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Hello. I am new to this forum but have been reading many posts, especially those regarding 1999's as I am having trouble with mine. This is the 2nd 99 Legacy I have bought in the past few months. The tranny went on the first one about 2 weeks in so the dealer took it back.

 

My current car has been having speedometer problems(as many others have). My mechanic tells me that this is not just a minor sensor problem that can be easily fixed but requires repairs to the failing transmission. $400 to fix the speedometer and don't get me started on the new transmission.

 

My car has 96,000 miles which we all know is not nearly enough, especially for a Subaru, to need a whole new tranny. I am aware that the 99's have a different tranny from the 98's and that it was changed again in 2000 due to so many problems. I am asking everyone to call and write Subura as well as filing a complaint with the NHTSA. These transmissions are defective and Subaru knows it and is trying to get away without a recall or campaign.

 

Please, if you too are having problems with your 99 take action now,

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I wish it was as simple as all that. I can't remember my mechanics exact words, something about the replacing the harness? But my transmission is going, whether or not the two are related I don't know. Both seem to be pretty common problems.

 

Thanks for the advice.

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I have a 99GT, and I am having both of those problems. I know it doesnt sound glamourous, but I pulled my dash out, took off the contact screws where the spedo screws into the contact mat, and added a bit of contact cleaner. Also check for anything that is loose, wires etc.. Mine had something barely hanging on, I taped that up, and put it back. Worked pretty well for me. As far as the transmission, well if you dont have a 5 spd, you may consider saving up for when it drops.

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