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2005 Subaru Legacy repairs by problem area

Engine (35%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (12%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (26%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (14%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (4%)

Other (6%)

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2005 Subaru Legacy transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (28%)

$500 - $999 (22%)

$100 - $499 (34%)

< $100 (10%)

Chart based on 50 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2005 Subaru Legacy

Engine not specified

60140 mi

Replacement of CV boot (right) 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

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

62500 mi

US $1200
CV boot/shaft assembly replaced, passenger side. 
49580 mi

C $1400
leaky differential shaft seal 
51340 mi

C $790
vibration felt through steering, but no issue with wheel balance; replaced ft axle shaft assy - slightly improved, but not solved ... gave up. 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

95000 mi

US $2200
needed new clutch and bearings 
141000 mi

US $1500
Throw-out bearing was fried. Replaced bearing, clutch and oh-so-expensive dual mass flywheel. RIDICULOUS!! Oh and I just lost my job a week ago. This is awesome! And the hits they just keep a coming... 
100300 mi

US $250
Replaced passenger half shaft due to damaged CV joint boot and very slightly clicking joint. 
107000 mi

US $230
Replaced driver's side front half shaft. 
176300 mi

US $1800
Pressure plate blew up -- took out starter as well. replaced starter, clutch and flywheel 
180100 mi

US $350
broken half shaft, replace wheel bearing as well. 
96100 mi

US $5400
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. 
108200 mi

US $240
Replaced passenger front CV boot that was improperly installed by dealer. Warranty repair. 
135000 mi

US $2300
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 
116000 mi

US $1200
The pressure plate failed. This made an entire clutch job necessary. 
79000 mi

US $300
Leaky CV boot. 
100000 mi

US $450
Replaced front passenger-side half axle due to torn CV boot. 
28000 mi In extremely cold weather, the wheel bearings make loud noises when cornering and accelerating. Dealership attributed it to tire noise. Will revisit if it occurs with different tires. 
70000 mi

US $200
Right inner cv boot completely torn, left outer cracked and leaking grease with clicking when turning left. Both shafts replaced with aftermarket parts 
64800 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. 
66000 mi

US $631
passenger-side CV boot cracked and leaking lubricant, removed, cleaned, lubricated and installed new CV boot. 
102500 mi

US $1350
Replace cracked CV boot and repack with grease Replace cracked CV boot and repack with grease 
136400 mi

C $2800
Replace split CV boot 
65500 mi

US $650
CV boot failed, half-shafts needed to be replaced 
71000 mi

US $825
U-joint/Carrier bearing issues. Individual parts not reparable, required new driveshaft assembly. 
219000 mi

US $216
Replaced Left Front wheel bearing assembly 
234500 mi

US $450
Total car vibration when accelerating at 40-50 mph. Defective U-joint, replaced drive shaft 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Wagon

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

94300 mi

US $500
Replace CV boots 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

83000 mi

US $600
Both front CV joints replaced. Took 3 days because I did one, then the other. The passenger's side joint went out during the the test drive, and was replaced again the next day. 
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. 
137200 mi

US $660
Cracked CV boot front passenger side, new axle installed 
145000 mi

US $300
Right inner axle boot worn, replaced 
194000 mi Driveshaft worn/failing, required replacement 
104000 mi

US $2463
torn axle boots 
59000 mi

US $210
CV boot was cracked and leaking oil on front passenger side. Boot replaced and axle re-lubricated. Problem was identified by mechanic while the car was in to resurface front brake rotors. 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

74000 mi

US $800
split cv boot 
86800 mi

US $300
Passenger Inner CV Boot ripped. Passanger Inner CV Boot ripped.  
37000 mi

US $42
Whinning and vibration coming from left rear of car. Dealer replaced left rear wheel bearing fixing the problem. 
63000 mi

US $854
The throw-out bearing in the clutch self destructed itself. Which inturn damaged the the fly wheel and the transmission case snout it is housed on. I naturally replaced all my clutch parts while they were in there. That bearing should not die at 60k. 
70300 mi

US $350
Replaced the Front passenger side half-shaft becasue CV boot closest to trasmission was torn. Typical problem on turbo models due to how close the boot is to the exhaust manifold. Easy repair, but axle was very expensive. 
92000 mi

US $1500
Boot on front driver axle/cv was cracked. Replaced the axle. 
110000 mi

US $800
Drivers side axle half-shaft was leaking at the inner boot, had that replaced. 
92700 mi

US $135
Transfer gear bearings in the center differental were noisy. Replaced 2 bearings. 
153000 mi

US $1500
Clutch worn out, throw out bearing noisy. 
61000 mi

US $100
torn cv joint boot 
88000 mi

US $3500
Clutch froze and had to be replaced. 
95000 mi

US $1000
Clutch was replaced as maintence at 90K miles. Throwout bearing then failed requiring 2nd replacement. Dealer/manufacturer declind to pay for repair. 
61000 mi Torn axle boot, the dealer service department choose to call it a warranty repair even though it was just outside of the power train warranty 
100000 mi

US $2050
Clutch throw out bearing failure, augmented by the notorious transmission snout grooving. Fixed with a new clutch assembly and a transmission snout sleeve kit(tsk3). Also got 2 axle seals and a control arm bushing as maintenance. 

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2005 Subaru Legacy 4dr Sedan

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

116000 mi

US $1041
Replaced bad drive shaft bearing with new drive shaft assembly.  

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2005 Subaru Legacy Transmission Problems

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