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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,546 miles

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2005 Subaru Legacy engine problems

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2005 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 192011

Legacy 4-cyl

  • 66,000 miles


I was driving at the speed limit. I heard noises start to come from under the hood of the car, and the car lost power. As soon as I safely could, I pulled over and parked the car. I had it towed to a dealership for repair. The dealership diagnosed the problem as a failed turbocharger. It replaced the turbocharger and returned the car to me. It took the dealer four days to return the car to me. Approximately 150 miles later, I experienced the same symptoms. I drove straight to a dealership just a mile or two from where I was located, by coincidence, at the onset of this second problem. This second dealership diagnosed the problem: The replacement turbocharger failed. In addition, the engine was now damaged. Now the entire engine, including yet another turbocharger, is being replaced, along with other ancillary parts. The dealer has had the car for four days thus far.

- Troy, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 122006

Legacy 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,165 miles
: the contact stated while driving the vehicle was hit on the front passenger side, near the bumper and wheel. The other vehicle impacted the vehicle at 40 mph. The airbags did not deploy and the engine did not shut off. The manufacturer determined due to the angle of impact the airbags should not deploy. The contact was wearing a seatbelt, but sustained whiplash. There was a police report taken at the scene. The vehicle was towed to the dealership.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

Oct 102004

Legacy 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 20 miles
At different throttle inputs there is an engine stutter/stumble. This failure is dangerous because it happens often when accelerating. Subaru denies this is a global problem for early production vehicle as does the dealer. There are many posts about this problem at including an apparent fix/logic upgrade. Subaru claims that the logic upgrade can only be applied when there is an engine light. Numerous vehicle owners have had the fix done without an engine light and they have seen an improvement. Something needs to be done before someone is killed due to this stutter happening during at the wrong time.

- Merrick, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 012004

Legacy 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
My 2005 Subaru impreza WRX sti has been losing oil at a rate of ~2 qts per 1000 miles since the day it was purchased with 37 miles. I have taken it in to a Subaru dealership seven times. The dealership can not find the source of the problem, though, after two oil consumption tests, they can confirm that the car loses oil at an abnormal rate.

- Cary, NC, USA

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