1999 Legacy odometer/speedo problem

Tiny
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I purchased a 1999 Subaru Legacy Outback wagon with 49, xxx miles 4 days ago.

I have driven about 75 miles total but the trip odometer only reads 50 since I left the dealership. I realized that every once in a while the speedometer drops to zero and the trip odometer stops working for about a mile. My 7 mile trip to work this morning only recorded about 4 miles.

My question is, if the dealership documented a defect in the speedometer (which wasn't disclosed to me until I pointed out the problem AFTER the purchase), doesn't that also necessarily point to a problem in the odometer?

Also, isn't there legal action I can take due to the fact that they reported 49, xxx miles from the odometer as the actual mileage of the vehicle but apparently knew about the defective speedo/odometer?

Any suggestions on how to deal with this situation now that they refuse to show me the records, refuse to take the car back, and refuse to give me at least some money back to compensate for the higher mileage?

Thanks
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Wednesday, April 5th, 2006 AT 5:11 PM

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Tiny
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I have a 1991 Legacy, the speedometer just stopped all together. I am pretty sure that by 1999, they have gone to a electronic Speedometer. There are 2 sensros on the transmission. It could be either. In my car there is a driven gear inside the transmission, it is apparently what has failed. I am not positive if they phased that out yet or not.

As far as the lack of information provided by the dealership, I have a friend that purchased a car, and the head gasket was leaking within 3 days of purchase. He went back to the dealership and agrued it. The mechanic knew that the head gasket was leaking, and allowed the car to be sold anyway. My friend threatend some kind of law suit/ civil action, got the dealer to not only replace the head gasket for free, but provide him with a free loaner car during the repair.
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Tuesday, August 8th, 2006 AT 2:13 PM
Tiny
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Please let me know if you diagnosed this problem. I have had the same problem with the same vehicle for a year. The signal is obviously good from the sensor through the computer or we would get an error code, and the cruise control is good. It usually goes on or off in a turn or moving a lever on the stearing column, so I suspect a bad connection or broken wire (inside insulation) in that area, but have never found it. Let me know if you are successful and I will do the same. Thanks.
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Tuesday, September 5th, 2006 AT 10:18 AM

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