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1996 Subaru Legacy - Consumer Reviews

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Very dependable
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By Dan C
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1996 Subaru Legacy L 4dr Wagon


Review

I am at 186,000 miles and have experienced very few problems. Automatic door lock malfunctions have recurred a number of times however. Also, don't let your drink drip or sweat too much or it messes up the neutral-start switch (under the shift console). Have replaced an oxygen sensor and speed sensor; TPS probably next.


Best Features

four-wheel drive, reliability, easy to change oil.


Worst Features

Door lock system, perhaps easier access for spark plug changes and simple repairs.


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Buy a Toyota
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By seattle
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1996 Subaru Legacy L 4dr Wagon


Review

I agree with the other reviewers who tell you not to buy this car with more than 60,000 miles. I've had numerous, expensive repairs done which I NEVER had to do on Toyotas I've owned. I LOVE the looks, size and idea of the legacy, but I'm really going to have to think twice before I buy another Subaru.


Best Features

AWD, good size


Worst Features

Bigger engine, better gas mileage. Redesign the automatic door locks. If you lock the driver side, it locks the whole car = good. If you unlock the driver side, it unlocks the whole car = annoying and creeps me out in isolated parking garages.


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ANOTHER Overrated Japanese Brand
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By Whitebeard
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1996 Subaru Legacy L 4dr Wagon


Review

This car was bought used with 30,000
miles already racked up. Could not
understand why someone would trade this
car with such low milage, however I
soon found out why! The car is
terrible! A never ending source of
annoying repairs from instrument
cluster lights to alternators to whell
bearings, axles, tie-rod ends, and
Catalytic converters!. I also own a
ford crown victoria and the Ford is
MUCH MORE reliable. Gas milage for a
2.2 4 cylinder is around 19 mpg
currently. Car is GARBAGE and will
shortly be sold.


Best Features

None


Worst Features

Not possible.


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'96 Subaru Wagon --My "Work Horse"
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By tracyd123
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1996 Subaru Legacy L 4dr Wagon


Review

I just love my Subaru Wagon. It has
58000 original miles (i'm original
owner). The AWD is great on ice, snow,
slick wet desert roads, and
gravel/sandy roads. It's big enough to
travel 2000 miles/yr with my two big
dogs in back seat and my fish, and all
my belongings--for my animals and me
for an extended summer vacation. I've
driven it thru blizzards and gumbo (mud)
in SD, flash floods in Las Vegas, ice
and snow in UT, and on hot/dry and
slick/wet roads throughout America. It
is virtually problem free (only tires,
battery, and brake shoes needed) and
totally reliable.


Best Features

Reliability and dependability on any driving surface, including off road.


Worst Features

Better gas mileage and bring back the 4WD on demand as opposed to AWD!


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1996 Subaru L AWD Station Wagon
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By mustang
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1996 Subaru Legacy L 4dr Wagon


Review

Terrific car. AWD works amazingly well
in all weather conditions. Power is
somewhat lacking, but enough. Car has
98000 miles and has had no major
problems. We had two sensors go out
with a total cost of $216.00. Get about
31 mpg on the road and about 26 on stop
and go driving. Cupholder unhandy.
Plenty of cargo room with more
available with rear seats down. Good
styling that does not diminish with age.
Wife's car and will not have anything
else.


Best Features

Ease of driving. Gas mileage. Cargo space. Styling.


Worst Features

More power with minimal decrease in gas mileage. Reposition cup holders(which Subaru has done in later models.) Make it easier to replace front side lights (have to take out grill.)


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