2010 Subaru Legacy suspension NHTSA complaints: Suspension

NHTSA — Suspension Problems


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,721 miles

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2010 Subaru Legacy suspension problems

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2010 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 012011


  • 25,000 miles


Steering column and seat vibrates at speeds greater than 60 miles/hour.

- Stewartstown, PA, USA

problem #4

Jan 202010

Legacy 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
We purchased the car new, December, 2009. Dealer is over an hour drive from home in another state. Car is pampered and kept in garage when not being used. Just in a couple months developed a pronounced thump in the rear under the car. Intermittent, and there is a feel of the car vibrating or shimmying, if very slightly at the same time. We back out of driveway into street turning wheel to left, straighten, drive forward 80 feet to the stop sign. Accelerate and turn to the right, there is a thump from under the rear of the car. Next stop to the right it doesn't do it. Only at the next turn to the left does it make the same thump. We took everything possible that might roll, out of the car, and it still does it. Cannot seem to duplicate at the dealer. The first service we expressed concern, they looked at it and said they tightened a bushing. They have had the car 4 times since for other issues of rattles and noises, a couple recalls for defective hose and wiring and recently blue-tooth failure which we are still going around with them. They replaced sound deadening in the doors because it harmoniously vibrated at the pitch of scraping finger nails on the chalkboard, and give me the deer in the headlight look when I mention the first service and the term, bushing. When I take coworkers out to lunch, they say, what was that noise (thump), so I know I'm not imagining it. My concern is that something in the suspension is shifting back and forth, side to side, and something is going to fail, causing loss of control or death. Makes me afraid to drive car. 14 months of ownership and we only have 8,650 miles on the car, so it's not like we abuse it.

- Warrenton, OR, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Apr 272010


  • 6,700 miles
Shimmy in steering prevalent at highway speeds, dealer claims to be unaware of any issues in 2010 Legacy models. Affects highway steering.

- Lincoln, RI, USA

problem #1

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

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