This iteration of the Subaru Legacy scores among the top tier of family sedans and offers standard all-wheel drive. It is significantly roomier and quieter than the previous model and has impressive ride comfort and responsive handling. Even with all-wheel-drive, the fuel economy is impressive, thanks to its continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Alerts
There are 16 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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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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.
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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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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.
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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

This iteration of the Subaru Legacy scores among the top tier of family sedans and offers standard all-wheel drive. It is significantly roomier and quieter than the previous model and has impressive ride comfort and responsive handling. Even with all-wheel-drive, the fuel economy is impressive, thanks to its continuously variable transmission (CVT). The penalty for the CVT, however, is accentuated engine noise when accelerating, which can be grating.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (265 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (170 hp)
  • 3.6-liter 6 (256 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Subaru Legacy owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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)

"Rear right brake and turn indicator light has been replaced on average about every six months. Dealer has not been able to find the problem."

Israel R., QC (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"chip controlling daytime running lights had to be replaced"

Ira Z., NJ (2011 Subaru Legacy GT spec. B 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had to replace same brake light twice"

Israel R., QC (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Puddle lights on driver side stopped working. Still waiting to hear from dealer if the prescribed recall will be used to fix this problem"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"I had puddle lights installed in the factory and one had problems last summer. It was replaced at no cost to me"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bulbs are constantly burning out and are difficult to replace"

Joseph B., DE (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Each headlight burns out at least three times a year. This has been going on for about six years. Problem has not been adequately addressed by Subaru."

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights burn out quickly, even paying extra for "long-term" replacements"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"headlights burn out very quickly."

Anonymous, WI (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head lights come on frequently in teh automatic setting going under bridges.overpasses causing them to burn out prematurely and confuse other drivers."

Anonymous, OH (2011 Subaru Legacy Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Burns out head light bulbs every 6 to 8 months which is very annoying. I finally installed LED after market bulbs, so far it seems to have solved that problem."

Anonymous, (2011 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Within days of each other both headlights failed. It was winter, days are short in Maine. In order to be able to drive home after work I had to make an emergency visit to a local garage, taking off the tires in order to access the headlight area to replace. I wish the headlights were able to be replaced by the consumer easily."

Anonymous, ME (2011 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Multiple headlight replacements with lots of labor as it is hard to do (much disassembly required to replace lamp)"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At least one headlight has been replaced three or four times in three years; unusually often in my experience. Last time (earlier this week), mechanic installed new long-life bulb that Subaru came out with."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"5 sets of headlights since purchasing the vehicle."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights failed, first one and then 3 weeks later the other one."

Israel R., QC (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Known issue with 2011 Legacy. Headlights burn out approximately every 18 - 24 months. When 1 goes out, the 2nd one goes out within a few minutes to a few days. have lost both headlights on drive home at night. Subaru offering free headlight replacements for 10 years from date of purchase, feel they should replace the electrical components that are causing the headlight failures. Can no longer trust this car for long range driving at night, have to rent car to drive 300 miles to care for elderly parent."

Jim S., WA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights went at different times. Subaru replaced them free, as it is an ordeal to get at them and replace them. Subaru sent out a notice to this effect."

Howard W., NY (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A headlight burned out but the dealership replaced it free due to an ongoing recall"

M P., OH (2011 Subaru Legacy Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"low beam goes out, but there is no dash warning, so you are not aware of problem until someone tells you. it happened twice"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have replaced headlights on drivers side X 3 and on passenger side X 2. Tried to do this once my self - very, very difficult. Dealer charges $250-$300!"

Roy G., KY (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front headline burned out. Replacing it myself wasn't practical due to difficult access, and a 3rd party mechanic took hours to get it fixed"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The light bulbs are prone to pre-mature failure, replacing the bulbs is difficult and expensive"

Gary Y., NJ (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They burn out ever 6-9 months. They are not changeable by the consumer. The front tire needs to be removed or the car needs to be on a lift. It's a dealer repair"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"I have replaced both headlights twice in the past 2 years. It is not a do it yourself replacement"

Anonymous, ID (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Burned out twice"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to replace headlights 8 times in the last year. They alternate burning out most likely due to vibration in the front end"

Jeff S., WV (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had to replace each headlight at least once a year"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both headlights burned out at same time. This was covered under the warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Legacy Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"IT SEEMS THAT THE CAR IS ALWAYS BLOWING HEADLIGHTS"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had both headlights fail at the same time on two occasions. The headlights are very difficult and costly to replace"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Right headlight went out"

Anonymous, AK (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Due to poor design, it is very difficult to replace headlights. There was a law suit about this and I was refunded costs for the bills I had saved. Don't know what happens the next time a headlight needs replacing"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"headlights burn out too pften"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Each headlight failed and needed to be replaced at the dealer, a few days apart from one another"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"repeated failure of headlamps"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bulbs are constantly burning out and are difficult to replace"

Joseph B., DE (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Light burned out prematurely. Dealer covered cost as this is apparently a common fault with this model.."

Anonymous, VT (2011 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Brake warning light comes on intermittently when no problem with brakes. Windshield wiper light came on when no problem - switch repaired"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"During cold weather, passenger side seat belt warning signal continues to blare when no one is sitting in the seat"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"This was a Subaru recall. I did not have any problems otherwise"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"ABS light came on"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Calipers

"They wore out. I live on a really steep hill."

Kathy C., CA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Rear calipers just broke in the middle of the road for no reason"

Anonymous, NB (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Calipers became frozen on the front brakes, and were just barely touching the pads, but enough to wear the whole thing down and need new Calipers, rotors and pads"

Kathy C., CA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"Had to have master cylinder replaced in December 2015. Was causing brake light to be on at all times"

Ben B., FL (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Although I was not aware of any specific problem, at my 108 mth servicing, mechanic indicated I needed to replace rear rotors and pads; clean lubricate and adjust front brakes; and a wheel alignment."

Anonymous, ON (2011 Subaru Legacy 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"This was normal wear"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"I was unable to drive the car when the electronic parking brake failed because it would not release. I had to craw under the car and manually release the brake. The repair was not covered under warranty and cost over $800"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Electronic Parking Brake CPU locked up and wont disenage. Had to towed to shop and new CPU installed over $1200 repair"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A chain of some sort broke. Repair was $225. It was making a noise but didn't affect use"

Richard R., CO (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake came on when I started my car without my having engaged the parking brake when I stopped the engine. Would not disengage. Vehicle currently in the shop. Repair estimate is nearly $900.00"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The electronic parking brake system failed to disengage several times. It took several trips to the dealer before they resolved the problem by replacing the electronic parking brake system"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"I had to replace the rear brakes after approx 15000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes needed overhaul at 25,000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Legacy Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At 60000 miles, subaru had to replace the calipers, rotors and pads due to premature brake pad wear and SEVERE squeaking (this was the second set apparently). i have not had any problems since replacement"

Rochelle B., CA (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The 2011 Legacy is my wife's car she drives mostly back and forth to work no heavy braking or any highway driving. She owned a Jeep Cherokee the brakes last 65,000 miles and later a Mercedes ML 350 she drove 87,000 miles and the brakes were still good traded the ML in on a Subaru, for better gas mileage and the brakes wore out at 34,000 miles"

Robert L., MI (2011 Subaru Legacy Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"Engine was stuttering and unable to accelerate properly."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Legacy 3.6-L 6 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

"The sunroof leaks during prolonged heavy rain, dripping onto the shifter. This may have to do with the windshield being replaced years ago, but am unsure."

Anonymous, (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaks water when it rains, which in the NW is often, into the spare tire area inside trunk."

Anonymous, (2011 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water leaking from moon roof drains into headliner and into rear seat foot wells. Dealer unclogged drains in Feb 2017 and now it is back at dealers for supposedly same problem. Awaiting insurance adjuster visit"

Marilyn C., VA (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Sky/moon roof doesn't leak, but it doesn't seal against wind noise any longer."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"This car seems to have little/no sound insulation. On the road speeds, a caller on the Bluetooth system can hear everything in the background. At highway speed, the car sounds like the windows are open and every bump in the road is audible."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Rattling from beneath car especially over bumps, rough roads. Dealer can’t determine cause."

Anonymous, OH (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Something in the engine compartment started squeaking / rattling / humming / buzzing. Mechanic said it might be transmission, but ??? Not heat shield or exhaust system."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"heat shield"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Just have had numerous squeaks and rattles, annoying, nothing major"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Something loose in the undercarriage"

Neal B., MI (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Something rattles inside the dashboard"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Falling apart"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle coming from engine for more than a year. Finally remembered to ask dealer about it when in for service. It turned out to be rusted and broken heat shield mounts. Ridiculously expensive to repair/replace a few mounts"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Seals on sun/moon roof leak air, but not water"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The interior cabin is quite loud when driving. It is worse when the sunroof door is open (I.e. sunroof is closed, but the door that hides it is open)."

Anonymous, (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This car is impossibly noisy on the inside. Bluetooth and headsets are not usable even at street speeds."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Legacy 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"This car lets in so much road noise that I can not hear my radio and have trouble hearing others. I hate it!"

Patricia Y., CO (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Never bothered taking car in but, moonroof has alot of wind noise & I have to close the head liner to listen to the radio"

Patricia J., MI (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"it developed a leak in the exhaust in two places even though it has been meticulously tqken care of. Started to rust out."

Anonymous, MD (2011 Subaru Legacy 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"falty weld between pipe and catalytic converter"

Bob M., NY (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Subaru boxer engines have a series of heat shields that come loose all the time"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Hole in muffler. needed replacement"

Robert R., NY (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"1st muffler replacement at 170,000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"THE FLANGES HOLDING SYSTEM TOGETHER rusted out making replacing the whole system necessary"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"It needs a new clock spring aka roll module. I could not afford to have it fixed. Will do it myself."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Takata recall."

Anonymous, AL (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall on passenger side airbag. Not yet repaired, driven infrequently with just driver, no passenger."

Anonymous, OH (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall. We have not personally experienced an issue as we have not been in an accident, but this year and model did have an airbag recall with the passenger airbag."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Airbag recall and replaced on warranty"

Richard V., IL (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"intermediate pipe rusted where it meets the muffler."

Robert R., NY (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"Transmission wouldn't fully disengage when stopping, would occasionally grab, felt like brakes applied. When this happened, every dash warning would flash simultaneously. Went online and found out that I could fix sensor light issue by disconnecting battery. Didn't know problem was torque converter until transmission failed, needing to be replaced, along with torque converter. Torque converter was covered by Subaru authorized 100K warranty due to known issue, didn't get fixed because I didn't know the issue was caused by torque converter until it caused transmission to fail. Should have been covered by factory recall to prevent transmission damage."

Jim S., WA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It caused the car to shutter when accelerating above 45 mph. Happened every time I accelerated above 45 mph. It was replaced and it was covered under my extended warranty"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Throw bearing/rebuild Transmission. Past warranty but Subaru paid 80%"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"CVT died, leaving me stranded, at about 125 k"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Valve replacement"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Many dashboard warning lights came on. Diagnosed with bad transmission. Subaru offered to replace for $7,000. I found a shop that replaced it with a used transmission, for $2,000. Very disappointed that this failed and the cost was so high to replace. This mat prevent me from purchasing another Subaru."

Anonymous, (2011 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Took the car in for 60k service and was informed that there we metal shavings i transmission case and the care had to have a new transmission. Fortunately Subaru just extended the warranty on the transmission. Car out of service for 3 months since transmissions we back ordered. They provided me with a new Outback until my car was repaired. Great service and customer care."

Harry P., WA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Factory recall on transmission. Car out of service for approx. 3 months. However they gave me a loaner car until mine was fixed."

Harry P., WA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer urged me to replace the transmission. Our non-dealer mechanic (from whom I sought a second opinion) did not agree. I chose not to replace the transmission. It is currently running, but am uncertain of how long it will continue to operate well."

Yaw A., PA (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car could not shift into reverse. Very difficult to shift into first great when car was cold"

Christopher V., NJ (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A used transmission was installed to replace the differential due to lower cost"

Anonymous, PA (2011 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

"Bottom body panel slightly unhinged"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CRACKED BOTH ROCKER PANEL COVERS THAT ARE PLASTIC. SNOW AND ICE CAUSED THE DAMAGE"

Carol M., NJ (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"my faut, a slight accident, separated the lower right fender from the next level up. Mostly cosmetic, but someone walking by, could get cut by the outhanging metal"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front bumper easily pops out of brackets as often lower to ground than parking curb"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Passenger side, exterior runner (molding) loose"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"front bumper on right side is disconnectind from body of car. the entire bumper hangs too low so when i pull in to parking space i hit curb or barrier. hard to see how are to pull up so i keep hitting that front bumper. clips are flimsy so the solution is to buy new bumper at $1200. yikes"

Patricia Y., CO (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"the roof liner came loose in the rear"

Robert G., WY (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint scratches unbelievably easy."

Anonymous, (2011 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Black paint on driver door plastic trim is removing"

Marie-France H., QC (2011 Subaru Legacy Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"paint on the rear bumper peeling off without any apparent reason"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"With no apparent reason, the paint on the rear bumper is disappearing"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

"Some times I can not get the CD in the player, it works most of the time. There are just times it will not accept the CD for a period of time then it works"

Anonymous, UT (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"has failed twice. Simply stops accepting disks"

Roy G., KY (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very intermittent loss of sound/static. Amplifier was replaced 2 times and the head unit (combined radio/cd changer) was replaced. Problem has not recurred--it only happened in cold weather so was probably a loose internal connection of some sort"

Anonymous, ND (2011 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen freezes up

"Audio/Nav system stuck on Korean station and playing loud. Can shut off, turn down volume or do anything. Everything frozen. Disconnected battery and it reset. Now working, though don't know for how long. Subaru offered to send out for repair for $1000+"

David W., NY (2011 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Hardware replacement

"The car's master computer quit working, would not be reprogrammed, and had to be replaced for the car to even start."

Anonymous, (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"When I bought it, we unpaired the previous owners device. I followed the instructions in the manual and have never been able to get it to pair."

Anonymous, (2011 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very few current phones available on the market will pair with this 2011 Subaru model. There may come a point where, if I have to replace my 4S I phone for any reason, I will not be able to pair with this car"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Difficult for callers to understand me when I am talking. I end up turning off Bluetooth and using the handset"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"Volume toggles dont work, phone hangup button doesnt always work"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

"Needed to replace torsion bar and struts due to age mileage on car. Uneven tire and improved handling once completed."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Had replaced,still making noise"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both stuts started leaking and needed to be replaced. This occured 20000 miles too soon"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"Same cause- bent rims cause wheels to be out of balance."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Legacy GT spec. B 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Wheel vibrates around 60mph. I rotated the tires and it is not as bad"

Rich C., NJ (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering wheel vibration at highway speeds since purchase. Vibration causes hand numbness on longer trips"

Jeff S., WV (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel balance

"All four rims are bent. Low profile tires and aluminium rims are bad combination on rural roads."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Legacy GT spec. B 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

Cylinder head

"SUbaru techs stated that if the engine overheats and the dashboard light comes on, the cylionder heads will warp and must be machined or leaks cold start"

Mark J., PA (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Valve lifter failed, damaged head, head had to be removed, and repaired at machine shop. Left with a bill of $3000.00. I have owned 5 Subarus in a row., this is the most serious problem in any of them since the first I owned in 1989"

Doug C., NC (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"Caused loss of coolant and overheating"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Right and left required replacement"

David D., MI (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"it blew and had to be replaced. All done under warranty"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Turbo or supercharger

"Turbo was replaced customer satisfaction while out of warranty at no charge. A seal failed so that oil was lost and some burned in the cylinders. The entire unit was replaced. The mileage at the time was about 62000"

Anonymous, ND (2011 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 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

Seat belts

"such a small thin can cause major dissatisfaction! on drivers side seat belt, i all of a sudden had to dog around at the bottom os seat by the door to retrieve seat belt sometimes i would have to get out of the car to pull up the bel. evidently a small plastic dot had fallen off that keeps belt from going all the way back in. look at other front seat belt to see what i mean. pain in the rear end to get my seat belt on"

Patricia Y., CO (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"bottom edge of lid rusted"

Wayne W., NY (2011 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"trunk will not close correctly: up to 1" of water leaks into trunk when it rains or snows. cannot use trunk for storage"

Fred F., MA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Driver's side window would not go down. I had to take the car to the dealer for costly repair. Now, the passenger side window is acting erratically"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 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

Fuel cap

"replaced repeatedly to stop dash light warnings"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Fuel gauge wasn't reading full tank at fill-ups for a few months. Then, while driving one day, half a dozen dash lights came on and started flashing and cruise control stopped working. Still driveable though. Dealer found that fuel sending sensor failed and fuel cap had leak and couldn't hold pressure. Apparently, you cannot replace just the sensor, so had to replace entire fuel sending unit--not cheap! Replaced fuel cap at same time"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Malfonction sonde O2 avant"

Marcel F., QC (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"repeated O2 sensor failure"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Subaru Legacy 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

Differential

"Differential began to wear out causing front tires to chatter when making small, slow speed, turns"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

"minor vibration at 100kms; had it dealt with but it has returned"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"An outside wheel bearing failed."

Mark J., PA (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"This car has been towed four times over the years of ownership. Issues include: Loss of power on highway, failure to start, lurching in higher gears. Each time something electronic has been addressed. Repairs: Camshaft position sensor; crank sensor; loose connections in wiring harness; computer reset."

Anonymous, AK (2011 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)

"Needed to replace battery"

Anonymous, (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Coil

"it was running on 5 cylinders instead of 6. You could feel it missing"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Failure of spark plug coil on 3rd cylinder"

Anonymous, (2011 Subaru Legacy 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

"The engine computer firmware has a flaw which will occasionally cause the Check Engine light to come on and disable the traction control. The cruise control will not work when this happens. The Subaru dealer re-flashed the firmware, but it did not"

Patrick G., CO (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"The engine knocks and pings often. Despite being properly oiled (every week because it burns/leaks oil so much) it has difficulty starting when it has been more than 2 days since it was on road."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Legacy 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Gasket leaks in two different areas."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

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

"Doesn't maintain proper temperature, blows cold air and should be blowing heat"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"bearing failure: annoying noise increased with fan speed"

John R., ON (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"An unknown overheating problem occurred 1 time causing the cylinder head to need machining"

Mark J., PA (2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

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