2010 Subaru Legacy steering NHTSA complaints: Steering

NHTSA — Steering Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,849 miles

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2010 Subaru Legacy steering problems

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2010 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #11

Nov 142012

Legacy 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles


Vibrations occur when exceeding 50 mph. These vibrations extend to the steering wheel, floor, and driver and passenger seats and increase as speeds becoming enhanced in speeds over 70mph. No accidents and regular dealer service. Have had multiple balances, alignments and 2 new sets of tires to no avail. Car presently in dealer repair for greater than 8 weeks trying to fix problem. I was informed that the entire front suspension needed to be replaced.

- Millstone Township, NJ, USA

problem #10

Dec 022013

Legacy 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
There are very noticeable vibrations on that can be felt through steering wheel, floor, and driver and passenger seats. Vibrations start to appear at the speeds approaching 60 M/hr; they increase exponentially and by 75 miles/hour they border on violent. The aliment and wheel balance were checked and determined not be an issue. The car was never in the accident and was serviced regularly. The dealer failed to determine cause of the problem.

- Davis, CA, USA

problem #9

Jan 292014

Legacy 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
I drove car and parked it. The next day I noticed when turning corners it was hard to steer, no power steering. It is not that noticeable while rounding slight curves in the road. The power steering fluid level is fine. I parked it in my garage thinking perhaps the extreme cold conditions was a factor. After parked in garage overnight, it initially handled fine, drove 19 miles and parked it. Drove it and it suddenly recurred. Called dealer and has never heard of the problem.

- South Kortright, NY, USA

problem #8

Sep 012011


  • 12,500 miles


Between 60-75 mph there is a strong vibration on the steering wheel. Numerous people have this problem with the Legacys and outbacks.

- Glendlae, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 072011

Legacy 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
Very bad vibration in steering wheel and front end in speeds in excess of 40mph. Many other Subaru Legacy owners are also experiencing this. The wheel shakes and requires numerous and frequent adjustments as it vibrates constantly. This has been ongoing for almost 2 years with no know fix from Subaru.

- Howell, NJ, USA

problem #6

Aug 152010


  • 80 miles
2010 Subaru Legacy - has a vibration in steering wheel and in seat - gone back dealership 2 times already, once for a road force balance didn't work, 2nd time new tires, new steering dampener, suspension shim, wheel alignment and still have a vibration. Now their seems to a little play in steering at high speeds on turns since steering dampener was replaced.. there is a tsb about this issue fix from Subaru doesn't seem to work.

- Vernon, NJ, USA

problem #5

Aug 052010


  • 824 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Subaru Legacy. While driving approximately 60 mph the steering wheel began to violently vibrate and turn to the left and right. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they decreased the psi on the tires. The failure continued to recur while driving above 60 mph. The vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer where various repairs were performed. The failure continued to recur. She also stated that while driving at approximately 40 mph she applied pressure to the brake pedal and heard two clicking noises. The vehicle experienced an increased stopping distance and when she released the pressure from the brake pedal she again heard two clicking noises. The vehicle was again taken to the authorized dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure. It was not repaired. The failures continue to recur. The failure mileage was 824 and the current mileage was 1,894.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #4

Jul 052010


  • 4,900 miles
Own 2010 Subaru Legacy. In last month 3times had a problem ;the steering gets stuck engine light goes on, car comes to automatic stop B/C the engine quits. All these happened when car was in motion at law speed.

- Komoka, 00, USA

problem #3

Apr 052010


  • 1,200 miles
Car sways right to left at highway speeds of 55mph or more. Vibration in steering column present at any speed greater than 45mph but worse in 5th and 6th gears of mt. Steering feels unreliable. Car will deviate from intended path. Alignment has been checked, dealer has road force balanced tires and replaced a dampening spring in steering column. No change in either sway or vibration.

- Christiana, TN, USA

problem #2

Apr 192010


  • 825 miles
The steering sway wobble shimmy at highway speeds is still present. With vdc off it is substantially less sway feeling and steering correction. If you drive straight, you will have to continually correct the steering to overcome to above. About 800 miles I now get a vibration you can feel in the steering wheel. It feels unsafe. Other dangerous cvt occurrences are: - in 'd' the car surges occasionally when stopped, like an unintended acceleration surge. Scary, feels like the car is going to take off and feels unsafe. - while driving in cvt manual mode, lets say 2nd gear into a highway exit curve and you let off of the gas pedal, car continues at same speed and RPM!!!!! does not reduce RPM or speed until you hit the brake. Scary if you drive on a straight road and let off of the gas pedal car will reduce RPM and speed. -sometimes if your stopped and go to turn the wheel before you release the brake, engine will raise RPM quite a bit causing surge in power. Scary!

- Kenilworth, NJ, USA

problem #1

Apr 022010


  • 10 miles
Vehicle unsafe to operate at highway speeds. When driving car does not drive straight, shifting left to right continuously.

- Kenilworth, NJ, USA

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