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Reverse went out on my 93 legacy

I changed the transmission fluid and the filter but I still have no reverse. It goes forward fine. Help!

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I have a 93 that had the same problem and drove the car for over a year with no reverse. Just had to watch where I parked it. When it was cold, reverse would work. After it warmed up, no reverse. Clutch disc in auto transmission was slipping. Tried fuilds and filter with no help. Ended up swapping out entire transmission with another good used one and that fix me up. Hope this helps.

Posted on Jul 30, 2009


Subaru's can drop a pin out of the reverse / fifth gear shaft bearing which then lets the shaft drop down in to the pan so that it doesn't work, it's still a very big job to fix it, but slightly better than the alternative

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You will need a new gear box because it has blown reverse only fixable solution is replace the whole gear box.

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