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1997 Subaru Legacy - Consumer Reviews

1997 Subaru Legacy

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What's breaking next?
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
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Exterior Design
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Reliability
By Jabberwocky
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Vehicle

1997 Subaru Legacy Outback 4dr Sedan AWD


Review

Bought for $3,000, sold for $400. Transmission went out 1 week after purchase. Put another $1,200 in it trying to keep it running for my wife. Still drivable, just not on highway (it would not go above 40 mph). Head gasket blew after 3 months. Found out later that all wheel drive was never really working (no power going to the rear wheels). Power steering went out. Stereo stopped working. Hatch lock broke and would not close.


Best Features

Durable interior and exterior with good styling. Very easy to work on unless you are changing spark plugs.


Worst Features

Subaru needs to stop making these modern day jalopies. From our experience the whole car is mechanically unreliable and unpredictable.


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A Sad Tale
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By Ex-Subaru Fan
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Vehicle

1997 Subaru Legacy Outback 4dr Sedan AWD


Review

This was a great car for 7 years and about 65,000 miles, then the engine problems started: the engine seals leaking, the throttle sensor failing. Same thing the other reviewers experienced. The dealer estimates it needs close to $3,000 in repairs. I took it to an independent mechanic who agreed with the dealer's assessment, but would charge somewhat less to fix it. He said this should not happen to a car with such low mileage, but he said he has replaced Subaru engines because of the problem. Will I fix it? No! Trade it? Yes! BUT NOT ON ANOTHER SUBARU. Never again will I buy a Subaru, and that's a darn shame.


Best Features

Styling, handling, especially in the snow, general fit and finish, cargo space.


Worst Features

Better brake rotors which always were warped no matter how often machined or changed; trouble free engine.


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97 Outback Still going strong
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By Len
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Vehicle

1997 Subaru Legacy Outback 4dr Sedan AWD


Review

Pretty good vehicle. Great in inclement weather. Stores alot of stuff in the back. Good handling, responsive. Tires and brakes last about 60k. Blew the engine at 35k, so the dealer installed a new one, and it has been great ever since, and it was covered 100%. Very few recalls (maybe 1).


Best Features

4 wheel drive


Worst Features

maybe a bigger engine. improve the gas mileage.


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Affordable reliability
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By vermonster
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Vehicle

1997 Subaru Legacy Outback 4dr Sedan AWD


Review

At 120,000 our Outback has had few
problems. Only repair issues (beyond
standard maintenance stuff like brakes,
suspension components, etc) has been ac
compressor. Also, keyless entry and one
of the seat heaters have both stopped
working. Burns zero oil, and has never
let us down. Not super zippy, but gets
you where you need to go. Also, this
isn't a luxury car, so the ride isn't
as smooth as it could be. But, what do
you expect in this price range. I would
categorize this as super-reliable. A
good car at a great price.


Best Features

AWD. With a good set of snow tires, this thing will tackle anything a Vermont winter can throw at it.


Worst Features

Interior controls are lousy. Cup holders obstruct heater/ac controls and radio especially. I hear this has been fixed in newer models. Also, is Subaru the only manufacturer where the electric locks are backwards, ie - up to lock, down to unlock?


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Subaru could be much better
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By monster B
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Vehicle

1997 Subaru Legacy Outback 4dr Sedan AWD


Review

I have had this car for 4 yrs now, and
I must say it is not what I thought it
would be....I have spent over 3,000$
repairing it in the past year....head
gasket(1500$)....wheel bearings,
struts, the heater only works on full
blast(had it fixed once already), the
lights on the heater control and the
seat heaters dont work, the powerlocks
dont work, the enging howls at
40mph....and it leaks oild like a
siv...I take good care of my cars, and
this one has not been reliable at
all....


Best Features

all wheel drive, this car is incredible in the snow..I actually towed a friend out of a snowbank with a jeep wrangler that got stuck, mine drove right in and towed his out


Worst Features

more power(avalable in newer models) better reliability.... better gas milage


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