1996 Subaru Legacy Wagon - Consumer Reviews

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Very good car
By Bogey on 05/30/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Subaru Legacy Wagon Outback 4dr Wagon AWD

Review

A very reliable , comfortable and well- equipped car. Only one major servicing in 7 years- and that includes this past terrible winter. Not garaged, but started first try every day. Enough power for major highways and comfortable in any conditions. New car will be same make and model.
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96l wagon
By pbotz on 05/28/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Subaru Legacy Wagon L 4dr Wagon AWD

Review

great car, extremely reliable. I love the AWD and you cant beat the usefulness of a wagon. next car will most likely be a subaru. It has 115k on it now, and I am not planning on getting rid of it for a LONG time.
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Skip the 2.5...go for a stick 2.2 outbac
By amc62 on 05/09/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Subaru Legacy Wagon Outback 4dr Wagon AWD

Review

Many of the problems associated with the outback are due to the 2.5 liter engine option...1996 was the only year you could get a 2.2 with a manual in the outback. on the other hand, the car has a poor clutch (still grabs fine, just shudders and squeaks and chirps). Also, be aware that a used outback that has had mismatched tires is hard to determine until you get the characteristic transfer case binding. i have heard of miracle cures for the automatic transmission-equipped cars, but good luck with the manuals. seems you have to buy an entirely new viscous coupler to solve the problem (subaru didn't design the coupler to be serviced).
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Hard to Beat!
By mtnsnows on 05/09/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Subaru Legacy Wagon Outback 4dr Wagon AWD

Review

Bought with 60K, now 170. Have the 2.5 - NEVER buy the 2.2! I drive in snowy mountains and fast, hard highway driving. Can't imagine a better car. Comfy and full featured. Just noticed the seats could be better (I'm 6'4", 230 lbs.), but has adj. lumber support and seat heater makes popcorn! Fantastic reliability. NO unsched. maint. until 10K mi. ago. Overheated, led to head gaskets. Re: other reviews. The oil seal is designed to be replaced with timing belts (at 60-80K), any GOOD, TRUSTY dealer/mech will do this. Awesome AWD, goes thru snow that leaves Jeeps, Explorers and Rodeos stuck. Love it! Hard to replace.
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ALL OWNERS SHOULD KNOW
By Subaru Owner on 04/23/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Subaru Legacy Wagon L 4dr Wagon AWD

Review

All 1996 owners of the Legacy wagon should know that there is a major design flaw with the altenators/regulators. Subaru has a bulletin out on this problem, but will not stand behind their cars outside the warranty. The altenator was pumping out 29 volts on a 12 volt system and blew out the airbag module/ABS module/Altenator/main fuse box/condensors on the radio. No warning signs were evident at all. Get you altinator checked to be safe.
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Overall great car!
By SLC Subie Lover on 03/25/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Subaru Legacy Wagon L 4dr Wagon AWD

Review

Subaru really makes an amazingly reliable car. My 96 Legacy AWD Wagon has been great. Very little maintenance needed all the way to 100,000 miles. The AWD is unstopable in the snow, and the versatility of a wagon is hard to beat. I get pretty good gas mileage (22 city/27 hwy). Only improvements I'd recommend are more powerful engine (even the new 2003 6-cyl Outback is still sluggish) and lumbar support in the front seats.
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Watch Out
By Hollander on 03/24/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Subaru Legacy Wagon Outback 4dr Wagon AWD

Review

Overall, I've been very happy with the Outback, a great alternative to SUVs. Generally reliable until my 95K mile gotcha -- exhaust valve replacement for $2,400. Apparent design defect; my local dealer said they see this sometimes on the '96s. I opted for the repair since I had had no other problems in 7 years, just routine maintenance.
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1996 Subaru L AWD Station Wagon
By mustang on 03/07/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Subaru Legacy Wagon 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.
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Profound Disappointment
By Budster on 02/26/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Subaru Legacy Wagon Outback 4dr Wagon AWD

Review

Purchased this car new, largely on the strength of Subaru's reputation for safety and reliability. Mistake One: did not check cost of repair rating with insurer-- insurance cost STEEP. Mistake Two: did not buy this car from a standalone Subaru dealer. Multimark dealers do not maintain parts or knowledgable mechanics on site. (Found this to be true with several dealers.) This car is fine in poor conditions-- but so are many others. It was cheaply built of cheap materials. The absolute WORST paint job I've ever experienced. Alloy wheels corrode so badly that tires won't hold air! The ride is absurdly poor, and always has been. No more Subies for me!
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Don't buy a Subaru
By vawest on 02/02/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Subaru Legacy Wagon Outback 4dr Wagon AWD

Review

A real disappointment! Transmission Problem just 6 months into ownership.It routinely rev's the RPM's > 4000 when on hills. We paid extra for the bigger engine (2.5L), yet the engine's performance is absymal No p/u whatsoever. The gas mileage is poor at best.And Lately the engine light is on continuously. Four times we have had the dealer look at it. They know that the trouble is the EGR Valve, yet haven't been able to fix it. Along the way, we have put out hundreds of dollars trying to get it repaired.Twice the car has stalled & wouldn't start up due to this issue. What a piece of junk! I will never, ever buy a Subaru again!
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