Wish it was a '97!
By Usergonemad on
1996 Subaru Legacy Outback 4dr Wagon AWD
Good handling, reasonable power,
wonderful bad-weather car with plenty
of room and good comfort. But at 22K
the trick 16-valve 2.5L quad-cam boxer
engine (only made in '96) started
pinging like an old GM diesel, even on
94.5 octane premium gas. Dealer no
help. Now at 99K it has bad oil seals,
a bad wheel bearing, needs a 3rd set of
brakes, bad CV joint, engine sensors,
more. Love the car, hate the
reliability. Service expensive, parts
expensive, fuel economy is poor for the
power. Absolutely incredible deep snow
capability makes up in part for the
rickety nature. 100K trouble-free is
not a lot to ask from a car nowadays!
Traded in my '92 Miata SE in a
snowstorm just before Xmas '95. Had
to get 1500 miles by the holiday.
Afterward I drove up the East Coast
thru the Snowstorm of the Century.
Road closed for 800 miles.
Passed a row of snowplows while on all-
Better electrical components. Better
gaskets. Better bearings. Better CV
joints. Better brakes. Better radio.
Better quality control would have been