definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,368 miles

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2003 Subaru Legacy transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 062006

Legacy 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,524 miles


I own a 2003 Subaru Legacy sedan. As I pick up speed you can hear an increasing wind noise coming from around the front 2 windows. At speeds of 65 mph and above it gets really bad and it starts sounding like a ref blowing his whistle. I take many trips on the interstate and it get really bad and it gets worse if the wind is blowing. This is the only problem I had other than the transmission hesitating and shifting hard upon starting off in drive. Other than these 2 problems in is a great car.

- Valdosta, GA, USA

problem #3

Jun 242004

Legacy 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,800 miles
When accelerating at any speed hesitates for a couple of seconds. The manufacturer indicated that the problem could not be fixed because it was a characteristic of the vehicle. The consumer feels that this problem will cause damage to the engine and transmission over time.

- Jamestown, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 022004

Legacy 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,100 miles
Automatic transmission slipping, engine surging while in gear.

- Kenilworth, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jan 022003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
When the recall was performed on the transmission, the dealer broke the transmission pan bolt, which caused fluid to leak out, consumer stated transmission may have internal damage.

- Kenilworth, NJ, USA

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