At first blush the Subaru Legacy is a great all-around sedan, thanks to its standard all-wheel drive and reasonable price. But dig a bit deeper and you'll realize that is selling the car short. This is a car with very few compromises, effectively blending an excellent ride, responsive handling, a roomy and quiet interior, great visibility, simple controls, and easy cabin access front and rear.
Alerts
There are 3 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 2016 Subaru Legacy owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"Difficult to play audiobooks"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"Difficult to read screen in bright sunshine"

Kathryn Z., NJ (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The display screen is highly polished and angled in a way that creates veiling reflections and blinds the driver when the sun is behind you"

Bruce P., CA (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Certain times of day the angle of the light from the sun completely obliterates the screen"

Steven A., SC (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"We were on the highway with the radio/navigation, etc off. Suddenly, the radio turned on, it started scrolling down the radio stations, stopped on one station, then the whole system froze. We could not turn it off or change the screen. Only after arriving home, turning off the car, then starting it the next day did it work again. The dealership said they could not replicate the problem and could find nothing wrong with it"

Robert F., ND (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Display froze brought the car in for service. Initially they told me there were no technical bulletins but there was a software update which could take 3-4 hours. Couldn't leave the car at that time. Brought it in a second time and there was a service bulletin issued for the problem I was seeing. They updated the software. When I got home I realized the update caused me to lose my sirius radio, Brought it in a third time and they could not resolve the problem."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Once the radio is turned on, after some time (1-2 hours) the screen becomes unresponsive. The car has to be turned off to reboot the screen"

David M., NY (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"From time to time, the screen does not respond. It can only be solved by shutting down the car. Very very annoying"

Nancy L., NY (2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Display sometimes freezes which makes audio inaccessible until the vehicle is turned of and restarted. Software updates have been moderately successful."

Anonymous, KY (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio display freezes and requires ignition off/on cycle to correct. Problem was reported to Subaru customer service and they responded that the owners' manual notes that the display can be affected by temperature."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"same as previous answer"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Frequently unable to connect to iPhone or Pandora"

Steven A., SC (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The music interface will sometimes freeze and require turning the radio off and then turning it back on"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"First, generally, Subaru head units are still garbage. The Starlink radios allow you to plug into iPhones to access music and podcast via an iPod interface. This seemed convenient because I could charge my iPhone and play music and Podcasts with high audio quality, without fussing with Bluetooth pairing. However, evidently this disables the GPS functionality in the phone, rendering it unusable for navigation: It falls back to cell towers only, at which point it fails to route, goes backwards, and other fun things. It was tricky to isolate the issue, and you can bet Subaru doesn't know the first thing about it. I finally was able to identify the issue myself after weeks on the phone with Apple Support and finally finding the right forum posts and YouTube videos. Supposedly there is a workaround to use the USB interface whereby you boot up Subaru's awful Starlink app when you plug in the phone each and every time, but it's so slow, bad, and otherwise irrelevant that I don't bother and just use Bluetooth now. The navigation that came with the Limited itself is pitiful and would cost $199/yr. after first two years to maintain map and traffic data. In the future, I would strongly advise anyone buying a Subaru to stick with the Premium trim or lower, get EyeSight and BLS, and get aftermarket audio rather than pay the $1K for the navi/Harmon Kardon. But that's only if you like adding oil."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"If you have the sound muted when a call comes in, the sound will be un-muted when the call ends. The system should remember the mute state after the call ends"

James F., PA (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Does not recognize Pandora app about 70% of the time. Does not return to the last source when turning car on"

Steve A., SC (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"one of the USB ports doesn't always work."

Steve A., SC (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When I try to use my smartphone as a GPS device, the system automatically plays Pandora instead or at the same time. It is dangerous to be without directions in the middle of a strange city or highway and looking at the controls or my phone is equally dangerous. Nobody has been able to fix this. It seems to be a known problem."

Wendy W., NY (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"an iPhone is a common device, but the interface is squirrelly and intermittently difficult. It will play music when you have podcasts selected and open on your phone; it will play podcasts when you have music selected and open on your phone."

David F., DC (2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Voice commands would begin in mid-sentence, leaving out the first several words of the directions"

Paul S., FL (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Gave misleading directions but ultimately got us to our destination. Replaced under warranty and no further problems"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Navigation location and commands lag behind actual vehicle position"

Steven C., MN (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Defective electronic module had to be replaced"

Marvin M., NJ (2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The problem only has occurred when on the highway. And it has happened twice. The GPS will pick a random spot to give directions to. We enter nothing into the GPS. It just does it on its own"

Robert F., ND (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Map more than 2 years out of date when car was new. Have to pay for upgrade even with extended warranty. Inaccurate or bad routing information - cannot rely on navigation. Dealer not knowledgeable on now to correct issues. We have stopped using it"

Boyd N., MO (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car was delivered with an out of date map database. It has not been able to be updated though I have worked the problem several times with Subaru. Their mapping data vendor has been uncooperative. Also the Navigation advisor causes unsafe driving conditions by issuing commands too late to safely execute after improperly positioning me in the wrong lane."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very difficult to take the special chip out of dash needed to update the GPS system, maps. I was never able to get it out. Finally used pliers to remove it and damaged it. Dealer quoted me $450 to repair. Appealing to Subaru they referred me to their map company which says I can get a new chip for $120. I am in process of doing it. Must do this as this damaged chip causes problems not only with maps but also voice control, radio... everything related. Subaru should have a much easier way to update their map systems such as using a USB thumb drive. The dealers should know what to tell people when it is damaged in the current system. I am very disappointed with Subaru. I like the car otherwise but could not recommend them to others given this problem."

Mark R., MN (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"route navigation-vocal directions get clipped and inaudible and then forward speakers quit and only rear speakers work and then seems to affect and lock up radio where you can't change the station"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This car has had multiple problems from the beginning. First the gas cap, a recall was fixed after new parts were ordered. Next, the technology operating the navigation such as side mirrors, backup alerts, etc. All this had to be replaced. Now, I am waiting for the dealership to fix the ignition system. They have order the parts which are on back order. I understand this is also a recall. I am terribly disappointed with this car. Subaru has not fulfilled its promise of LOVE! I intend to call the company and fill my complaints with the Better Business Bureau. Very Frustrating!!"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Subaru Legacy)

"Not particularly useful. Still can't figure out simple to home. Stopped trying, just use my trusty, easy to use Garmin that is working great after 6 or 7 years."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Operation of the system could not have possibly been designed by an actual user of a navigation system."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"when hooking up my Iphone to the blue tooth..siris voice wauld not activate..deal did not know how to fix it"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It is inconsistent."

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Legacy)

"Inconsistent. See my previous issue about Pandora going on when I try to get directions"

Wendy W., NY (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"occasionally forgets the phone pairing and contacts. Need to set up the Bluetooth and contacts maybe every 2 months"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Intermittent Sirius XM reception"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It kept losing connection to Sirius/XM radio and they had to replace the WHOLE radio unit, which I had to wait a few weeks for"

Theodore S., WI (2016 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The SiriusXM radio fails to work intermittently. The radio sometimes will not change channels. The dealer replaced the radio, but that failed to solve the problem."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Radio would not stay tuned to stations"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"While driving with suriusXM radio on, when i would change the station, it would switch to FM. In order to get back to Surius, I would have to stop the car and shut off the car. Turning the radio off then back on didn't work. It has happened several times!"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sirius/XM radio was intermittent. In dealer repair shop 2 times. Then the entire entertainment system was replaced. Did not solve problem. Issue was tracked down to water in the roof antenna housing. Based on my own radio experience, I told dealer up front that I thought it was an antenna issue. They did not believe me."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I think the glitch in the navigation system creates the other problems with the stereo, speakers, backup camera, etc. Sometimes seems related to when we have android phone plugged into car and using bluetooth"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sirius XM won't get a signal (yes I have a subscription). AM and FM work fine."

Anonymous, AR (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Software update fixes

"I was unable to update the navigation system. The dealer said it would require $300 for a new memory chip. I use my phone instead for navigation, since the repair is too expensive for a system that's too shambolic and too user unfriendly."

David F., DC (2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"No sound from radio. Problemed fixed with software update."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"It simply does not work. It does not understand me."

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Legacy)

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

"leaks coolant since brand new. dealer cannot find leak!"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Window channel was replaced..Also a service bulletin."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seals on the front windows are starting to sag and come loose. Passenger side after 22 months, driver side 24 months"

Steve A., SC (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have a leak(s) in the door/window seals that the service center in Santa Fe has not been able to correct, or improve. I have taken it in ~3 times now. The first time they adjusted the door seals and the 2nd time they replaced the door seals. the 3rd time in there was no further action they suggest."

Anonymous, NM (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Popping sounds, seat creaking. Dash rattles at 1200-1500 engine rpm"

Steven C., MN (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Metallic knock coming from the rear of the vehicle. Source unknown as of the date of this survey"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Modestly irritating noise top center underside of dash when on a slightly rough road surface"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a crepitation sound when turning the steering wheel. happens when the car is warmed up."

Georgiana H., IL (2016 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"rattle coming from roof passenger side in trim around roof"

Frank C., ON (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"loud rattling sound from front driver's side when going over pavement seams and cracks at low speed. It's loud, and was diagnosed by an independent shop as probably associated with either one of the front suspension struts or a problem with the steering rack. Disappointing in a near luxury car with just over 30K miles on it. Have yet to find time to have the dealer address it and of course it's out of warranty."

William S., NM (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle in front end at low speed. Spent $2k on services that “might help” to no avail. Blogs say it is common for 2016 Legacy, but dealers act like they never heard of it and cannot seem to fix it."

Ted B., NV (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Wind noise fix kits applied 3 times to passenger door and 2 times to driver door. Subaru of America Field Sales Engineer determined that wind noise was not much worse than 2015 model. I've never had a wind noise issue with any car in 40 years of driving. Even when when driving various cars on the Autobahn in Germany, have I experienced such noise"

Stephen M., PA (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"loud wind noise they are unable to correct...so far"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"air leaks noisy around windows"

Anonymous, OK (2016 Subaru Legacy 3.6R)

"The wind noise is noticeable at higher freeway speeds, was not something observed during test drive as we were unable to test on freeway"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Wind noise in front windows at highway speed"

Anonymous, CO (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind noise both front doors/windows. I had to write a letter to president of Subaru of America to get action. Fixes moderated noise a bit, but did stabilize the noise from getting worse as before. 3X fix for passenger side and 2X for driver side to achieve this. I never had wind noise in any car I purchased from 1976 until the 2016 Subaru Legacy."

Stephen M., PA (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Service bulletins performed on driver window wind noise above 40 mph."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"transport hooks were removed allowing air to get in and make a lot of noise, it took a long time for Subaru to figure it out."

Paul P., NY (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"wind sound around rear door"

Richard L., OH (2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 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

"the car was delivered from the dealer with the steering alignment off pulling to the right. within 2 weeks it was returned for alignment service"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Took vehicle in for wheel alignment but was told all was normal. Vehicle tends to wander while driving on the highway. Have trouble keeping car between the lines on the highway."

Joseph H., IL (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car was out of alignment when I picked it up from the showroom. This was the dealer's fault for not preparing the car properly before delivery."

Michael D., NY (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Leaking with slight noise. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking fluid, discovered by Subaru tech while being serviced"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Steering colunm replaced as the result of a safety recall by Subaru"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering column warranty problem they had me stop driving car until brought in and repair applied. Was mfg defect but did not cause an actual driving probleme"

David K., CA (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had a factory recall in May 2016, had to take the car in, but I was given a loaner"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering column fasteners could crack and cause accident. they fixed it and gave us a free loaner"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering linkage had a recall and had to be replaced at 194 miles on car. It took over a week to get replacement parts and they had re-order and re-install a piece on the steering wheel that was defective that was damaged while replacing the defective part"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a steering column recall one week after we bought the legacy. The dealer towed it and rented a car for us."

Anonymous, OR (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Noticed a squeak and vibration at about 55 MPH. It was subtle and was difficult to get Subaru mechanics to realize there was a problem. Then diagnosed it as a wheel bearing failing."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car started making noise at the back. This was around 140,000 kms. I'd heard a similar sound on my old Prius at around that point. Maybe Subaru gets its bearings from the same parts bin as Toyota. Anyway, they confirmed it was the bearings. It was covered under the extended warranty I bought."

David E., ON (2016 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Problem caused dash light to come on. Manual indicated fuel cap could be loose. Not the problem. Brought it in to dealer (completed trip I was on, drove to nearest dealer ~100 - 120 mi.) where they determined it was some sort of sensor in the emissions system. During this time intelligent cruise control, collision avoidance not operational. Did not have the part. Gave me a loaner but had to drive 80 miles home (in the loaner) and back the 80 miles the next day to get the car."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"Fuel cap failed to open. Required replacement of component"

John S., PA (2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Fuel cap opener failed to operate in cold weather. Was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel gauge/sender

"I had just filled up my tank. I drove the car about 100 miles and then when I re-started it, the gauge showed I had only a little gas. I knew this couldn't be true. It also didn't accurately show remaining mileage. I was afraid to get on the freeway without filling it up. Of course, it didn't take much gas to do that. And the gauge didn't change. I took it to the dealer who told me there was a problem with a sensor in the gas tank (or something like that) and they would replace it. That would require that they remove the back seat, so I left the car there. Once they did that, I have had no further problems with this. Covered by the warranty."

Grady B., CA (2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"Injector failed 30 miles after purchase. Injector froze open, dumping fuel into the engine constantly. Kicked off a whole slew of follow on problems that took 20,000 miles and months in the shop to fix"

Peter G., MD (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Problem with the car starting. Would require extended cranking, sometimes have to turn the key three separate times before it would start. Dealer eventually discovered it was a problem with the fuel pump and replaced fuel pump."

Edward O., OH (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Mass Air Flow Sensor was damaged by the Injector Failure. It would read approximately 10% more air than was actually entering the engine. This caused massive power loss at low power, failure of the spark plugs, and other drive-ability issues. Subaru was unable to diagnose this failure, and kept giving me excuses and telling me nothing was wrong. This is due to a limitation with the ECU diagnostics that prevent the ECU from detecting a degraded but functional MAF sensor. I had to purchase a MAF s"

Peter G., MD (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I already discussed this under the fuel gauge issue."

Grady B., CA (2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Entire left front fender popped out when I went over a pothole. Took two trips to dealer to get it fixed so it looked like the other side"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Left front quarter panel popped out last winter going over a speed bump s little too fast. The piece in front of that panel under the light and around the corner on the left side popped this month. Probably from hitting a curb. It's very low."

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The front bumper and rear bumper seams pop open. Apparently there's a clip holding it tight but if the clip breaks the only fix is to get a new bumper!"

Anonymous, MD (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"plastic rail inserts in roof became loose during car washes"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Right front quarter panel keeps popping out and dealer can't fix it; Has happened at least four times. Looks fixed and pops out again when there's a bump or pothole."

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"2 small, quarter-sized, blisters developed on roof. Dealer fixed this under warranty."

Charles B., PA (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear bumper peeling."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Subaru paint seems very easy to fade and chip compared to my old Toyota and Hondas."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Subaru Legacy)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Potential problem. Subject of a recall notice."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There was 8 miles on it when we bought it. We drove off the lot and the airbags on passenger side turned off, they thought they fixed but never did"

Sheri C., NV (2016 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The Eyesight system randomly shuts off for several minutes at night. Never in the daytime."

Anonymous, SC (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear sensor failed. Replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear sensor behind the bumper stopped working and no longer provides alerts for upcoming vehicles. Subaru would have been delighted to replace the sensor for $1200. I declined."

John M., SC (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We had a fender bender bender because no blind spot warning"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The sensor shorted out after the basic warranty. The dealer stated $1200 cost to repair. No thanks!"

John M., SC (2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 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

Glass defects

"Both fog lights busted from the inside. My guess is water got in and then living in upstate NY froze and busted. Currently waiting to see if we can get them covered by warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"pitted front windshield"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Subaru Legacy)
Locks and latches

"The fuel door wouldn't open."

Jeffrey R., PA (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Child safety lock on rear passenger door was jammed into the on position, so the passenger couldn't exit the door from the inside."

John G., MN (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seat belts

"This is my second Subaru. The first I had was in 2007. It had the same issue with the seatbelts not retracting when I get out of the car."

Nancy L., NY (2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

"There was a defect in the seal for the sunroof - when the sunroof was fully seated the seal would bulge in the middle. It was repaired under the warranty by the dealer"

Linda R., WA (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Electric passenger side window has issues closing."

Ray F., OR (2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

12V power plug

"car phone accessory plug stopped working. Dealer couldn't find a problem. Replaced the fuse ourselves, and it works now."

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Clock

"Our battery died 3 times in our new subaru...after it was replaced by the dealer with a new largeer battery..the clock would stop working and then restart an hour or so later.. the problem seems to have resolved it self..BUT we are still watching"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

"Even when the weather wasn't a factor, the cruise control would shut off since the Eyesight would disable, causing the cruise to shut off. It has happened several times. Not a good feeling when on a busy freeway!"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Fog light bulb has burnt out twice since we have owned this vehicle"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"They are totally inaccurate. GPS is worthless. I called Subaru & was told nothing can be done to correct the problems. I suggested they spend a few more $$ & improved the now useless gauges/GPS"

Kathryn Z., NJ (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"rears warped"

William R., NH (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"Had to have a brake job replacing a cylinder and pads"

David E., ON (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Needed to be resurfaced at 10000 miles due to vibration during normal braking at speed"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"warped"

William R., NH (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rotors warped prematurely"

Deborah D., NY (2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

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

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Alternator failed after 1 year and left us stranded when car would not start"

Mark G., NV (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Most of the miles we put on it were hiway miles,.then when i came home, it turned a little cold and it wouldnt start and the guys thought, thats not right for this motor. Thats all i know"

Sheri C., NV (2016 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Battery failed. Replaced under warranty, but I had to repeated jump start the car one weekend until the dealer opened on Monday. I could have replaced the battery elsewhere, but I wanted the warranty coverage."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The battery died and needed to be replaced, about 37K miles on it. The new battery has 30% more power. I was told that the factory batteries were not powerful enough for all the electronics"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"I was scared out of my wits when I put my 2015 Legacy from the 'reverse' (R) gear into the 'drive' (D) gear and it kept going in reverse almost slamming into car directly behind me. What happened: -I was parked on a steep winding driveway located on a very steep road. -I put the car in 'reverse' (R) to begin backing out of the driveway onto the steep road -Once on the steep road I then shifted into 'drive' (D) expecting to go forward. -But 'drive' (D) gear didn't seem to engage and kept rolli"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The shifter is tied to the ignition. We were unable to take the key out of the ignition because the shifter had failed and needed replacement."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The problem caused problems removing the key to my car."

Monique L., IL (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 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 knock or ping

"Just annoying, started almost immediately after I got the car."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"During routine service, my dealer said that there was an oil leak in the sump, I think. It was repaired under warranty, and my principal inconvenience was driving a new SUV for a few days."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I am currently using a rental car because the engine must be removed to repair the lower oil pan. It could take up to 3 weeks, however the rental is free. The good news is that the warantee covers the cost. I'm sorry I can't be more specific about the repairs needed."

Anonymous, MN (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"Passenger rear wheel bearing replaced. It was noisy"

Anonymous, RI (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
CV joint

"Left rear wheel bearing noisy. Hub assembly and backing plate replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"Right rear wheel bearing failed & Transmission shift lever failed and key could not be removed from ignition"

Anonymous, IN (2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 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

Automatic climate control

"A/C seemed fine on initial start-up for the day but after driving/parking (in the heat) on driving away, the A/C would not start to cool until I'd driven for 15 min or so. Just blew hot air. After the initial period, A/C cooled just fine. Dealer said some switch in the A/C system needed replacing, which they did."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Heater system

"The heat at the feet on the passenger side is totally inadequate even on the highest settings. The dealership checked it out and says it is "performing to factory specs." In which case, factory specs are rubbish"

Anonymous, CO (2016 Subaru Legacy)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The transmission simply quit working and car had to be towed. I was told that the transmission simply disintegrated"

Anonymous, IN (2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

Engine Major

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

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Recalls
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STEERING:COLUMN
May 11 2016
The loss of steering ability would increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Legacy and Outback vehicles manufactured February 29, 2016, to May 6, 2016. The steering column on the affected vehicles may have been improperly machined, and as a result, turning the steering wheel may have no effect on the direction of the wheels.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the lot number on the steering column, replacing the steering column, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began May 13, 2016. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783 or by visiting http://www.wtd65.service-campaign.com. Subaru's number for this recall is WTD-65. Note: Until the vehicles have been inspected, owners are advised not to drive their 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: 16V292000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 48819
POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE:DIFFERENTIAL UNIT
Nov 24 2015
If the drive shaft detaches from the rear differential, it may strike the fuel tank and result in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2016 Legacy vehicles manufactured October 24, 2015, to November 16, 2015, and Outback vehicles manufactured October 24, 2015, to November 17, 2015. Due to the improper tightening of the securing nuts, the drive shaft may separate from the rear differential.
What should you do:
Subaru has notified owners, and dealers will inspect the fastening nuts, and tighten or replace them, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on December 10, 2015. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-856-488-8500. Subaru's number for this recall is WQV-57.
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: 15V794000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3251
POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE:DRIVESHAFT
Aug 10 2015
If the transmission oil leaks onto the exhaust pipe, there is a possible risk of fire.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2015 and 2016 model year Subaru Legacy 4-Door and Outback vehicles manufactured July 3, 2015, to July 27, 2015. Transmission oil may leak from a deformed seal cap on the propeller shaft yoke.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the propeller shaft, free of charge. The recall began on August 28, 2015. Owners may contact 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WQU-56.
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: 15V502000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2893
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