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The Adventure Wagon
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Andrew
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1997 Subaru Legacy Wagon Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


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Understand this isn't a Mercedes, although this car doesn't offer much in respect to the interior the reliability is outstanding for a four cylinder car. When I purchased my 2.5L wagon it had 190,000 miles on it. It now has 280,000 miles on it and is running no different then when I bought it. From the coast of California to the coast of north Carolina, this car has only needed an oil change here and there! Weather you be a first time car buyer or someone who wants a reliable car to keep miles off there nice car, you can not go wrong with this car. I will say the acceleration is terrible, I know some people have complaints about the head gasket blowing but I have the feeling its because they tried to drive the car to hard. But as long as you keep the timing belt changed and drive sensibly this car will take great care of you. Other notes: I have a 130lb dog she fits fine in there, the seats lay down giving me plenty of storage room; in fact because I travel so much I usually get a memory foam mattress topper and it makes a perfect bed for me and her (im 6'1). This car also eats oil so just be sure you check the oil every 3000 miles or so. Another thing I noticed when I was in the desert it was sitting stationary for about 5 minutes and started to over heat... I turned it off to let it cool and it was all good. Far as the steering goes its defiantly a longer car; ever since ive owned the car if I make a sharp turn at low speeds it shakes and vibrates a lot... im not sure why but its never hurt anything. The seats padding somewhat wears out on the outside and you can feel the wire frame after a while of getting in and out of the car (im not over weight at all im in great shape... its not because im fat) but the fabric is good material and wont rip easily. also the car has a feature where it notifies you if a specific door is open... they tend to fail over time and it may be telling you a door is open when its not.. that's kind of annoying. The tailgate light also miss reads if the rear door is open or not over time, again nothing major but it can by irritating. Far as clean up goes I have a long hair dog and the carpet doesn't trap hair, its actually really easy to clean up. Also if you change elevation quickly such as going through the rocky mnts the oxygen sensor will go off causing the check engine light to come on, just have it cleared after you get back to a more steady elevation. Remember to keep the tire pressure even! this is what caused the rear end to wine when I bought the vehicle; I guess the previous owner neglected to keep the tire pressure in check which resulted in a wine in the rear end. Something else Im not fond of is the cup holders... there to small.


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Satisfied in Maine
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Joe from Maine
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1997 Subaru Legacy Wagon 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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Good Car So Far
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Subaru Driver....
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1997 Subaru Legacy Wagon Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


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I bought this car six months ago and I have put 10,000 miles on it since then. The dealership that sold it to me had replaced most of the engine, but the only problem I have had with it is the water pump, which was incorrectly installed. It excels on the winter roads in slush, ice, and deep snow. It's good for showing my small dogs and going on long drives. So far, it has been a great car!


Best Features

AWD,Gas tank hatch (on the driver side there is a lever you pull to open your gas tank so no one can steal your gas) Large Trunk Area, Back Seats fold flat, AC plug in in the back


Worst Features

Better and bigger cup holders in a different spot, more AC plugs


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Watch those head gaskets
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By joeysalazar1976
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1997 Subaru Legacy Wagon Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


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The Subaru brand, much like Saab come from airplane companies. The build quality and performance are amazing for the price. But repairs are expensive. The Subaru 2.5 is god awful for blowing head gaskets if you don't baby your car. But if you treat your car right, you will get to experience all wheel drive like no other car company can build for some reason. I have had a wrx and an outback, and both have been whips.


Best Features

All wheel drive handling that is better than its weight. Everything on car is really really tight and solid. Like a German or Japanese car.


Worst Features

Fix the head gasket issue!!!


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Awesome Car!!!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Sherry
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1997 Subaru Legacy Wagon Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


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I bought this car with 98,000 miles as of today I have 252,000. It still runs like a top. I drive over a 100 miles a day to work and I have never felt so safe. Never fails to start. I have only had to do the usual maintenance for it. I make sure it has an oil change ever 3000 and regular maintenance. But I love this car. I live where there are a lot of dirt roads and the roads are not always plowed when I leave for work. This car, with a set of snow tires will walk through anything. I have a driveway that goes down hill along ways, and snow gets pretty deep in my driveway. But this car walk up that driveway like it was summer. I just canít say enough about the car.


Best Features

Heated seats, AWD, the Reliability!!!


Worst Features

Seats could be more comfortable, gas mileage could be a little better.


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