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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,000 miles

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2005 Subaru Legacy transmission problems

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2005 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 012008


  • 72,000 miles


Transmission popped out of gear number five on highway and stripped the teeth off the gear. Had to get the transmission rebuilt now 4th gear is grinding.

- Poughquag, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 012004

Legacy 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 4,000 miles
I have a 2005 Subaru Legacy GT manual transmission sedan. Thus far I have had several issues with the car. 1) engine stuttering: This problem normally occurs when starting from a dead stop, or when shifting from 1st to 2nd gear. The engine will pause, or stutter, or hesitate, and cause the car to slightly "jump". this occurs under low acceleration as well as high acceleration. 2) clutch stink: The problem is especially notable when going uphill from a dead stop. When the clutch slips, it causes a very acrid smell, like something is burning. This issue also occurs when in rush hour traffic. 3) clutch squeak: When pressing on the clutch, especially after the car has been driven for 5-10 minutes, the clutch will begin to squeak, and cause reverberations that can be felt on the brake pedal as well. The car was brought into the dealer who verified the issue. The entire clutch assembly was replaced without fixing the issue. Then the clutch spring was replaced, and that made the squeak go away for a while, but has since returned. 4) weak windshield: Over the course of normal driving on highways, the windshield has received numerous small chips from debris. Several of these have caused cracks that have had to be filled in.

- Berkeley, CA, USA

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