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Old 09-30-2003, 05:14 PM   #1
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Default Will my Legacy suffer from premature tranny issues?

Hey guys,

I am aware that there have been many complaints about the tranny in the WRX, and that many customers have brought theirs back to be fixed. I am also aware that many of them overpower the tranny with aftermarket parts, and beat the living ****e out of their cars.

So, with that in mind, with my slightly agressive driving habits and stock components (and staying that way), should I be OK? I am under the impression that the WRX has only has problems because the owners are the type to add on tons of go-faster parts, thus overpowering the stock internals of the tranny.

Basically, I just want to double-check that the Legacy has been pretty much problem-free in the transmission arena. Thanks a bunch.

Jeff
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Old 09-30-2003, 06:31 PM   #2
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Most of the failures have nothing to do with the modification level, or model for that matter.

Its because all the previous Honda owners buy a WRX and think that 6k rpm clutch drops arent an issue. They dont understand, just becuase it doesnt blow up at that moment doesnt mean damage hasnt occured. They talk about how they pulled out of the driveway and the transmisison mysteriously exploded. They fail to mention how the previous night they repeatedly drag raced the car.


Id be willing to bet that you arent driving aggressive enough and that you transmission will last forrever.

The 5 speed is basically the same since the 1989 Legacy was introduced in Japan. Revisions have been made but they arent model specific.
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Old 09-30-2003, 09:01 PM   #3
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Good to hear. I hadn't thought of the angle of drag racing and such. I haven't even redlined my car, so I probably don't know what the meaning of agressive is. I don't do burnouts, and usually shift before 4500 RPMs.

I just get nervous because this is my first-ever 5-speed. When I heard the reports about the WRX, I got a little concerned.

Thanks for the reply.
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Old 09-30-2003, 10:24 PM   #4
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I've had my tranny overpowered for quite some time now, and I drive it agressively. Things to keep in mind. Don't drop the clutch!!!

Smooth engagement of the clutch, and the correct clutch for the application is extremely important. My car has been raced in Pro-Solo's and is raced regularly in CASC sanctioned events practically every weekend, and I'm quite happy with it's performance.

Use good quality oil in your tranny, I use a custom blend by Yoshio in my tranny, a nice mixture of lubricity and friction so shifting is as fast as you want it to be and with the lubricity, it keeps the components nice and free. ( http://www.japanese-auto.com ) and it's changed every 10K Miles.

Here's an example of hard driving: Click Me

Oh yeah, I have a custom turbo on it too, so yours should be fine.

Hope this helps.
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Id be willing to bet that you arent driving aggressive enough and that you transmission will last forrever.
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Old 10-01-2003, 06:07 AM   #6
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Here's an example of hard driving: Click Me

Oh yeah, I have a custom turbo on it too, so yours should be fine.

Hope this helps.
Yea, I'd say anything that get's you sideways constitutes hard driving..
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Old 10-01-2003, 11:14 PM   #7
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Basically, I just want to double-check that the Legacy has been pretty much problem-free in the transmission arena.
My 95 Legacy has 170,000 miles on it and still has the original clutch. The tranny is fine except that 1st, 2nd, and reverse are a little tricky sometimes. I agree that the issue is mostly the clutch drops; keep it smooth and you should be fine.
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Old 10-02-2003, 09:48 PM   #8
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Funny you should mention reverse. It's such a huge pain in the arse to engage sometimes. Most of the time, though, it's only when it's cold.
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Yeah, that's a very common problem. Putting it in neutral, letting the clutch out, then trying again works pretty well for me.
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Old 10-03-2003, 10:24 AM   #10
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You did say transmission, of which I have had no problems.

The clutch on the other hand, that's a whole different thread!

You are aware of the "clutch shudder" TSB, right?
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