by Dave Marshall on Jul 10, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Subaru Legacy Brighton 4dr Wagon AWD
Bought at 68K in 2004, we've driven this car everywhere many times over and are now at 199K. Engine still good, never got stuck thanks to AWD, and not a single breakdown. Car has been an unusually expensive one specifically in axle and brake repairs (both rotors and pads). Cat converter began failing long ago but only intermittently. Knock sensor also keeps setting off engine light. Luckily we never had the problems reported for some subies in the head gasket (we have the 2.2L) Original tranny is now close to death (slow to shift, clunks, drivetrain whines). May have pushed it over the edge last year with temporarily mismatched tires. ALWAYS match all 4 tires.
by cbvt on Apr 10, 2008 Vehicle: 1997 Subaru Legacy Brighton 4dr Wagon AWD
This car is great in the snow and Vermont mud season (we live out on three miles of dirt road). My wife is more comfortable driveing this car than our 4wd drive pick-up truck. we bought the car with 70,000 miles on it and the car just seems to go for ever. we are now at 150,000 miles with only minor expected repaires. Definitely the most sturdy and reliable car I have ever owned. I get 28-32 miles per gallon with the manual trans.
by csandvig on Apr 30, 2004 Vehicle: 1997 Subaru Legacy Brighton 4dr Wagon AWD
I bought this car new and it now has
75,000 miles on it. It has required no
repairs and requires minimal
maintenance. All I've done is change
the oil and bought a set of new tires
and it still runs like new.
Front-wheel-drive models are given the ax as Subaru returns to its all-wheel drive roots. Power and torque are up marginally with the base 2.2-liter engine. The 2.5-liter motor (also stronger this year and now available with a manual transmission) is now the only engine mated to the Outback. L models gain cruise control, antilock brakes and power door locks as standard equipment. GTs get a manual transmission, larger tires and revised styling. The Outback lineup is expanded with the introduction of a Limited model, which includes a leather interior, new alloy wheels, fresh exterior colors and wood grain interior trim.
first time posting and hope I do this right...I have a 97 subaru legacy outback and love it. It has 143,000 miles. I had one problem in the year I've owned it and it was a loose hose connecting to t...