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Headlights Problems of Subaru Legacy

Subaru Legacy owners have reported 27 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting 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   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Legacy 1
Failure Date: 02/19/2018

I purchased a used 2011 Subaru in 2014. The headlights seem to blow every 3 months at most. I replaced the passenger side headlight in November. The driver side then blew in December and now, it is February and my passenger side headlight is blown again! this is just insane and very annoying for a commuter that drives over an hour one way to work and then over an hour again home from work in the dark on back roads without lights.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 Subaru Legacy 2
Failure Date: 05/04/2017

Vehicle has an electrical failure that causes the dash check engine, brake, cruise and other lights to activate. While driving, the failure causes: one or both headlights to suddenly fail making the vehicle illegal and dangerous to drive at night, cruise control to suddenly fail, and stability control to become non-functional. The main failure being the headlights/daytime running lights could cause injury or death due to sudden lack of visibility at night. Subaru was unable to diagnose/fix the failure on 2 service occasions. This failure occurs without warning while the vehicle is in motion at both highway speeds and city street speeds. The component causing the failure is unknown.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Subaru Legacy 3
Failure Date: 04/04/2017

The low beams and driving bulbs on my vehicle with less than 54,000 miles keep needing to be replaced. There is no easy access to perform these costly safety repairs , due to the engineering and placement of the headlight assembly(ies). The most recent occurrence was on 04/04/2017 past repairs (4) were done by self and body shops due to access through the wheel well cowling only, today I have a low beam and driving light out on each side of the vehicle! no lights - no safety!.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Subaru Legacy 4
Failure Date: 01/20/2017

I have a 2010 Subaru Legacy 3. 6r I bought almost 4 years ago. In the time that I have owned it I have replaced 7 headlight bulbs and have to do it again because one just blew out. It is not one specific side, its either or both. Why is this happening? is there a recall on the assembly? I know the bulbs are the right style for the car and I rip the whole front end apart to do it because of the style of the car.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Subaru Legacy 5
Failure Date: 10/26/2016

This is the fourth time that my right headlight (low beam ) has burnt out on this car. I see where Subaru has recalled other models for headlight problems. Why not this model ?.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Legacy 6
Failure Date: 05/18/2016

Within the past 2 years I have replaced my headlights 3-4 times. My right headlight is now out after replacing it less than 1year ago. I do not keep my lights on automatic as that is what Subaru told me as to why I keep having to replace the lights. It is not only unsafe and costly, but extremely difficult to access the headlight on my own to change the bulb without paying for labor.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2015 Subaru Legacy 7
Failure Date: 02/01/2015

The headlights have dimmed. The lenses have clouded on the inside surface so there is no way to remove the clouding. It is not due to moisture. I have had the dealer look at it twice. It is progressively worse. The dealer said the regional rep said it is a normal finding so the lenses will not be replaced under warranty. He pointed out that new lenses would develop the same clouding.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Legacy 8
Failure Date: 10/31/2014

All 2015 Subaru Legacys, including mine, have a horseshoe shaped cloudy image on the plastic headlight lens when the low beams are turned on. It appears to be a result of a reflection from the headlight bulb because when the lights are off the cloudy image is no longer there. I noticed the lights were projecting an inferior beam making night driving more difficult due to this cloudiness in the plastic lens covering the headlight assembly. I have contacted a few Subaru service people and they know about it but Subaru is not forthcoming with any information. I did write to their customer service in NJ but no answer as of yet. I feel this is a safety defect as it does affect the light distribution and secondly it looks bad as well. Checking with other Legacy models on the car lot has shown they all have this same image which I call the "bat signal" as used in the batman movies. I would appreciate a better lighting system on a $25,000 new car with less than 1000 miles. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Legacy 9
Failure Date: 10/23/2014

I have a 2011 Subaru Legacy le 3. 6r, and the headlights keep burning out. I work an hour away from my home and had to drive most of the way without headlamps because the 2nd one blew on the way home. With only high beams and daytime runner lamps, it was very dangerous and scary. I've only had the car for 2 years and have had to replace the headlamps twice already. In researching the problem, it appears that the headlamps draw too much power from the wiring/electronic board that eventually overheats the headlamps causing them to burn out. It also appears to be a common problem with this model car. This is a serious problem and I would really appreciate Subaru investigating it and handing their customers a solution!.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Legacy 10
Failure Date: 01/10/2014

Low beam headlights have blow out 3 times in one year on both sides of the car.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Subaru Legacy 11
Failure Date: 12/13/2013

We purchased this vehicle used, one owner, in may 2013. We have constantly had to replace headlight and Mini bulbs. We have not purchased Subaru bulbs and did not have dealer to install. Dealer is 2 hrs away and would be too expensive. I do not believe the problem is with the bulbs but is something wrong with this model car. They are very difficult to get to and to replace as my husband and I replace them each time. On November 27, 2013, one headlight went out and then before we replaced it on December 13, 2013 the other headlight went out. I had to drive home (about one hour) in the dark and thank god I was not involved in an accident. But this is very dangerous and it happens all the time. We just don't know when or if both will be out at the same time. Purchased 5/25/13, 11/27/13 headlight out, 12/13/13 headlight out, 3/12/14 Mini bulbs replaced, 7/1/14 headlight out, 10/21/14 headlight out, 1/6/16 Mini bulbs replaced, 5/5/16 headlight out, 5/101/6 Mini bulbs out. This was all the receipts I could find, could have been more. This very annoying due to the difficulty in reaching the area to replace the bulbs. Please have Subaru to find the cause and fix this before there is a major accident or injury to someone. Thanks!!.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Legacy 12
Failure Date: 12/07/2013

The headlight bulbs keep burning out. This is the low beam. I've had them replaced 13 times during our ownership. This has become exorbitantly expensive, what can I do?.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 Subaru Legacy 13
Failure Date: 09/17/2013

The contact owns a 2012 Subaru Legacy. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the headlights failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the headlights needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred 3 times. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 65,000.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Legacy 14
Failure Date: 09/18/2012

The 2011 Legacy headlight design is poor. I have gone through 4 sets of low beams and currently refuse to replace them again. I refuse to take the car to the dealer for them to replace the low beams due to having to remove the wheel and inner wheel well for access. I know this is not just me, I have read in many other places and forums that other owners have the same problem. It would be nice to have some sort of resolution or fix other than converting to a h. I. D. Lighting system.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Legacy 15
Failure Date: 01/01/2012

The contact owns a 2011 Subaru Legacy. The contact stated that the illumination of the external headlights was limited. The dealer and the manufacturer were notified of the failure, but denied any assistance with repairs to the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 10 and the current mileage was 10,000.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Legacy 16
Failure Date: 11/01/2011

I am in the process of replacing my third total set of low beam headlights. This has been going on since the first year since I purchased the car. First one side then the other burn out, and it is very difficult to replace the bulbs so it costs a lot of money. I have owned many cars and I have never experienced this, either the performance of the bulbs or the inaccessibility of the design making them impossible to replace without extreme cost. I have used high quality bulbs and it doesn't seem to matter. They all just burn out. It seems like other people are having this problem as well.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Subaru Legacy 17
Failure Date: 09/15/2011

Headlight low beams very short viewing distance. Can't see road far enough ahead to stop for debris.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Subaru Legacy 18
Failure Date: 05/01/2010

I have had to replace my low beam headlight bulbs fours times (on each side) in three years. I've had the dealer do it twice, and I've done it twice. The dealer made me pay becasue bulbs are not covered under warranty. Changing the low beam bulbs on this vehicle requires removal of the tire, and the wheel well liner - it take at least an hour, and is extremely cumbersome. The dealer charged me $150 for each inicident. I cannot afford to keep changing these bulbs. Something has to be wrong with the headlight unit.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Subaru Legacy 19
Failure Date: 01/20/2010

I bought a 2010 Subaru Legacy and believe that the headlights used on this care do not meet the u. S. Sae headlamp standards, but instead meat the european ece standards. My car has a distinct horizontal cut off line across the entire horizon which is the main characteristic of the ece standard. Subaru told me that they have had other complaints about their headlamps.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 Subaru Legacy 20
Failure Date: 11/14/2009

2008 Subaru Legacy gt with moisture/condensation buildup in headlight. Automobile was taken to dealership for 15k servicing and was told that condensation buildup is normal during transitional seasons (spring/fall). However I presume that the moisture is causing temporary disruption of the electrical system as the lights function intermittently. Often when the car is started and the lights are turned on, only one of the lights will come on. After turning the lights on and off several times they will both work. I am afraid that I will be in a position where both lights stay off and will not come on forcing me to drive without headlights.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 Subaru Legacy 21
Failure Date: 12/27/2007

Since purchasing this vehicle (the day the car was delivered to me) both headlight enclosures contain visible signs of moisture that never goes away. Dealership promised to replace both headlight enclosures when I noticed this problem the day I took delivery of the vehicle. Dealership handed me a TSB that describes a similar condition with my car that disappears after 20 minutes of driving with the lights on. My problem never goes away after any amount of driving. Escalated to Subaru of America. They refuse to address the problem stating "this is a normal condition" so, there has been no action taken to repair this problem to date by the dealership or the manufacturer.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 Subaru Legacy 22
Failure Date: 09/30/2007

We just purchased a new 2008 Subaru outback. When we brought it home and took it for a ride we discovered that at night when going down hill you can't see more than 20 feet ahead of the car we immediately stopped for fear of hitting something in the road and not being able to see if the road stayed straight or turned. I first contacted the dealer who said the lights meet state specifications however they don't check the lights going down hill. I then contacted Subaru who put me back in touch with the dealer who stated that the problem was a design issue and not a defective part. This car has the new projector lights and even on level road you can see a very definitive line of demarcation when driving at night. We are very concerned that when driving this car at night with these new headlights that we cannot adequately see the road when driving down hills.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Subaru Legacy 23
Failure Date: 03/20/2006

: the contact stated while driving at night, the projector low beam headlights provide limited visibility when traveling up or downhill. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer's service manager determined this was a design issue.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2005 Subaru Legacy 24
Failure Date: 02/10/2006

: the contact stated after purchasing a new vehicle, although the high beam headlights illuminated the low beam headlights would not illuminate. The dealer suggested replacing the exterior headlamp bulbs. After the bulbs were replaced this momentarily remedied the problem, but later the low beam headlights would not illuminate.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 1996 Subaru Legacy 25
Failure Date: 06/28/1999

Request for reimbursement regarding the repair of the 1996 Subaru Legacy driver's side front spring. During a routine inspection, it was discovered that the spring on the left front of the consumers vehicle had failed for the second time. When the original spring failed the first time, it caused damaged to the tire and the spare tire. The ignition wire were worn, the headlight bulb was replaced.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 1997 Subaru Legacy 26
Failure Date: 01/13/1999

While driving at 45 mph the alternator went out, causing the consumer to lose all power. Also, headlights went out, and steering became difficult. Manufacturer denies problem.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 1996 Subaru Legacy 27

New design headlights have poor illumination. Owner has details of distance. Tt.

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