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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,094 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 engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 012005

Legacy 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles


Leaking head gasket.

- Cortlandt Manor , NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 032003

Legacy 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,374 miles
1) check engine light lit;2) hesitation at dangerous times, especially through turns, occasional backfiring;3) three times in shop for warranty work, replacing air/fuel ratio sensor and reprogramming ECM/ECU/PCM.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #2

Sep 232003


  • 12,000 miles
While driving the vehicle at any speed without warning, the vehicle would stall. The consumer made contact with the dealer.

- Whitehall, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 122003

(reported on)


  • miles
Problems with vehicle's braking system, rear tire, whistling noises coming from door and oil leak. The dealership repaired everything except the wheel. The rear hatch was adjusted for whistling noises, and the brakes were dusted off to repair the brake system. The oil filter was replaced and the seat bolts were tightened to eliminated the seats from moving while driving.

- Arizona City, AZ, USA

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