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1998 Subaru Legacy

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1998 Subaru Legacy Problems

Brakes -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

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.

1998 Subaru Legacy Recalls (Recent)

Brakes, June 7, 1999

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM (ABS). (THE 1999 2.2 LITER LEGACY VEHICLES ARE EXCLUDED). IN EXTREMELY COLD WEATHER, THE BRAKE PEDAL GOES TO THE FLOOR AND THE VEHICLE STOPPING DISTANCE IS INCREASED.

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Drive Train, June 15, 1998

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS. DUE TO POOR WELDS, IGNITION KEYS CAN STICK, SHIFT LEVERS/LINKAGES CAN BREAK AND SHIFT LEVERS CAN MOVE.

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Electrical & Lights, November 15, 2000

Summary: THIS IS NOT A SAFETY RECALL IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SAFETY ACT. HOWEVER, IT IS DEEMED A SAFETY IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN BY THE AGENCY. VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. SOME OF THESE VEHICLES HAVE AN ALTERNATOR PROBLEM THAT CAN RESULT IN A LOSS OF CHARGING CAPABILITY.

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Engine, September 15, 1998

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES, ALSO SERVICE PARTS SUPPLIED TO SUBARU DEALERS ARE INVOLVED (LOT NUMBERS F01 J21D2, F01 J30D2, F02 J09D1, F02 J09D2, AND F02 J20D1). THE PUROLATOR OIL FILTER CANS USED ON THESE VEHICLES CAN FRACTURE CAUSING A VAPORIZED OIL SPRAY AND SUBSEQUENT OIL LEAK.

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Suspension & Steering, September 18, 2001

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH FRONT COIL SPRINGS ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KENTUCKY, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, NEW HAMPSHIRE, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA, AND WISCONSIN, AND IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. THE FRONT COIL SPRINGS WERE PRODUCED WITH POOR PAINT QUALITY WHICH, AFTER CONTINUED EXPOSURE TO CORROSIVE SALT, CAN RESULT IN BREAKAGE OF THE SPRING.

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1998 Subaru Legacy Questions and Answers

lisalisa, 1998 Subaru Legacy, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, East Greenville, PA

My 1998 Subaru Legacy requires a jump every time it rains. This car has never died in nice weather, but the morning after a rain storm, I always have to jump it to get it to start. Hazard lights,...

jaydoll, 1998 Subaru Legacy, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, Hartford, CT

Hi,
facing the engine, where is the anti knock sensor located on the 2.5 liter?

Also, is there a way to test?measure resistance, etc?

Thanks, in advance.
Jon G

jaydoll, 1998 Subaru Legacy, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, Hartford, CT

hi autotechpat,

Thanks for your speedy response. How do you get access? Can you get at it by removing the alt and Power steering pump? Please don't tell me that I have to remove the inta...

jaydoll, 1998 Subaru Legacy, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, Hartford, CT

Many thanks Autotechpat,

Right where you said. Engine is pinging under load and the code said knock sensor.

If you don't mind a general question for you- this engine with approx 147K has ...

jaydoll, 1998 Subaru Legacy, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, Hartford, CT

Autotechpat,

THe noise goes away after a few minutes of warm up or driving. If it was a bearing would you expect to see lower pressure if I put a gage on oil pressue guage on it?

I am guessing ...

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1998 Subaru Legacy Reviews

I've had to replace a head gasket once and then decided to buy a crate engine when appleway subaru decided that since I was 2,000 miles over my 15,000 mile warranty when they installed the wrong head gasket! There are 3 different types of head gaskets for this year. I love how the car handles and rips through the snow but I personally will probably never buy another 98. I'm beginning to have problems with my electrical that has been nothing but a head ache. Love the car hate the problems

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