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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By emrose88
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1997 Subaru Legacy L 4dr Sedan AWD


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I bought this car at 170,000m now still running strong at 205,000m with routine maintenance. We did replace 02 sensors around 200,000m as well as brakes, rotors, cv shaft. Other than oil changes, tires and other typical replacements this car has been a dream!


Best Features

It goes like a beast in the snow, plow through almost anything. Easy to drive. It also has a feature if you push the break all the way in while having the clutch in it will hold the break for you as long as you have the clutch in- (not sure what that is called)


Worst Features

It's not a very big car, we have two young kids so it would be nice it was a little bigger. Other than that I wouldn't change a thing!


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Bought it for $500 pt2
2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By grand_dan_97
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1997 Subaru Legacy Outback Limited 4dr Wagon AWD


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I bought this car in august used for $500. The clutch is slowly going, so i have to start it off slow, until i can find one for cheap. Good handling, great gas mileage for an AWD. Minor problems, rear hatch latch must be repaired, rear wiper motor is seized,gas guage dose not read(dummy light works),and 12v outlets dont work, rusty body, solid frame. bought it with 396,000 miles, and have 341000 miles on it now, having had replaced brake rotors and pads, and needing a ball joint replaced, reliable, solid car. Good off road, great traction.


Best Features

Heated seats, heated power mirrors, AWD, power windows, fog lights, and roof rack.


Worst Features

headlight setup, gas guage reads empty all the time, and 12v outlet.


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Bought it for $500
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By grand_dan_97
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1997 Subaru Legacy Outback Limited 4dr Wagon AWD


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I just bought this car in early august with 339,500 miles on it, now its got over 400k and i have little complaints. The hatch wont open...idk; the gas gauge does not work, however the gas dumby light does; The seat heaters, 12v outlets, heated power mirrors, all work, but by some manufcturers ****, they all are on the one 20 amp fuse, which means they all work but dont try and use the 12v...once again im confused of how to fix it. But everything else works, minus a fog light which had a rock put through at 60mph a couple weeks ago. Great on gas almost 400mile on one tank. Satisfying perfomance and handling. Stereo is weak, and finding a wiring converting kit for it is impossible.


Best Features

Heated seats, heated mirrors, AWD, cruise, fog lights, extremely hot heating system for the cold winters.


Worst Features

Improve sturdiness and position of cupholders. Stereo quality. Brightness of dash cluster backlights.


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Best Of The Best
1 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By Sharon
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1997 Subaru Legacy Outback Limited 4dr Wagon AWD


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Bought this vehicle used with 200,000 miles. It now has almost 230,000. Was told the transmission was going out. Was able to drive it for 6 months before having to replace. Put in a used transmission and have no problems since. Iíve owned Chevyís, dodges, fords, and toyotas. This is one the most reliable vehicles Iíve had so far.


Best Features

Love the leather, wood grain, heated seats, reliability, the ageless look, and carrying capacity.


Worst Features

I hate not having remote doors, the oddly placed cup holder, expensive parts (thankfully have not needed any), and poor storage.


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Satisfied in Maine
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By Joe from Maine
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1997 Subaru Legacy Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


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Excellent in the snow. Solid feel. Corners well. Great traction. Comfortable drivers seats for long haul.


Best Features

all wheel drive. handling. heated seats.


Worst Features

none. great car and we would certainly buy another.


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