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Way better than a gas-guzzling SUV
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By targent
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1996 Subaru Legacy Wagon Brighton 4dr Wagon AWD


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I purchased this car used six years ago at 30,000 miles. It now has 90,000. Until this week, I had virtually no problems with it, driving it on many long trips (including coast-to-coast several times) and through sand, snow, and other less-than-ideal road conditions. Depsite the $900 repair bill for a new water pump, various oil seals/gaskets, a tensioner bearing, and a timing belt, I've been very, very pleased with the car, especially mechanically.


Best Features

After having this car, I would never buy a car WITHOUT all-wheel drive. I've been pleasantly surprised by fuel mileage, which is consistently 31 mpg on the highway.


Worst Features

With age, the suspension has gotten a little creaky. Position of cup-holder is bad.


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Great Vehicle
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By thor831
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1996 Subaru Legacy Wagon Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


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I'm very happy with this vehicle. The AWD is great. Goes right through snow.


Best Features

AWD, Comfort, Reliable


Worst Features

Better MPG for a 4 cyl.


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No Toyota or Honda
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By T. Rush
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1996 Subaru Legacy Wagon Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


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Subaru has had alternator replaced, light bulbs in dash burned out and extremely expensive to replace. No thought given by Subaru to maintainability. Paint job thin and not durable. Second set of tires, still losing air pressure (since day one, up to 3 lbs per week per tire).I assume issues are with the factory rims. Oil leaks here and there requiring seal/gasket replacement. Not up to par with Toyota or Honda in my 30 years of car ownership experience. Still driving my 89 Camry All-Trac with 186K miles and aside from routine maintenence, have spent less in repairs than I have on the 96 Outback.


Best Features

Great AWD, handles well, love the heated seats and mirrors, and factory roof rack. Perfect size for hauling boating gear, dog, fishing gear. Looks great.


Worst Features

Subaru has to start building a better quality car. Needs to Design for Assembly and Design for Maintainability. If Honda comes out with an Accord AWD wagon, or Toyota comes out with an AWD Camry or Corolla wagon, many of us will defect instantaneously.


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mediocre...
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By Marco Vera
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1996 Subaru Legacy Wagon GT 4dr Wagon AWD


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Great AWD, but then it's not snowing but 5% of the time even in MN! Awful clutch, replaced at 78,000mi, had been slipping for the past 20,000. Below average fuel consumption, average performance, and pretty crummy breaks. Air leak out of corroded front rims..reminds me of the FIAT I once owned... Don't think it deserves it's reliability reputation!


Best Features

AWD is great, room to spare, great family car...


Worst Features

Please inprove quality! Resign that clutch! Look at rim corrosion!


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subaru great highway car
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By danielcotton1
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1996 Subaru Legacy Wagon L 4dr Wagon AWD


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i bought this car because my previous subaru was struck by a deer. this car has been completely reliable. i have put over 80,000 miles on it and besides regular normal maintence....i had to replace the water pump and the cam sensor. my '86 subaru had 286,000 miles on it before the deer took it out and this car still has good power and should be around to munch up more miles. my mother in law has a subaru that had almost 300 thousand miles on it(1983) and just bought another as well. get the regular scheduled maintence done along with changing the oil every 3,000 miles....you won't be dissapointed.


Best Features

all wheel drive is great in the snow and handles very well. cheap to maintain.


Worst Features

would like to see the cars having 2 doors instead of 4. safety issue for having young childeren.


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