Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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2002 Subaru Legacy transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 302002

Legacy 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles


I have a 2002 Legacy GT with manual 5-spd transmission. The vehicle frequently stalls or hesitates in first gear. I am an experienced driver of manual-transmission vehicles, and other drivers have confirmed that the car is easily stalled in first gear. I have heard other Subaru drivers complain about this defect, particularly on npr's "car talk" program. This issue poses a real safety hazard when accelerating into highway traffic.

- Chester, NY, USA

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