Redesigned for 2005, the Legacy GT combined a powerful turbocharged engine with sports-car agility and a comfortable ride. It's among the sportiest and most fun-to-drive in its class. The interior is quiet and hospitable. Fuel economy, however, is a paltry 18 mpg. The Legacy also has a disconcerting tendency to slide its rear end if the driver goes too fast into a corner and suddenly lifts off the accelerator.
Alerts
There are 9 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
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2002
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2003
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2004
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2005
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2007
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
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2001
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2002
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2000. Side air bags available from 2000, standard from 2005. Head protection air bags standard from 2005. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2009.
Road Test

Redesigned for 2005, the Legacy GT combined a powerful turbocharged engine with sports-car agility and a comfortable ride. It's among the sportiest and most fun-to-drive in its class. The interior is quiet and hospitable. Fuel economy, however, is a paltry 18 mpg. The Legacy also has a disconcerting tendency to slide its rear end if the driver goes too fast into a corner and suddenly lifts off the accelerator.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (250 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (168 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Subaru Legacy owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"rough roads left inner tire rod replacement"

Caroline W., ME (2005 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Over the past 18 months, had to replace many suspension and steering parts including axles, torsion bars, etc"

John V., NJ (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front control arm bushings were cracked on both sides. Very difficult replacement procedure"

Dale C., PA (2005 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bushings are worn so steering is loose, needs work"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"Power steering pump leaked and was replaced"

Anonymous, SC (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Leakage from power steering fluid pump. Cost $150"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Power steering pump was leaking slightly and had to be replaced"

Gary B., FL (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"required a new power steering pump"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"The power steering pump was leaking and I had to have that overhauled. New seals and O-rings were put in and the pump has been functioning normally since then"

Arun K., AZ (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to replace the power steering pump"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited Unsure)

"steering started to shudder at low speed..vibration was noticeable.. they changed steering pump, etc"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the power steering pump"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Our mechanic discovered problem during routine maintenance"

Roger G., CA (2005 Subaru Legacy Unsure Unsure)

"Broken RR spring. Rusted out rear shocks"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The front left shock had completely blown out and had to be replaced"

Zachary Z., NM (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Springs or torsion bars

"broken right front spring"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear suspension had to be replaced including 2 suspension arms on each side, torsion bars and the strut assemblies. car is used on paved roads and never goes offroad"

Al E., TX (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front right and rear left wheel bearings failed within 3 months of each other. Easy to replace, but unusual"

Dale C., PA (2005 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had to replace the rear wheel bearings twice in the past 8 months. Subaru wouldn't cover the part that failed so quickly"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Wheel Being Failue at about 110,000 miles after extended wheel bearing warrantee was issued for a known problem"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed work on the rack - leak"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited Unsure)

"Rack & Pinion unit needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tie rods

"needed replacement"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is related to the other box checked (shocks/struts). The front struts have become worn and require replacement because they're causing the tires to cup and roar"

David B., TX (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

"Both cylinder heads were leaking oil and I had to have the head gaskets replaced on both"

Arun K., AZ (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket leaking a significant amount of oil"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leaks oil and presumably coolant. Mechanic (non dealr) estimates repair cost at $2200"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking oil. Systemic problem with 2005 Subarus. Got $500 rebate from factory for head gasket replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"it was leaking"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Cylinder head

"Cylinder 1 misfire, needed to be rebuilt"

Richard B., MD (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"The crank pulley broke and damaged the timing cover, drive belts, a/c compressor, timing belt and tensioner, and all idler pulleys"

James M., MA (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"No problems with the maintenance, just the cost. Had to replace a noisy wheel bearing, too"

Donna H., WA (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"Timing belt is expensive. So is head gasket"

John V., NJ (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"car stopped dead on highway. After sitting for a few minutes car started and was able to drive to the nearest Subaru dealer who replaced 2 pulleys and belt and adjust timing"

Anonymous, QC (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"nothing, it was due to be changed, but it is very costly"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Turbo or supercharger

"This engine is notorious for turbo failure -- the mechanic noted an entire cylinder bank was not oil starved and that oil was not visible on the dipstick, with it most likely being blown out the turbo since there was no exhaust smoke. A flush of the"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The turbo charger failed and had to be replaced. The cost was a staggering $2600.00"

Daniel F., MA (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Turbo needed to be replaced"

Richard B., MD (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Because the turbo eats oil, I am a bit hesitant to really use the power in this car. What's the point of having a high powered turbo if you feel disinclined to use it!"

John T., CA (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The turbo failed with a bent shaft shortly after a front end accident that occurred at about 105,000 miles. Our insurance said that the failure was not directly related to the accident but more normal wear and tear. We believed the problem was relate"

Anonymous, IA (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

"Didn't work even though the light came on"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cruise control frequently disengages. Don't know why. Cost to debug is higher than I want to pay"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"I chose not to replace one of my 2 fobs. One could not lock the car, but could open it. Certainly a minor problem"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Remote unlock only works intermittently. Remote lock does not work at all"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear door electric lock actuator failed"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"The alarm button kept getting "stuck" at all hours of the day and night. Neighbors threatened to call the police. It took more than one trip to the mechanic to get it fixed. Not sure if related to the electrical problem or not. Ultimately got fixed"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"From what I understand, (I don't know too much about cars) the design of the electrical the power "feed" causes it to periodically zap the battery. Mechanic says this is "typical" of many Suburus. VERY frustrating and expensive!"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A headlight bulb burns out every 1 to 2 months. This has been happening for the life of the car. Bad thermal design - the lamp flange doesn't seat well in the socket and heat doesn't dissipate"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Back-up light failure identified to be in wiring harness in rear lift door"

Richard N., MT (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Several wires were frayed in the wiring harness to the rear hatch, which caused a short that disabled the marker lights around the car. No interior lights were disabled, so it was not evident to the driver that anything was amiss. Dealer replaced e"

Joseph W., WA (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

"Catalytic converter Caused my engine light to come on and prevent cruise control to work Would cost a couple thousand dollars to fix"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed a new catalytic converter"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car would not accept fuel. Required new evaporative canister part 42035AG03A. Part cost $407.97 plus labor"

T T., ON (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My Check Engine light continually comes on. I got a new catalytic converter and two oxygen sensors, but still have the light"

Allyson C., VA (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"Significant hesitation was evident when accelerating between 2k and 3k rpm, none below, and non above. After several visits to dealer, problem was eventually tracked down to a faulty fuel injector. Also discovered during the process of finding this"

Joseph W., WA (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"engine light came on & the dealer replaced the 02 sensor. three weeks later it went bad again & the dealer wanted me to pay again to have it checked again"

Boyd B., PA (2005 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensors bad - would not pass state emissions inspection. This has been a recurring problem with this car as the sensors have needed replaced approx. 5 times since the car was purchased"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"one needed replacing and that required replacing the catalytic converter"

Andrew K., NS (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"Cooling cuts in and out. Recharging didn't cure. Probably will have to replace compressor"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heater system

"Replaced blocked heater core"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"car has dual controls for heat; passenger side not working properly"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"passenger side only blew cool air, never hot or cold"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Failed relay caused AC to not cool"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Blower (fan) motor

"Fan is starting to make noise. Probably wearing out. The climate control system on the Subaru does not provide an OFF position for the fan, so it is ALWAYS running. That's going to wear out the moving parts eventually"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Bearings failed and unit had to be replaced after about 60,000 miles"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"In the fall my AC was working fine. A couple of weeks ago when I first turned it on this spring, it blew arm air. Will not take a recharge from after market refrigerant cans"

Allyson C., VA (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"REAR DRIVESHAFT REPLACED DUE TO BEARINGS BEING WORN"

Anonymous, QC (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Not sure how to classify this: This car has had to have the bearings completely replaced on both rear wheels. The first set went out at less than 30,000 miles, the second wheel was at 70,000"

Anonymous, IN (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"While driving on the NJ Turnpike, it came apart (the joint separated) terrifyingly"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The driveshaft failed and had to be completely replaced because Subaru drive shafts cannot be rebuilt"

Daniel F., MA (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Center hanger bearing went. Stupidly, this is integral to the drive shaft so entire replacement was necessary"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cracks reported in the CV boots, so they'll need replacement"

Paul W., ON (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"boot split, grease on exhaust"

David D., WA (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"The catalytic converter was rusted out and malfunctioning"

James M., MA (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"2 cats instead of just 1, can't get a clean air stream. Has been an issue for 3-4 years. NO one can seem to fix it"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"Too many O2 sensors, one is always going off. Exhaust leak "somewhere" in a location TBD"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dual exhausts. Pipes broke in the split-Y. Too expensive to fix through Subaru ($1500--all one piece). Went to a speciality shop and had replaced with a stainless steal custom make T pipe for $300"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"A factory weld failed. Fixed by a local muffler shop for $20"

S Y., WA (2005 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One of two hangers is broken. Subaru wants to replace the exhaust system for ~$1-2k, but I can get a new hanger welded on for a hundred or so"

Paul W., ON (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint faded in a few places and was very difficult to match the exact color"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rust

"Rust above the rear wheel wells on both sides"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Heat shielding on bottom of car keeps rusting out--several pieces of shielding have now been removed. Warned not to park car over anything flammable after running the car makes the bottom very hot"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sound proofing material behind front wheel wells captured moisture which led to rusting, however the level of salt used in NS is a major factor. Problem has been rectified by me and body shop"

Anonymous, NS (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Had to have the interior trim repaired multiple times before it was fixed"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Coil

"Problem (misfire cylinder #1) still being addressed after 6 weeks. Sequentially replaced coil, plug, and cable; problem recurs and persists. Currently driving the vehicle while mechanic considers next steps"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"not enough power to start car in minus 20 degree weather. Had to replace the battery"

Anonymous, QC (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"Engine was misfiring. Faulty ignition control module"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"Starter failure began by not turning over first time. Usually turned over on second try. After a week of this, starter failed completely"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

"engine codes come and go and can't be resolved?"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine developed oil leaks after oil change to synthetic oil. Repaired by replacing gaskets"

Roald O., CO (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Burning oil smell with no leak location identifiable"

Brad S., OR (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This car EATS oil! Have to constantly watch oil level. Am told that hearty acceleration causes the turbo to burn oil. I believe it!"

John T., CA (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Door opening mechanism broke"

Anonymous, SC (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Sunroof

"As is known with sun roofs the break eventually and like most, the entire unit has to be removed in order repair or replace. I believe the estimate was more than $1500 and we elected to leave it [mostly] closed. Any moisture/leakage is currently-ru"

Jackson T., MN (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"struts failed, I had to replace because tailgate fell when lifted"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"The drivers side window master switch failed same thing happened on my 1999 Subaru Legacy"

Cathy Y., TX (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Stuck piston"

Richard E., CT (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"Front rotors needed to be replaced at about 120,000 miles"

Roald O., CO (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Master cylinder

"Wasn't really master cylinder...brake lines deteriorated and lost brakes. Covered under recall, but we were not notified of the problem until we lost our brakes"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

"The car has had two complete brake jobs in a period of 25,000 miles. The rotors seem to get bent and cause wear"

Anonymous, IN (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"a leak in a valve"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The moonroof gear/track failed at 10 years, can leak in very heavy rain"

Jackson T., MN (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"signs of ageing. Rattles are getting worse"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Dash and center console rattles that cost too much to repair at dealer"

Brad S., OR (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"periodically, it just quits working. A few days later it works again"

Hollis B., WA (2005 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The center console failed and had to be replaced. The symptom was that the radio and CD player didn't respond to selections. It happened suddenly, but is apparently not an uncommon failure"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"It was the same issue. The center console failed and had to be replaced. The symptom was that the radio and CD player didn't respond to selections. It happened suddenly, but is apparently not an uncommon failure"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel controls

"These controls were dicey from the start. Sometimes some of them worked, not always; inconsistent. We've simply quit using them"

Hollis B., WA (2005 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"Transmission replacement with a rebuilt cost more than $2,300. Very disappointing, should have gotten more miles before this was necessary"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"would not stay in gear,slips"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"failed speed sensor needed to be replaced; sensor itself was $380, labor another $500"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission was slipping between gear changes. Replacement with a rebuild was needed"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission would not go into any gears"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is the second transmission/cluch replacement on this car the other one happened at 77.000 miles. When the clutch fails it has broken apart and thrown parts into the transmissions. Same thing has happened both times First was covered under war"

Cathy Y., TX (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

"radiator came apart at the seams"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"radiator broke suddenly, stranding daughter and needing to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
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