2008 Subaru Legacy drivetrain NHTSA complaints: Power Train

NHTSA — Power Train Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,750 miles

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2008 Subaru Legacy drivetrain problems

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2008 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 222015


  • 111,500 miles


The oil cooler disintegrated during a trip without any warning, no lights or anything. According to the mechanic who did the repairs, when it disintegrated, it destroyed the transmission. The car slowed down, but continued to crawl along at about 20 mph, so that we could reach help. This resulted in a $3800 repair, stranding us 1,000 miles from home and resulting in several weeks of missed work.

- Union Springs, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 072011

Legacy 4-cyl

  • miles
This problem has been occurring for a long time now. I am finally reporting this after giving up on Subaru and its service network. Car exhibits surge and dip in acceleration at constant throttle, especially at lower speeds. Taking foot off throttle also causes surge when gently applying the brakes; this happens when the transmission downshifts to a lower gear. Also, the change from 2nd-3rd gear is very abrupt; the engine rpms rise by 200 in between shifts and then slams into 3rd gear. It happens every time. Dealer either says that it cannot be reproduced, or that it is normal. Another problem with the car is that it almost stalls when starting off from standstill and in intelligent mode. These problems are not acceptable from a car that is certified pre-owned. This might be my first and last Subaru.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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