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Subaru Legacy/Outback 2005+



  • rob_mrob_m Somewhere North of BostonPosts: 795
    FWIW - I have a 2005 Legacy GT LTD that has now crossed 130k. Honestly, one of the better Subies I have owned this one being number 5 out of 6.

    Some of the things are know issues - ie: wheelbearings, and some of the things are wear and tear.

    Paint? Yeah - the front of mine is chipped and looks like it has been sandblasted with rocks. I do live in New England and commute in some of the worst weather.

    Windshield - replaced when hit by a rock from a newly paved highway. Chipped it a week later on the same spot. FWIW - every Subaru I have owned has had a windshield replaced at least once.

    Brakes and Tires - two sets, not bad for the mileage. And depending where you live, the aluminum rims are suspect to leakage. I have had all four tires popped off and re-sealed, along with the stems because the road salt got into the beads.

    Other repairs - various sensors, intake manifold gasket and wiper motor totaling about $1200.00 out of pocket after the 100k warrantee was over.

    Yes, my seat creaks and my dashboard squeaks, but given total cost of ownership over the years - and the enjoyment this car gives me, the car is worth every cent!
  • winter2winter2 Posts: 1,796
    As to the CV joint boots a spray of silicone several times a year does the job. We just got rid of my wife's 1998 Chrysler Concorde and the boots never broke or tore.

    We have a 2010 Mercury Milan and it gets the same treatment. Also have a 2013 Outback 2.5i Premium. Very good brakes with a firm pedal and little travel. CVT whines under acceleration but I was told that this behavior is normal. Fairly good on gas but I was not expecting Prius like fuel economy either.

    Body panels fit together nicely and the gaps are within 1mm of each other.
  • ohassenohassen Posts: 2
    edited February 2013
    I have a 2006 Legacy 2.5i Sedan. Bought less than a year ago (Apr 2012 @ 85,000mi). I heard nothing but good about Subaru's but shame on me for not doing more research. I basically have/had issues 2, 8, 9, 11 + persistent alignment issues. And I hate that I have to replace all 4 tires when I lose one. Already had to do that once after a flat tire.

    I've driven a 98 Accord for the past 5 years b4 it (245K mi & still running :). Passed it down to lil bro. I'm used to the low maint Hondas and Toyotas. Pretty pissed off at this Legacy and can't wait to get rid of it. The problem is that I'm reading that Hondas and Toyotas have been making crap lately :(
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I have a Sienna and my wife drives a Forester, no significant difference in maintenance costs for us. She actually gets free oil changes from the dealer so the Toyota is more work. The oil filter is the cartridge type and it is much more work vs the spin off kind Subaru uses.

    Heck, the new Fb25 engines Subaru has puts the filter at the top of the engine so it would be no comparison. Also 7500 miles vs 5000 interval for the Sienna.
  • idearequestidearequest San Mateo, CAPosts: 10
    Hi, My tires are not more than a couple of years old. Today, the low tire pressure light flashed a few times. After car had cooled down a couple of hours (hot day here), the tires all read 34. I've read that it could be a sensor or that it could be a battery in the tire pressure gauge system. Any thoughts? Thanks so much!!
  • saedavesaedave Chicago, ILPosts: 683
    There may not be anything wrong. Radio transmitters or other interference used to activate my sensors(s) at particular locations on some local roads. When and where does it happen?
  • idearequestidearequest San Mateo, CAPosts: 10
    Thanks very much for responding. So far, it just happened yesterday. It was a very warm day and I'd been doing a couple of stop and go errands. It didn't happen today, so I'll keep an eye on it for now. Thanks again!
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    They do have batteries, so that's a possibility. My car's (!) light came on while I was on my recent trip, and I suspect it was due to the hot road temperatures! The combination of high ambient temps (>90F), 70 mph speeds, and scorching sun on blacktop boosted the tire pressure over the upper limit for the sensors... perhaps?

    The first time it occurred, I had just pulled off the blacktop and onto a small, washed out dirt path for a little off-roading adventure to an abandoned bridge near the highway, so I thought maybe I had picked up something in a tire (and was none too happy with myself), but after stopping and inspecting, the tires were all fine (rears were still at 45 PSI, right where I set them).

    I started out again, and, after ten minutes on the highway at 70, the light re-illuminated. After that, it recurred the same way any time we were on the open highway in 90+ heat.
  • idearequestidearequest San Mateo, CAPosts: 10
    Thanks for your response. It hasn't happened again to me yet, but when I have my next oil change, they'll check. Interesting that you see a clear pattern with yours.
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