3rd Generation (2000—2004) Legacy Problems

Legacy owners with a 2000—2004 model year have the most problems with the engine (36%), transmission (12%), and the body (8%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Head Gasket Leak 6 complaints at an average of 100,688 miles in the 2003 Subaru Legacy.
  2. Running Roughly 1 complaints at an average of 88,000 miles in the 2002 Subaru Legacy.
  3. Overheating, Head Gasket Leak 1 complaints at an average of 115,000 miles in the 2002 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 2002 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2004 0 8 71 0.0
2003 9 12 77 2.97
2002 5 5 45 3.37
2001 5 8 68 2.61
2000 6 4 41 1.19

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