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Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
33,776 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace head gaskets (2 reports)
2003 Subaru Legacy engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 202004

Legacy L H4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles


Sitting at a stoplight during the winter, after owning the car for one month, and steam began pouring out from under the hood.

I called Subaru who told me to drive it home and then drive it to the dealer the next day. I took it in, pulled in at the service bay, as the steam rolled. They knew exactly what the problem was. Subaru had the car for a week rebuilding the engine and provided a rental. The car was fine after the repair.

- , Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #1

Nov 212012

Legacy L 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,052 miles

I purchased this car new in 2003 and had to have the head gaskets replaced by the dealer (for $1800) in August 2009 with only 47,855 miles on the odometer. In November 2012 the same dealer said the head gaskets needed to be replaced again after only 16,197 additional miles. The car had been serviced regularly by the dealer.

No more Subaru's for me!

- , York, PA, USA

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