1998 SUBARU LEGACY VIN: 4S3BD4351W7210571

TBD
Condition
Run & Drive
Damage
Collision
Title
Salvage

VIN 4S3BD4351W7210571 Decoding Subaru Vin Decoder

Error Text

0 - VIN decoded clean. Check Digit (9th position) is correct

Make

SUBARU

Manufacturer Name

FUJI HEAVY INDUSTRIES U.S.A., INC. (C/O SUBARU OF AMERICA)

Model

Legacy

Model Year

1998

Plant City

LAFAYETTE

Series

L

Vehicle Type

PASSENGER CAR

Plant Country

UNITED STATES (USA)

Plant Company Name

SIA

Plant State

INDIANA

Note

Transmission Type: Full-time AWD 4AT

Body Class

Sedan/Saloon

Doors

4

Bed Type

Not Applicable

Cab Type

Not Applicable

Trailer Type Connection

Not Applicable

Trailer Body Type

Not Applicable

Transmission Style

Automated Manual Transmission (AMT)

Transmission Speeds

4

Drive Type

AWD/All-Wheel Drive

Displacement (CC)

2200.0

Displacement (CI)

134.25223700841

Displacement (L)

2.2

Seat Belt Type

Manual

Front Air Bag Locations

1st Row (Driver and Passenger)

Bus Floor Configuration Type

Not Applicable

Bus Type

Not Applicable

Custom Motorcycle Type

Not Applicable

Motorcycle Suspension Type

Not Applicable

Motorcycle Chassis Type

Not Applicable

1998 SUBARU LEGACY Crash Test Score

0

Overall Rating

Overall Front Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Front Driver Side
Front Passenger Side

Side Barrier

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Driver
Rear Passenger

Overall Side Pole Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Rollover Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Rollover Star Rating 4x4
Rollover Star Rating 4x2
Rollover Risk:
0%

1998 SUBARU LEGACY Safety Features

Seat Belts and Head Restraints

Dynamic Head Restraints Not Available
Head Restraint Not Available
Advanced Belt Feature Not Available
Adjustable Upper Belt Anchorage Not Available
Seat Belt Reminder System Not Available

Air Bags

Frontal Air Bag Driver, Front Passenger
Torso Driver, Front Passenger
Knee Not Available
Additional Air Bags Not Available
Meets Side Air Bag Out-of-Position Requirements Not Available

Child Passenger Features

LATCH Locations Not Available
Safety Power Windows (Anti-Pinch) Not Available
Safety Power Windows (Anti-Pinch) locations Not Available

Complaints Assosiated with VIN 4S3BD4351W7210571

Components: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC UNKNOWN OR OTHER

August 13, 1998
NHTSA ID Number: 700093
Consumer Location: CLAYMONT, DE
VIN: 4S3BD4351W7****

Summary of Complaint

BRAKE PEDAL WENT TO FLOOR WHEN APPLIED.DEALER HAS REPLACED LININGS ,FRONT CALIPER,MASTER CYLINDER AND BOOSTER.PROBLEM STILL OCCURED.LUCKY ALL OCCURANCES WERE AT SPEEDS BELOW 25 MPH AND THERE WAS NO ACCIDENT. SPEEDOMETER FAILED INTERNALY AND ODOMETER STARTED TO OPERATE BACKWARD. ACTUAL MILAGE ON CAR IS UNKNOWN.

Components: SUSPENSION

March 15, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11080757
Consumer Location: FALLS CHURCH, VA
VIN: 4S3BK4354X7****

Summary of Complaint

THE WELD THAT ATTACHED THE FRONT RIGHT STRUT ASSEMBLY TO THE BODY COMPLETELY FAILED. THE WHEEL COLLAPSED INTO THE WHEEL WELL. THIS HAPPENED WHILE I BEGINNING TO MAKE A RIGHT TURN. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT MOVING MORE THAN 3-4 MPH. FOR SOME MONTHS BEFORE THE WELD FAILED THERE WAS VIBRATION DURING BRAKING THAT WE COULD NOT DIAGNOSE. I ENDED UP REPLACING THE BRAKE PADS, ROTORS, BRAKE CYLINDERS ON BOTH FRONT WHEELS TO NO AVAIL. I HAVE PICTURES OF THE COLLAPSED WHEEL. I DON'T KNOW HOW TO UPLOAD THE PICTURE. I CAN SEND IT TO AN EMAIL ADDRESS IF YOU WISH.

Components: WHEELS SERVICE BRAKES

June 26, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11004059
Consumer Location: ALVARADO, TX
VIN: 4S3BG6852W7****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 1998 SUBARU LEGACY. WHILE THE BRAKE PEDAL WAS DEPRESSED, THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE BRAKE PEDAL FELT SPONGY. THE CONTACT HEARD A RATTLING NOISE BUT COULD NOT DETERMINE THE ORIGIN. THERE WERE NO WARNING INDICATORS ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC WHO DIAGNOSED THAT THE BRAKE DISCS, BRAKE ROTORS, AND IDLER ARMS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE VEHICLE NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED. THE DEALER AND MANUFACTURER WERE NOT NOTIFIED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 150,000. UPDATED 08/24/17*LJ THE CONSUMER STATED THE VEHICLES SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SOLD GIVEN IT'S BRAKE CONDITION. UPDATED 08/25/2017*JS

Components: SERVICE BRAKES

June 26, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11001583
Consumer Location: ALVARADO, TX
VIN: 4S3BG6852W7****

Summary of Complaint

JUNE 26 2017 I WENT TO HAVE MY FRONT BRAKE PADS REPLACED, BECAUSE THEY FELT SPONGY AND DIFFICULT TO STOP THE VEHICLE. THE MECHANIC TOLD ME I NEEDED TO REPLACE THE BRAKE PADS, ROTORS, AND OUTER TIE RODS ON BOTH ENDS. ALL THESE PARTS WERE DANGEROUSLY WORN PREEXISTING CONDITIONS BEFORE I PURCHASED THE VEHICLE IN DECEMBER 2016. THE BRAKE REPAIR WAS DONE AT: 424 WEST HENDERSON STREET, CLEBURNE, TEXAS 76033. 817 645 7848. ON JUNE 26, 2017 I PURCHASED THE VEHICLE FROM BRAD DEERY HONDA IN IOWA USED, AS IS. SINCE THEN I HAVE HAD TO HAVE NUMEROUS EXPENSIVE REPAIRS. THERE SHOULD BE LAWS TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM DEALERSHIPS THAT SELL VEHICLES THAT ARE UNSAFE AND FALLING APART, AND REFUSING TO HELP PAY REPAIR BILLS. USED VEHICLES DO NOT QUALIFY FOR HELP UNDER THE LEMON LAWS. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF THERE IS SOMETHING I CAN DO TO GET HELP WITH MY REPAIR BILLS ON MY VEHICLE FOR UNSAFE PREEXISTING MECHANICAL CONDITIONS. [XXX] INFORMATION REDACTED PURSUANT TO THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6). *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

January 02, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 10965763
Consumer Location: ALVARADO, TX
VIN: 4S3BG6852W7****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 1998 SUBARU LEGACY. WHILE ATTEMPTING TO DRIVE, THE TRANSMISSION BEGAN TO SMOKE AND THEN UNEXPECTEDLY FAILED. THERE WERE NO WARNING INDICATORS ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 155,025. UPDATED 05/31/17*LJ *AS

Components: SERVICE BRAKES

October 31, 2012
NHTSA ID Number: 10483164
Consumer Location: MORIAH CENTER, NY
VIN: 4S3BK4255W6****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 1998 SUBARU LEGACY. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE HE INSPECTED THE VEHICLE, HE NOTICED THAT THE REAR BRAKE LINES WERE CORRODED DUE TO DEFECTIVE STEEL METAL. THE CONTACT BELIEVED THAT IF THE VEHICLE WAS EQUIPPED WITH BRAKE MASTER CYLINDERS FOR THE REAR AND FRONT, THE VEHICLE COULD BE SAFER. THE VEHICLE HAD ONLY ONE MASTER CYLINDER FOR THE CORRODED REAR BRAKES. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE AND CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 120,000. UPDATD12/14/12*LJ THE CONSUMER STATED THE PROBLEM THAT THERE ARE NO BRAKES ON THE VEHICLE WHEN A REA BRAKE LIKE BREAKS. UPDATED 12/17/2012 *JS

Components: AIR BAGS

February 03, 2012
NHTSA ID Number: 10449775
Consumer Location: HOCKESSIN, DE
VIN: 4S3BD6859W7****

Summary of Complaint

CPSC#I1220374A. 1998 LEGACY SUBARU. CONSUMER STATED THE AIR BAGS FAILED TO DEPLOY IN A FRONTAL COLLISION. *LN

Components: AIR BAGS

October 01, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10359674
Consumer Location: HAMILTON SQUARE, NJ
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

VEHICLE INVOLVED IN A FRONTAL COLLISION WITH A FIRE HYDRANT. THERE WAS SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO THE VEHICLE AND THE HYDRANT DID BREAK AWAY AS DESIGNED. AIR BAG DID NOT DEPLOY. *TR

Components: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

July 16, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10344688
Consumer Location: TAFTVILLE, CT
VIN: 4S3BK4251W6****

Summary of Complaint

FUEL (GASOLINE) FILLER NECK FOR THE 1998 SUBARU LEGACY WAGON RUSTS OUT BECAUSE THE TUBE IS BEHIND A PLASTIC MOLDING THAT ACCUMULATES DIRT, SALT, WATER, AND ROTS THE TUBING CAUSING A CHRONIC LEAK OF GASOLINE POTENTIALLY OVER THE EXHAUST SYSTEM. RECALL AND REPAIR IS NEEDED. *TR

Components: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

March 04, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10313562
Consumer Location: ASHLEY FALLS, MA
VIN: 4S3BD4358T7****

Summary of Complaint

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 1996 SUBARU LEGACY. WHILE PULLING INTO A PARKING SPACE WITH HER FOOT ON THE BRAKE PEDAL, THE VEHICLE SUDDENLY ACCELERATED AND SHE WAS UNABLE TO STOP THE VEHICLE WHICH CAUSED IT TO CRASH INTO A BUILDING. TWO PASSENGERS WERE INJURED. THE INSURANCE COMPANY STATED THAT THE VEHICLE WAS DESTROYED. THE MILEAGE WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

Components: STEERING SUSPENSION SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC STRUCTURE

December 13, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10299229
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

DEFECTIVE FRAME ON 1998 SUBARU LEGACY. *NJ THE CONSUMER STATED THE BRAKES AND TIE RODS WERE REPLACED. AND A ALIGNMENT WAS DONE AS WELL. WHILE DRIVING, THE VEHICLE BEGAN TO MAKE A RUMBLING SOUND, AS WELL A STRONGER PULL TO THE RIGHT WHEN BRAKING. THE CONSUMER WAS ABLE TO PULL OVER AND UPON INSPECTING THE VEHICLE, HE NOTICED THE FRONT LEFT CROSS-MEMBER WAS SEVERED IN THE CENTER. *JB

Components: STRUCTURE

December 13, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10296541
Consumer Location: DELMAR, NY
VIN: 4S3BK4352W6****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 1998 SUBARU LEGACY WAGON. THE DRIVER-SIDE CROSS MEMBER THAT CONNECTS THE WHEEL ASSEMBLY TO THE MAIN FRAME HAD CORRODED. THE STEERING WHEEL ALSO MAKES A CLANGING NOISE WHEN TURNING AND SOMETIMES DOES NOT RESPOND. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED, AND HE WAS ADVISED THAT THE WARRANTY EXPIRED AND THERE WERE NO RECALLS ON HIS VEHICLE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DRIVABLE AND IT REQUIRES A TOW TRUCK TO BE TAKEN TO THE DEALER FOR REPAIRS. ALL REPAIRS WILL BE AT THE OWNERS EXPENSE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 254,000.

Components: LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES

March 03, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10260764
Consumer Location: NORTH TONAWANDA, NY
VIN: 4S3BD4356W7****

Summary of Complaint

IN 2004 MY HOOD LATCH FAILED EMERGENCY LATCH AND HOOD FLEW UP AND CRASHED MY WINDSHIELD. SUBARU SAID THEY FIXED LATCH BUT YESTERDAY 3/3/09 FOR A SECOND TIME MY HOOD CAME UP SMASHING MY WINDSHIELD VIOLENTLY I AM INJURED AGAIN AND TRAUMATIZED AND SUBARU NORTHTOWN COLLISION NEVER TOLD ME OF THIS PROBLEM AND I WAS ALMOST KILLED. THIS IS SO VERY DANGEROUS AND NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT TO PEOPLE'S ATTENTION. *TR

Components: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

December 08, 2008
NHTSA ID Number: 10251040
Consumer Location: BOONE, NC
VIN: 4S3BK4356W6****

Summary of Complaint

FUEL (GASOLINE) FILLER NECK FOR THE 1998 SUBARU LEGACY SW RUSTS OUT BECAUSE THE TUBE IS BEHIND A PLASTIC MOLDING THAT ACCUMULATES DIRT, SALT, WATER, AND ROTS THE TUBING CAUSING A CHRONIC LEAK OF GASOLINE POTENTIALLY OVER THE EXHAUST SYSTEM. RECALL AND REPAIR IS NEEDED.*TR

Components: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

May 23, 2008
NHTSA ID Number: 10228990
Consumer Location: TRAVERSE CITY, MI
VIN: 4S3BK6752W7****

Summary of Complaint

IT SEEMS AFTER 5 MINUTES OF INVESTIGATION THAT THERE IS THOUSANDS OF 1997 TO 2002 SUBARU OWNERS WHO ARE HAVE THE PROBLEM WITH OVER HEATING AND HEAD GASKET REPLACEMENT. SUBARU REFUSES TO ACKNOWLEDGE AN ISSUE OR DESIGN FLAW AND IS MAKING THE CUSTOMER BARE THE COST OF REPAIRING A FAULTY HEAD GASKET PROBLEM. EVEN REPLACING THE HEAD GASKET DOES NOT INSURE THAT THE PROBLEM WILL BE DEALT WITH AND NO FURTHER TROUBLE WILL BE HAD. *TR

Components: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

April 17, 2008
NHTSA ID Number: 10224970
Consumer Location: CHATHAM, NY
VIN: 4S3BK4359W7****

Summary of Complaint

THE FUEL FILLER NECK ON THIS VEHICLE WAS COMPLETELY ROTTED (RUSTED PIPE, PLUS ASSOCIATED HOSES WERE ROTTED) AND REQUIRED REPLACEMENT. *TR

Components: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

February 10, 2008
NHTSA ID Number: 10217567
Consumer Location: WEST ROXBURY, MA
VIN: 4S3BG6854W7****

Summary of Complaint

POORLY DESIGNED GAS FILLER NECK/PIPE HAS CORRODED AND IS LEAKING GASOLINE. THIS IS A MAJOR SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD WITH POTENTIALLY GRAVE CONSEQUENCES. *TR

Components: AIR BAGS

August 27, 2007
NHTSA ID Number: 10207443
Consumer Location: NEW HYDE PARK, NY
VIN: 4S3BG6855W7****

Summary of Complaint

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 1998 SUBARU LEGACY. WHILE DRIVING 45 MPH, THE CONTACT LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND CRASHED INTO A GUARDRAIL. NONE OF THE AIR BAGS DEPLOYED. DURING THE CRASH, THE CONTACT WAS FORCED THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD. THE INSURANCE COMPANY STATED THAT THEY HAD NO FINDINGS REGARDING THE CRASH. THERE WERE NO WARNING LIGHTS PRESENT. THE VEHICLE WAS DESTROYED. A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED. THE CURRENT AND FAILURE MILEAGES WERE 39,000.

Components: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

July 23, 2007
NHTSA ID Number: 10197311
Consumer Location: MENLO PARK, CA
VIN: 4S3BG6850W7****

Summary of Complaint

1 X OVERHEATED ON A HOT DAY, HEADING UP A HILL. NOTICED HIGH TEMP AND TURNED ON HEATER, WAITED FOR CAR TO COOL, ADDED H2O. 2 MONTHS LATER, DRIVING ON A HOT DAY WITH AC ON, SUDDEN CLICKING, CHECK ENGINE LIGHT, LOST POWER, SMOKE, STOPPED. TOWED TO GARAGE THAT SPECIALIZES IN SUBARU AND THEY FOUND HOLE IN HEAD GASKET. REPAIRS TO COST $3K AND THIS IS SOMETHING THEY SEE 2X A WEEK WITH SUBARU VEHICLES. FOUND A WEB SITE WHERE DOZENS OF PEOPLE COMPLAIN OF THE SAME ISSUE OVER THE YEARS. SUBARU APPARENTLY HAS A RECALL ON 1999-2002 VEHICLES, BUT NOT OTHERS WITH THE SAME ISSUE. SUBARU SHOULD BE PAYING FOR THE PARTS ON THIS WIDESPREAD AND KNOWN ISSUE! *TR

Components: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

December 02, 2006
NHTSA ID Number: 10176174
Consumer Location: SEATTLE, WA
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

MY 98 SUBARU LEGACY OUTBACK 2.5 LITER, 144K MILES WAS SPORADICALLY OVERHEATING WHILE DRIVING ON THE HIGHWAY THROUGH A SNOW/RAIN STORM. THE TEMPERATURE GAUGE WOULD GO UP, AND THE CABIN HEATER WOULD START PRODUCING COOL AIR. I PULLED OVER AND LET IT COOL DOWN, FILLED THE RADIATOR BACK UP WITH WATER (IT HAD OVERFLOWED) AND DROVE SLOWLY HOME. WHEN I TOOK IT TO THE MECHANIC, HE SUGGESTED WHEN HEARING THE SYMPTOMS THAT IT WAS A BLOWN HEAD GASKET, AND THAT THIS SUBARU ENGINE WAS NOTORIOUS FOR THIS. HE EVEN SUGGESTED A CLASS ACTION SUIT. AFTER HE CHECKED IT OUT, IT WAS INDEED A BLOWN HEAD GASKET. AFTER SOME WEB RESEARCH ON CAR FORUMS, I FOUND SEVERAL OTHER PEOPLE WITH EXACTLY THE SAME PROBLEM WITH THIS PARTICULAR ENGINE. *NM

Components: SEATS

January 01, 1901
NHTSA ID Number: 10164727
Consumer Location: NEW YORK, NY
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

INQUIRING HOW A GOVERNMENT INITIATED RECALL THE YEAR OF A CAR OR REPLACEMENT PARTS WORKS, INJURED IN A 1998 LEGACY WAGON. *KB THE CONSUMER TRIED TO RECOVER THE ORIGINAL HEAD REST FROM THE VEHICLE, BUT WAS TOLD IT WAS NO LONGER AVAILABLE AND IT WOULD BE REPLACED WITH A MUCH SAFER MODEL. THE CONSUMER LEARNED THAT THE MANUFACTURER UNOFFICIALLY REPLACED THE SEATS AND HEAD RESTS OF HER MAKE AND MODEL BEGINNING WITH THE 1999. *JB *NM

Components: POWER TRAIN VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

July 06, 2006
NHTSA ID Number: 10161771
Consumer Location: SYRACUSE, NY
VIN: 4S3BD4352X7****

Summary of Complaint

THE SPEEDOMETER ON MY 1999 SUBARU LEGACY L SEDAN STOPS WORKING AT RANDOM INTERVALS. MY MECHANIC TELLS ME THAT THIS IS CONNECTED TO THE ALSO FAULTY TRANSMISSION AND IS NOT JUST A MINOR SPEED SENSOR PROBLEM. SUBARU DENIES ANY KNOWLEDGE OF THESE PROBLEMS BUT I HAVE RESEARCHED AND FOUND MANY, MANY 1999 SUBARU OWNERS WITH THE EXACT SAME PROBLEMS. THE 1999'S HAD A NEW TRANSMISSION THAT IS VERY FLAWED AND WAS CHANGED AGAIN BEFORE THE 2000 RELEASE BECAUSE OF SO MANY PROBLEMS. THIS IS THE SECOND 1999 SUBARU LEGACY I HAVE BOUGHT IN THE PAST 3 MONTHS WITH THIS VERY SAME PROBLEM (I ASSUMED THE FIRST WAS A FLUKE AND THE DEALER TOOK THE CAR BACK). THE CAR HAS 96,000 MILES AND SHOULD NOT NEED A COMPLETE TRANSMISSION OVERHAUL AT THIS POINT. I BELIEVE THAT SUBARU IS VERY AWARE OF THESE FAULTS BUT DOESN'T WANT TO FACE THE REPERCUSSIONS OF A CAMPAIGN OR RECALL. I IMPLORE YOU TO LOOK INTO THIS. THESE FAULTY TRANSMISSIONS AND THEIR ASSOCIATED FAILURES(SPEEDOMETER, ETC) ARE A DANGER TO ALL OWNERS. IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE OF SUBARU TO RELEASE AN ENTIRE MODEL YEAR THAT HAS SO MANY EXPENSIVE PROBLEMS TO FIX. *NM

Components: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE EQUIPMENT

May 16, 2006
NHTSA ID Number: 10157671
Consumer Location: NEW BALTIMORE, NY
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

GASOLINE FUEL FILLER PIPE LEAKING AND CAUSES DANGEROUS GASOLINE FUMES TO FILL CAR AND SURROUNDING AREA CREATING A FIRE AND EXPLOSION HAZARD. THIS IS ON A 1998 SUBARU OUTBACK. *NM

Components: SEATS

August 20, 2001
NHTSA ID Number: 10151997
Consumer Location: NEW YORK, NY
VIN: 4S3BG6857W7****

Summary of Complaint

MY CAR (SUBARU LEGACY LIMITED) WAS STOPPED AND HIT FROM BEHIND. *JB

Components: POWER TRAIN

January 13, 2004
NHTSA ID Number: 10151393
Consumer Location: ASHEVILLE, NC
VIN: 4S3BG6859W7****

Summary of Complaint

DEALERSHIP SERVICE TECHNICIAN INDICATED THE REAR AXLE WAS COMING LOOSE FROM THE REAR DIFFERENTIAL, RECOMMENDED REPLACEMENT. DEALERSHIP REPLACED REAR AXLE SEALS. DEALERSHIP INDICATED PROBLEM WAS CAUSED BY VEHICLE BEING SUSPENDED BY DIFFERENTIAL AND RESULTING DOWNWARD STRAIN ON AXLES. THIS HAS NOT OCCURED WHILE WE HAVE OWNED THIS CAR (APPROX. 3 YEARS). THE FRONT AXLE SEALS WERE REPLACED IN A RECALL ON 7/18/03. *NM

Components: LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES

November 24, 2004
NHTSA ID Number: 10146497
Consumer Location: GLENWOOD, IL
VIN: 4S3BG6857W7****

Summary of Complaint

1998 SUBARU LEGACY HOOD LATCH FAILED IN HIGH WINDS. *TS *JB

Components: AIR BAGS

December 12, 2005
NHTSA ID Number: 10145680
Consumer Location: KELLER, TX
VIN: JF1SF6558WH****

Summary of Complaint

1998 SUBARU FORESTER (S) HAS AIRBAG WARNING LIGHT ON AND OFF. AIRBAGS HAVE NEVER BEEN DEPLOYED, AND THIS CREATES A SAFETY INTEGRITY ISSUE, SINCE ONE CANNOT TELL IF THE BAGS ARE GOOD OR NOT. MANUFACTURER MAY HAVE HINTED AT FREQUENT FAILURE OF THIS PART. *JB

Components: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

November 08, 2005
NHTSA ID Number: 10142194
Consumer Location: HUDSON, ME
VIN: 4S3BG6853W6****

Summary of Complaint

DT: THE CONTACT STATES WHEN FILLING UP THE VEHICLE THE FUEL FILLER PIPE LEAKS OUT HALF A TANK OF GAS. ALSO, WHILE DRIVING IT WILL LEAK GAS. HE CONTACTED A LOCAL DEALERSHIP, AND THEY SAID THERE WAS NO RECALL ON THIS VEHICLE AT THIS TIME.*AK

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

September 21, 2005
NHTSA ID Number: 10137350
Consumer Location: RALEIGH, NC
VIN: 4S3BG6850W7****

Summary of Complaint

KEY DIDN'T COME OUT OF IGNITION SWITCH. SHIFT LOCK CONTROL MODULE HAD TO BE REPLACED. *NM

Components: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

April 15, 2005
NHTSA ID Number: 10127383
Consumer Location: HARPERS FERRY, WV
VIN: 4S3BD6753W7****

Summary of Complaint

CAR OVERHEATED, TOOK TO DEALERSHIP. CALLED NEXT DAY AND INFORMED THE HEAD GASKET WAS BLOWN. AFTER DISCUSSING, THEY SAID THEY HAD TO REPLACE BOTH HEAD GASKETS. KNOWING ABOUT CARS, THIS SEEMED STRANGE TO ME THAT BOTH WERE BLOWN AT SAME TIME - IT WAS AT THIS TIME THAT DEALERSHIP POINTED OUT TO ME THAT SUBARU IS HAVING PROBLEMS WITH HEAD GASKETS AND THAT THIS IS NOT AN USUSUAL PROBLEM. REPLACEMENT COST WAS $2200.

Components: POWER TRAIN EQUIPMENT

June 28, 2005
NHTSA ID Number: 10127015
Consumer Location: HOUSTON, TX
VIN: 4S3BG6859W6****

Summary of Complaint

I HAVE A 1998 SUBARU LEGACY OUTBACK WITH MANUAL TRANSMISSION. WHEN IT GETS HOT (I LIVE IN HOUSTON!!!) THE CLUTCH PEDAL WILL GET SPONGY AND EVENTUALLY STICK TO THE FLOOR. I HAVE TO LIFT IT UP WITH MY FOOT. IF I HAVE TO DRIVE THE CAR FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME LIKE THIS, I EVENTUALLY LOSE THE ABILITY TO GET THE CAR IN AND OUT OF GEAR. I HAVE TO TURN THE CAR OFF AND LET IT COOL OFF (FOR ABOUT AN HOUR) AND IT WILL FIX ITSELF. I HAVE HAD TO SIT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, WITH MY KIDS IN THE CAR, WAITING FOR IT TO COOL DOWN! IT FIRST HAPPENED IN 1999. SUBARU TRIED TO FIX IT BY REPLACING MOST OF THE CLUTCH (THE PRESSURE PLATE, FLY WHEEL, SLAVE AND MASTER CYLINDER). THEY PRESSURE AND GRAVITY BLED THE SYSTEM. I WAS THERE ALMOST EVERY WEEK FOR MONTHS. THEY WOULD TRY ONE THING AND WHEN IT DIDN'T WORK, THEY WOULD REPLACE ANOTHER PART OR TRY SOMETHING ELSE. EVENTUALLY, WINTER SHOWED UP AND IT DIDN'T HAPPEN FOR A WHILE. THEY THOUGHT THEY HAD FIXED THE PROBLEM. THEN SUMMER CAME AGAIN AND SO DID THE PROBLEM. I TOOK THE CAR BACK IN, BUT SINCE IT WAS OUT OF WARRANTY, SUBARU REFUSED TO FIX IT UNLESS I PAID FOR IT. SUBARU HAS SINCE ISSUED A SERVICE BULLETIN (#03-52-03) REGARDING THIS ISSUE, BUT SUBARU REFUSES TO FIX THE PROBLEM, STATING THERE ARE TOO MANY MILES ON MY CAR (77,000) AND IT IS OUT OF WARRANTY. I CONTEND, THEY NEVER FIXED THE PROBLEM IN THE FIRST PLACE AND IT IS NOT MY FAULT THAT IT TOOK THEM FIVE YEARS TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO IT. I DO NOT HAVE ANY OF THE ORIGINAL PARTS. SUBARU SAID THEY HAD TO KEEP THEM AS PART OF THEIR WARRANTY PLAN.

Components: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

December 13, 2004
NHTSA ID Number: 10103692
Consumer Location: SEATTLE, WA
VIN: 4S3BG6851W7****

Summary of Complaint

CONSUMER NOTICED THAT THE TEMPERATURE GAUGE WAS REGISTERING HOT ON THE DASHBOARD WHILE DRIVING. CONSUMER WAS ABLE TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE, AND DROVE IT TO THE DEALER. MECHANIC DETERMINED THAT THE HEAD GASKET BLEW OUT AND NEEDED REPLACEMENT. *AK......IT WAS NECESSARY TO TEAR DOWN THE ENGINE AND REPLACE ALL THE GASKETS/HOSES/RADIATOR/WATER PUMP/THERMOSTAT, AS WELL AS THE COOLANT AND OIL. FROM JANUARY 2004 TO SEPTEMBER 2004, SUBARU REPLACED 13 HEAD GASKETS ON OUTBACKS, AND VINTAGES FROM 1996-1998, AND A MILEAGE FROM 60,000 MILES-90,000 MILES. THIS REPRESENTED A SERIOUS MANUFACTING DEFECT, IT SHOULD BE ADDRESSED BY THE MANUFACTURER WITH A RECALL NOTICE. *AK

Components: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

April 16, 2004
NHTSA ID Number: 10099441
Consumer Location: SANTA FE, NM
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

WHILE DRIVING 75 MPH VEHICLE STALLED. CONSUMER WAS NOT ABLE TO RESTART THE VEHICLE, AND IT WAS TOWED TO THE DEALER FOR INSPECTION. MECHANIC DETERMINED THAT THE ENGINE NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. *AK

Components: STEERING ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

July 15, 2004
NHTSA ID Number: 10089113
Consumer Location: PLYMOUTH, MN
VIN: 4S3BG6853W7****

Summary of Complaint

CONSUMER REQUEST FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR ALL REPAIRS EXPENSES FOR 1998 SUBARU LEGACY.*MR DURING REGULAR MAINTENANCE THE DEALER DETERMINED THAT HE VEHICLE'S STEERING CENTER DIFFERENTIAL NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE'S CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ILLUMINATED. THE DEALER REPLACED THE IGNITION COIL. SINCE THE VEHICLE ONLY HAS 38,000 MILES THE CONSUMER FEELS SUBARU SHOULD REIMBURSE HIM FOR THE COST OF THE REPAIRS. *NM

Components: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

July 23, 2004
NHTSA ID Number: 10087521
Consumer Location: OAKLAND, CA
VIN: 4S3BG6856W7****

Summary of Complaint

WHILE DRIVING 60 MPH VEHICLE STALLED. CONSUMER WAS UNABLE TO RESTART VEHICLE. IT WAS TOWED TO A GARAGE FOR INSPECTION, AND MECHANIC DETERMINED THAT THE HEAD GASKET NEEDED TO BE REPLACED DUE TO A BLOW OUT. *AK UPDATED 02/24/06

Components: POWER TRAIN

August 03, 2004
NHTSA ID Number: 10087206
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

TRANSMISSION WAS DEFECTIVE. WHEN DRIVING ON THE HIGHWAY AND AFTER THE VEHICLE WAS RUNNING FOR A WHILE LOWER GEARS IN TRANSMISSION WILL NOT GO INTO GEAR. WHEN VEHICLE COOLED OFF FOR A PERIOD OF TIME THE VEHICLE RAN WELL. CONSUMER TOOK THE VEHICLE TO THE DEALERSHIP, AND WAS TOLD THAT AFTER THE VEHICLE WAS TEST DRIVEN THERE WAS NO PROBLEM. HOWEVER, AFTER CONSUMER DROVE THE VEHICLE AGAIN , WHILE THE VEHICLE WAS HOT, THE SAME PROBLEM OCCURRED. ALREADY, TRANSMISSION WAS REPLACED 3 TIMES, BUT PROBLEM RECURRED.*AK

Components: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

November 01, 2003
NHTSA ID Number: 10079131
Consumer Location: COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
VIN: 4S3BD6757W7****

Summary of Complaint

OIL LEAKING FROM OIL PUMP. THE LEAKING OIL COMES IN CONTACT WITH THE HEADER AND BURNS. *JB

Components: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

February 02, 2004
NHTSA ID Number: 10073575
Consumer Location: GRAND JUNCTION, MI
VIN: 4S3BG6853W7****

Summary of Complaint

VEHICLE WAS LEAKING ANT FREEZE, WHICH WAS SPLASHING ALL OVER THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT. THIS RESULTED IN THE TEMPERATURE GAUGE READING HOT. THIS OCCURRED BECAUSE THE HEAD GASKET BLEW OUT, AND WAS REPLACED. *AK

Components: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

January 01, 2004
NHTSA ID Number: 10061225
Consumer Location: SOUTH SALEM, NY
VIN: 4S3BD6751W6****

Summary of Complaint

COOLANT LEAKED FROM THE ENGINE HEAD GASKET. THE CONSUMER TOOK THE VEHICLE TO DEALER, AND THEY REPLACED THE GASKET HEAD/GAS, AND HOLES. *AK *JB

Components: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

February 23, 2004
NHTSA ID Number: 10060570
Consumer Location: STRATFORD, CT
VIN: 4S3BD4353W7****

Summary of Complaint

VEHICLE REQUIRES REPLACEMENT OF HEAD GASKETS, AS PART OF THE ENGINE COOLANT SYSTEM. ORIGINAL SERVICE COMPLAINT WAS THE " CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON". AFTER THREE DAYS AT DEALER SERVICE, IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE HEAD GASKETS NEEDED REPLACEMENT FOR THE COST OF $ 2,700.00. BECAUSE THE ENGINE HAS TO BE REMOVED TO ACCESS THE GASKETS. LABOR WILL INVOLVE 3 DAYS. THE DEALER HAS ADMITTED THAT THIS IS A DESIGN PROBLEM WITH THE SUBARU AND MODELS FROM 1999 WILL BE COVERED. I FEEL THE COST IS EXCESSIVE BECAUSE OF A DESIGN DEFECT. I AM WILL TO PAY BUT NOT $ 2,700.00. I WAS EXPECTING $ 400-$500 DOLLARS. FOR A $ 20.00 DOLLAR SEAL! WHILE NOT A SAFETY DEFECT; IT CERTAINLY IS A DESIGN DEFECT! *JB

SUBARU LEGACY Sold

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2002 SUBARU LEGACY Collision Run & Drive
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2002 SUBARU LEGACY Collision Run & Drive
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2002 SUBARU LEGACY Collision Run & Drive
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