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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
122,000 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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2000 Subaru Legacy electrical problems

electrical problem

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2000 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 092013


  • 225,000 miles


Driving to work car running for approximately 20 min. The window control switch inside the driver side door smoked and quickly caught fire. I immediately slowed down and pulled over to the right shoulder and turned off the card. I opened the door and stepped out. Within a few seconds the panel on the car door also caught fire and starting melting. I had beach towel in the back of the car, and tried to smother the fire with the towel, but quickly decided the fire was too large, growing too quickly and was actually inside the door. I gave up on the towel, and in last ditch effort to the save the car I grabbed, and tore off the plastic door panel and threw it to ground. Some of the melted plastic from the door panel did get on my hands, and I received several burns to my fingers that required medical attention. I was then able to extinguish the remaining fire. The car is currently at a body shop for repair. The damage to the car appears to be limited to the driver's side door.

- Mount Sinai, NY, USA

problem #4

Nov 192012


  • 154,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Subaru Legacy GT AWD. The contact stated that he noticed that the vehicle was on fire. The contact believed that the fire started from the rear passenger side door. There was a police report filed for the incident. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure and current mileage was 154,000.

- Belen, NM, USA

problem #3

Jul 112012


  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns 2000 Subaru Legacy outback. The contact stated that while driving, the radio stopped functioning on its own and the gauges on the instrument panel were changing uncontrollably. The anti lock braking system warning light and check engine warning light were illuminated. The gauges then stopped working. The contact stopped the vehicle and shifted into park. The contact was then unable to shift out of park. The contact was also unable to remove the key from the ignition. The vehicle was not taken to a repair shop or dealer for inspection. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileages were 111,000.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #2

Jul 142004

Legacy 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles
Intermittently, while driving the consumer experienced electrical system failure. The radio, followed by the windshield wiper and the exterior auto. The outside mirrors failed to function. The dealership has pulled the steering column apart and checked the fuse and wiring for moisture, but no moisture was found. A diagnostic test was also performed. No failure were codes found.

- Pleasantville, PA, USA

problem #1

May 202004


  • miles
Vehicle stopped during normal driving and there was a lost of power steering and braking. The vehicle stopped during the dealers test drive, but they were unable to find the problem. The dealer stated that this problem pointed towards a knock sensor air flow sensor, or possibly an electronic control unit.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

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