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2004 Subaru Legacy repairs by problem area

Engine (35%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (15%)

Brakes and Traction Control (0%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (30%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (2%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 54 repairs.
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2004 Subaru Legacy repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (14%)

$500 - $999 (11%)

$100 - $499 (27%)

< $100 (43%)

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Chart based on 44 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2004 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2012 - Sep 2012
Sep 2012

163000 mi
A window would not roll up. 
Subaru Legacy in California, United States
Feb 2013 - Sep 2018
Jan 2014

US $20
Torn power steering boot 
Feb 2015

132000 mi

US $2900
Timing belt, clutch, and head gasket 
Jul 2017

171000 mi

US $200
Regapped clutch 
Jul 2018

180000 mi

US $250
P0420 cel light. Changed primary and secondary o2 sensors. Cleaned injectors, maf,throttle body and egr. Cel light still on. 
Subaru Legacy in Vermont, United States
Jan 2008 - Mar 2015
Jul 2008

45000 mi
Front driver's side speaker stopped working, continues not to work to this day. Removed speaker, tests fine, so the fault is in the wiring somewhere. 
Jan 2009

48000 mi

US $10
Tailgate latch doesn't work well. Requires multiple lockings and unlocking of central locks to get it to release. Liberal application of white lithium grease helps somewhat. 
Aug 2009

55000 mi
Poor power window operation. Removed door panel, found five loose bolts in regulator. No lock nuts applied at factory, huge pain in the ass, and the other window is rattling now, too. 
Dec 2009

59000 mi
Just got my car back after 30 (THIRTY) days in the shop for intermittent stalling. Unable to solve the problem, covered under warranty. Dealership installed black box data recorder, cold comfort next time it dies in traffic. 
Mar 2011

72000 mi

US $60
Replaced rear stabilizer bar links on both sides due to failure of existing left side unit. Replacement units an improved design. 
Jun 2011

60000 mi

US $10
Bad leaks into rear cargo area from roof anchor openings in headliner. Unable to find source of leaks. Front moonroof failed. Unable to repair. 
Aug 2011

74000 mi

US $1500
Leaking head gaskets, front main seal. Torn CV boot and ruined axle. 
Apr 2012

81000 mi

US $644
Heat shield ears cracked, heat shield cut off entirely 
Apr 2013

94000 mi

US $45
Multiple exhaust holes. 
Oct 2014

119200 mi

US $1400
Both front CV joints Full exhaust replacement Battery failed while in the shop 

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2004 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

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

Subaru Legacy in Ireland
Sep 2011 - May 2013
Oct 2011

104160 mi
engine light on and cruise not working...garage suspects catalytic converter. sensor seized in place so failed to extract old sensor so no repair completed. 
Jan 2013

111220 mi

€500
Finally replaced front O2 sensor at main dealer. Expensive at 400 but CAT seems ok and all lights now off and cruise control and stability system now working as they should. 

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2004 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Legacy in Maryland, United States
Jul 2010 - Jul 2012
Oct 2010

94500 mi

US $6
Tail light replacement. Took about 20 minutes by the time panels were popped off and dropped hardware fished out of the compartment. Bulbs are a frequent maintenance item on this car, the tail light is the only hard one I've found. 
Dec 2010

97000 mi

US $23
Check engine light came on. Went to auto parts store for free OBD II reading. Found to be evaporative emissions problem. Replaced fuel cap, was not the cause of light. 
Jan 2011

98000 mi
Rechecked tightness of fuel cap and cleaned filler neck surface. Light went out shortly after. 
Jun 2011

105000 mi

US $586
Air conditioning service, recharged to appropriate level, installed dye to check for refrigerant leak ($147). 
Oct 2011

109000 mi

US $266
Check engine light on with engine missing on uphill climbs causing check engine light to flash. Replaced spark plugs and wires and problem has not returned. 
Nov 2011

109800 mi

US $22
Replaced all four light bulbs in instrument cluster, gas gauge and left side of speedometer were dark. Disassembly of dash and center console required. Tailgate locked and would not open with key or handle. Removed interior trim, tripped lock with pry bar. Cleaned and lubed with Teflon spray, removed debris that may have been caught in latch. 
Feb 2012

113000 mi

US $115
Steering wandering to the left and more difficult to steer right than left. Four wheel alignment performed and power steering belt retensioned (not included in price below). 
May 2012

116200 mi

US $1420
Replaced cat-back exhaust, due to collapse of interior of muffler and corrosion of pipe in front. Leaking coolant from water pump, had been adding coolant for some time. Failure of already replaced part. Replaced engine seals because of oil leak. 
Jun 2012

117000 mi

US $45
Changed rear differential fluid in attempt to diagnose drive train noise. 
Jul 2012

117000 mi

US $45
Car has had steering problem for some time, diagnosed as needing steering rack. Plan to dispose of vehicle. 

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2004 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

Subaru Legacy in Belgium
Jul 2010 - Jun 2018
May 2011

96720 mi

€200
Rubbers for front suspension were cracked, and had to be replaced. 
Sep 2011

109740 mi

€600
NOISE FROM GEARBOX. A small part in it was damaged. Dealer says Subaru knows 1/1000 of those parts get broken... 
Nov 2011

115320 mi
Motor for lock of passenger door sometimes not working. 
Feb 2012

119040 mi

€1200
Fly wheel got broken and had to be replaced. 
Sep 2016

173600 mi

€100
Light of the aribag sometimes went on 
Mar 2017

176700 mi

€900
Noise comming from transmission. Some bearings had to be replaced. Main cost was man-hours 
Jul 2017

182280 mi

€1800
Sudden power losses appeared. Often it helped to restart the car - but of course not acceptable. Garage first replaced Lambda sonde, but this did not solve the issue. In the end, a throttle valve (or somethin like that) was replaced. NOTE: in the end the garage searched for free, checking and cleaning all electric contacts which did solve the problem!! Oooofffff, cause I really like this car UPDATE 1/10/2017: The number of power losses reduced, but the problem is not solved yet!! 

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2004 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2011 - May 2014
Mar 2014

107000 mi
Blown head gasket diagnosed 
May 2014

107000 mi
Blown head gasket 
Subaru Legacy in Minnesota, United States
Sep 2011 - Jun 2018
Feb 2012

109900 mi

US $3200
Head gasket blown. Replaced head gasket, drive belt, water pump, head bolts, thermostat, spark plugs, spark plug wires 
Dec 2013

122000 mi

US $270
Inside boot (passenger side) torn, drive shaft and boot replaced 
May 2014

123600 mi

US $139
Car needed a recharge (hadn't had one in a long time) 
Jun 2015

128000 mi

US $400
No coolant in system - needed recharge Battery cables replaced 
Aug 2015

128900 mi

US $495
turn signal replacement 
Dec 2016

135000 mi

US $2200
Right wheel bearing replaced - worn out.  Mechanic also replaced right drive shaft. 
Jun 2018

143000 mi

US $170
Recharged AC. Fluid gone. 
Subaru Legacy in Great Britain
Aug 2013 - Jan 2016
Sep 2015

50000 mi

£100
Uk failed MOT, needed replacement bushes Uk failed MOT due to exhaust leak 

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2003 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Quebec, Canada
Jul 2013 - Oct 2015
Jul 2014

146320 mi

C $140
Front passenger wheel bearing was noisy when turning. 
Aug 2014

147720 mi

C $150
Pipe came off flange. It broke at the weld. Had to hold the pipe with a strap bescause it was touching the road. 
Oct 2014

148800 mi

C $150
Pipe of muffler broke at another welded flange. Not the same as july. Again had to hold the muffler with a strap... 
Subaru Legacy in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2013 - Mar 2016
Jul 2014

161500 mi

US $1000
A/C service and recharge 
Sep 2014

164000 mi
Not clear. Failed state emissions test, mechanic could find nothing wrong or recorded in computer. Check engine light is off, so I will try the inspection again. 
Oct 2015

174000 mi

US $220
Passenger side ball joint replaced 
Subaru Legacy in New Hampshire, United States
Dec 2010 - Feb 2017
Jun 2011

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. 
Sep 2011

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. 
Oct 2011

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 
Jan 2012

204500 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 
Sep 2012

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 
Jan 2013

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. 
Mar 2013

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 
Sep 2013

183000 mi
Finally replaced busted rear wiper motor with junkyard unit. 
Nov 2013

185000 mi
Bottom of left front fender rusted through. Made my own patch panel. Left rear wheel arch and rocker panel also needed patches. 
Jan 2014

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 
May 2014

192000 mi

US $275
Driveshaft front U-joint seized. Had shaft rebuilt at area driveline shop. 
Nov 2014

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. 
Dec 2014

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. 
May 2015

205400 mi

US $150
Rear brake caliper seized. Replaced rear pads and calipers 
Oct 2015

209700 mi

US $222
Left rear strut sheared off at mount. Replaced rear struts. 
Nov 2016

219300 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. 
Feb 2017

220000 mi
Drivetrain has multiple faults. Suspension problems. Body shell is rotted. 
Subaru Legacy in Quebec, Canada
Nov 2009 - Sep 2011
Jun 2009

86800 mi

C $800
A/C compressor 
Mar 2010

96720 mi

C $1325
water infiltration in rear hatch door, front wheel bearing  
Oct 2010

101680 mi

C $560
Check engine light. Error code indicated seized "valve for fuel fumes"?? Part was replaced ($300 with tax and labour) 
Sep 2011

111600 mi
When sold needed a new rear wiper motor,  a new cat converter,  a paint job and fixing rust spots. 
Subaru Legacy in Alabama, United States
Apr 2018 - May 2018
May 2018

235000 mi

US $228
This visit to the shop was for diagnostic purposes. The transmission needs to be replaced but I can still drive it. 

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2003 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Feb 2012 - Aug 2015
Mar 2012

141000 mi

US $135
Blown head gasket leaking oil and coolant. My mechanic put in a can of BG cooling system sealer, and I keep an eye on the coolant. The engine now has a noise besides the piston slap that sounds like a bearing knock. 
Apr 2012

141300 mi
Accelerator pedal sticking open, engine holding 3500 rpm. Tried WD-40 on cable at both ends, didn't work. Packed high temp grease on engine end of accelerator cable and throttle return springs, fixed problem. 
Aug 2015

156000 mi
Replaced rear muffler. Engine never fully repaired after head gasket blew. 
Subaru Legacy in Alberta, Canada
Jan 2009 - Apr 2014
Oct 2009

36580 mi

C $800
left side head gasket issue, Subaru Canada assisted with covering parts and half labour. leaking coolant under the car  
Dec 2009

37200 mi

C $95
Vaccuum sensor needs replacement 
Dec 2011

44640 mi

C $700
Power steering pump failed! 
Aug 2013

52160 mi

C $400
CV Joint work. Electrical also, instrument cluster half of the light bulbs did not lit. 
Subaru Legacy in Florida, United States
Jul 2012 - Sep 2016
Aug 2012

119200 mi

US $950
timing belt,brakes,plugs,wires,valve cover and spark plug gaskets. 
Jun 2013

121000 mi

US $1400
I had the rear head gasket replaced also new front rotors and brakes I had my oil pump repaired and rebuilt. And I also had aa systems check the car. 
Jul 2016

158300 mi

US $250
Compressor bearing faulty. Replaced compressor 
Subaru Legacy in West Virginia, United States
Jan 2009 - Feb 2013
Jun 2009

78000 mi

US $360
Dash bulbs (took tech 1 hour to replace) upstream O2 sensor. 
May 2010

90300 mi

US $120
Inside right front CV boot split open. Problem caught before any damage was done to the CV joint. CV boot replaced. Damage to boot most likely caused by off-road use of vehicle (rough terrain and brush). 
Sep 2010

96000 mi

US $1500
Head gasket was leaking oil around the front of the engine. Had to have head gasket replaced. Also water pump replaced, and themostat replaced. 
Apr 2012

128500 mi

US $300
Outside front right CV joint was failing. Axle had to be replaced. Dealership provided a free loaner car. 
Sep 2012

137000 mi
Outside right CV joint failed 
Subaru Legacy in Virginia, United States
Jan 2003 - Dec 2010
Nov 2003

1500 mi
AC condenser drain stopped up and water came into car 
Sep 2010

82000 mi

US $110
Headlights where oxidized and foggy reducing clarity. Replaced both headlight assemblies. 
Subaru Legacy in British Columbia, Canada
Feb 2009 - Jun 2016
Mar 2012

83700 mi

C $3000
head gaskets; timing belt 
Nov 2012

89360 mi

C $4000
engine heads needed to be replaced. as a result a engine rebuild was necessary including timing belt etc 
May 2016

109120 mi

C $280
Replace crankshaft pulley and belts 
Subaru Legacy in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2014 - Jun 2015
May 2015

138260 mi

C $200
Diagnosing no cool air. 

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2003 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Wisconsin, United States
Dec 2009 - Jun 2013
Jun 2009

128000 mi

US $400
cv boot needed to be replaced 
Jan 2010

134000 mi

US $1300
Head gasket 
May 2010

142000 mi

US $189
AC did not work 
Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2011
Jun 2010

95000 mi

US $300
Replaced water pump for third time in 2 years drain for sunroof reattached 
Subaru Legacy in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2009 - Jul 2010
Dec 2009

119660 mi

C $300
Knocking sound in engine and transmission seal oil leak Transmission shifter fork seal leaking 
Jul 2010

127100 mi
viscous center differential needed replacing when sold. 
Subaru Legacy in Virginia, United States
- Oct 2004
Sep 2004

1000 mi
Warranty service. I complained that the engine was not running smoothly when the car was driven at neighborhood speeds. The service manager said that the car's operation was normal. 
Oct 2004

2000 mi
I tried several times over the next two years to figure out a way to make the engine run more smoothly. I helped a little but the engine still ran uncomfortably. 

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2003 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

Subaru Legacy in Maryland, United States
Apr 2009 - Dec 2014
Nov 2009

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 
Apr 2010

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. 
Nov 2010

88800 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. 
Jun 2011

93000 mi

US $630
replaced catalytic converter and part of exhaust pipe. 
Dec 2011

99000 mi
Subaru original battery prematurely died with only about 25 months of use. Battery was under warranty. Dealer replaced without charge. 
Mar 2014

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. 
Sep 2014

127000 mi

US $400
Alternator failed completely and needed to be replaced. 
Dec 2014

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

Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2008 - May 2017
Jun 2008

110000 mi

US $2500
Soon after I bought this car.... Off a kid who beat on it for about 20,000 the trans completely went and I had to have it rebuilt. Other than that tons of little things have gone wrong and I've probably spent another 2500 in repairs. 
Subaru Legacy in Tennessee, United States
- Oct 2006
Oct 2006

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. 
Subaru Legacy in Ohio, United States
May 2009 - Nov 2009
Nov 2009

115000 mi

US $300
POS subaru head gaskets. common issue. subaru fix is Subaru branded coolant stop leak. never ever a subaru again. Have 1991 BMW no head gasket issues with 325k miles. Many other cars with more miles and had no head gaskets issues. 
Subaru Legacy in Maryland, United States
Sep 2014 - Feb 2017
Dec 2014

114000 mi

US $160
Strut tower collapsed due to rust. 
Jun 2015

123000 mi

US $500
Front Stabilizer links replaced along with ball joints. Severe knocking on bumps and it turns was fixed by this. 
Dec 2015

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

Engine not specified

Subaru Legacy in Kenya
Jan 2012 - Feb 2012
Feb 2012

41540 mi
did an engine over haul. since then the car is overheating . 
Subaru Legacy in California, United States
Apr 2013 - May 2013
May 2013

136000 mi

US $750
began running extremely rough about 1/2 mile after filling the gas tank. dealer replaced the fuel pump. 

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2002 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Ohio, United States
Jul 2012 - Dec 2013
Dec 2013

149000 mi
brake lines rusted out. brakes to be repaired. needed 2500 to repair. warning light on. 
Subaru Legacy in Tennessee, United States
Dec 2012 - Jul 2013
Jul 2013

120000 mi

US $150
Clutch stopped working - stuck to floor. Replaced clutch slave cylinder and soft hydraulic line. Spark plug wells full of oil - replacing valve cover gasket and spark plug wires. 
Subaru Legacy in Alberta, Canada
Dec 2014 - Nov 2015
Dec 2014

125240 mi

C $150
Car used to occasionally buck like a wild horse. Sporadic and started Fall 2014. Worse by December. Repair shop replaced coil on cylinder 2 and checked car. Car ran okay for about a week. Problem returned and check engine light. Car was bucking like wild horse and check engine light came on. The problem was an air flow sensor needed to be replaced. Clutch started slipping so new clutch and plate installed 
Subaru Legacy in Washington, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2011
Jul 2010

92000 mi

US $1120
full clutch replacement including slave gear 
Subaru Legacy in Massachusetts, United States
May 2009 - Apr 2010
Sep 2009

212000 mi
Both head gaskets failed, 50000 miles of driving post failure caused bottom end wear. Need to repl. Engine from junkyard would be about $2,500. Need to repl. (screamingly loud) transmission, would be another $2,000. 
Apr 2010

217000 mi
Engine basically shot - rings worn, headgaskets leaking oil into the water and into the environment, low compression. Needed new transmission when stopped driving it. 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

Subaru Legacy in Michigan, United States
Jan 2013 - Jun 2016
Sep 2014

76000 mi

US $178
Replace section of exhaust pipe 
Subaru Legacy in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2010 - Apr 2011
Apr 2011

146000 mi
Sunroof started leaking due to rust, according to the dealer they could not fix it. 
Subaru Legacy in Georgia, United States
Jun 2016 - Jul 2017
Jan 2017

237000 mi

US $1000
water pump gasket 
Jul 2017

238000 mi

US $2600
head gasket leak, replace engine. 
Subaru Legacy in Ohio, United States
Aug 2010 - Jan 2018
Dec 2010

167000 mi
CEL still on after replacing just about every evaporative system component. 
Apr 2011

170000 mi

US $2500
Complete transmission failure. Required new transmission. Loud grinding noise and transmission binding, preventing car from moving forward or in reverse. Code: "3rd Gear out of ratio" 
Aug 2011

171100 mi

US $250
Car had head rebuild when transmission failed. Ever since, the engine began overheating on long freeway trips. Installed HQ aftermarket radiator. Stock radiator literally crumbled apart when touched.  Defective thermostat installed during head rebuild. Replaced free of charge. Overheating problem solved; hopefully overheating did not damage engine 
Sep 2011

174000 mi
Engine overheats during long freeway trips, but not during city driving. Mechanic said he could not replicate the overheating and indicated "all Subaru's run hot." *Car NEVER ran hot prior to head rebuild. 
Oct 2012

178300 mi

US $200
Exhaust midpipe rotted off at the catalytic converter 
May 2017

223000 mi

US $100
Starter Replacement 
Subaru Legacy in Washington, United States
Jul 2011 - Jun 2018
Jan 2013

169500 mi
cv boot replaced-right front axle 
Dec 2013

180000 mi

US $3000
fuel line replaced head gasket-2nd-second time 

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2002 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2013
Apr 2011

120000 mi

US $600
Left front wheel bearing went bad. 
Feb 2012

129000 mi

US $28
Oil was leaking from valve cover seals onto the spark plugs and wires. Valve cover gaskets and seals were replaced. 

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2002 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Legacy in Connecticut, United States
May 2011 - Jul 2011
Jul 2011

78000 mi

US $600
muffler system replaced 
Subaru Legacy in Ohio, United States
May 2011 - Jul 2012
Nov 2011

139000 mi

US $30
replace thermostat. Car was running hot. Did not have the original exact OEM thermostat. It appeared to stick periodically. 
May 2012

144400 mi

US $100
air conditioning compressor clutch was slipping 
Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Apr 2009 - Mar 2010
Oct 2009

72000 mi

US $3000
exhaust system rusted out again for the 3rd time 
Subaru Legacy in Alberta, Canada
Dec 2010 - Oct 2012
Jan 2010

117800 mi

C $80
Front right inner tie rod replacement.  
Aug 2012

131600 mi

C $500
The head gaskets had minor external leak when I first bought the car. The leak had slowly become worse over the years. I decided to replace the HG before selling the car. I also cleaned some deposits/gunk off of the cylinders and pistons. 

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2001.5 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

155-horsepower 2.0L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Legacy in Brazil
Aug 2012 - Dec 2014
Sep 2012

83080 mi

$1800
Changed the rear suspension stabilizer bar link. Had to wait for part imported from US. Recover both bumpers and the rear right door. 
Dec 2012

86800 mi
Substitution of the front left wheel tie-rod 
Apr 2013

89900 mi

$800
Replaced tie-rods for all the wheels 
May 2013

90500 mi

$900
Replaced all 4 tie-rod ends, both two front tie-rods. 
Dec 2013

97340 mi

$450
A rithmic vibration whenever accelerating. changed 
Dec 2014

104780 mi
Changing CV joints 

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2001 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Legacy in Michigan, United States
Feb 2014 - Mar 2014
Mar 2014

182000 mi
Head gaskets were leaking 
Subaru Legacy in California, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2012
Jan 2012

US $1800
blew a head gasket, car overheated and ruined radiator. Needs new head gaskets, valve guides, water pump, and radiator. Subarus are famous for blowing head gaskets. 
Subaru Legacy in Oregon, United States
May 2014 - Jun 2018
Jul 2014

101500 mi

US $2150
Replaced head gasket, timing belt 
Jun 2018

127000 mi

US $400
Rear brakes were at 15% 
Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Jan 2010 - Sep 2015
Apr 2012

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. 
Feb 2013

161200 mi

US $500
Replaced coil due to cracked case. Northern climate, moisture could get in esp. freeze / thaw expand crack. Noticed during timing belt inspection. Also noticed is lower oil pan gasket leaking, plan to DIY when warmer. 
Aug 2014

194300 mi

US $200
Front driver side inner tie rod end. Required for NY annual safety inspection. One link of rear sway bar was broken. Noticed as a failure of NY annual safety inspection. 
Sep 2015

221000 mi
Broken springs each front unistrut. Not safe to drive, so garaged. 

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2001 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2013 - Jul 2013
Jul 2013

200000 mi
Replaced Head Gaskets 
Subaru Legacy in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2016 - Jun 2018
Nov 2016

104160 mi
engine trouble light. cause was a corroded factory crimped connection at evaporator behind right rear wheel. 
May 2017

111290 mi
can't find solution but car violently vibrates, eliminated wheels as problem, some imbalance somewhere, can't find so car is no longer running, could be the end. 

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2001 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Legacy in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2016 - Mar 2016
Feb 2016

136000 mi

US $80
Exhaust pipe broke at joint near end. Welded with a joint piece and tied. 
Subaru Legacy in Oregon, United States
Feb 2015 - Nov 2015
Sep 2015

187000 mi

US $695
Leaking oil pan replaced. 
Nov 2015

187000 mi
transmission mount 
Subaru Legacy in Florida, United States
Dec 2009 - Jun 2015
Mar 2015

144000 mi

US $400
Ac seals replaced 
Apr 2015

144000 mi

US $1000
AC compressor 

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2000 Subaru Legacy

Engine not specified

Subaru Legacy in California, United States
Feb 2009 - Mar 2010
Mar 2009

134000 mi

US $2200
Steering. Brakes. 
Subaru Legacy in Nova Scotia, Canada
May 2011 - Aug 2011
Jun 2011

114080 mi

C $750
Muffler gone right at manifold 
Subaru Legacy in Alaska, United States
Apr 2010 - Jun 2011
May 2010

123000 mi

US $542
Valve cover gasket set replaced. 

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2000 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Maryland, United States
Oct 2013 - Apr 2014
Mar 2014

151000 mi

US $30
Replaced the AC idler pulley 
Subaru Legacy in Quebec, Canada
Nov 2010 - Apr 2018
Jan 2011

110360 mi

C $250
Alternator 
Subaru Legacy in Colorado, United States
May 2015 - Jun 2018
May 2015

175000 mi

US $205
Check engine light on. Codes P0420, P0301, P0302. Runs rough/misfires/no power. Runs fine when fully warmed up. Oxygen sensors, plugs and plug wires okay. Replaced ignition coil. Problem fixed. 
Feb 2018

186000 mi

US $300
Timing belt pulley failed on engine startup (had over 100,000 miles on it). Replaced timing belt, pulleys, water pump, and thermostat. 
Subaru Legacy in Texas, United States
Sep 2017 - Oct 2018
Jun 2017

120260 mi

US $1400
Head gasket showed signs of failure in 12/2016, known issue with Subaru. Had head gaskets replaced, machine shop planed the heads and ground the valve seats. Valves were also adjusted. 
Mar 2018

126191 mi

US $20
Refrigerant dropped below threshold, compressor did not engage. Added 12 oz of R134a to system 
Oct 2018

130741 mi

US $81
Replaced lower control arm ball joint due to ripped boot on the left side. Right side was replaced as well although boot was still in tact. 

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2000 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Legacy in District of Columbia, United States
Dec 2012 - Jun 2015
Jan 2014

US $180
New (remanufactured) alternator installed. Core returned. Installation in parking lot of auto store ~ 40 minutes. 
Apr 2014

189500 mi

US $150
Replaced knock sensor Replaced O2 sensor #2 
Jul 2014

191300 mi

US $250
New shocks and springs installed (self) 
Aug 2014

192000 mi

US $385
Torn boot and wear on driver front axle. Replace axle. 
Sep 2014

193000 mi

US $50
Bad shaking on engine. CEL showed knock. Replaced wires and plugs. 
Jan 2015

187200 mi

US $150
Battery would not charge. Replace battery. Leaking fuel line under hood. Cracked rubber. 
Subaru Legacy in North Carolina, United States
Apr 2010 - Jun 2013
May 2010

151000 mi
worn wheel bearing oxygen sensor previously replaced not secured, fell on axle & wore through wire. 
Oct 2011

170000 mi

US $1100
timing belt, serpentine belt (maybe more belts?), water pump, radiator hoses. All original on vehicle. 
Jan 2012

171300 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. 
Mar 2012

173000 mi

US $200
fastener holding exhaust or heat shield failed, causing the two parts to touch and cause excessive noise. 
Dec 2012

180000 mi

US $100
Battery repeatedly died from cold nights. 
Jun 2013

183000 mi
Fluid lines leaking resulting in fluid loss and gears "slipping". hole in muffler AC not working 

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2000 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2010 - May 2012
Feb 2011

106020 mi

C $100
The car would jump out of fifth gear. The problem was that the nut at the end of the main shaft came loose. Removal of the transfer case allowed access to install a new nut ($20 part). If you can change a clutch, you can do this job. 
Nov 2011

119040 mi

C $120
Rear sway bar end link broken (ball came out of socket) due to corrosion/wear. Replaced both sides and the read pads at the same time. Nice and easy. 
Mar 2012

127720 mi

C $200
Alternator bearings failed 
Subaru Legacy in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2008 - Jun 2011
Mar 2009

193000 mi

US $600
Main problem: Replace head gaskets. Also needed to replace the timing belt and some of the tensioner pulleys. 
Sep 2009

196000 mi

US $150
Replace exhaust system from the cat back. Replaced a fuel line that was old and cracked. 
Subaru Legacy in Vermont, United States
Aug 2011 - Mar 2013
Dec 2011

127000 mi

US $200
Faulty fuel injector 
Dec 2012

134000 mi

US $75
Front ball joints replaced. 
Mar 2013

136000 mi

US $150
Left front axle replaced 

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2000 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Legacy in Oregon, United States
Sep 2008 - Sep 2013
Oct 2008

82000 mi

US $1900
Seal in auto tranny. Shop said it was common for 2000. Also replaced a bearing in front differential. 
Subaru Legacy in Utah, United States
Jan 2012 - Jan 2013
Sep 2012

70500 mi

US $2100
replaced faulty head gaskets. machined heads to level. replace radiator. 
Subaru Legacy in Quebec, Canada
Jul 2010 - Oct 2013
Mar 2011

81840 mi

C $420
Alternator died in the middle of the road. Car had to be towed to the garage, where it was diagnosed as it was, and then alternator was replaced the next day.  
Nov 2011

84940 mi

C $70
Transmission fluid cooling line developed a minor leak. The leaked piping was discarded and replaced with new rubber piping. Transmission fluid was added. Got oil changed, but that was not part of any problem. 
Apr 2013

88860 mi

C $300
Wiper link arm broken, replaced. Transmission fluid drain cap tightened. Previous mechanic left it loose. 
Subaru Legacy in Ohio, United States
Feb 2015 - Jun 2016
Feb 2015

112000 mi

US $16
Radiator hose from the radiator to the engine, top hose. Since 8-2014 I had to replace the timing belt, valve cover gaskets, cam gasket, ball joints, water pump, & some other preventive maintance. 
Subaru Legacy in Colorado, United States
Jun 2012 - Apr 2014
May 2013

134000 mi
Compressor leak 
Nov 2013

139000 mi
Dash lights started flickering but managed to get it home. Towed to shop and needed an alternator only. 
Mar 2014

142000 mi

US $360
CV boots were torn (replaced)  tie rod end was worn (replaced) 

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2000 Subaru Legacy 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in New Zealand
May 2009 - Mar 2010
Aug 2009

90520 mi

$780
Diff bushes cracked and replaced. 10k service - fluids and filters. 

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2000 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Minnesota, United States
Apr 2009 - Feb 2014
Feb 2014

142000 mi
Head gasket leak 

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