Car stutters at 4500 RPM

60

Asked by Oct 04, 2014 at 07:47 AM about the 2006 Subaru Legacy

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2006 Legacy GT with 112,000 miles. Just recently it started to stutter and lose
power in 3rd gear at 4500 rpm. Car seems to be running fine when driving it at less
aggressive speeds. there are no sounds coming from the engine just the sputter and lack
of power.

13 Answers

35,025

When was the last time you had a tune up?

60

About a year ago

35,025

Is it possible that the fuel filter is clogged up?

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
60

no issues until i get to the higher RPMs. If I keep the RPM's below the 4500 there is no noticeable issues.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
35,025

Is 4500 rpm the cut off point? Is it unable to gain any more rpm's? Like as if it is up against the governor?

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
60

It would seem that way but I can get it up to 5000 RPMs in 2nd gear and then it sputters but not as bad.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
35,025

It's got to be fuel related. Do you have a CLE light on the dashboard?

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
60

Had a CEL on about 3 weeks ago took it in and they found nothing. Light is off right now. just checked a few things out and found the oil was down a quart. Just had the oil changed 2 weeks ago? Could that cause this? I am taking it into the dealer next week for a tune up.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
35,025

The low oil might be the problem. Add a quart and see if that helps. As for the tune up. I would hold off on that. However, the dealer can read codes that AutoZone and other parts places can't. Give the dealer the information that you have given here.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
60

Still having an issue. Could not get it in the shop. Only problem is a hesitation once I reach 4500 Rpms like it wants to go faster but just can't get the gumption. Could the Turbo be going? I do not have a boost gage so I can't tell if I'm loosing boost. Is there a way to have someone test this? Car runs great if I stay below that RPM.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
35,025

I think if your turbo was going the lights on the dashboard would be lighting up like a Christmas tree. Have you checked for any vacuum leaks?

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
60

No not yet. Good idea. I think it needs a complete check up by a dealer. Hate to do that but my guy just is not finding anything.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

If you havn't found the problem yet! Check the VSS on the Subaru. I read somewhere in some models, it can effect the transmission and other things besides the speedometer!

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Legacy

Looking for a Used Legacy in your area?

CarGurus has 13,584 nationwide Legacy listings starting at $900.

ZIP:

Subaru Legacy Experts

  • #1
    Anthony_60
    Reputation
    1,270
  • #2
    Nick Eidemiller
    Reputation
    720
  • #3
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    700
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Impreza
189 Great Deals out of 18,047 listings starting at $1,995
Used Subaru Outback
372 Great Deals out of 35,710 listings starting at $1,900
Used Subaru Forester
373 Great Deals out of 33,912 listings starting at $1,808
Used Honda Accord
1,047 Great Deals out of 61,437 listings starting at $999
Used Subaru Impreza WRX
53 Great Deals out of 1,277 listings starting at $3,365
Used Toyota Camry
1,095 Great Deals out of 70,594 listings starting at $750
Used Honda Civic
818 Great Deals out of 76,776 listings starting at $900
Used Subaru Impreza WRX STi
39 Great Deals out of 659 listings starting at $9,995
Used Ford Fusion
1,060 Great Deals out of 76,106 listings starting at $895
Used Audi A4
313 Great Deals out of 10,721 listings starting at $900
Used Nissan Altima
1,102 Great Deals out of 73,985 listings starting at $875
Used BMW 3 Series
1,021 Great Deals out of 31,335 listings starting at $795
Used Honda CR-V
842 Great Deals out of 53,853 listings starting at $1,007

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Subaru Legacy For Sale
4,163 listings starting at $20,405
2017 Subaru Legacy For Sale
25 Great Deals out of 3,968 listings starting at $14,478
2016 Subaru Legacy For Sale
24 Great Deals out of 688 listings starting at $14,900
2015 Subaru Legacy For Sale
43 Great Deals out of 1,253 listings starting at $9,990
2014 Subaru Legacy For Sale
42 Great Deals out of 861 listings starting at $7,995

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.