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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,750 miles

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2005 Subaru Legacy brakes problems

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2005 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 082016


  • 129,500 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Subaru Legacy. While operating the vehicle, the brake sensor suddenly illuminated. Moments later, the bakes failed and the brake pedal extended to the floor. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake lines positioned above the fuel tank were corroded and caused the brake fluid to leak out. The contact was informed by the dealer that the vehicle was previously serviced per NHTSA campaign number: 04V274000 (service brakes). The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 129,500.

- Amhurst, MA, USA

problem #5

Jul 062016


  • 58,000 miles
There was a recall issued for my car for brake lines that would rust if they were not protected. I went to a dealer to have the recall performed and 6 months later the brake like had already busted. The lines were never inspected!! the recall info is 13V-110 the car was moving and I was coming to a stop when the brakes gave out on me!

- Horseheads, NY, USA

problem #4

Dec 262014


  • 169,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Subaru Legacy. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to be serviced under NHTSA campaign id number: 14V311000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The technician informed that prior to the recall repair the the rear suspension, the rear passenger spring, both rear lateral links, and the rear suspension subframe needed to be repaired due to corrosion and build up. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 169,000.

- Orrington , ME, USA

problem #3

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 #2

May 012013

Legacy 4-cyl

  • 96,002 miles
My car door power door locks stopped working, rear wiper stopped working, rear brake lights and running lights stopped working, also radio stopped working. Upon investigation I found that the wiring harness on both sides of my rear lift gate had torn and shorted out. This is a dangerous shortcoming on this car, the wires are so short and placed under constant tension that they rip themselves apart.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 042013


  • 110,000 miles
The rear hatch of my Subaru Legacy wagon - the electrical wires supplying the rear brakes, hatch lock, and rear window wiper are being cut by the hatch opening and closing. Loss of rear brake lights, rear wiper function, and rear hatch locking mechanism all effected by the poor routing of these electrical wires through an accordion style boot. Very dangerous issue with regard to multiple safety concerns.

- Latrobe, PA, USA

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