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1998 Subaru Legacy drivetrain problems

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1998 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 112000

Legacy 4WD

  • miles


Comments from the dealers invoice: 671 miles: Checked for oil leak, found fluid leaking from power steering rack. Removed and reinstalled rack assembly.671 miles: I complained about smell in vents. Advised it was power steering fluid leaking onto exhaust. 944miles: Oil leaking from engine down onto exhaust. Found leak at top of engine on the right side near rear oil galley plug. Disassemble engine complete down to short block. Replace short block and all necessary gaskets and seals. Reassemble engine. 944 miles: I complained about smell in vents. This time told it was burning oil getting into vents before engine repair.6195 miles,03/27/98: Complained about smell in vents. Dash assembly disassembled, cleaned, reassembled. 7173 miles: Complained about smell in vents. Working with zexel rep. On A/C system located leak at evaporator cooling unit. Remove and replace receiver drier and A/C compressor. Reassemble. 8009 miles: I complained that the check engine light stayed on while driving. Told possible that fuel tank cap was not on tight. 10185miles 08/06/98: I complained check engine light still stays on: Found rear 0-2 sensor to have slow response times. Remove and reinstall rear 0-2 sensor. 8485 miles complained of burning smell from under hood. Told inner axle boot leaking. Inner axle cv boot grease in front replaced. 29901miles: Recall campaign wxq74 master cylinder. Perform wxq-74 and install label. 39150 miles: Complained about rattling noise from rear axle. Checked rear differential, heard pinion bearing to be noisy. Replaced rear differential. Warranty expired. 45330 miles: My altenator failed. I was towed 15 miles to the dealership, at a cost of $140 dollars, and paid $294.35 dollars to have it replaced. At the time I was informed that there was an open recall on both 1996 and 1997 altenators but nothing on the 1998's. last week I got a letter from Subaru informing me that some 1998's may require altenator replacements.

- Sonoma, CA, USA

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