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.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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.

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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

Alignment

"rough roads left inner tire rod replacement"

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

"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)
Bushings

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

Dale C., PA (2005 Subaru Legacy 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 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)

"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)
Shocks or struts

"problem identified during winter tire change over"

Richard H., BC (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Our mechanic discovered problem during routine maintenance"

Roger G., CA (2005 Subaru Legacy)

"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)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Needed work on the rack - leak"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited)

"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)
Tire wear is uneven

"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)
Wheel bearings

"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 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)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

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)
Head gasket

"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 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 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 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

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 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

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

Anonymous, MN (2005 Subaru Legacy 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 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"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)
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 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)

"both front headlamps had to be replaced"

Dennis H., QC (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced lowbeam headlight bulbs 14 times, 7 RH, 7LH"

Jerrold A., PA (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"both front headlamps had to be replaced"

Dennis H., QC (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 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 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 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

A/C compressor

"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)
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)
Heater system

"Passenger side heater core does not work"

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

"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)
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)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

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

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

"Needs routine oil checks and fills."

Brenda R., CO (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil leaks from engine and power steering system. New valve cover gaskets and seals installed to repair"

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

"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)

"This car has one of the boxter engines which develop spark plug tube gasket leaks. This is such a known problem with these engines, a design change should have cured it long ago."

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

"I lose about a quart every 4 months."

Brian M., MA (2005 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Oil pan rusted out and leaking. Pan was replaced"

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

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)

"I'm now facing my 5th replacement catalytic converter. This car goes through them at an unprecedented rate"

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

"It was going to cost over $2000 to fix"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 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)
Pipes

"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 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)

"Exhaust donut and center pipe flange rusted out"

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

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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"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 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 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)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"hard pedal travel"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission became very noisy, metal in transmission oil. Needed replaced"

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

"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)

"Bearings went bad. Metal in transmission fluid. Installed a 3 year guaranteed re-manufactured transmission."

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

"Replaced original transmission at 200,000 miles. Transmission replaced with 32,000 mile original from salvage."

Jerrold A., PA (2005 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Original transmission needed replacement at 121,000 miles - too soon, Dealer replaced with a rebuilt (new was not available). Rebuilt has intermittent rough shifting problems, not covered under warranty. Very dissatisfied with these transmissions."

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 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

CV joint

"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)
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)

"The drive shaft bearing on the driveshaft that transfers power from the transmission to the rear differential failed. Parts for the driveshaft are not available requiring the entire assembly to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 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)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"the car is 15 years old and some of the hose connections have dried out and need to be replaced"

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

"this is a duplicate"

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

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)

"Caliper seized again. Changed 4 times in 10 years."

Brian M., MA (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)
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)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

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)
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)

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)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Hard shifting with jerks and clunk noise especially when cold. This is a rebuilt transmission done at a dealership 2 years / 20,000 miles ago. Dealer did not suggest any service at this time to correct the shifting issues."

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

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 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 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

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)
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)
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 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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AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
Jan 02 2020
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2009-2013 Forester, 2003-2006 Baja, 2004-2011 Impreza, 2004-2014 WRX (including STI), 2003-2014 Legacy and Outback, and 2005-2006 Saab 9-2X vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming or "Zone C." These vehicles had their passenger frontal air bag inflators previously replaced under a prior recall using inflators of the same design. The inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify their owners. General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflators, free of charge. The recall began January 7, 2020. Subaru owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Saab owners may contact the Saab Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-955-9007. Subaru's number for this recall is TKC-20.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V003000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 111562
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
Jan 02 2020
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2009-2013 Forester, 2003-2006 Baja, 2004-2011 Impreza, 2004-2014 WRX (including STI), 2003-2014 Legacy and Outback, and 2006 Saab 9-2X vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia or "Zone B." These vehicles had their passenger frontal air bag inflators previously replaced under a prior recall using inflators of the same design. The inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify their owners. General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflators, free of charge. The recall began January 7, 2020. Subaru owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Saab owners may contact the Saab Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-955-9007. Subaru's number for this recall is TKB-20.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V002000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 127547
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
Jan 02 2020
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2009-2013 Forester, 2003-2006 Baja, 2004-2011 Impreza, 2004-2014 WRX (STI included), 2003-2014 Legacy and Outback, and 2005-2006 Saab 9-2X vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands or "Zone A." These vehicles had their passenger frontal air bag inflators previously replaced under a prior recall using inflators of the same design. The inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify their owners. General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflators with alternate inflators, free of charge. The recall began January 7, 2020. Subaru Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Saab owners may contact the Saab Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-955-9007. Subaru's number for this recall is TKA-20.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V001000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 258813
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:SWITCH
Apr 11 2019
The engine turning off unexpectedly can increase the risk of a crash. If a crash occurs under this condition, the air bag may not deploy, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, 2008-2011 Impreza vehicles, 2008-2014 WRX vehicles, 2005-2014 Legacy vehicles, 2005-2014 Outback vehicles and 2006-2008 Tribeca vehicles equipped with a mechanical key ignition switch installed as a replacement part. The ball spring inside the switch may break, reducing the strength of the ignition switch. If this occurs, the weight on the key ring and certain road conditions could cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position to the accessory position, turning off the engine.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the ignition switch, replacing the ignition switch, if necessary, free of charge. The recall began May 10, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WUF-91.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V297000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 511
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
May 28 2015
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 Subaru Baja vehicles manufactured January 22, 2003, to July 21, 2004, 2004-2005 Impreza vehicles manufactured January 28, 2003, to May 31, 2005, 2003-2008 Subaru Legacy vehicles manufactured January 22, 2003, to May 2, 2008, 2003-2008 Subaru Outback vehicles manufactured February 18, 2003, to May 5, 2008, and 2005 Saab 9-2x vehicles manufactured February 11, 2004, to March 17, 2005. The affected vehicles are equipped with a passenger side frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture upon its deployment.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify their owners and General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The Subaru recall began on June 17, 2015. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. The Saab recall began on July 27, 2015. Owners of Saab vehicles may call 1-800-955-9007. Subaru's number for this recall is WQR-53. Note: The recall completely supersedes recall 14V-399 (WQL-48) and partially supersedes recall 14V-763 (WQP-51) in that model year 2004 through 2005 Subaru Impreza and model year 2005 Saab 9-2x vehicles are now only part of this campaign. Note: On December 18, 2015 Subaru informed NHTSA of an expansion of this recall to include certain model year 2003-2004 Subaru Baja, 2003-2008 Subaru Legacy and 2003-2008 Subaru Outback vehicles.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V323000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 432016
AIR BAGS
Dec 01 2014
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger¿s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 Legacy and Outback vehicles, and 2003-2005 Baja vehicles sold, or ever registered, in geographic locations associated with high absolute humidity. Specifically, vehicles sold, or ever registered, in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Florida and adjacent counties in southern Georgia, as well as the coastal areas of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify their owners. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began on January 15, 2015. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WQP-51. Note: This recall supersedes recall 14V-471. This recall has been partially superseded by 15V-323. All 2005 model year Subaru Legacy and Outback vehicles will now be repaired under recall 15V-323.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V763000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4175
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Jun 10 2014
Brake line corrosion may result in brake fluid leakage. Fluid leakage may result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2005-2009 Outback and Legacy, 2008-2011 Impreza and 2008-2014 Impreza WRX/STI, and 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, currently, or formerly, registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Salt water could splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector, resulting in excessive corrosion of the brake lines. Note that affected vehicles not currently, or formerly registered, in the salt belt states identified above are eligible for repair, at no cost to the customer, upon request.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will test the brake system by depressing the brake pedal and inspecting for brake fluid leaks. If no brake fluid seepage is observed, the affected areas will be rustproofed with anti-corrosion wax. If brake fluid seepage is observed, the brake lines will be replaced followed by rustproofing with anti-corrosion wax. These services will be performed free of charge. The recall began July 2014 and second notifications will run through November 2014. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's recall campaign number is WQK-47. Note: This recall supersedes recall 13V-110 which applied to certain 2005-2009 Legacy/Outback vehicles. Vehicles that were remedied under the previous campaign still need additional areas rust-proofed.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V311000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 461338
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Mar 27 2013
Brake line corrosion may result in brake fluid leakage. Fluid leakage may result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2005-2009 Outback and Legacy vehicles manufactured from December 2003, through April 2009 and currently, or formerly, registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Salt water could splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector, resulting in excessive corrosion of the brake lines.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles. If no brake fluid seepage is observed, the affected area will be rustproofed with anti-corrosion wax. If brake fluid seepage is observed, the brake lines will be replaced followed by rustproofing with anti-corrosion wax. These services will be performed free of charge. The recall began on May 30, 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's recall campaign number is WQG-43.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V110000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 274402
AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
Jun 09 2004
THIS MAY RESULT IN FAILURE TO PROVIDE THE INTENDED HEAD PROTECTION, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY TO A SEAT OCCUPANT.
Summary:
THE LEFT AND RIGHT SIDE CURTAIN AIR BAGS IN CERTAIN VEHICLES INVOLVED IN THIS CAMPAIGN MAY NOT FULLY DEPLOY RAPIDLY ENOUGH WHEN ACTIVATED IN A SIDE IMPACT COLLISION. DURING A SIDE IMPACT TEST CONDUCTED BY THE INSURANCE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY (IIHS), THE TEST RESULTS INDICATED THAT THERE WAS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE IIHS TEST RESULTS AND THE RESULT OF SIDE IMPACT TESTS CONDUCTED BY FHI.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE LEFT AND RIGHT SIDE CURTAIN AIR BAG MODULES. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 11, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783. .
For more information:
SUBARU RECALL NO. WWR02.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 04V274000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1987
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