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.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: A relatively dependable vehicle that handles well in bad weather, but increasing concerns about turbo failure in the GT probably means you should look elsewhere if you want a car with a little pep in its step.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,427 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.

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2005 Subaru Legacy wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2005 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 032009

Legacy 4-cyl

  • miles


When having new tires placed on the car there was so much corrosion on the wheels and brake housing the service person had to break off the chunks of rust to get the tires off. This happens every time the tires are changed. They advise each time that this not known to happen on a newer car. At the time that this was found there was a recall for cars in other states for this problem but when I called Subaru about this I was told that the recall did not extend to our state. The mechanic I take my car to said it is just a matter of time until the wheels will fall off due to failure from the corrosion.

- Cle Elum, WA, USA

problem #5

Aug 022013

Legacy 4-cyl

  • 60,254 miles
The right rear wheel bearing started making noise indicating it was failing. The left rear wheel bearing failed at ~ 42,000 miles a couple of years ago. Subaru indicated these should last 80,000 miles. Your parts selection won't let me enter wheel bearing.

- University Heights, OH, USA

problem #4

Mar 152012


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Subaru Legacy. While parked, the contact noticed that one of the rear passenger wheel lug nut bolts had sheered away from the wheel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for routine maintenance. The mechanic stated that the rear passenger side wheel was loose and the rear driver side wheel lug nut bolt was also fractured. The rear passenger side wheel lug nut bolt was replaced. The rear driver side lug nut bolt was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Flandreau, SD, USA

problem #3

Dec 142010

Legacy 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


With good all-season tires, the car began "swimming", fish-tailing on snow-packed roads. At slower speeds it still felt like we had a flat tire. Dealer checked the car and said nothing was wrong, that they had never had such a complaint before and that it needed good snow tires. After $500+ in snow tires it, again, handled badly on slippery roads. The dealer's insistence that there was nothing wrong prompted me to sell the vehicle and leave Subaru (having owned 3). It's a sad day when a dealer prefers to see a client dead than address the problem. Good bye Subaru.

- Taylorsville, UT, USA

problem #2

Jul 032009


  • 68,000 miles
Front wheel bearing failure.

- Kirkland, WA, USA

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problem #1

Oct 072005

Legacy 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,308 miles
Right front wheel broke. Cast wheel. Found tire and rim 30 feet ahead of vehicle after crash due to loss of control. Vehicle spun, entered culvert facing opposite direction and impacted tree causing it to roll twice. Vehicle totaled. Geice insurance has possession of vehicle but will leave intact for another 30 days. Have pictures, broken rim and part of spoke. We've purchased a Subaru forrester with Subaru giving us a customer loyalty rebate. There is little doubt in our minds that this casting was defective and may cause many more serious accidents with death or injury. We we're frankly lucky. Pictures and comments can be viewed at

- Whiting, ME, USA

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