Engine Problems of Subaru Legacy

Subaru Legacy owners have reported 20 problems related to engine (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Subaru Legacy based on all problems reported for the Legacy.

car image   Engine problem of the 2005 Subaru Legacy 1
Failure Date: 06/10/2011

This is the second well maintained Subaru Legacy that the engine has blown in under 150,000 miles. First a 1999 and now a 2005. Research online shows that this is an ongoing problem and has also been confirmed by independent mechanics. Please advise what recourse I can take legally as Subaru has not offered to have the car towed for an inspection. The last time they offered a $500 credit towards a proposed a repair that was estimated at thousands of dollars over the closeset independent. I would like to find out if the government has had any success in getting Subaru to admit the problem and do something meaningful to address it, or if there is a class action suit I can join to get some satisfaction. Thanks you.

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car image   Engine problem of the 2005 Subaru Legacy 2
Failure Date: 11/20/2009

To nhsta three turbos have failed within a 2 month span on a 2005 Subaru Legacy gt sedan. Leading up to each failure the vehicle was being driven consistently at ~60 mph for 15 to 20 miles. The consequence of these failures has been loss of power on the highway which could have caused a wreck (but luckily did not). To correct this failure the turbo was replaced by an independent mechanic under an extended warranty. It failed again the same day due to the nut holding the turbo together falling off. Subaru replaced that turbo but it failed again after 2 weeks. I took it to a Subaru dealership this time where they said it failed because a small mesh screen become blocked by sludge and would not honor their mechanical fault warranty. I paid to have it replaced but I have not yet picked up the vehicle since I cannot trust it not to break (nor will Subaru warranty the part if the screen becomes blocked again, this sludge could be caused by the initial turbo failure, since the broken turbos throw metal through the oil system. ) this is a safety issue instead of a maintenance issue because of the consistent failures under the same condition which is normal highway driving conditions. The failure rate for this specific Subaru vehicle is much greater than normal with an epa report (ref #gr08-054c epa # 3595) showing "unscreened warranty claims" (minimal failure rate?) of 4. 55% as of Sep 12, 2008. This rate is on average 3 times higher than other turbo vehicles produced by Subaru at the time. (incidently Mazda has just recalled their new 2010 turbo mazda3's due to turbo failure from periods of idle or limited acceleration due to oil pooling in the turbo, these are the circumstances under which the Subaru turbo's have failed).

car image   Engine problem of the 2005 Subaru Legacy 3
Failure Date: 03/17/2009

Turbo failure with no warning. Drastic loss of power immediately upon failure. Temperature gauge read normal. No indicating/warning lights showed up.

car image   Engine problem of the 1997 Subaru Legacy 4
Failure Date: 02/18/2009

I am sure you have received other complaints regarding the 2. 5l engine in 1997 Subaru Legacy gt's. The head gaskets are very weak, which when they blow, can cause a loss of power due to a rush of coolant flowing into the system, which kills the engine. This problem is very widespread, and Subaru does not admit anything. However, in canada, Subaru was sued for this same issue. There are thousands of people out there that are experiencing erratic failure with these head gaskets, and there isn't even a TSB on them. Please, help us!.

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car image   Engine problem of the 2000 Subaru Legacy 5
Failure Date: 08/12/2007

Under warranty had three head gaskets on 2000 Legacy 2. 5l (38,000, 55,000, 75,600 miles respectively). At 97,000 mile spark plug blew out of #2 cyclinder. Subaru blamed me since I replaced the plugs at 65,000. I paid $1700 at lynnes Subaru in arpil to replace left side head with new one. At 99,500 mile I am seeing the coolant starting to drop in reservoir. Only 400 miles left on 100k head warranty for right side and 10k mile on warranty for new head. The car is sitting until I get it into dealer. Besides headgaskets, catalytic converter, rear wiper motor, door locks and under dash wiring have all failed. This is a lemon. Can I prosecute under the NJ lemon law? is there any other forum to get Subaru to repair or buy back vehcile?.

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car image   Engine problem of the 2005 Subaru Legacy 6
Failure Date: 02/10/2007

At different throttle inputs there is an engine stutter/stumble. This happens mostly during (2000-3000 rpms) and is worse during cold and rainy weather, as well as driving up hill. This failure is dangerous because if it happens at the wrong time especially in vermont, someone could get killed. Subaru should take care of the problem. There are at least 40 other people that I know of, that have the same problem. I as all these other people did not get what I paid for. Subaru should admit that there is a problem tell us what it is and fix it before it is to late.

car image   Engine problem of the 1999 Subaru Legacy 7
Failure Date: 11/08/2005

The contact states there is a NHTSA recall campaign id #98v127000 concerning the engine. This consumer experienced the same symptoms as indicated in the recall, but his vehicle identification number was not included in the recall. There have been no repairs to the vehicle.

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car image   Engine problem of the 2005 Subaru Legacy 8
Failure Date: 10/17/2005

Vehicle engine stutters with very little throttle when cruising below 3k rpms and will also stutter with moderate acceleration from low rpms. Subaru dealer sent ecu to soa (Subaru of America) to be reflashed with updated program. Stuttering seemed to go away after a few days but has come back just as bad as before.

car image   Engine problem of the 2000 Subaru Legacy 9
Failure Date: 09/05/2005

The contact owns a 2000 Subaru Legacy. The contact stated that her vehicle was in the repair shop for transmission failure. The vehicle also shakes severely when approaching a stop sign or traffic light. The vehicle must be shifted into park when the shaking occurs. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but they could not determine the cause of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

car image   Engine problem of the 2005 Subaru Legacy 10
Failure Date: 07/22/2005

Vehicle 'stutters' on partial acceleration between 2000 and 3000 rpm. Vehicle has done this consistantly from the first day I purchased it. There is currently nothing the dealer can do to fix the problem.

car image   Engine problem of the 2005 Subaru Legacy 11
Failure Date: 07/01/2005

Every time I drive my car, it stutters. In any gear ( speaking specifically of a 5 speed transmission) no matter conditions nor driving style. Spoken to all local dealers and s. O. A. Official response is "turbo lag" the symptoms are not that of turbo lag, nor can s. O. A. Provide a definition of turbo lag. May be turbo surge, which is detrimental to a turbo chargers life. This draws serious concerns from Legacy gt owners. I think Subaru may have a "serious" issue. They have been throwing money at customers to avoid lemon law's. This car is not enjoyable to drive with this issue. Press throttle, stutter, stutter, stutter, go. Subaru provided no resolution to the problem other than a new model. S. O. A. Provided $6000. 00 towards the purchase of a new Subaru. Mind you that resolution was easy to get, but did me no good, as that offer was made six months after I purchased that vehicle. Leaving a difference out of pocket of $3,200. 00 not a proper solution. But it was better than nothing. I assume Subaru os covering up a large and expensive repair for this issue. Only time, or the NHTSA will tell.

car image   Engine problem of the 1999 Subaru Legacy 12
Failure Date: 05/16/2003

Complained several times to dealer that car had no power, poor gas mileage, hesitation upon starting out, motor fell apart at 66,000 miles on interstate. Car, although a new motor, continues to have no power, poor gas mileage, hesitation upon starting out. What's going to keep the motor from blowing up again, and maybe we be killed. O2 and pt sensors continues to blow. Sunroof will not open;advised a new one would be $975. Sunroof complaint at 13,680 miles.

car image   Engine problem of the 2001 Subaru Legacy 13
Failure Date: 02/05/2003

My Subaru Legacy, 2001, 25,000 miles, caught on fire in the front right part under the hood suddenly on my way home 2/5/03, I was locked in the car and unable to get out till the car filled with smoke, I was panicking, as I was unable to breath. At that point I thought I would pass out, or die soon, the people outside could not get me out. My car was totaled, and still under warranty. Subaru has not responded, I am without a car. This has been very stressful for me and my family. We trusted the name of Subaru and what it stands for till now. After our insurance company sent a forensic mechanic to investigate, it was determined not to be arson, and to be the fault of the manufacturer. We always took very good care of this car so this happening was quite a shock to us and our other friends that own Subaru's. We all are not so patiently waiting to hear from Subaru. I would like a new car as soon as possible.

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car image   Engine problem of the 1998 Subaru Legacy 14
Failure Date: 02/04/2003

At the beginning of February, 2003, blown engine in a 1998 Subaru Legacy 2. 5 gt. Dealer stated that the problem was due to cold weather in the northeast, and that there were 4 other Subaru's with blown engines in his lot awaiting repair. I had the engine replaced with a 1999 Subaru at a trusted mechanic's (at a cost of $4000), and today the alternator on this 1999 engine died ( this had been a recall on the '98 Subaru's).

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car image   Engine problem of the 1998 Subaru Legacy 15
Failure Date: 01/23/2003

Dealer wrote: "noise from valve train. . . Advised owner these are solid lifters and are noisy when cold, also characteristic of this engine is 'cam walk' which also will be noisy for a few minutes when cold then goes away. " that wa at 48. 5 k miles, now at 53000 miles, noise is much louder when cold, and still perceptable when warm. Bought car used form dealer--resale value is now much lower due to noise. Their explanation is nonsensical. Obviously dubaru does not want to deal with this issue--I wrote to Subaru USA and they refered me back to dealer.

car image   Engine problem of the 1999 Subaru Legacy 16
Failure Date: 12/01/2001

Engine check light came on. Dealer said I had a burned cylinder. This was at 108,000 miles. A second mechanic confirmed that misfiring in cylinder no. 4 was occurring and further stated that compression in all four cylinders was below specificiations. He further stated that the defect occurred during manufacturing and was not a result of anything I did or did not do to the car. Subaru of american contacted and offered $1,000 toward a new car, but said otherwise it was my problem because the car was out of warranty.

car image   Engine problem of the 1996 Subaru Legacy 17
Failure Date: 05/01/2001

The front crank seal started leaking for the second time at approximately 102,000 miles. The original seal starting leaking at approximately 44,000 miles and was replaced under warranty at 59,195 miles. Heavy smoke and a strong burning odor is emitted from the sides and front of the engine area. In addition, smoke will be emitted from the center dash hvac vents. The car just failed PA state inspection on 11/1/01 as the seal is leaking badly and is considered a fire hazard. I contacted Subaru of America via email on 10/2/01 but have not received a reply. I contacted them again on 11/1/01 and 11/2/01 but still no reply.

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car image   Engine problem of the 1998 Subaru Legacy 18
Failure Date: 04/05/2000

Loud engine knocking at start-up/Subaru has "internal" service bulletin to replace pistons?.

car image   Engine problem of the 1997 Subaru Legacy 19
Failure Date: 02/26/2000

Bolt on the idler arm snapped, causing the timing chain to drop, and resulting in a bent engine valve. Dealer and manufacturer have been notified.

car image   Engine problem of the 1998 Subaru Legacy 20
Failure Date: 04/01/1998

Grease seals on drive shaft failed. Yh.

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