1997 Subaru Legacy Outback Repair and Maintenance

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

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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A few days ago my rear passinger side brakes started making a very loud noise-sort of a grinding. The noise would continue for quite awhile after the brake was off & I was driving. Ive been advised by a friend who test drove it that its probably just a rock stuck in my brakes?

I bought a 1997 Subaru Outback 1 year ago while my son was temporarily home - so I don't have any repair or service records. It's got about 120k on it
He came home and said it was running poorly.(He got it home.) When I tried to start it it would crank easily but not start.(Battery is OK...

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...

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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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