors with it. Aftermarket CV joint sloppy and noisy RF wheel bearing noisy, steering felt a little sloppy 
192000 mi

US $275
Driveshaft front U-joint seized. Had shaft rebuilt at area driveline shop. 
198000 mi

US $100
Repaired rust in both rear quarter panels poorly with welded sheet metal, Bondo, and spray paint. Left rear wheel bearing (original 198k mile unit) noisy. Replaced, but let rear axle fused to splines and also needed replacement. 
199000 mi Battery not getting charge from alternator. Replaced battery cables, checked resistance on alternator cable. All good. Added "custom" ground straps to alternator and ground points with welding cable. 
206000 mi

US $150
Rear brake caliper seized. Replaced rear pads and calipers 
210300 mi

US $222
Left rear strut sheared off at mount. Replaced rear struts. 
219700 mi Car is worn out completely. Drivetrain has multiple faults, as does suspension, and body shell is rotted. Car is going for its final voyage on the 24 Hours of Lemons Rally in February. 
220000 mi Drivetrain has multiple faults. Suspension problems. Body shell is rotted. 

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2003 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

81000 mi

US $263
*dupe 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 heated front left rim. The failed part was replaced. 
81000 mi

US $261
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. 
84000 mi

US $230
The air conditioner stopped working. When I took the car to mechanic it was determined that one of the hoses leaked the refrigerant liquid. The part was replaced and new liquid was put in the system. 
89000 mi

US $230
Check Engine light came up. I took the car to a shop to check it out. The oxygen sensor had to be replaced to fix check engine light. 
93000 mi

US $630
replaced catalytic converter and part of exhaust pipe. 
99000 mi Subaru original battery prematurely died with only about 25 months of use. Battery was under warranty. Dealer replaced without charge. 
121000 mi

US $50
Had to replace power steering hoses due to air getting into the system and thus creating problems when extensive steering was required. 
127000 mi

US $400
Alternator failed completely and needed to be replaced. 
127000 mi The car developed coolant leak, had to add few ounces every week. Given that the leak was not apparent, assumed that it was notorious head gasket problem. 

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2003 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

114000 mi

US $160
Strut tower collapsed due to rust. 
123000 mi

US $500
Front Stabilizer links replaced along with ball joints. Severe knocking on bumps and it turns was fixed by this. 
124000 mi Replaced rear wheel bearings. Approximately $150 in parts, labor was performed by myself. Shop hours would be around 3-4. 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. warning light on. 

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2000 Subaru Legacy

Engine not specified

134000 mi

US $2200
Steering. Brakes. 

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2000 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

151000 mi worn wheel bearing oxygen sensor previously replaced not secured, fell on axle & wore through wire. 
170000 mi

US $1100
timing belt, serpentine belt (maybe more belts?), water pump, radiator hoses. All original on vehicle. 
171700 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. 
173000 mi

US $200
fastener holding exhaust or heat shield failed, causing the two parts to touch and cause excessive noise. 
180000 mi

US $100
Battery repeatedly died from cold nights. 
183000 mi Fluid lines leaking resulting in fluid loss and gears "slipping". hole in muffler AC not working 

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1999 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

148000 mi

US $93
Starter was dead 
154300 mi

US $1000
Head gaskets blew. Replaced head gaskets and had cylinder heads re-milled at machine shop. Replaced numerous other seals, belts, pulleys just for maintenance. 
165000 mi

US $60
Crack in exhaust pipe, welded in home. 
178000 mi

US $40
Exhaust leak. Welded new section of pipe in and clamped. 
183000 mi

US $250
Replaced intermediate pipe that was previously broken. 
191000 mi

US $80
Replaced faulty knock sensor 
202000 mi

US $400
Rear brake lines rotted causing leak. Replaced. 
203500 mi

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

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1998 Subaru Legacy

Engine not specified

134700 mi

US $250
Brakes failed one day on the road! The brake lines had rusted out and my mechanic had to run new lines. 
141000 mi

US $300
Power steering pump going out -- replaced belt hoping it hangs on. replaced spark plug wires 
142000 mi

US $170
CEL on, mis-fire on cylinder #4. Changed plug wires, etc, but still can't figure out the problem 
142000 mi

US $170
CEL on, mis-fire. 

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1997 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

166000 mi

US $200
bought the car used with a whirring noise in transmission, drove on it for 40k mi. started slipping out of 4th gear when coasting, had to replace rear main input shaft bearing 
185000 mi

US $240
bad wheel bearing and leaking axle stub seals. I caused the leak on the axle when I rebuilt the transmission in the past 
189300 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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