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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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What's next!!??
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By adam
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1997 Subaru Legacy Outback Limited 4dr Wagon AWD


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As soon as I bought this car the starter went out. Had it replaced. As soon as the starter was replaced, the engine and radiator blew up (cracked). After replacing the engine and radiator, the starter broke again.... then again... then AGAIN... THEN AGAIN! Loud whistling coming from muffler when accelerating. Keyless entry breaks for no reason. Transmission starts leaking out of the blue. Popping noise coming from shocks/struts. AC failure - had to replace entire AC system.... and it's still bad. ALL THIS IN LESS THAN A YEAR!! Needless to say I just recently got rid of it (woohoo!). I got a lemon and tried to make lemonade... but this lemon was as rotten as they get.


Best Features

Good concept - love how open the interior is. Lots of storage space.


Worst Features

Replace the engine with a hampster wheel - you'll be better off!


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typical head gasket problems
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Dr. Kupras
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1997 Subaru Legacy Outback Limited 4dr Wagon AWD


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Haven't had this car for 3 years yet and have been very dedicated to maintaining it; new tires, struts, water pump, starter, 2 timing belts, front wheel bearing, etc, etc. Bought it with 85k on it, now has 123k and the head gasket is blown, which I found out is very common on these Subarus. Damn thing keeps over heating and will cost about 2 gs to fix it now, which I won't do. I will never buy another Subaru again. I paid extra for it since I was under the illusion it was a quality car. However, I know now that they are junk like most other cars out there. It doesn't matter if you take great care of them or not, they'll only bleed you dry.


Best Features

6 CD changer, and heated seats were nice for the winter. AWD was great in snow.


Worst Features

Subaru should own up to the fact that the 97 head gasket problem was a design flaw on their part. This is not a one off, these cars die repeatedly and Subaru should be ashamed of themselves for making this can of junk.


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