Subaru Legacy Outback Repair and Maintenance

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

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.

Front engine oil leaks can develop from the camshaft seal and the crankshaft front seal. If one or more seals require replacement, it may be wise to consider replacing the timing belt as well. These seals are commonly inspected and replaced as needed as part of a timing belt service.

See more problems 5

Subaru Legacy Outback Questions

HI:

I'm looking to help a friend swap out a bad 5-speed for a used one.

What year range donor cars can I pick from?

99 only? 96-99? 99- 06?

Thanks and let me know

Cat senor code

Doing front end work to 1998 Subaru Legacy/Outback Limited-2.5 cyc., and found several recalls one being front suspension and it would be pointless to do all this major $$$ project w/out the recall honored.

See more questions 86

Subaru Legacy Outback Reviews

This car is a good, solid car. It easily handles virtually any road condition, the brakes are excellent, and has good gas mileage. It also can carry a large load for a car. The cupholders are flimsy, and the sparkplugs are hard to reach; but this is a car that I recommend to anyone looking for a good, non-expensive car.

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

My main problem with this model is an oil leak. It was minor at first, but now leaks a lot. I've been told it is from the front head gasket. I keep check on oil level but it does not take additional oil. What is this? Mileage is low. I am wondering if there will be a sudden collapse of the engine! Otherwise, I have enjoyed the ride.

See more reviews 10