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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,750 miles

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2005 Subaru Legacy engine problems

engine problem

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2005 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 292006

Legacy 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles


Immediately following heavy rain storms, my 2005 Subaru Legacy wagon had problems starting and running. The engine 'stutters' or 'misfires' until the battery is disconnected and left for approximately 10 minutes, then reconnected. I have taken the car in to the Subaru dealer on approximately four occasions for this problem, where ECU codes have been cleared, and I have been informed that the problem was solved. It invariably returns with the next rainstorm. I am concerned that this problem could emerge while driving in rainy conditions, leading to an immediate loss of power and control of the vehicle.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #1

Oct 012005

Legacy 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 500 miles
Abrupt acceleration and hesitation. This is a widely known issue with 2005-2006 Subaru Legacy GT's.

- Phelpston, On, Canada, 00, USA

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