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#4810944 - 07/11/18 06:22 AM 2015 Subaru Legacy: Reliability?
klt1986 Offline


Registered: 04/08/09
Posts: 393
Loc: Southern VA
My wife is looking at a 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium. Car has just under 36k miles and has spent its 3 years in Tennessee and Virginia, so rust/corrosion should not be an issue. Any issues with that year model Legacy, engine, or drivetrain I should be aware of?
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#4810964 - 07/11/18 07:12 AM Re: 2015 Subaru Legacy: Reliability? [Re: klt1986]
Rand Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
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possible oil burning from the low tension rings.

CVT- one of the better cvt out there but no long term reliability yet.
its the chain "puller" type vs the band "pusher" type used in others.
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#4810982 - 07/11/18 07:32 AM Re: 2015 Subaru Legacy: Reliability? [Re: klt1986]
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I hate to break it to ya but Being from Tennessee and VA doesn't mean it won't be a rust bucket! I just moved from VA and I can assure you they heavily use the brine solutions on the roads in winter which destroys vehicles twice as fast as standard road salt!

Subaru's seem very prone to rust anyway but I doubt a 2015 is too bad yet...

Anyway, we have any 08 Legacy GT and love it, awesome little car with plenty of pep, but be warned, maintenance on them costs a good bit more than your average Honda or Toyota. I put Subaru in with VW/Audi on maintenance costs but much more reliable!
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#4810985 - 07/11/18 07:37 AM Re: 2015 Subaru Legacy: Reliability? [Re: klt1986]
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I believe that 2015 was a complete redesign of the Legacy. And they're always a Consumer Reports recommended model. Sure, first year glitches are always present.
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#4811004 - 07/11/18 08:06 AM Re: 2015 Subaru Legacy: Reliability? [Re: racin4ds]
KCJeep Offline


Registered: 06/30/11
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Originally Posted By: racin4ds


Anyway, we have any 08 Legacy GT and love it, awesome little car with plenty of pep, but be warned, maintenance on them costs a good bit more than your average Honda or Toyota. I put Subaru in with VW/Audi on maintenance costs but much more less reliable!



Fixed it for ya! laugh

Seriously not surprised you are happy with your 08, but Subaru quality seems to have gone down the toilet. We have 5 or maybe 6 at work (well did have) all 16's and 17's, and they have been so problematic we already traded two off at 30k miles when we originally planned to keep them for 100k.
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#4811020 - 07/11/18 08:31 AM Re: 2015 Subaru Legacy: Reliability? [Re: klt1986]
IndyIan Offline


Registered: 09/23/08
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
2015 is the last year of subaru extending the CVT warranty out to 100k miles or 10 years. I believe they were having trouble with the torque converter lockup with the 2.5 cvt's, but they will fix any issue with the CVT in the new warranty period.
Might actually be a good thing if you don't use up the miles in 10 years, but I'd also use it as bargaining chip if you still want the car.
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#4811024 - 07/11/18 08:33 AM Re: 2015 Subaru Legacy: Reliability? [Re: racin4ds]
Miller88 Offline


Registered: 04/09/08
Posts: 12753
Loc: Onondaga County
Good cars. Subaru seems to have figured out the CVT before Nissan. The engine may burn oil, but that's more common on the manuals that tend to scream at 3000+ on the highway. That should have the newer FB engine if it's a 4 cylinder - no timing belt / water pump at 100K miles. Also not prone to head gasket issues.

Originally Posted By: racin4ds
I hate to break it to ya but Being from Tennessee and VA doesn't mean it won't be a rust bucket! I just moved from VA and I can assure you they heavily use the brine solutions on the roads in winter which destroys vehicles twice as fast as standard road salt!

Subaru's seem very prone to rust anyway but I doubt a 2015 is too bad yet...

Anyway, we have any 08 Legacy GT and love it, awesome little car with plenty of pep, but be warned, maintenance on them costs a good bit more than your average Honda or Toyota. I put Subaru in with VW/Audi on maintenance costs but much more reliable!



That's true. I did a marathon trip to Asheville NC and back and was surprised at the amount of salt on the roads in NC, TN, VA, WV. Quite disappointed actually.
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#4811027 - 07/11/18 08:37 AM Re: 2015 Subaru Legacy: Reliability? [Re: Miller88]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10338
Loc: OH
Get a 2016 or 2014 model. Much, much lower complaints with those model years.

https://www.carcomplaints.com/Subaru/Legacy/

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#4811047 - 07/11/18 08:48 AM Re: 2015 Subaru Legacy: Reliability? [Re: klt1986]
ARCOgraphite Offline


Registered: 05/17/09
Posts: 12037
Loc: N.H, U.S.A.
New one looks like a Ford Taurus.

I'd be in one if it came with a 6 speed MT.

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#4811100 - 07/11/18 09:23 AM Re: 2015 Subaru Legacy: Reliability? [Re: Rand]
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Registered: 03/30/15
Posts: 4555
Loc: Glendale, Arizona
Originally Posted By: Rand
possible oil burning from the low tension rings.


This ^^^^^^^^^^^

Subaru's are notorious for oil burning.

https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&...1.0.wGA7yOsZF0g

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#4811124 - 07/11/18 09:41 AM Re: 2015 Subaru Legacy: Reliability? [Re: klt1986]
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Registered: 08/05/04
Posts: 1914
Loc: 5600 feet elevation, Arizona
Itís beyond me to understand how Subaru keeps getting top pick recommendations with all the problems they have engine / transmission wise. Subarusí today make my old 330ci look like a paragon of maintenance free ownership.
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#4811179 - 07/11/18 10:47 AM Re: 2015 Subaru Legacy: Reliability? [Re: klt1986]
gathermewool Offline


Registered: 01/09/09
Posts: 6064
We purchased our '15 Legacy 2.5I Premium (the one in my sig) last Fall, with around 33k miles (IIRC).
$15750
It came from North Carolina last year, after winter, so it hadn't ever seen any New England winter roads.
I was very surprised and please to see that there wasn't ANY rust anywhere.
By comparison, every other Subaru I've had will at least have a good amount of rust on the
rear diff (the most outwardly conspicuous part) of the car after the first winter.

This is my fifth Subie.

I've had no issues with my '15 and it's a pleasure to drive, EXCEPT it's on-center steering is a little twitchy.
No oil burning.
No CVT issues :knocks on wood: (and I'm thankful for the 10yr/100k extended warranty)

Mileage: 30.8 MPG
-----I only recently started tracking mileage on Fuelly (1939 miles logged so far)
-----Winter mileage drops considerably, though I don't have any logs of it (~27-28 MPG, as indicated on the display)
-----Mileage display is around 2 MPG optimistic (e.g., display indicated 36.X MPG for my last all-highway trip, but hand calc resulted in 34.7 MPG)

Impressions: Overall, a great cruiser
-----Noise: Not as quiet as I would have expected, but it is as quiet as our '14 FXT (I guess I was expecting luxury-car quietness...)
-----Handling: Steering is a bit rubbery/twitchy on-center, which has been talked about on legacygt.com, and is definitely not wide-spread.
Many people say their Leggy is just fine, while others, like me, aren't impressed.
With that said, the vehicle handles well, especially after replacing the stock rear sway-bar with one from the Crosstrek (20mm).
It still plows into corners (understeers), but now as badly as some other mid-size cars I've driven.
Give it a little gas while cornering to transfer some weight and things even out...a little bit
Brake heavily into a corner and you're going to plow even harder, however. This is expected.
-----Feel: While the on-center steering is slightly twitchy, as described above, the road feel is actually pretty good.
It's not going to feed you every single bump and road imperfection, but it's definitely not numb, either.
-----Brakes: average for the segment, though they don't initially bite as hard as some brands (which I don't like)
Braking is somewhat linear - the harder you press, the more braking you get.
If you're the type to want 50% bite at 10% pedal, then look elsewhere
-----Seats: The cloth seats are comfortable and the driving position is good (I'm 6', 180#)
The seats are MUCH better than our FXT, which I consider uncomfortable, even after 60k miles...

I've got to run, but this was my quick 2 cents. If you have any specific questions, please ask and I'll try to respond.





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#4811206 - 07/11/18 11:17 AM Re: 2015 Subaru Legacy: Reliability? [Re: klt1986]
dogememe Offline


Registered: 04/15/17
Posts: 712
Loc: SF BAY AREA, CA
Aunt's 2015 Subaru 2.5 burns about a quart or two between oil changes. Otherwise she loves the car. No input on the CVT since hers is a manual but from what I've read on here and elsewhere their CVT seems solid.


Edited by dogememe (07/11/18 11:17 AM)
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#4811233 - 07/11/18 11:48 AM Re: 2015 Subaru Legacy: Reliability? [Re: dogememe]
gathermewool Offline


Registered: 01/09/09
Posts: 6064
Originally Posted By: dogememe
Aunt's 2015 Subaru 2.5 burns about a quart or two between oil changes. Otherwise she loves the car. No input on the CVT since hers is a manual but from what I've read on here and elsewhere their CVT seems solid.


The manuals are know to burn more than automatics. This wasn't always true, but starting with the 2012 Impreza, it has been.

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#4811268 - 07/11/18 12:26 PM Re: 2015 Subaru Legacy: Reliability? [Re: klt1986]
sloinker Offline


Registered: 08/13/17
Posts: 114
Loc: WY
I work with two individuals that had their engines recalled and replaced by Subaru in the last few years. If nothing else Subaru did the right thing when it identified the problem engines. They were both Forester's. around the 2015 model year. Their complaint was the 2 months they had to use a loaner. Seems excessive.

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