2008 Subaru Legacy engine NHTSA complaints: Vehicle Speed Control

NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,036 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 192015


  • miles


My 2008 Subaru Legacy 2.5 I, has a problem with the drive-by-wire. When I start the car after driving it just fine, the car gas pedal will no accelerate. This happens in motion or stationary. The car just revs up to 2200 RPM's. this can also happen when your driving. The car check engine light and cruise control light flashes. The car will not accelerate.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #4

Oct 112012


  • miles
This has been happening for several weeks. When driving with my foot on the accelerator and when I take my foot off and start to brake, there is a slight acceleration just as I start applying the brake. It happens quite often and I had gotten used to it but one day when I was a passenger and my wife was driving and noticed it. The next time I drove it, I noticed it. It seems to be doing it most of the time. It may be a precursor to unintended acceleration.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #3

Jul 032012

Legacy 4-cyl

  • 69,181 miles
My wife was gradually pulling out of a drive up window at a bank, where there is @ 30 feet before she got to the road and the car immediately accelerated at a high rate of speed, needing to slam on the brakes with all her strength, sliding sideways into the road. The accelerating discontinued when she slammed on the brakes. She then had to put the car in reverse to get out of oncoming traffic. She then drove home @ 1mile and is afraid to drive the car again. I checked and the floor mats are not in the way of the accelerated (they are fastened to the floor). I did not see anything else that would bind the accelerator.

- Belchertown, MA, USA

problem #2

Apr 302011

Legacy 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
On Saturday, April 30th, I was turning around in a driveway, when all of the sudden my car took off. I had no time to react, except to try to use my brake. What stopped me was hitting a tree. My car is a 2008 Subaru Legacy with over $5,000 in damages. The police investigated and I was not cited. When I returned home, I looked on the internet to see if acceleration problems were common in Subaru's. I did find that foresters has problems; but I also found that some Legacy's also has acceleration problems, in particular I found a 2008 Subaru Legacy with this problem. I reported my findings to my insurance company and to Subaru. Subaru did not get back to me; my insurance company gave me your website to file a complaint. My logic is, why should I or my insurance company pay for something that was out of my control and was the fault of the car. Evidently, there are no recalls for Subaru's for this problem. I just hope it does not happen again - next time I might not be as lucky.

- Middletown, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 162009

Legacy 4-cyl

  • 11,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Legacy. While approaching a stop light at a speed of approximately 20 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated and crashed into the rear end of another vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The dealer could not duplicate the failure. The dealer repaired the structure body of the vehicle. The weather was not a factor. The approximate failure mileage was 11,000. The approximate current mileage was 11,000. Updated 07/09/10. Updated 07/13/10.

- Cambridge, MA, USA

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