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2012 Subaru Legacy repairs by problem area

Engine (9%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (9%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (50%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (11%)

Other (7%)

Chart based on 44 repairs.
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2012 Subaru Legacy repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (3%)

$500 - $999 (13%)

$100 - $499 (13%)

< $100 (71%)

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Chart based on 38 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2012 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Alberta, Canada
Aug 2013 - Aug 2015
May 2013

6200 mi
Sensor was replaced under warranty 
Subaru Legacy in Utah, United States
May 2013 - Mar 2017
Jun 2013

14000 mi

US $65
Auto Headlight sensor was replaced as it was not functioning. Headlights were not coming on automatically. 
Aug 2015

34300 mi
Automatic headlight sense needed to be replaced for the 2nd time. 
Subaru Legacy in Michigan, United States
Jan 2012 - Jan 2018
Jun 2013

28000 mi

US $50
Headlights are extremely difficult for the owner to repair without fender or bumper removal. Not a 10 minute driveway repair for sure. 
Feb 2014

45000 mi

US $140
Both headlights burned out w/in 24hrs of each other, 2nd headlight replacement in 2 years. Both side-marker lights burned out, required bumper removal to repair. 
Sep 2014

55000 mi

US $300
Rust on the trunk lid near license plate garnish. 
Apr 2017

114000 mi

US $200
Misfire on cylinder 4. Found coil pack for this cylinder corroded and cracked causing arcing at high engine load. Replaced all 4 packs and plugs as precaution and is good as new again. 

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2012 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

Subaru Legacy in New Jersey, United States
Oct 2011 - Jun 2018
Jan 2012

29800 mi
Rough downshift into low gear. 
Jan 2013

13000 mi
Rough downshift in lower gears.l 
Dec 2013

25000 mi
Vibration at 60-70 mph, probably caused by new tires. 
Subaru Legacy in Quebec, Canada
Jun 2016 - Dec 2016
Oct 2016

43400 mi
transmission was kicking sliding, all the lights in the dash were on. replaced transmission. 
Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Mar 2012 - Nov 2014
May 2012

4000 mi
Dealer says oil level sensor needs replacement, TSB. Broke one installing it, ordered another. 
Feb 2014

32000 mi
Headliner was coming down in the rear passenger compartment. 
Mar 2014

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

Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
May 2013 - Dec 2016
Dec 2016

62000 mi

US $18
Bad daytime running lights relay caused highbeams to not work. 
Subaru Legacy in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2018
Dec 2013

54000 mi

US $50
Both low beam headlights burnt out and were replaced.rna REAL pain to replace. 
Jun 2014

65000 mi

US $18
Puddle lights left side shorted out, cooking the front puddle light assembly and blowing the inline (NON_REPLACEABLE) fuse. I rebuilt the module. New current limit resistor, new capacitor, resealed. Bypassed inline fuse with new inline fuse 
Dec 2014

74000 mi
replaced both low beam headlights as they both burnt out within one week of each other. 
May 2015

84300 mi
Replaced both front low beam headlights a third time. It is not an easy replacement on this car. You need to jack up the front end, remove the wheel, remove the inner fender and then you can get at the headlight for replacement.  
Nov 2015

100000 mi
Low beam headlight drivers side replaced yet again 
Jul 2017

135000 mi

US $1355
Head gasket blew 500 miles from home. Vehicle was blowing bubbles out of the radiator with the cap off no external block leaks and no contamination of the engine oil. Put in a can of block seal and limped home stopping every 100 miles or so waiting for the engine to cool down and adding antifreeze . Dealer (North End Subaru in Lunenburg Ma) said they pulled the engine out of the car and replaced the head gaskets. They did NOT machine the heads. The car came back a mess. Grease all over the fenders and hood. Antifreeze all over the engine compartment, things not put back together as designed. Clamps on hoses not in place, parts missing, etc. I was very unhappy with the state of the vehicle when I picked it up. The cost was supposed to be 1850.00 but the dealer kicked in $500.00 toward the repair. I called 1-800subaru3 and they declined to assist in paying for the repairs. I'm not sure I can trust this vehicle any longer. Parts replaced: 4 Gasket spark plug, 2 gasket cylinder head, 2 gasket rocker cover 2 Gasket intake manifold, 1 oil filter, 5 5W30 oil, 2 Super coolant, 1 thermostat gasket, 5 studs, 1 radiator assy. 
Oct 2017

138000 mi

US $100
replace front brake pads and rotors 
Jan 2018

144000 mi
No heat passenger side dual control heating/AC system. Flushed out the heater core. One heater core servers both the drivers side and the passenger side heat on this vehicle. There was no apparent obstruction in the heater core so I will have a look at the heater door control motors and control arms Oil level/pressure light stays on after oil and filter changed. I add this repair as a note for other Subaru owners as a hint. I had changed a Fog light bulb during the time that the engine oil was draining from the car. To verify the light which needed replacing I briefly turned the ignition to ON (not starting). I replaced the fog light bulb and continued with the oil change. After finishing changing the engine oil and filter When the car was started the oil light would not go out. When I finished I started the engine and the oil light would not go out. The engine sounded fine but the light was on. I removed the new filter thinking it might be defective and replaced it with another new filter. This had no effect on the oil light. I found a thread on the web saying this had happened to other folks. some drove the car and the light went out. One said he spoke to a Subaru Tech and was told to remove a fuse for about 1 minute. His oil light went out after replacing the fuse and starting the vehicle. I disconnected the battery for a few minutes and the light issue was resolved upon restarting the engine. It appears that the diagnostic bit for low oil level once set is not re-checked on engine re-starts. Took about 15 minutes to change the fog light bulbs. 
Jun 2018

155000 mi
Replaced both front and rear sway bar bushing, clamps and bolts 
Subaru Legacy in Iowa, United States
Aug 2011 - Oct 2015
May 2013

17000 mi
Condensation in spoiler brake light. Brake light was replaced and the issue was resolved. 
Subaru Legacy in California, United States
Jan 2012 - Sep 2018
Apr 2014

29700 mi
Seats could not be adjusted. A fuse had blown. 
Jan 2015

28700 mi
Bad wiring in automatic seat adjustment under drivers side causes fuse to blow often. This was not covered under warranties. 
Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2012 - Dec 2015
Sep 2015

16000 mi
Front driver side seat belt retractor weak, would not rewind belt completely on exit. Replaced complete seat belt/retractor assembly. 
Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2012 - Apr 2012
Apr 2012

6000 mi
Lumbar support was broken 
Subaru Legacy in North Carolina, United States
Jan 2015 - Feb 2019
Feb 2018

91000 mi

US $71
2 headlights out. Both replaced 
Subaru Legacy in California, United States
Aug 2013 - Jun 2018
Aug 2017

67000 mi
The CVT transmission seemed to not be working properly although it was a minor issue. The cause was not determined during this service visit. Subaru must be seeing some mechanical problems with the CVT as they raised the warranty time, recently, to 100,000 miles 
Jun 2018

75000 mi

US $700
Front calipers and rotors were replaced. The calipers were replaced twice as you could feel, through the brake pedal and your ears, a shuttering noise on rough roads. The calipers were remanufactured and the company doing this evidently didn't know how to do this properly. The service dealer gave me my money back and then I paid additionally for Subaru calipers. This solved the noise problem. 
Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2014 - Jun 2015
Jun 2014

38000 mi
Sunroof stuck open. Technician replaced sunroof rail system. Sunroof stuck open. Technician replaced sunroof rail system. Covered by extended warranty. 

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2012 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Minnesota, United States
Jan 2012 - Feb 2019
Jan 2019

45000 mi

US $200
Engine - "Variable valve lift diagnosis oil pressure switch" on the right severely leaking oil. Both sides replaced. Solenoid gasket slightly leaking oil. Left for a future repair. 
Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2012 - Dec 2016
Jun 2015

28000 mi
Effluent hose was clogged. Effluent ended up on front passenger side foot well. 
Subaru Legacy in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2013 - Sep 2017
Nov 2016

68300 mi

US $800
The struts were replaced due to tire cupping. 
Subaru Legacy in Connecticut, United States
Feb 2012 - Mar 2012
Mar 2012

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

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2012 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

Subaru Legacy in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2012 - Jul 2018
Sep 2015

48980 mi
warranty repair - air conditioning condensation was draining into the cabin, hoses rerouted. 
Nov 2015

50840 mi

C $500
Cracked front-end bushings - replaced. 
Dec 2015

52080 mi

C $800
Headlight and tailight bulbs burnt / replaced. 
Jul 2018

60140 mi

C $600
Front upper and lower control arms. 

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2011 Subaru Legacy

Engine not specified

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

5000 mi
Driver's side interior column panel coming loose TSB applied for vibration issues. Afterwards, car no longer tracks straight on the highway. Car drifts and pulls to the side at highway speeds. 
Sep 2011

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

Subaru Legacy in Quebec, Canada
Jul 2016 - Nov 2018
Jun 2017

65100 mi

C $1175
Clutch was slipping, replacement kit was installed. 
Oct 2017

71300 mi

C $180
Oil pressure switch 
Subaru Legacy in Sri Lankia
Oct 2016 - Jun 2018
Jul 2017

10540 mi

$100
Steering Rack end bushes replaced 
Subaru Legacy in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2010 - Apr 2015
Aug 2010

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. 
Dec 2010

3100 mi
As per work order: Reprogram Engine Control Module (ECM), software update to improve emmision system and fuel economy. OP Code 145-580. 
Sep 2012

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). 
Oct 2012

16120 mi
Replace wheel bearing. 
Feb 2014

21700 mi

C $140
Replace daytime light sensor. 
Subaru Legacy in Chihuahua, Mexico
Aug 2015 - Dec 2016
May 2016

28520 mi

$50
AT jerking a little, needed replacement of fluid after only 46,000 kilometers, even though maintenance manual requires this to be done at 72,000. Car sits a lot, so maybe it went bad after 4.5 years of use. 
Subaru Legacy in Slovak Republic
Dec 2013 - Sep 2016
Mar 2015

47120 mi

€1370
Legacy 2010 and early 2011 had issues with poor efficiency of headlights. I tried to change the xenon bulb, but no cure. Due to this I had to change both headlights on my car. 
Aug 2016

53940 mi

€370
Noisy front on street bumps. Stabilizer links and some rubber parts had to be replaced. Would be simple and cheap if not for the GT model. For this one, only OEM (expensive) parts are available... 
Sep 2016

53940 mi
still noisy on bumps even after service 

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2011 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Jul 2010 - Aug 2016
May 2013

11000 mi
Small water leak around moon roof. 
Subaru Legacy in Virginia, United States
Mar 2011 - Dec 2017
Jun 2011

3000 mi
Built-in Nav system screen does not dim automatically when lights are switched on. Result is a too bright screen that is bothersome when driving at night. Dealer could not fix and said they would consult with Subaru.No response yet.  
Nov 2011

7900 mi
Paint appears to be fading in a small area near sun roof Nav dispay does not darken automatically when lights come on. Update: We learned that the screen was not designed to automatically dim at night when you use the lights - that had to be done manually. This is an issue that has been corrected, by the way, in the 2017 Legacy we just bought as a replacement. 
Dec 2012

19000 mi
Heater not working properly. Update: The heater never did seem to work as it should. It kept the car warm, but the automatic temperature control could never be adjusted to work as that feature doe in other cars. This too seems to have been corrected in the 2017 model! 
Aug 2013

34000 mi
Oil leak. Needed a new seal of some kind that was not in stock and had to be ordered. 
Oct 2013

36500 mi
A repeat of oil leak problem of August--plus heater/AC not working properly - these issues may be related. Very frustrating...the mechanic is unsure of the cause of any othese problems... A repeat of oil leak problem of August--plus heater/AC not working properly - these issues may be related. 
Oct 2015

94500 mi

US $100
Headlight replacement 
Feb 2016

104000 mi

US $800
Seven light bulbs needed to be replaced 
Nov 2016

118900 mi

US $260
Needed to replace 6 bulbs, including one headlight. 
Subaru Legacy in New Jersey, United States
Aug 2010 - Sep 2018
Jun 2012

46000 mi

US $56
Front D/S low-beam headlamp need to be replaced. To do this, they had to remove the battery and other items, and then replace the headlamp. Took about an hour to complete. 
Jul 2012

46300 mi

US $53
fuel filler cap assembly due to vapor leak. this was caused by the gas cap not being seated properly on gas filler neck. cap was replaced and system tested for leaks. 
Mar 2017

180000 mi

US $146
Lumbar support in driver seat bladder clips broke and were replaced. 
Subaru Legacy in Ohio, United States
Mar 2014 - Oct 2017
Jul 2017

83000 mi
Low beam bulb replacement 
Subaru Legacy in Wisconsin, United States
Jun 2013 - Mar 2018
Mar 2018

42000 mi
High beam lights failed ..faulty bulbs 

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2011 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

Subaru Legacy in Illinois, United States
Aug 2010 - Jun 2018
Aug 2012

36000 mi

US $600
Passenger power seat switch was sticking and was replaced. Still sticking. 
Mar 2017

101000 mi
Oil control valve had to be replaced. 
Subaru Legacy in Ohio, United States
May 2014 - Oct 2015
May 2014

47000 mi
Passenger side seatbelt height adjustment stuck. Dealer disassembled pillar and re-seated adjustment track. 
Subaru Legacy in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2010 - Jun 2018
Feb 2011

7000 mi
passenger seatbelt and airbag sensor stayed on whether or not passenger in seat 
Oct 2011

17500 mi
Something scraping wheel when turning left. Dealer diagnosed and repaired. 
Mar 2014

55000 mi

US $29
Passenger side headlight replaced. Due to poor design, hard to do. 
Apr 2015

67300 mi

US $60
Replace headlight bulb. Should be easy, but poor design makes this difficult. 
Subaru Legacy in Quebec, Canada
Sep 2016 - Jun 2018
Nov 2016

102200 mi

C $25
Light bulb replacement 
May 2017

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. 
Aug 2017

115940 mi
brake light and headlight again. car hesitate shake and engine nearly die when on a stop light or in a parking lot at slow speed. 
Subaru Legacy in Utah, United States
Sep 2010 - Feb 2012
Jan 2012

32000 mi
Salt leaking in on rear door windows. Seat belt squeaking 
Subaru Legacy in Oklahoma, United States
May 2011 - Mar 2013
Dec 2011

14000 mi
Volume fluctuations; new amp on order 
Jan 2012 TSB for radio amplifier; covered by TSB replacing amp with one with new software. 
Subaru Legacy in Indiana, United States
Sep 2010 - Aug 2013
Mar 2011

7512 mi
Automatic headlights turn on and off constantly. I have not taken it in yet for repair. I have stopped using the auto-mode. Automatic headlights turn on and off constantly. 
Aug 2013

55000 mi
Never fixed automatic headlights. 
Subaru Legacy in Wisconsin, United States
Aug 2011 - Jun 2017
Feb 2014

22000 mi
Bad power steering pump, needed replacement. 
Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
May 2013 - Mar 2014
Aug 2013

19000 mi
My passenger headlight bulb went out. I took it to the dealer and was repaired for free under the warranty. Dealer told me that if it goes out again, they will have to look at the electrical connectors. My driver's seat has been loose for a number of months. Took to a local dealer and couldn't replicate the issue. Not satisfied, went to another dealer and the seat was fixed because of a TSB. 
Sep 2013

19000 mi
My driver's side headlight bulb went out exactly a month after my passenger headlight bulb went out. Went back to Richard Lucas Subaru and was not charged for the bulb as the car is still under warranty. 
Jan 2014 Engine cover came loose and was rattling under the hood while driving. Battery was replaced after 2 years due to being "weak" 
Subaru Legacy in Illinois, United States
Aug 2011 - Mar 2015
Apr 2012

20000 mi
Engine stumbling, no codes, no explanation, just a "check up", no faults found 
Oct 2012

30000 mi
TPMS system was acting crazy. Check and clear codes. 
Feb 2013

35700 mi
wiper system overheated and "melted" causing under-hood smoke and smoke coming into the interior vents. Replaced wiper motor cover (again) and wiper motor. 
Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2018
Mar 2015

51000 mi

US $300
bad fuse for headlights 
Jun 2017

72000 mi

US $100
Catalytic converter was making a terrible noise after startup. Fix was welding various points to stop the noise. 
Aug 2017

74000 mi

US $100
Noisy heat shield exhaust 
Subaru Legacy in North Carolina, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2018
Jun 2011

2000 mi
Steering wheel had a slight shimmy at highway speeds. Dealer balanced tires, and this improved, but did not totally elmiinate the problem. 
Nov 2011

6000 mi
Replaced seat heater on driver's side. 
Jul 2012

12500 mi
Steering wheel shimmy. 
Aug 2012

14300 mi
Steering wheel and front end of car has a shimmy at highway speeds. This has been going on for over a year and the dealer cannot correct the problem. 
Subaru Legacy in North Carolina, United States
May 2012 - Jul 2014
May 2013

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. While stopped in traffic, engine idle would infrequently drop & car would almost die, sometimes causing car to shake, although engine never cut off. Software update corrected problem 
Subaru Legacy in Michigan, United States
Jan 2012 - Jun 2018
Dec 2012

13000 mi
Volume control switch on steering wheel only worked intermittently. Switches replaced. 
Oct 2017

60000 mi

US $895
Ignition lock cylinder acted like key was in even when it wasn't. Repair included replacing all locks and keys on the vehicle. 
Subaru Legacy in Nevada, United States
Aug 2011 - Jun 2018
Aug 2012

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. 
Jun 2014

30000 mi
Headliner was loose at the back of the car. Steering wheel volume control not working properly. Will not adjust volume up. Part ordered during earlier trip. 
Dec 2017

59000 mi

US $170
The original battery died and I replaced it with an AGM unit. 
Subaru Legacy in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2012
Jul 2010

250 mi
Check Engine light illuminated. Cause was loose evap hose in fuel system. Repaired under warranty. 
Dec 2010

4000 mi
Small leak from sunroof repaired (Subaru issued TSB). 
Aug 2011

13000 mi
Sunroof wind deflector did not deploy. Sunroof was adjust and realigned and wind deflector now works properly. 
Mar 2012

20000 mi
Passenger seatbelt was rattling. Dealer followed TSB to repair. 
Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2011 - Dec 2016
Apr 2015

35000 mi

US $100
Drivers door would not unlock using key fob, had to manually use key in door. Power lock actuator switch was replaced under warranty (had $100 extended warranty deductible). 
Nov 2016

45600 mi
Radio working intermittently 

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2011 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2012 - Jan 2014
Mar 2012

14251 mi
Driver side headlamp replaced.. failed part.. under warranty. 
Jun 2012

17322 mi
Passenger side headlamp out.. bulb failed.. Warranty 
Jun 2013

27783 mi
Taken in for burnt out passenger side, side marker. Found driver side headlamp failed and replaced... Warranty 
Jul 2013

28945 mi
Ahh.. here is the replacement of the passenger side, side marker.. Warranty 
Jan 2014 Driver side head lamp failure (3rd time) and driver side, side marker failure.. Warranty. Anyone else see a problem here??? 
Subaru Legacy in Minnesota, United States
May 2015 - Nov 2018
Oct 2017

94000 mi

US $40
Headlight bulb. 
Jan 2018

95000 mi

US $40
Repeated headlight outages. Keep replacing. Pain to replace because of location. We've had the car about 4 yrs now and I would say we replaced headlights at least every yr. 

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2010 Subaru Legacy

Engine not specified

Subaru Legacy in Florida, United States
Sep 2010 - Jun 2011
Nov 2010

1500 mi
Car hesitated when cruising at very low speeds. Lost power when accelerating into traffic or pulling out into traffic. Hesitation upon acceleration. Stalling when stopped, shutter when RPM when below 500 and then car would stall. Cars stalling out at stoplights increased in frequency. Original dealer where car was purchased not interested in helping me with problem. They stated I have to wait till there is a Trottle body recall from Subaru. This car will kill me. 
Dec 2010

4000 mi
Car continued to stall on highway and at lights after repeated complaints and loss of MPH, dealer stated Cont Variable Trans was no good and had to be replaced. Car still idles rough at stop with RPM going below 500 they cant fix this part. When air conditioning turned on to high all front and side top vents would close shut from air pressure on vents. "clips" could not hold vents open so all vents close when air turned on. They cant repair havent made replacement parts yet. 
Subaru Legacy in Virginia, United States
Dec 2013 - Dec 2014
Dec 2013

94000 mi

US $950
I needed to replace the clutch. I also replaced all the fluids in the trans and rear at the same time. 

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2010 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

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

Subaru Legacy in Belgium
Sep 2011 - May 2014
Mar 2012

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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2010 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2012 - Jun 2018
Oct 2015

55800 mi

US $1300
Clutch and flywheel replaced after the clutch began slipping. 
Jun 2018

99000 mi

US $300
Exhaust rusted, need to replace a few sections 
Subaru Legacy in California, United States
Oct 2009 - Jun 2013
May 2011

27000 mi
Passenger seat belt bottom fastener very squeaky, dealer ordered replacement, replaced. 
Mar 2013

46000 mi
replaced clutch 
Subaru Legacy in New Jersey, United States
Apr 2011 - Oct 2016
May 2012

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. 
Subaru Legacy in Florida, United States
Dec 2009 - Oct 2012
Oct 2012 Engine case was cracked and leaking motor oil. 
Subaru Legacy in California, United States
Jul 2010 - Jul 2012
Nov 2010

2300 mi
Broken left speaker grille on dash. This was present at delivery. Replaced under warranty during first oil change. 
May 2011

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. 
Jan 2012

24000 mi
Steering wheel controls for Bluetooth and radio inoperable. 3rd trip to dealer for issue, finally replicated. Parts ordered, car will return to dealer when parts arrive. 
Feb 2012

25800 mi
Replaced steering wheel controls. 
Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2010 - Dec 2010
Mar 2010

1100 mi
Re-Balance 4 tires, significant shake since new at highway speeds. 
Dec 2010

11000 mi
Front suspension issue - car was returned and repurchased by Subaru. Shimmy at speed could not be fixed after several attempts, dealer/SOA attempts. 
Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2014
Nov 2011

14500 mi
There is a rubbing sound coming from under the left timing belt cover. It increases with rpm and disappears after car if warm to some degree. Appears that the timing belt is coming in contact with the cover. More investigation by dealer, adjusted a guide. 
Jun 2014

29000 mi
Misfire in cylinder 1. Happened twice. Ran fine in between. Dealer unable to replicate. Traded car in so unknown if problem still persists. 
Subaru Legacy in New Hampshire, United States
Apr 2011 - Apr 2012
Oct 2011

23500 mi
Steering wheel audio/cruise controls failed. Replaced wiring harness under warranty. 
Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2011 - Mar 2018
Aug 2011

20000 mi
Volume control on steering wheel works sporadically. Dealer said they couldn't replicate problem, so they couldn't fix what they determined wasn't broken. 
Nov 2011

23300 mi
Lumbar support driver's seat non-functioning. Dealer replaced a hog ring that attaches the lumbar tensioning cable. 
Jan 2012

25800 mi
steering-wheel volume control was inoperable. Tech said a wire in the wheel was pinched. He fixed it. 
Feb 2014

52000 mi
Lumbar support connector in driver's seat broke .. for second time. Replaced dealer-replaced cheap factory hook with 250 lb capacity hook. 
Oct 2017

90000 mi

US $200
Brake pads wore. Time to replace rotors as well. Also replaced brake lines with Goodrich stainless lines. The lines were perfectly fine, I've always wanted to see if stainless lines made any difference. The answer is, no. Better fluid and pads do the trick. 
Mar 2018

98000 mi

US $15
Replaced headlight. Previously hadn't reported these. But this must be the sixth bulb I've replaced. I think it's a big issue for 5th Gen Legacies. And getting to the bulb is a royal PITA (through the wheelwell.) 
Subaru Legacy in Vermont, United States
Sep 2009 - Oct 2015
Jun 2010

20000 mi
Lumbar support in drivers seat detached from seat frame. New unit ordered and installed and attachment to frame strengthened. Per LGT forum, this is a fairly common problem. 
Sep 2014

121000 mi

US $900
Ignition problems. Replaced coil pack.  Other items all wear (underbody tray)& cosmetic items. 
Feb 2015

129000 mi

US $300
Bad right rear wheel bearing. Shop tech used the words "imminent catastrophic failure". Bearing never made any of the failing bearing noises prior to the shop visit (for an oil change). 
Oct 2015

142000 mi
Coolant lines to turbocharger replaced due to catastrophic corrosion. 
Subaru Legacy in Alabama, United States
Dec 2012 - Dec 2013
Dec 2013

95000 mi
Headlights 
Subaru Legacy in Alberta, Canada
Jun 2013 - Jun 2018
Feb 2014

73520 mi

C $20
Low beam headlight was burnt out. Replaced bulb 
Apr 2014

74900 mi

C $1000
Whining noise accompanied by strong resistance when trying to turn the steering wheel. Happens when the engine is warm, but not from a cold start.rnrnPower steering pump was replaced. 
Sep 2014

78120 mi
Oil leak coming from engine compartment. Oil is collecting on exposed hot parts of engine and causing burning smell and white smoke. Unknown where leak is originating. Engine bay was cleaned and will return in 1,000km to re-diagnose. 
Dec 2014

78740 mi
Checked for subsequent leak. None found. 
May 2017

92070 mi

C $2000
Clutch, fork, pressure plate, throw-out bearing, slave cylinder hose were all replaced. 
Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2011 - Apr 2014
Jan 2012

55300 mi
shimmy at highway speeds 
Sep 2012

42000 mi

US $500
throwout bearing replaced. "dirty" as a result of normal clutch wear- no abnormal clutch wear and no other component replaced. 50 percent paid as goodwill by subaru of america. 
Subaru Legacy in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2012 - Jun 2018
Dec 2013

93000 mi

C $100
Replaced front engine cover due to rust of the original 

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2010 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

Subaru Legacy in Oregon, United States
Mar 2010 - Dec 2017
Mar 2011

16000 mi

US $395
engine acoustic cover (Not the hood) aft attachment plastic bracket broke during cover removal to check for mouse damage to acoustic cover insulation. 
Nov 2012

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. 
Jul 2014

45300 mi

US $258
Oxygen sensor failed and required replacement. 
Subaru Legacy in Maryland, United States
Sep 2009 - Oct 2011
Jan 2010

12000 mi
hesitation when cruising at low speed and pressing on the gas to accelerate. 
Subaru Legacy in Massachusetts, United States
May 2010 - Mar 2016
Feb 2015

24300 mi
Fuse #34 blew. Problem was with dealer installed "puddle lights." Lights shorted out and fried the body control module. There is a recall for this problem. Dealer did not have the parts in stock to repair this known problem. Dealer replaced four puddle lights, wiring harness and added an in-line fuse under a recall. A short in the puddle lights caused the body control module to fail. That part was replaced under warranty. Car in the shop for six days. 
Subaru Legacy in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2010 - Apr 2016
Nov 2012

34300 mi
The low engine oil light came on, so I took it to the dealer who stated that reset the sensors that monitor the levels, as the levels were perfectly accurate 
Jan 2013

35340 mi
The passenger seat squeaks when taking turns or going over bumps. The dealer lubed the seat 
Subaru Legacy in Maryland, United States
Jan 2017 - Jan 2017
Jan 2017

90000 mi

US $300
Warranty extended on lightbulbs since bulb filaments break consistently. Had them changed during this time. 
Subaru Legacy in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2017 - Oct 2017
Apr 2017

108500 mi

C $300
Check engine light came on: Code read misfiring of multiple cylinders. Oil control valves were clogged causing misfiring when throttle is more than 50% opened. Dealer removed, cleaned and reinstalled control valves. 
Aug 2017

120280 mi

C $4500
Variable valve timing components corroded causing misfiring. Components had to be replaced. 
Subaru Legacy in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2014 - Mar 2016
Nov 2014

44800 mi

C $15
L headlamps pigtail failed due to heat damage relating to poor connection. 3 headlamps replaced annually prior to replacement harness(aftermarket) so far so good. 
Apr 2015

48960 mi
Subaru replaced a missing nav DVD with a burned copy. Soon afterwards the audio system volume started to increase on its own and slow nav. Switched to different nav DVD, cleared up. 
Nov 2015

57700 mi

C $12
L headlamp bulb replaced. L headlamp failed regularly until I replaced the pigtail for bulb. 
Subaru Legacy in Connecticut, United States
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
Jan 2018

155000 mi

US $300
Hard shifts and erratic shifting. Brought in to transmission shop for service. They said it looked bad, lot of debris and worn. Fluid flushed and added conditioner. May need new transmission. Will recheck in 10k miles. 
Jun 2018

166000 mi

US $300
Brought back to shop for transmission recheck. Still has intermittent shifting issue but not as frequent. Fluid flushed and treatment added. Will keep driving until catastrophic failure. 
Subaru Legacy in Colorado, United States
Jul 2010 - Jan 2014
Jan 2014

24000 mi
Replacing a leaky gasket 
Subaru Legacy in Virginia, United States
May 2010 - Jul 2010
Jul 2010

13000 mi
Car has been to the shop several times for same issue. The suspension is making a popping and groaning noise when the cars suspension goes over bumps and when the brakes are applied and released. Subaru purchased the car back. 

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2010 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Apr 2016 - Feb 2019
Dec 2017

54000 mi

US $150
rear brake pads 
Oct 2018

57000 mi

US $250
Normal wear. First time replaced. 
Dec 2018

59000 mi

US $325
Damaged/broke electric plug/connector located near transmission when slid off road in snow. Required replacement by local indy shop. Dash light warning about trans stayed on after re connection. This then required a 'reprogramming' of the trans by dealer. After indy replaced the connector, had to goto dealer to have this done: reflashed trans (enabling AWD) which then reset dash light. 
Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Oct 2010 - Oct 2015
Jul 2010

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 
Oct 2014

124000 mi

US $75
Passenger headlight goes out 2-3X a year. Dealer says there is no problem. 
Subaru Legacy in Illinois, United States
Oct 2009 - Jun 2013
Dec 2009

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. 
Feb 2010

3000 mi
Fuel economy gauge died then came back to life ater like 5 miles. They said nothing was wrong so they didn't fix it. (Still no change in the status of the sunroof that drips in carwashes.) 
Jun 2011

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.  Car still has lag between shifts from Reverse to Drive. told not a problem. 
Subaru Legacy in Washington, United States
Oct 2010 - May 2011
Dec 2010

38000 mi
Driver seat middle cushion collapsed. Dealer called in outside source to repair. Problem was a broken clip. Dealer covered the cost, did not pass charges. 
Subaru Legacy in Oregon, United States
Feb 2016 - Apr 2018
Mar 2018

93000 mi

US $7
Left low-beam headlight bulb burned out. Replaced it myself. It took more than 10 minutes because I had to get to it by going around the left front fender liner. Having done it once, I could probably do it in less time now. 
Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2010 - Jul 2017
Feb 2016

67600 mi
Vehicle was smoking at the front, passengers side, significant enough to be evident in the interior. Dealer claims the problem was caused by faulty oil filter and oil leaking around the area of the filter, though no leak was evident. 
Sep 2016

75000 mi

US $850
multiple window motors failed. Replaced only driver's side front window. Dealer found failed bushing and replaced. 
Subaru Legacy in New Jersey, United States
Apr 2010 - Jun 2011
May 2010

1000 mi
Hesitation when driving at slow speeds 
Subaru Legacy in North Carolina, United States
Nov 2009 - Jun 2018
Feb 2016

70000 mi

US $30
Trunk struts replaced. Easy DYI job, but necessary since trunk would not stay open most of the time. 
Sep 2016

79000 mi
Center clock panel intermittently failed. This also resulted in airbag servicing light. No replacement parts, rather repair consisted of removing oxidization from connections and re-connecting. 
Apr 2017

88000 mi

US $15
Driver's headlamp replacement. 
Aug 2017

93000 mi

US $20
Trip computer, clock and temperature display failed and was replaced. 
Nov 2017

98000 mi

US $20
Driver's side headlamp. 
Mar 2018

102000 mi

US $20
Passenger side headlight. 
Subaru Legacy in Michigan, United States
Nov 2009 - Jan 2012
Jul 2011

28000 mi
Heat shield rattle needed repair. Dealer ALSO did a recall which I hadn't yet rec'd; reflash computer to lower idle speed 
Subaru Legacy in Nebraska, United States
Feb 2010 - Mar 2019
Feb 2010

1700 mi
Front Passenger seatbelt latch replaced under warranty due to it vibrating during normal driving. 
Dec 2016

79000 mi

US $150
The mechanic noticed the tie rod was loose when preforming brake pad replacement. 
Dec 2018

98000 mi

US $100
Sway bar endlinks needed to be replaced. They were making a noise when going over bumps. 
Mar 2019

100000 mi
Underbody panel below engine started to sag. It got caught on some and ice and ripped. Replaced it with a new aftermarket piece. Very easy to do. 
Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Mar 2010 - Oct 2013
Nov 2011

13000 mi
Passenger side power forward and backward switch working only in backward motion. Dealer inspected and ordered a new switch. 
Mar 2012

17000 mi
Passenger side lower seat surround broken and replacement electrical switch knob missing. Possibly related to earlier switch problem. Replaced under warranty. 
Jun 2012

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 $. 
Sep 2012

19000 mi
Oil plug fell out after oil change by dealer resulting in engine seizure and subsequent engine replacement. several days after taking delivery with new engine, warning lights on dash including check engine. Towed in and dealer reset codes showing catalytic converter malfunction and has been ok since then. 
Feb 2013

22100 mi
Catalytic Converter sensor and front A/F sensor replaced. driver side weatherstripping split again and passenger seat lower seat surround broken again. Tire pressure monitoring system dash warning light on. Tire pressure ok and car works fine. 
Apr 2013

24000 mi
Front catalytic converter replaced. Continuing repairs for problem that began when engine was replaced. 
Subaru Legacy in British Columbia, Canada
Jun 2011 - Mar 2013
Nov 2012

33680 mi

C $100
Warranty repair, all instrument lights were on suddenly. 
Subaru Legacy in Florida, United States
May 2012 - Nov 2016
Oct 2013

64000 mi

US $200
Trunk won't close. Dent in trunk. Due to cheap metal. 
Dec 2013

69000 mi

US $100
Replaced left and right headlamps.  
Apr 2014

79200 mi

US $70
Replace Headlight bulbs... again. Replaced sway bar links. 
Sep 2014

93000 mi

US $200
Fuel injection cleaning. Got rid of pinging noise. 
Nov 2014

96700 mi
Replace springs struts spring seats. Noise coming from suspension Alignment. Car will not line up. 
Feb 2015

104400 mi

US $360
Replaced Sway Bar Links again. This time everything is fixed. 
Oct 2015

129000 mi

US $1760
Lockup solenoid failed. Replaced entire valve body. Changed transmission fluid. side markers, DRL bulbs 
Apr 2016

140000 mi
The horn continuously sounds. Airbag and roll connector. 
Jun 2016

145000 mi
Replaced the airbag and the clock spring to fix horn problem Replaced sway bar bushing and sway bar links 
Aug 2016

150000 mi
Changed Transmission fluid. Did not fix problem. Whining transmission during heavy acceleration. Bearing noise coming from compressor. 
Oct 2016

153000 mi

US $450
Replace the alternator 
Subaru Legacy in Wisconsin, United States
Sep 2009 - Sep 2016
Nov 2010

19200 mi

US $168
Brake light LED's were not all coming on. Light replaced. 
Oct 2011

31700 mi
Lumbar support was not working. Repaired at dealer under warranty. 
Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Feb 2016 - Sep 2016
Aug 2016

31300 mi

US $330
Part underneath car broke. 
Subaru Legacy in Ontario, Canada
- Feb 2015
Feb 2015

41257 mi

C $252
The car was towed to a local shop as it would not start (battery fine) Shorted wires from the ECM (in engine compartment) has caused the ignition coil fuse to to blow. Wires were fixed, fuse replaced and it started, Engine light on now The car was towed to a local shop as it would not start (battery fine) Shorted wires from the ECM (in engine compartment) has caused the ignition coil fuse to to blow. Wires were fixed, fuse replaced and it started, Engine light on now Three lights now flashing in instrument panel, parking brake, traction control and engine light. Also cruise flashing. Shop says its the O2 sensor but the car runs perfect. just traded this in for a 2013, not sure the issue 
Subaru Legacy in Washington, United States
Jul 2009 - Jun 2018
Sep 2015

59000 mi

US $130
battery replacement 
Jun 2016

68000 mi

US $1000
they had to do something to the AC because it wasnt cold 
Apr 2017

70000 mi

US $400
regulator for drivers side window needed to be replaced 
Subaru Legacy in Colorado, United States
Apr 2014 - May 2017
Mar 2016

43000 mi

US $1150
Passenger side power seat stopped sliding on one side. Due to the nature of the problem, the only way to fix it was to replace the entire seat. 
Subaru Legacy in New Hampshire, United States
Oct 2013 - Jan 2018
Nov 2013

71800 mi
Fouled spark plugs replaced by dealer. Steering wheel stereo controls failed. Unit replaced. 
Dec 2014

102000 mi

US $1800
Stalled under braking/rapid RPM decrease. Torque Converter not unlocking when coming to a stop, replaced per TSB. 
Subaru Legacy in New York, United States
Sep 2009 - Mar 2010
Dec 2009

4000 mi
Driver's side seat squeaked.  
Subaru Legacy in Illinois, United States
May 2013 - Jun 2017
Dec 2016

67000 mi

US $472
cables corroded, battery failing 
Subaru Legacy in Wyoming, United States
Oct 2012 - Oct 2014
Nov 2013

127300 mi

US $395
Steering wheel Stero Controls 
Subaru Legacy in Indiana, United States
Nov 2009 - Jun 2011
Dec 2009

9000 mi
Steering wheel vibrations at 75MPH. Subaru installed a new backlash spring 65nm, old spring was 50nm. subaru replaced tires, road force balance and 4 wheel alignment. Problem is not as bad but still not completly fixed. Still waiting on Subaru. 

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2010 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

Subaru Legacy in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2011 - Feb 2018
Jan 2012

C $90
Both low beams quit working at the same time. 
Mar 2012

26040 mi
The seat frame developed a squeak and was replaced. 
Dec 2017

68200 mi

C $1900
Clutch Replacement 
Subaru Legacy in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2015 - Jan 2016
Jan 2016

100000 mi

US $1200
Clutch blew. 
Subaru Legacy in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2018
Jan 2017

US $1700
Clutch replacement, brake pad and rotor replacement 
Sep 2017

64000 mi

US $80
Battery repair and cleaning of terminal connections of battery and starter 
Jan 2018

66000 mi

US $360
Starter replacement 

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2010 Subaru Legacy 4-door

4-cylinder CVT AWD

Subaru Legacy in Minnesota, United States
Oct 2010 - Oct 2011
Nov 2010

15000 mi
Intermittent car starting problems. At first, "all do that". Then they did a software update. Problem returned two weeks later (but in a different month) 
Dec 2010

17000 mi
Determined to be "compromised" battery. It tested fine but sent, per tech, "weird" error messages. Battery finally failed in shop and was replaced. This was one day ago. We'll see if the intermittent starting problems are really f 
Aug 2011

26000 mi
loud rattle. seat belt latch replaced. still loud rattle from front right side. 
Oct 2011

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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