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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,515 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Subaru Legacy steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 152004


  • 37,546 miles


Consumer request for reimbursement for all repairs expenses for 1998 Subaru Legacy. During regular maintenance the dealer determined that he vehicle's steering center differential needed to be replaced. The vehicle's check engine light illuminated. The dealer replaced the ignition coil. Since the vehicle only has 38,000 miles the consumer feels Subaru should reimburse him for the cost of the repairs.

- Plymouth, MN, USA

problem #2

Dec 042001

(reported on)

Legacy 4WD

  • miles
Over sensitive knock sensor, causes acceleration hesitation. It's been a known problem for years (see tsbs 115899 & 115398), but almost caused a serious and potentially fatal accident last weekend.

- Galena, OH, USA

problem #1

Dec 011997

Legacy 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Lubrication in front steering leaks onto exhaust system, causing fumes to enter cabin air.

- Santa Barb, CA, USA

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