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Subaru Legacy Most Common Problems (All Years)

wheel bearing / hub
bulb: headlight
CV joint / axle / half shaft
end link or bushing for stabilizer bar
head gasket
CV boot
oxygen sensor
power steering pump
valve cover gasket
brake caliper
strut (suspension)
ball joint
clutch assembly, manual transmission
exhaust flex pipe / mid pipe / tail pipe
water pump
ignition coil pack
tie-rod / tie-rod end
A/C recharge (no parts replaced)
6   12   18   24   30   36   42   48   54   60  
Chart is based on 1012 vehicles in TrueDelta's reliability survey.
These are the problems owners most commonly reported on TrueDelta's Car Reliability Survey. For many models not all entries have been coded yet, so focus on the relative numbers rather than the absolute numbers. Usually when people say "they all have this problem," the problem in question actually affects between 10 percent and 20 percent of all cars. We aren't counting wear items like brake pads and rotors that truly do require periodic replacement on all cars.

What Our Members Are Saying about the Materials And Workmanship of the 2023 Subaru Legacy

2023 Subaru Legacy Materials And Workmanship: Neutral
2021 4dr Sedan turbocharged 260hp 2.4L H4
8-speed shiftable CVT AWD
As mentioned, materials quality is very high for the price. It is a tactically pleasant car in the upper trims, but even the lower trims do not suffer from abundant hard plastic as others do (ahem, Accord and Camry). In the lower trims, some of the stitched (faux) leather are replaced with padded cloth; in no area is a soft material swapped with a hard one.
The workmanship is good overall, but expect some rattles to develop on the interior. These are exacerbated by the quietness of the car at speed, but the assembly of the car is Asian-car simple and efficient so the competent DIYer can easily resolve them without heading to the dealer. Owner's forums are well-populated and active with guides on resolving many small issues. full 2021 Subaru Legacy review
2021 4dr Sedan turbocharged 260hp 2.4L H4
8-speed shiftable CVT AWD
The Legacy already has a wonderful interior with great materials that are above the segment's standards, but the Mazda6 Signature manages to improve on all the materials in and assembly quality in almost every way (except for the armrest padding, as mentioned previously). The upper door panels and dashboard have an injection molded plastic that's more visually and tactically pleasant. The Mazda6's vinyls more closely match the Nappa leather in both texture, feel, and color compared to the Legacy- it is much easier in the Legacy to tell what is leather and what is Vinyl on the seats. And the real wood trim and beautiful suede make for an interior ambiance the Legacy cannot obtain. Mazda also figured out that part of what makes an interior look more premium is less visible seams where interior panels meet for an uninterrupted visual flow, which the Legacy struggles with. full 2021 Subaru Legacy review