definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,418 miles

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2006 Subaru Legacy engine problems

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2006 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 052008


  • 29,000 miles


I have an 06 Subaru Legacy GT.at my 30,000mile checkup the report states good except the rear brake pads & rotors which is rated; may require follow up attention.the rear rotors were machined. At 37,778 miles the radio was replaced due to it shorting out. At this mileage my coolant cap is no longer holding pressure & has to be replaced. At 44,542miles, the invoice says replace rear brakes as only the brake pads were replaced & the rear rotors were machined 6,000miles ago. At 47,560 miles fourth gear is grinding.the invoice states; found low/dirty manual transmission fluid.the transmission fluid was changed at 30,000miles & the fluid levels are to be checked at every visit which was last at 47,478 miles.transmission fluid was replaced.at 47,560 miles; found rear brake rotors warped excessively.this was not mentioned at 44,542miles when the rear brake pads were replaced. The rear brake rotors were resurfaced at this time again; as the front rotors were to thin & were replaced. From 3-5-08 when the last major inspection was done the front rotors were marked;may require follow up attention.on 4-17-08 the rotors are too thin and need to be replaced.at 50,129 miles the wheel bearings were replaced.the leaking inner axle seals was unnoticed by the technician until I mentioned it. The invoice states;the technician found the front inner axle seals leaking. Found knocking noise coming from both front axles caused by lack of grease due to leaking boots. The axle boots were replaced. At 53,455 miles found front rotors warped, resurfaced front rotors as they were just replaced at 47,560 miles. The clutch feels that it is not working properly, fourth gear is grinding again & is difficult to get into gear.when shifting at times, clutch will be completely disengaged and vehicle revs to 5000+rpms for no reason.I picked my vehicle up to take to my transmission specialist for a 2nd opinion; the hood wasn't closed, it was only latched.

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #1

Jun 242008


  • 37,837 miles
On June 24, 2008 my 06 Subaru Legacy lgt wagon suffered a serious engine failure. My oil pickup tube completely sheared off from the engine block due to a design flaw. Apparently this is a known problem with these pickup tubes for the Subaru Legacy & impreza models. I called the dealership to report my oil light was flashing, and I was told by the dealership rep "to drive it in and they will check it out". I asked again are you sure its ok to drive and was told yes. Later that day I called the dealer and asked what was going on and was told "my car would not be able to be looked at today but I could come get it and bring it in tomorrow". I again asked what was wrong and was told "they pulled a couple of cam timing codes but the car was ok to drive". then 20 minutes later the dealer called me and said "we have to put you in a loaner car because we drove your car into the shop checked your oil level which was fine, but when we tested your oil pressure we found it to be zero so the car is not drivable, and if I did I would blow the motor". I explained to the rep again but what about me being told to drive it in here. Again was told "don't worry your car can go sometime without oil because of the new oils today & the way engines are built". without an oil pickup tube your engine has no oil pressure, in some severe cases the only indication that there was a problem is your oil light will flash then boom you blew your engine. The dealership insists "my engine is fine and it can run without oil pressure for sometime without causing any damage". every mechanic I talk to states your engine can not last with out oil, and it has caused harm to the engine or components of my engine. Subaru did replace the part under warranty but now I am left with a damage motor no extra added insurance. Subaru refusing to either rebuild my current motor or put a new one in. Please someone help my car is only two years old with 37000 miles on it. Sincerely, desperate

- Goffstown, NH, USA

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