2nd Generation (1995—1999) Legacy Problems

This generations ranks 8th out of 36 Subaru generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the cooling system (35%), engine (23%), and the transmission (23%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Trannsmission Failure 2 complaints at an average of 137,500 miles in the 1998 Subaru Legacy.
  2. Overheating Due to Bad Head Gasket Design 2 complaints at an average of 138,500 miles in the 1999 Subaru Legacy.
  3. Lurching 1 complaints at an average of 68,000 miles in the 1999 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 1999 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1999 10 3 26 2.5
1998 5 5 14 1.39
1997 1 6 26 0.31
1996 0 4 21 0.0
1995 1 2 19 0.19

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