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#10827 of 10838 Re: 2008 Legacy 2.5 i limited quality issues [lotus37]
Nov 26, 2012 (9:52 am)
A few of the things are just what they are.
Paint chips - that's just par for the course. Paint nowadays is not as durable as it once was, and experience will differ based on road and traffic conditions from one day to the next.
Headlights? Yours might need some realignment, but the "sharp cutoff" is an artifact of projector-style headlights. Your visibility wouldn't necessarily be better with non-projector headlights, but you wouldn't notice the transition as much.
Windshield - I feel your pain. For what it's worth, though, the '08 glass was more durable than later offerings! It's tough to get good glass now, and even the best stuff can crack with the right chip.
Interior squeaks, rattles. Yep, that's what makes a Subaru, a Subaru.
The other stuff:
Wheel bearings - documentation is pretty stout with premature failures here. Frustrating that it took them 13K miles to fix it, but at least you documented it early. That could make a difference as you near the ext. warranty end (too bad you didn't go with zero deductible!).
Boot failure - happens. Like with paint and glass, you can't really compare one situation to the next, as there may have been debris that contacted the part or some other condition not present in a past example that hastened this one's demise. That said, I would have insisted on axle replacement under warranty for exactly the reasons you specified. Had it been out of warranty, I wouldn't be opposed to a fly-by-night boot replacement to extend the life of the axle a little before having to replace the whole thing. The axle joints don't generally fail by themselves - the boot fails first, followed by joint failure under accelerated wear conditions.
Brakes - can't help you there. I've also had four Subaru vehicles, and the brakes have worked great on all of them. If yours really does travel "all the way to the floor," then, as you and I both know, they're not working correctly.
TMPS failure. I'd count myself fortunate! Put regular stems in there and never look back! Seriously, though, with that sort of nanny stuff, I'd expect it to last as long as there's warranty on the car. So, if corrosion was the excuse, then that's pretty flimsy.
Feb 23, 2013 (10:43 am)
Do you think these problems are going to continue i had a subaru iimpreza air condition was gone after two years didn't replace I had oil leaks cost a plenty i takee excellent car of my cars I had a reciept for everything done all those years finaaly it needed a repair that costs 500.00 I was done so I bough a mazda 3 cute care but I really miss my subaru and hope to buy one by next year. I sold that car for 1000.00 would not come done tolpeole
i'll just kep it they fixed it it's so cute I really miss it
#10829 of 10838 Re: subaru legacy [sandikbj]
Feb 23, 2013 (4:10 pm)
$500 is not an expensive repair nowadays.
My buddy needed brakes and tires at 21k miles on his Range Rover Sport and it was over $2k!
#10830 of 10838 Re: 2008 Legacy 2.5 i limited quality issues [xwesx]
Feb 24, 2013 (7:32 am)
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!
#10831 of 10838 Re: 2008 Legacy 2.5 i limited quality issues [lotus37]
Feb 25, 2013 (9:07 am)
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.
#10832 of 10838 Re: 2008 Legacy 2.5 i limited quality issues [lotus37]
Feb 25, 2013 (7:35 pm)
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
#10833 of 10838 Re: 2008 Legacy 2.5 i limited quality issues [ohassen]
Feb 26, 2013 (4:40 am)
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.
#10834 of 10838 Low tire pressure light
Sep 07, 2013 (2:34 pm)
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!!
#10835 of 10838 Re: Low tire pressure light [idearequest]
Sep 08, 2013 (12:16 pm)
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?
#10836 of 10838 Re: Low tire pressure light [saedave]
Sep 08, 2013 (12:29 pm)
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!