1997 Subaru Legacy Outback Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Subaru Legacy Outback

1997 Subaru Legacy Outback Problems

A failure in the anti-lock brake system (ABS) causes the ABS pump to continuously run, which will eventually wear down the battery. An improved ABS relay is available to solve the problem.

The head gasket has a high failure rate due to cooling system problems. Subaru is aware of the problem and has extended the warranty to 8 years/100k miles on many vehicles.

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1997 Subaru Legacy Outback Questions

1997 Subaru Legacy Outback Wagon 2.5L made in march! Well I was driving and the car was its normal self! I was at at red light and was flipping a you turn.. All of the sudden my car started shaking and lost all the power .. Kinda like it was running out of gas it would burly drive... I went strai...

ABS Light remains on the dashboard. What does it mean? Can the Anti-Lock Braking System be fixed on a 1997 Subaru Legacy Outback Wagon? How much does it cost in parts and labor? What are the possible reasons for the ABS Light to remain on on the dashboard?

Clutch was replaced last year after it failed (the release fork was cracked). Pedal is just as stiff as it was with the old clutch. Also, the clutch release point on the pedal gets lower & lower as the vehicle warms up. No external fluid leak. Is it maybe an internal leak in the master? Thanks.

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1997 Subaru Legacy Outback Reviews

WE CAN CONFIRM THAT THIS IS ONE OF THE BETTER AUTOS WE HAVE EVER OWNED IN THE 50 YEARS WE HAVE BEEN DRIVING WE WOULD BUY ANOTHER ONE

I own a 1997 emerald Subaru Outback with 207,000+ miles. Four years ago, It needed a valve job for $2,300. Now, it needs a ring job. I very much like this car. It has served me well. I will probably have to sell it because the ring job is $4,000, the value of the car. And then I'll buy another 97' or newer. Am I being realistic? Thanks. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I use my Subie for work and I have never felt as safe in any other car. Granted, I have had to sink some money into her to keep her running but it was absolutely worth it!

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