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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
173,000 miles

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2005 Subaru Legacy suspension problems

suspension problem

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2005 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 232015


  • 202,000 miles


2005 Subaru Legacy with 202,000 miles had a failure of the right lower control arm due to excessive corrosion. The car had a current safety inspection for pa where it was being driven at the time of the failure. The failure caused loss of control of the vehicle and it skidded off the road to a stop. There is currently a NHTSA recall campaign ( number: 11V464000 ) for this very problem but not for this vehicle model. The lower control arm on the Legacy was not manufactured by fiji heavy industries usa, Inc, according to Subaru and that is why it was not part of this recall campaign. However, the failure on our 2005 Subaru Legacy was due to excessive corrosion as we live in the "salt belt". when being repaired at the dealership we were told the left lower control arm had excessive corrosion and we had them replaced it along with the failed right lower control arm.

- Gibsonia, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 232015


  • 202,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Subaru Legacy. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph, the passenger side lower control arm fractured. The failure recurred on one occasion. The vehicle was taken to dealer where it was diagnosed that the lower control arm needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in the NHTSA campaign number: 11V464000 (suspension). The approximate failure mileage was 202,000.

- Gibsonia, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 242015

Legacy 4-cyl

  • 178,000 miles
Veh. Was traveling at approx. 25mph up a low incline on slushy paved 2 lane surface. Veh. Broke traction spun sideways and travelled sideways into brush and striking a tree in the driver. Side front fender (side impact). Drivers head struck and broke drvrs. Door window. Drvr. Sustained several facial lacerations requiring plastic surgery and resulting in probable scarring. Front seat passenger sustained right leg injury resulting in severe bruising and swelling. Both were treated in an emergency room and released. Veh. Is equipped with side curtain airbags which did not deploy. If deployed, the drvr. Side airbag would have prevented the drvrs. Injuries.

- Wyoming, RI, USA

problem #1

Jul 312011


  • 110,000 miles
Front axle failure, right axle broke and both had to be replaced as the left was close to failing.

- Piffard, NY, USA

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