4th Generation (2005—2009) Legacy Problems

This generations ranks 21st out of 36 Subaru generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (41%), wheels (9%), and the drivetrain (6%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Failure 6 complaints at an average of 71,520 miles in the 2009 Subaru Legacy.
  2. Clutch Failed 1 complaints at an average of 48,748 miles in the 2005 Subaru Legacy.
  3. Blown Head Gaskets 2 complaints at an average of 132,103 miles in the 2005 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 2009 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2009 10 9 56 7.94
2008 9 5 64 5.39
2007 4 5 62 0.89
2006 8 3 73 3.41
2005 12 5 124 5.89

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