1993 Subaru Legacy Issues


Asked by Jul 16, 2011 at 02:57 PM about the 1993 Subaru Legacy 4 Dr L Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I've had my 1993 Subaru Legacy for about 2 years now, and it ran great when I first got it. After about 6months I started noticing that I was not getting a lot of power to my electrial instruments ( windows, radio, dash, etc), and my Rpm's would throttle every time I pressed the accelerator, even at stop lights the Rpm's would jump up to 2 or 3 for some reason. I lived with the problem thinking it was prob. just my batt. but it wasn;t because my batt. checks out good along with my alt.
Recently I took the car out of town and drove it longer then my normal commute, on the trip my car started acting crazy. While I was driving at night the dash lights started to dim until completely gone ( along with my headlights), the radio got quieter and quieter until gone. and I lost all power, then my transmission would start jerking my automatic car around like I was a newbie manual driver getting stuck in gears. Then it just simply shook like crazy and died. It won;t turn over or anything now, (although i still have batt. features like open door light etc.) I took it to an mechanic who said it might be the ECU, but thought it could be something else and needed to be able to run the codes.  I was wondering if anyone else has had issues like this that seem both electrical, and mechanical at the same time. Someone also said I could be a timing belt, but as a woman who isn't very mechanically inclined I'm lost. I don;t have the money to shell out $600 bucks for a new ECM without trying every possible resource so if anyone thinks they know what it might be, your help is greatly needed. Thanks a bunch!

3 Answers


I also wanted to add, that my car is a FWD, automatic, non-turbo,

4 of 4 people found this helpful.

I have a '93 legacy ls wagon...did the problem with the throttle revving up gradually get worse? Because I noticed sometimes when I first start my car the engine rev's up a bit by itself for a few KM's. No problems however with power getting to the electronics though.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Same thing happened to our 93 Legacy. It was the Alternator. Got it replaced and everything works fine now.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer


Looking for a Used Legacy in your area?

CarGurus has 14,156 nationwide Legacy listings starting at $995.


Subaru Legacy Experts

  • #1
  • #2
    Nick Eidemiller
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Impreza
185 Great Deals out of 18,935 listings starting at $2,200
Used Honda Accord
1,041 Great Deals out of 60,748 listings starting at $999
Used Toyota Camry
1,058 Great Deals out of 69,761 listings starting at $295
Used Honda Civic
810 Great Deals out of 72,283 listings starting at $1,000
Used Nissan Altima
1,006 Great Deals out of 74,727 listings starting at $1,200
Used Toyota Corolla
887 Great Deals out of 56,798 listings starting at $1,099

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Subaru Legacy For Sale
6,202 listings starting at $20,405
2017 Subaru Legacy For Sale
27 Great Deals out of 2,611 listings starting at $16,665
2016 Subaru Legacy For Sale
26 Great Deals out of 661 listings starting at $13,500
2015 Subaru Legacy For Sale
56 Great Deals out of 1,348 listings starting at $9,990
2014 Subaru Legacy For Sale
25 Great Deals out of 722 listings starting at $9,750

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.