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By Buckwheat
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1996 Subaru Legacy L 4dr Wagon AWD


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This car is the most reliable vehicle that I've ever owned. I'm an auto tech and I really don't like working on my own cars and this one really fits the bill. It is also one of the most sure footed vehicles that I've EVER owned for ice and snow.


Favorite Features

Extended head room. I'm 6'6" tall.


Suggested Improvements

Low end torque.


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I love this car!
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By shey69
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1996 Subaru Legacy Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


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This is my third Subaru wagon and they just keep getting better. I'm not easy on cars, but these Subarus take the beating and keep on running in style. Not to mention I can drive past most cars stuck in the mud and snow. I take alot of long trips and this model is sooo comfy. I always reccommend Subaru AWD to my friends.


Favorite Features

AWD and aggressive engine.


Suggested Improvements

I'd like to see more reasonably priced accessories.


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DON'T BUY OVER 60K MILES!
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By T Paul
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1996 Subaru Legacy Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


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I bought this car with 65K and had to put a miminum of $1500/year to keep running! MINE HAS 100K NOW. Multiple failures and trust me, YOU CAN'T FIX THEM YOURSELF! You can't even change sparkplugs without a special tool. DON'T BUY THIS PIECE OF JUNK! My short list of repairs: window switch $250, oil pump $1000, DASH LIGHTS $250, rear hatch stuck $150, starter $400, alternator $400, FINNALY transfer case seals $1500! I did all dealership visits thinking I would prevent breakdowns but I WAS WRONG! I'M SELLING. ANYONE WANT TO BUY?


Favorite Features

4 WHEEL DRIVE


Suggested Improvements

GUTLESS ENGINE, VERY UNRELIABLE, VERY EXPENSIVE TO FIX! DON'T BUY IT.


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Thousands in repairs
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By Glenford
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1996 Subaru Legacy LSi 4dr Wagon AWD


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We purchased this car new, and have always maintained it at the dealer. Over the years, we have not only had too many unexpected repairs (antenna, alternator, compressor, engine seals, engine seals, engine seals), but we repeatedly get it fixed only to have to return the next day for "final fixes". Compared to our 95 Honda Accord, this was so much less reliable we will not consider another Subaru.


Favorite Features

All wheel drive has always been good in our snowy state (NY)


Suggested Improvements

Reliability, cup-holder design, fuel gauge always reads low.


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


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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.


Favorite Features

None


Suggested Improvements

Not possible.


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