With impressive agility, decent fuel economy, standard all-wheel drive, and an affordable price, the base version of the Subaru Legacy has a lot going for it. However, the snug interior limits its appeal as a family car. It also loses major points for tricky handling in emergency maneuvers. Electronic stability control does help this somewhat however.
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 2008 Subaru Legacy owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Piston breakdown"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This particular engine is an interference engine. Timing belts are extremely critical to the long term running of this type of motor. I'm more upset with the dealership (R&G Subaru of Detroit Lakes). They offered a timing belt replacement at 131,000 miles, not the factory recommended 105,000. They did not explain to us the importance of this preventive maintenance, and subsequently they never offered it again, even though we have been back four more times for oil change and service. At 151,0"

Charles M., MN (2008 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"3 4 cylinder had the piston break at the point between the lower and second lower ring. The broke piece fell into the engine oil and was ground up into the oil. When the short block was replaced the shop split the case and removed the stock pistons a"

Robert W., BC (2008 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Head gasket

"Had oil leaks attributed to the head gasket on both cylinder banks. Service advisor told us that the head gaskets had been redisigned and would last much longer. It was a very expensive repair in which the timing belt and water pump were replaced, as well"

Anonymous, NM (2008 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At 95000 head gasket leaked over $2,300 repair at dealership"

David T., NY (2008 Subaru Legacy 3.0R 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gaskets need replacing. Leaking oil and antifreeze"

Bart H., PA (2008 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is our second Legacy with the same engine and both have had head gasket failures resulting in oil leaks and expensive repairs which the dealer was ambivalent about"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I own 3 Subaru's every one has had to have the Head Gaskets Replaced at 100.000 miles"

Francis S., NH (2008 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket failure (leaking oil)"

Chris L., MN (2008 Subaru Legacy Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"External oil leak (slow dripping) on right side head gasket and almost undetectable oil leak on left side. Replaced both head gaskets"

Anonymous, SK (2008 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"For convenience, completed scheduled timing belt replacement at same time as the head gaskets were replaced"

Anonymous, SK (2008 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Turbo or supercharger

"Replaced because of damage done by having metallic bits in the oil from the piston failure"

Robert W., BC (2008 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Banjo bolts got clogged and restricted oil flow to turbo"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Turbocharger failure. Replaced under extended warranty"

J K., NJ (2008 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Shocks or struts

"Vehicle riding very rough"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Legacy Unsure Unsure)

"Needed one of the struts replaced. Leaking to point of failure"

Michael K., IL (2008 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Fluid is leaking from the steering rack but I am unable to fix it because the entire rack would have to be replaced which would cost over $1000"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rack & pinion steering was leaking badly. It was warped. Factory paid $800.00. I paid 400.00"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Subaru Legacy GT spec. B 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tie rods

"Both inner boots on the tie rods were torn so the axles were replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rear trailing arm bushings both failed at roughly 60,000 km which seems a bit soon to me"

D M., MB (2008 Subaru Legacy Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I've had to replace both rear wheel bearings on this vehicle. One was several years ago, the other within the last year"

Colleen M., MI (2008 Subaru Legacy 3.0R 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"I've had to replace two wheel bearings in the past 6 months, and another one a few years ago"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They required replacement within a week of owning the car. It was not identified as a potential problem before purchase"

Bruce S., NS (2008 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 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

Display screen goes blank

"Display screen flickers and goes blank periodically"

Ryan A., WA (2008 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There is a loss of control of the devices. The radio cannot be turned off nor can volume or channels be changed. Sometimes it changes channels or band on it's own. Ditto with climate controls. there is a loss of controls for the system. The defroster"

Stephen L., MI (2008 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Radio got stuck on 1 station. Ipod did not work"

Lorraine C., NY (2008 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"This quit working 3 years ago and is very expensive to fix. I don't need the nav capacity but find it ver frustrating that i cannot reset the clock especial since it is frozen on military time, edt"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Subaru Legacy 3.0R 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Radio and display goes out when car hits a bump"

Gary M., NC (2008 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"works intermittently and sometimes won't work for hours. nobody can figure it out"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"My satellite radio freezes up and I can't change channels/volume or even switch to AM/FM. The next time I turn the car on, it's usually back to normal"

Jason G., NH (2008 Subaru Legacy Limited Unsure)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Automatic climate controls have been a source of displeasure since purchasing the car new. Issue has kept me from buying our 6th Subaru at this time"

Kenneth T., NC (2008 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Some of the vents on the passenger side blow cool air compared to the driver side when both sides are set to warm temps"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Described in radio system comments. Defrosters and A/C go out. Tapping on the screen restores the screen and functions"

Stephen L., MI (2008 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heater system

"The heater system has been delivering hot air to only the driver's side and getting worse over the years. A web search indicated that a heater core flush would fix it, and it did"

Charles M., NY (2008 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Floor heaters stopped working. Was told it was a major malfunction and the car could catch on fire if not repaired"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
A/C compressor

"At only 55,000 I needed a new a/c. Complained to company that this was too few miles for this. The company did not agree"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Subaru Legacy Unsure Unsure)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"I constantly go thru pads & rotors in under 20,000"

David T., NY (2008 Subaru Legacy 3.0R 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I seem to go through pads & rotors more frequently then any other car I have ever had between 20 to 25K"

David T., NY (2008 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"bearing worn out at 31000 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Subaru Legacy Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rust on rotors caused by vehicle being unused for extended period"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"Wear"

Anonymous, PA (2008 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

Squeaks or rattles

"Heat shield came loose"

Zach L., PA (2008 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Catalcanver (spelling?) heating vent comes loose"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seems to be coming from lower passenger side of car. Mechanic mentioned that it had to do with insulation tiles but I have not yet had it repaired"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Legacy Unsure Unsure)

"Constant apon initial moving clinks"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"I took this to the dealer to fix. They quoted me $200 above the $500 normal stock price for the replacement part. I ended up taking my car to an independent repair shop. I now try to avoid going to this dealer unless necessary"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Subaru Legacy Special Edition Unsure)

"Engine computer failed to diagnose bad oxygen sensor, leading to over $1000.00 in repairs for a fishing expedition in order to determine that a simple sensor was causing major drivability issues"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"minor Gasket leaks"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We bought this car used in 2009 when it only had around 30,000 miles. Ever since we bought we have noticed that it goes through oil. We have brought the car in several times and asked to find out what the problem is. No leaks were ever found. During a tear down of the engine last week after the time belt failed the mechanic noticed that piston three is burning oil. Cause at this time is unknown"

Charles M., MN (2008 Subaru Legacy Unsure 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)

"Emissions control sensor goes off at least 3 times per year. Have had gaskets replaced multiple times"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light caused by catalytic converter. Dealer reset the light a month ago, as of now NO check engine light"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"recalled and fixed"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"the clutch replacement was due to the fact that the throwout bearing basically exploded with over 50% of wear left on the clutch disc"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Noisy throwout bearing @ 95000 miles. Dealer replaced clutch disc, pressure plate, flywheel, pilot bearing, and throwout bearing. The clutch was NOT slipping. This is the first time that one of our Subarus (total of 4) has required any clutch work"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I bought the car brand new from a local dealer, and the transmission was first replaced with a new one under warranty at 30000kms and 3 years. Now the second transmission needs to be replaced (or rebuilt) after 50000kms and 4.5 years at my cost. Lo"

Stephen V., AB (2008 Subaru Legacy GT spec. B 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The lights on the tailgate have stopped working due to a wiring failure. Back-up lights, license plate lights and rear cargo area lights"

D M., MB (2008 Subaru Legacy Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tires lost air & the dealership could not fix it. This was an ongoing problem since Subaru put new tires on the car. The problem was finally fixed by Sears & Mavis"

Lorraine C., NY (2008 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"Rotting/rusting pipes causing exhaust leaks"

Zach L., PA (2008 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotting/rusting on pipes causing exhaust leaks"

Zach L., PA (2008 Subaru Legacy Limited 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

Sunroof

"Stopped funtioning"

Anonymous, IA (2008 Subaru Legacy 3.0R 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"from head gasket leaking. Leaking antifreeze leading to overheating"

Bart H., PA (2008 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Loose piece under bumper"

Anonymous, IA (2008 Subaru Legacy 3.0R 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.

Transmission Minor

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

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

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Recalls
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AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
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:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
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:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
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
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Oct 13 2016
If the air injection pump overheats, it may melt and increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2007-2009 model year Legacy and Outback vehicles, 2008-2014 Impreza vehicles and 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, all equipped with turbo-charged engines. The relay that controls the secondary air injection pump may fail, causing the pump to continuously operate and overheat.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the secondary air injection pump relay, free of charge. The recall began December 2016. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WTM-73.
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: 16V738000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 100127
AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
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
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
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
Sep 11 2008
VIBRATION WOULD OCCUR WHILE DRIVING AND, OVER TIME, COULD EVENTUALLY RESULT IN CRACKING THE PIPE WHICH WOULD ALLOW OIL TO LEAK. IF LEAKING OIL CONTACTS COMPONENTS OPERATING AT HIGH TEMPERATURES, AN ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE COULD OCCUR.
Summary:
SUBARU IS RECALLING 16,715 MY 2007-2008 LEGACY SEDANS AND WAGONS, MY 2008 IMPREZA SEDANS AND WAGONS, AND MY 2009 FORESTER VEHICLES. SOME VEHICLES MAY HAVE THE CYLINDER HEAD-SIDE OIL SUPPLY PIPE AND TURBOCHARGER-SIDE PIPE IMPROPERLY ASSEMBLED.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT FOR CRACKING OR AN OIL LEAK AT THE OIL SUPPLY PIPE AT THE CYLINDER HEAD-SIDE. AN ADDITIONAL BRACKET WILL BE INSTALLED TO INCREASE RIGIDITY OF THE PIPE AND THE PIPE ASSEMBLY WILL BE REPLACED WITH A MODIFIED PART. THE RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 20, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.
For more information:
SUBARU RECALL NO. WVF-16.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08V460000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 16715
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