1st Generation (1990—1994) Legacy Problems

This generations ranks 5th out of 36 Subaru generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (53%), electrical (13%), and the body (6%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Knocking Noise 1 complaints at an average of 35,000 miles in the 1994 Subaru Legacy.
  2. Window Trim Peeling Badly 1 complaints at an average of 15,000 miles in the 1994 Subaru Legacy.
  3. Leaking Oil 2 complaints at an average of 116,601 miles in the 1993 Subaru Legacy.

What Legacy Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Subaru model years.

Watch out for the 1994 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1994 4 0 4 2.21
1993 6 1 5 0.66
1992 2 2 4 0.43
1991 1 3 4 0.16
1990 2 4 4 0.14

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