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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,667 miles

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1998 Subaru Legacy body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 132009


  • miles


Defective frame on 1998 Subaru Legacy. The consumer stated the brakes and tie rods were replaced. And a alignment was done as well. While driving, the vehicle began to make a rumbling sound, as well a stronger pull to the right when braking. The consumer was able to pull over and upon inspecting the vehicle, he noticed the front left cross-member was severed in the center.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #2

Dec 132009


  • 254,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Subaru Legacy wagon. The driver-side cross member that connects the wheel assembly to the main frame had corroded. The steering wheel also makes a clanging noise when turning and sometimes does not respond. The manufacturer was notified, and he was advised that the warranty expired and there were no recalls on his vehicle. The vehicle was not drivable and it requires a tow truck to be taken to the dealer for repairs. All repairs will be at the owners expense. The failure mileage was 254,000.

- Delmar, NY, USA

problem #1

May 011998

Legacy 4WD

  • miles
Car out of alignment, car pulls to the right even when in alignment. Ride is very rough like something is out of kilter; the transmission doesn't operate smoothly between 2nd and 3rd gear... like hesitation, and acts like there could be something wrong with the gas lines or parts controlling the fuel to car; cup holder is designed so that everything wants to tip out!! it is not deep enough which could be a definite safety hazzard if something hot tips out onto passenger. I previously owned a 1993 Subaru Legacy wagon that also pulled to the right!! and the transmission (standard) was sooooo poorly geared in 1st and snd that it ate tires continually, would not move on snowy or inclined surfaces, and posed a major safety hazzard in wet or snowy conditions, ,, this was a standard, non-AWD model... and the transmission went out on this vehicle at 93,000 miles and Subaru woudl not take responsibility for any of these problems!!! that vehicle was clearly defective as this one is, ,, and none of the corrections they (the dealership) has made have corrected or held so far! as for the gearing.. they say it is the nature of the beast!! as is the pulling, ,, I think I have another Subaru lemon, ,, and I do not want to have the same problems or worse that I had before!!!

- Gettysburg, PA, USA

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