really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
77,485 miles

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2002 Subaru Legacy cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2002 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #3

May 102010


  • 126,955 miles


Car had been parked for 2 1/2 days. On cold start it made a horrible noise, check engine light came on and car died. I towed it to an auto repair shop. They said noise was internal motor noise. I authorized R&R of the oil pan and the found the #3 rod bearing spun. This vehicle has never been abused nor neglected and I have service records showing every service done on time. All oil changes were done every 3500 miles. Also.. at 92K miles my car developed a head gasket leak. Subaru has a warranty extension for 99-2002 Subaru Legacy headgaskets up to 8 years or 100,000 miles. Subaru declined coverage on my vehicle due to VIN # being outside of VIN # group they had extended.

- Auburn, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 152008


  • 40,000 miles
Engine began leaking coolant at an accelerated level. Online research yielded a campaign for repairs that extends the warranty of the known issue. The wwp-99 campaign coverage was denied by the manufacturer.

- Juneau, AK, USA

problem #1

Mar 272006

Legacy 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,501 miles
Coolant leak. Dealer unsuccessfully attempted to seal. Dealer replaced one of two head gaskets($1328). Dealer denied any recall. Found Subaru service program wwp-99 on internet, same model year, engine and problem. Dealer and Subaru are denying any responsibility saying car not included in VIN range.

- Carnelian Bay, CA, USA

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