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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,066 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.

2001 Subaru Legacy wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2001 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #5

May 282010


  • 100,331 miles


Blow out with complete detachment of tire tread from wheel at 50 mph; car crashed into stone wall; air bags deployed; fire in forward part of engine compartment put out by fire company; fire company comment that looked like tire failure; tires had only ~2000 miles on them; no injuries; only one car involved; police filed a report; car is a total loss; I have the tire tread which detached from the wheel and is a complete, single circular piece; about 1 inch of tire rubber remained attached to each rim of the wheel.

- Ashland, VA, USA

problem #4

Jun 282005

Legacy 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear passenger side Bridgestone potenza RE950 205/55R16 91 H blew out for no apparent reason. Mileage on tire was 25000. No crash or injury. Must replace tire prematurely since tread wear was good.

- Downingtown, PA, USA

problem #3

Dec 182003


  • 35,000 miles
All four tires were replaced 3 times within 35,000 miles due to premature wear. The tires were replaced with different model tires, but failure recurred.

- Washingtonville, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 112002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Bridgestone potenza 205/60R15----the tire went flat while turning a corner with no prior warning--this tire was not repairable & was replaced----second incident occured with 17944 miles on the car however it was the new tire on the same wheel-right rear--it blewout with only 2058 miles on the tire--there was no warning--it blewout, shredded & made black smoke while driving 70mph

- Fulton, MD, USA

problem #1

Dec 272001

Legacy 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
P225/60R16, original equipment, 6000 miles, mounted on a 2001, Subaru, Legacy outback. After traveling at 30mph tire had a blowout on outerwall of tire. Contacted dealer, and dealer waas not willing to do anything.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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