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My left front door on a 93 Legacy is really struggling to open from the inside, I'm suspecting it's in the actual latch mechanism. Do 95-99 Legacy latches work, or am I stuck looking for a 1st gen donor car?

They are unfortunately quite rare here in MI....

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First gen only, NLA from Subaru, and yes they all do that. There is a spring in the latch that wears it's retaining hole and so hasn't got the correct tension to keep the lock mechanism from interfering with the latch operation. 

 

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I've fixed these by adding a small spring between the mechanism (in the curved part at the bottom of the opening) and the latch "frame" to assist the older, failed spring.

 

Takes a very small spring from the hardware store.  

 

Probably won't work forever, but seems to do the trick.....the ones I've fixed have lasted years now.

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I've also carefully drilled a hole next to the old spring and added a tiny screw to adjust the pre-load on it. But this takes some precision to accomplish. 

 

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