2006 Subaru Legacy BL5 B4: The Sporty Sedan That Won't Break the Bank (2023)



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Foreign same engine, suspension drivetrain, but it was BL IND.

Yes, Legacy.

The saloon versions were designated by the code B4 was before yes.

But this one is also before.


So this vehicle was in production from 2003, all the way to 2009.

Wow, it had a very long history.

Yes, no.

The first the it came with three variants, uh, 2003 to 2006.

There was this generation.

Then after 2006, it got a facelift plus a few Aesthetics.

Then in 2008 and 2009, the last variant of the BP bl5 came in, you know, a very interesting feature.

Guess what? Yes, yogari was the pioneer of Subaru eyesight.

Yes, which is that from 2008 to 2009.

Wow, yeah.

It was.

They were the first bp5s and bl5s to have Subaru eyesight.

So when you're buying a BL or a bp5 know that they are those Generations, what is the best gen? Which is the best generation to buy off the bp5 bl5.

It is the last generation.

The one that pioneered the eyesight eyesight, amakamas, USA it at least driving modes.


So this is one of the most underrated Subaru legacies because it, you know, guys love the bp5 because it was very practical.


Legacy wagons were very long and very practical.

And they were just lowered versions of the Outback.

In fact, the Outback is called the Subaru Legacy, Outback, Junior, Subaru Legacy.

So this one is the saloon version because there are people who feel that station wagons needs our kulima let's talk about something very interesting.

And that is what powers up this car before yes, show me show me.

Ah before very good.

Oh, yes, under the hood of the bl5 or the bp5.


See this one is a bl5 because it's a saloon if it was a station bp5, yes, under the hood.

You have the legendary engines.

Silicon only a few engines.

Guess what we have? Yes, the legendary ej20.

But now this particular one is non-table.

So aj20 was not was what is called a flat, four engine, it's, not an inline, four it's, not a uh, uh.

What what is not this? One is a H4 it's, not an L4.

So because the cylinders it's a boxer engine, the cylinders are arranged horizontally, yes, do one overhead camshaft camshaft.

So they'll, go are two versions on this one.

The earlier Generations came with the one that has a single overhead camshaft.

The later versions came with the one that had that do all overhead camshaft.

They also turbocharged versions of the ej20 that is what we normally say it's, not the fastest.

But it is the most reliable and the most forgiving and the most forgiving.

Yes, these Subarus, these bl5s and bp5s.

They had a very good structure, the build quality hour and structural integrity was just on top.


One thing I like about the Box engine or Cub is it offers some sort of stability like Cog, I think they're designed to sit low.

So it gives you very nice, scent of gravity and stability.

And that is why, yes, there is no other car that will beat the the stability of a Subaru, because they normally have the advantage of the engine sitting lower correct.


They came in an automatic transmission.

Yes, a reliable transmission as well.

But they also came in manual now.

Apart from the ag20 turbo and the nanta both there was also the aj25 on the Legacy, uh it.

There was the age and 25 naturally aspirated on the bl5 and the bp5.

There was also the ej25 turbo.

Now, the 1825 turbo believe you me or believe it or not.

There was an STI version of this.

Are you kidding? Me? Yes.

This one, there was an STI version of this with a scoop Hopper, eh, but STI variants, bl5 and a bp5.

They are not very common, but they were there if I get that one I am not selling.

Now, those ones who are the equivalent of the Subaru Forester sg9, same engine.

Same drivetrain, 2.5, liter, turbo and a six-speed manual.


Then there was another engine that is only available in the outback, but I told you the the Subaru Legacy in this world bank is also known as the Subaru it's supposed to be named as Subaru Legacy.


So that engine is what is called the ez30 it's, a three liter platform, what and it's, arguably this the the most powerful, yeah, the the the the 2.5 turbo could push in a little bit more power.


But if we keep them stock then that that is the legendary one, although coffee the problem we normally have, and we have seen people buy Outbacks with the ez30 yes, it's.

Because they look the same at the el15 ej15 ej20.

They look alike.

How do you tell the difference to the Layman? They look alike? Sometimes you you look at the size of the intakes, only the kinai can can really tell fantastic Transmissions.

Yes, sir, uh.

So if you're buying one this one, this particular one is going for 650 000.7.

These These are good a very good alternative.

Because if you don't like the saloon variants, you can always get, you can always get the if you don't like the wagon variants, yes, you can always get the before very nice, very well, built it's it's, a practical vehicle.

Now this one is sitting on 16s, but you can easily convert it to seat on 17s.

What yes I must say the side profile look up.

It looks very nice.

It looks very nice.

And there is something I want to show you.

Yes, you see the the dual exhaust setup direct from the engine.

It's it's, a real dual exhaust, at least, yes, yes.

He's he's.

One of the people who are into Subaru then kawaida.

These cars came with Subaru, symmetrical, all-wheel, drive wheel, drive.

Let me see let me confirm the battery.

It would be here.

Yeah, yeah.



But now this one she looks very good from the Rio, especially with the twin exhaust from behind and that's.

Why I'm telling you the before is one of the most underrated Subarus? People don't talk about it.

And then it looks better with a spoiler.

There is one subtle one that came with the B spec.


So narrow down to your problems are your needs.

And these days, the bp5 demand, I, don't know, why tell me anything fancy in the interior? Uh, the fancy things on the interior are kawaida.


Frameless doors had frameless doors.

Yes, I can see it.

Most of them had that problem, even the bp5 is in a dashboard by the way, yes.

So when you get these be sure to do some upholstery that was a general Subaru, weak point, but they were very safe cars very well, built, yes, yeah.

Then this one.

Now, yes, there is something we talked about driving modes.


So this one has sport as a driving mode.

You see you don't have S here, yes, but what happens? Let's fire up the vehicle.

So so yes, we are in P.

Yes, yes.

This one does not have S, yes, but what do you do? You can either drive it in Eco.

And when you put Eco offender so that's, the second Driving, Mode, no more, yes.

So how do you put it into sport Drive that is spot? Now that is spot.

You see even on the dashboard in my letter spot.

So it's, Subaru, I want to be interesting.


So in Subaru, what you're saying is, uh, what? What does this spot in Subaru do now? Now this is the actual spot because you can be able to it's changes.

You see in the sg5.

We did the review of it had a sport battle.

Yes, the Legacy does not the B.

The BL bp5.

They do not have a sport button until the later models.

So he in a tune gearbox it.

It sends the car into you see when you put it into sport, it's, not only the gearbox be it's, a lot of response.


So it gets into into sport mode.

Then you can hold gears because you're shifting them manually manually.

Yeah, it's.

Interesting, um.

And you see now, when when you hold gears much longer even the vehicle feels you, you can overtake much easily because it's basically overdrive off.

Yes, practically practically very nice.

Can we drive this car and feel how it drives? Yes, let's drive this car.

Fantastic, yes.

The same thing as a bp5.


This thing is it because it's it's longer the wheelbase is longer.

So they can accommodate a good amount of space, Up and Dance, especially with the legacies.


The Legacy has had very very good.

Um, a very long will be sanasana at a bp5 with the wagon.

Yes, it's longer than it's longer than this.


So bp9 basically need be bp5, yeah, but no the saloon version.

This one is for people who are turkey.

Yeah, you are saying something I hate the Plastics here I must talk about the Plastics I, don't know, why your side though is poor and mine is fair, is it that mine has been here? But the plastic generally, you said, it's, not the best for the for the BP Series.

So this one will lead apples apples, definitely if you have to bite, actually, yes, looks good.

But now for this for the salon I might add it.

It might look better than the wagon version.

Yes, at least it looks a bit more mature.

Yes, exactly that's.

The one I was looking for by these These are more mature it's, a more refined I have to find a 0 to 100.


We gear.

I should this ej20 and a yes.


One, two, three, go.

Okay, she's trying automatic any automatic, yes, huh? 17 seconds.

17, yes around the same range actually, 19, I think it was 19.

The legacy is that was the earth.

Yes so that we confirm.

But this one has done in 17 seconds, 17 17 seconds in a hold have you done it in Sports.

No, in fact, we did it in Eco.


We did it in normal.

We did it normal.

Yes, let's make a U-turn in sports sports mode.

We can change the gears manually.

So that's the advantage.

Yes, very good, very good, very good, very good, very good.

So take one minus Sports, 17 seconds.

It is drink.

It is fisting on oil.

There we go, you ready, yes, we're in spot mode in one.

Two three, go let's do that again.

Okay, one stop.


Reset one.

Two three, go.

Okay, hundred, yes, consistent.

70 seconds.

So sport does not do any let's go to your telling these guys talk about it? Yes.


So now spots on demand, yes, but zero, 200 or straight from zero.

It has nothing.

It has no effects whatsoever.

17 seconds, 17 seconds flat.

And this is what people need to learn holding gears will be good for overtaking hill, climbing zero to 100 putting your kindness will not help.

So technically what what happens to the S does is it? It reduces that drop in RPM, yes, it keeps the RPM slightly higher.

Yeah, make sure anytime soon access maximum talk and maximum horsepower exactly which the car can provide that's.

What makes you feel like it's your it's sporty, but literally, there's, no space going on? However, kwazulu sport mode, yes, like the Beamers, whereby you have to engage sport mode.

Yes and everything changes it's like a tune it's it's, a tune it's, basically, an ECU tune.

Yes, yes.

In a change.

The way feeling a quad delivered spray firmness.

Yeah, yeah.

Exhaust exhaust suspension, gearbox, foreign, yes, 2007, but windows or 650 bro.

So the idea is find the one that has been kept.

Well, yes, as long as the engine is perfect.

And the transmission is good.

You can still buy this one and then put another 100 and everything will be okay by the way for the cost.

Yes, I'm calling this car.

I think, this is a car.

If you give you some TLC 200k, this car becomes brand new to sufficient.

Yes, but remember us to buy the Legacy, the brbb, no, the not the BR, the BP BL series.

Yes, I would go for the I would go for the turbocharged one, oh, yeah.

The 2.5 2 liters, two liter, two liter 2.5.

So the two liter turbo, charge is more fun.

Yeah, it gives you better.

Road filler, yeah to the cars.

Thank you.


What is the most common problem with the Subaru Legacy? ›

Common Subaru Legacy Problems

Excessive oil consumption: Several model years of the Legacy have struggled with excessive oil consumption. Some frustrated owners claimed they had to top up the oil after only 2,000-5,000 miles. In some cases, consumption is even worse during winter months.

Why is my Subaru Legacy not starting? ›

The most common reasons a Subaru Legacy won't start are a dead battery, an alternator problem, or failed starter.

What is the 0 60 on a 2000 Subaru Legacy B4 twin turbo? ›

B4. The B4 model was introduced for the third generation and was a sedan-only model. The RSK featured the familiar DOHC, twin-turbo 2.0 litre engine rated 276 bhp (206 kW) (265 bhp (198 kW) for automatic with manual mode). This results in a 0–60 mph time of 5.2 seconds for the manual and 5.8 seconds for the automatic.

How many miles can a Subaru Legacy last in a lifetime? ›

According to many tests and user reports, Subarus can go between 150,000 and 200,000 miles and last for more than 15 years without any problems.

How do I reset my Subaru Legacy computer? ›

Turn your engine off, and wait 5 seconds. This will give the computer time to reset. If you're in a Subaru with a manual transmission, shift into neutral. Turn your engine on again, but don't start it just yet—let it idle for about 15 seconds so the car can warm up before you drive off.

Why does my car just click and not start? ›

It might be a battery or alternator problem.

Perhaps your battery's dead, or your alternator, which charges the battery, isn't working correctly. If the source of the clicking is electrical, the starter (a small motor energized by the battery that gets the engine running) doesn't have enough juice to stay powered.

Why does my Subaru click but won't start? ›

It's most definitely the battery or its cable connections. Start by removing and thoroughly cleaning both terminal clamps and posts (esp the positive). Then jumpstart the car and drive a half hour. If it won't retart get a new battery.

What year Subaru is the fastest? ›

1. 2004 Subaru STI WR1
2004 Subaru STI WR1Specifications
Engine2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four engine
Horsepower342 HP
TorqueN/A lb-ft
0-60 MPH4.3 seconds (3rd-party testing)
1 more row
Jun 29, 2023

What is B4 in Subaru Legacy? ›

The Subaru B4 is a sedan version of the Subaru Legacy. The car received the B4 prefix in 1998, meaning “BOXER 4WD”, an engine with an opposed cylinder arrangement and all-wheel drive, which Subaru is rightfully proud of. The sedans keep on being produced to this day.

What year is the fastest Subaru Legacy? ›

For a faster drive, the 2006 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT spec. B is by far the best choice. Powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine that cranks out 250 horsepower and a revised suspension system, you can get up to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds.

What are common faults with Subaru? ›

Most common Subaru problems
  • Fuel pump failure.
  • O2 sensor problems.
  • Blown head gaskets.
  • Oil leaks.
  • Battery draining rapidly.
  • Unintended acceleration.
  • Cracked windshields.
  • Subaru Starlink problems.
May 18, 2023

What years did Subaru have transmission problems? ›

Subaru owners have complained about problems with the Lineartronic CVT transmissions and Subaru extended the warranty for cars from model years 2010 to 2018. Usage: 2010–current Subaru Legacy / Outback / Exiga / Impreza / Levorg / Forester / XV and 2015 Subaru WRX Premium and Limited Editions.

Why does my Subaru Legacy turn off while driving? ›

Common reasons for this to happen:

Low fuel pressure, dirty or defective fuel injectors, or broken fuel pump: The fuel pump is responsible for transferring fuel from the tank to the engine.

Which Subaru engine to avoid? ›

The Subaru EJ25 2.5-liter Boxer is the engine that has experienced the most problems for the Japanese automaker. The gasket material they used in this engine was unreliable and Subaru attempted to correct the issue in 1999 with an updated multilayered metal shim gasket. But some 2001-2009 engines still had the problem.

What year did Subaru stop having head gasket problems? ›

Subaru is aware of the head gasket issues and in 2014 began outfitting all their models with different head gaskets that have rectified the issue.

What year Subaru engines are bad? ›

These engines were used primarily in the Legacy (1996 – 2004), Impreza (1998 – 2003), Forester (1998 – 2004), Outback (1996 – 2004) and Baja (2003 – 2005). These engines in particular have received a bad reputation for their lack of reliability.

Can a Subaru go over 200000 miles? ›

The current generation 2022 Subaru Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, Ascent, and other new models are among the most reliable new vehicles that will go well over 200,000 miles and, with regular maintenance, have proven to be long-lasting vehicles.

Can a Subaru Legacy last 300k miles? ›

According to a study by iSeeCars featured on Engine Patrol, the Subaru Legacy is the second most likely vehicle that can go past 200,000 miles and has a range up to 300,000 miles.

Will a Subaru last 300000 miles? ›

As it turned out, Subaru's reliability also extends to its longevity. For the matter of “how long do Subarus last,” you can expect to reach around 200,000 to 250,000 miles on your trusty Subaru. Furthermore, Subarus can last up to 10-13 years before requiring a significant amount of work to keep them on the road.

What does resetting the ECU do? ›

What happens when you reset an ECU? By resetting the Engine Control Module, you can return your car to its factory settings. This will erase any error codes or radio stations that were stored in the car's memory. Furthermore, it also affects the car's performance for a while, until it adapts to your driving style.

Why is my car not starting but the battery isn't dead? ›

Connected to the battery is the alternator, which works to generate power for your vehicle's electrical components. When you have a brand-new battery but still can't start the car, the alternator might be the issue. Cold and damp climates may increase wear on an alternator, causing it to fail.

Why is my Subaru clicking when I turn? ›

You'll know when the axle is about to fail when you begin to hear a loud, rhythmic clicking noise coming from the front wheel as you turn. That noise is due to a lack of lubricant in one of the CV joints. A CV axle is a critical component of your Subaru, so it should be replaced properly by an authorized Subaru expert.

Which old Subaru is best? ›

The 10 Best Old Subaru Cars of All Time
  • What makes an old car great?
  • Subaru BRAT (1978-1994): a curious surprise.
  • Subaru SVX (1991-1996): a shift in direction.
  • Subaru BRZ (2013-present): a joint effort.
  • Subaru Baja (2002-2006): one only a mother could love.
  • Subaru 360 (1958-1971): first in line.

What was the rare Subaru? ›

The Subaru Impreza WRX STI 22B is one of the rarest creations from the company, a special two-door version developed during its successful run in the WRC in the mid-1990s. The company only built 425 globally and just five examples arrived in Australia – and this is one of them.

What is the average age of a Subaru? ›

How many years can a Subaru last? The average lifespan of a Subaru is 13 years based on 15,000 miles driven per year. Key statistics: Torque News reports that nearly 96% of Subaru sedans are still on the road after 12 years.

Is Subaru Legacy B4 a good car? ›

If you are looking for a suitable car for your family that has fully outfitted with good quality accessories then Subaru Legacy b4 is the best option that you should consider to purchase. According to the Subaru Legacy b4 review this is one of the most powerful cars of Subaru.

What does B4 mean on a car? ›

B4 refers to products that are original equipment replacements. Meaning, the products have the same valving profile, ride height and high quality components and fitment as the original equipment shocks that came on your vehicle from the manufacturer.

What does Subaru B4 stand for? ›

B4 have two origins. The first origin is the initials of the "BOXER (horizontal opposed engine)" and "4WD (four-wheel drive system)". The second origin is a coined word that combines "Berlinetta", which means a high-performance car with a closed body with a roof in Italian, and "4", which is the number of doors.

Which Subaru has the most potential? ›

As you can see, the Subaru Outback is the one Subaru SUV model with the greatest potential lifespan and is expected to go over 200,000 models.

What is the life expectancy of a Subaru 2.5 engine? ›

Generally speaking, a Subaru 2.5 engine has the ability to run between 250,000 and 300,000 miles before needing any kind of significant auto maintenance or repair. Since most drivers average around 14,000 miles per year, this would mean that a Subaru 2.5 engine could conceivably run for over two decades.

Which Subaru Legacy has a turbo? ›

. If you're looking for even more performance, choose the Legacy Sport with a powerful 2.4-liter direct-injection turbocharged SUBARU BOXER® engine with 260 horsepower.

How do I know if my Subaru transmission is bad? ›

If you notice any of these seven signs, it's time to bring it in to an authorized Subaru service center for an inspection.
  1. Check Engine Light.
  2. Delayed Engagement. ...
  3. Slipping. ...
  4. Shifting Into Gear is Impossible. ...
  5. Shifting Into Gear is Difficult. ...
  6. A Burning Smell. ...
  7. Transmission Fluid Leak. ...

Are old Subarus reliable? ›

Subarus are reliable cars, versatile and offer a wide range of customization with new purchases. However, they are also tremendously valuable as preowned purchases. If you're looking for a great brand of used car to buy, Subaru should definitely make your list of top automakers.

Are Subarus difficult to repair? ›

Subaru vehicles have a reputation for being prone to several costly repairs. The head gaskets of many Subaru engines tend to fail, especially in older models. Leakage of coolant caused by a blown head gasket can be disastrous for the engine or the catalytic converter.

How long does a transmission last on a Subaru? ›

There is a fair chance your Subaru CVT will last well beyond 60,000 miles as long as you stick to the factory-recommended maintenance schedule and take care not to overfill your transmission fluid.

Is there a recall for Subaru on transmissions? ›

Subaru of America recalled the 2020-2021 Subaru Outback midsize SUV and the 2020-2021 Subaru Legacy midsize sedan because of a programming error in the Transmission Control Unit (TCU) that may allow the clutch to engage before the drive chain is completely clamped.

What year did Subaru start using timing chains? ›

The 2.5 Four cylinder cars had timing chains starting with the 2013 model year and newer. 53 people think this is helpful.

Why does my Subaru hesitate when I accelerate? ›

An engine that is hesitating to accelerate is most likely dealing with a fuel/air mixture that is too lean. Engine's that are running inefficiently will begin to show signs like hesitation which will only become worse over time.

Why is my Subaru Legacy shaking while driving? ›

Tire issues: The most frequent causes of a vehicle shaking while driving stem from tire issues. Tires begin to behave differently when worn or out of balance.

Why is my Subaru struggling starting? ›

An engine that cranks, but doesn't start, may have battery issues. There's a possibility that the battery doesn't have enough power, either because it's been drained or because it's nearing the end of its lifespan. There could also be corrosion on the battery terminals.

Is a Subaru Legacy a reliable car? ›

The Subaru Legacy Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 16th out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $563 which means it has average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average, and major issues are less frequent than average, so major repairs are not common for the Legacy.

Does Subaru Legacy have transmission problems? ›

Such problems aren't hard to spot. 2022 Subaru Legacy transmission problems can show up as shifting delays, grinding or jumping during acceleration, a feeling of shakiness, or whistling noises and a burning smell coming from under the hood.

What Subaru models have transmission problems? ›

Affected models include:
  • 2010-2015 Legacy.
  • 2010-2015 Outback.
  • 2012-2015 Impreza.
  • 2013-2015 Crosstrek.
  • 2014-2015 Crosstrek Hybrid.
  • 2014-2015 Forester with 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.
  • 2014-2015 Forester with turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
  • 2015 WRX 2.0.
Dec 20, 2022

How do I know if my Subaru transmission is going out? ›

Rough Shifts/Grinding Gears

When driving your manual vehicle, if it is physically tough to change gears or when shifting a grinding noise is audible, the transmission may be to blame. The same grinding sound or a clunking noise heard from an automatic transmission can also mean trouble.

What is high mileage for a Subaru Legacy? ›

Most Subaru vehicles last between 150,000 and 200,000 miles. For comparison, higher-end vehicles last for about 200,000–300,000 miles.

Is it expensive to fix a Subaru Legacy? ›

The estimated cost to maintain and repair a Subaru Legacy ranges from $95 to $6742, with an average of $337.

Are Subarus expensive to fix? ›

Yes, Subarus are more expensive to fix, especially when you compare them with domestic brands. To be more precise, Subarus are expensive to fix when compared to similar products sold at home.

How much does it cost to rebuild a Subaru Legacy transmission? ›

Unfortunately, a transmission replacement isn't an inexpensive fix. On average, Subaru transmission replacements cost around 3,500.

Is Subaru Legacy a long lasting car? ›

The Subaru Legacy is ranked the fifth longest-lasting car, most likely to go over 250,000 miles and beyond. iSeeCars says the Legacy sedan has a 16.2 percent chance of lasting 250,000 miles and longer. The overall car average is 8.6 percent making the Subaru Legacy 1.9 times more likely to exceed the 250,000-mile mark.

What are the 4 types of Subaru transmissions? ›

Subaru Transmission
  • The Continuously Variable Transmission. Smoother performance. ...
  • 4-speed Automatic Transmission. ...
  • 5-Speed A/T with manual shift mode. ...
  • 5-Speed Manual Transmission. ...
  • 6-Speed Manual Transmission.

How often should Subaru CVT transmission fluid be changed? ›

Subaru CVT Transmission Fluid Service Special

For instance, Transmission Fluid Services vary from make to model and driver to driver, but typically the range is once every 30,000 to 60,000 miles.

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