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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
251,500 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.

2002 Subaru Legacy electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 192014


  • 400,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Subaru Legacy. The contact stated that after the engine was shut off, the external lights remained illuminated. The contact attempted to turn the light switch off. However, the light remained on causing the battery to die. The battery was removed from the vehicle in order for the lights to shut off. The problem recurred multiple times. The vehicle was not taken to a mechanic for a diagnosis. The vehicle was no repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 400,000.

- White Sulphur Springs, WV, USA

problem #1

Mar 132012


  • 103,000 miles
The contact owned a 2002 Subaru Legacy. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, smoke emitted from the front driver side door panel and the door caught on fire. The contact maneuvered to the shoulder and notified the fire department. The fire department appeared on the scene to extinguish the fire. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an independent repair shop. The failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 103,000.

- Rowley, MA, USA

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