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1997 Subaru Legacy - Consumer Reviews

1997 Subaru Legacy

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This takes the silver
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By not impressed
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1997 Subaru Legacy GT 4dr Sedan AWD


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After owning 21 cars now. This takes 2nd in worst cars I've owned. At 60k oil leaks. At 90k new head gaskets, water pump, thermostat, timing belt, and recored radiator. Shortly after all new brakes. Followed by 4 new struts at 95k. Oh wait more...O2 sensor, MAF sensor, and transmission failing at 105k (still have yet to fix). Car stalls for no reason etc. From July of '04 to March of '05 I spent a little over $3,000 in repairs. And plenty more to come. I am really turned upside down on this car. I plan on eating it and trading it in for a Mustang. Whatever you do. Stay away from Subaru. They didn't have it back in 1978, and they still didn't in 1997. Ford, Toyota, or Honda for me


Best Features

Maybe the weak AWD system?? Which guzzles the gas. I am lucky to get 20mpg on a 4 cylinder. Or maybe it's the outragous price..I should have the status of a BMW owner with how over proud Subaru is. Seriously though, my favorite feature - at least the frameless windows don't leak!!!


Worst Features

Who on earth puts cupholders in front of the vents??? Hello Subaru...can't we figure out a little coolant plumbing? Apparently headgaskets are now considered normal maintence? Since when? And sheesh, how about a little engine room. Dropped the engine to get gaskets replaced. I mean seriously, c'mon.


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Great all around, especially in the snow
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By j_uken
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1997 Subaru Legacy GT 4dr Sedan AWD


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Bought with 100,000 miles. Now at 145,000. Normal maintenance required, nothing out of ordinary. A blast in the snow and wet pavement. Don't think I'll ever go back to 2wd, AWD is great and feels much safer in poor conditions. Nice leather interior.


Best Features

AWD, nice looks/rims, still stylish and gets looks. Nice ride, nice large back seats (don't have to adjust front seats even with tall passengers).


Worst Features

Slide out folding cup holder above radio not a great place... but nice that it is hidden when not used. Leather needs heated seats - at least in the cold midwest.


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solid all-around car
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By caseo6
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1997 Subaru Legacy GT 4dr Sedan AWD


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I bought this car with 150000 miles on
it. I was a bit leary of it at first,
but I've come to like it. It was only
$3600, right in my price range as it is
a car for my son. The leather is in
remarkable condition,as are the
interior accents,power equipment, for a
car with that many miles. The engine is
still strong,though it hesitates
slightly on take off with the auto
tranny(a recall should correct this).
All the paint is fine as well. It only
has one problem that will cost money,
the headlights have hazed over. The
dealership said toothpaste will remove
it.I see this car making well over 200k
miles with no trouble.


Best Features

ample power,awesome handling,power sunroof,tough leather seats,aggessive styling,snow prowess.


Worst Features

cup holder placement, better sealed headlights,turbo(new ones have the same engine with 250hp from turbo).


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Very Solid Car
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By Brad F.
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1997 Subaru Legacy GT 4dr Sedan AWD


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I bought this car over e-bay at 85k
and I now have 104k on it. I've spent
$2500 since then for all the normal
stuff (brakes, tires, struts, timing
belt, ect,). It lives outside and
since I'm always in a hurry, I drive
it hard. So far, it has taken all my
abuse in stride. Since it has the 5-
speed, it can be fun to drive. The
ride is rough, but it handles well.
The rear fenders have started to rust
where the wheel well meets the rear
bumper. This may be due to poor care
on the 1st owners part. No other
rust.


Best Features

AWD is great. As long as you have good tires and you don't bottom the car out, you can make it through any snow storm. Lots of leg room for back seat passanges. Good trunk space. Sporty look for a 4-door. Nice wide tires. Does not use oil.


Worst Features

Better milage. Less noise. Softer ride. Bigger cup holder!


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By EOW
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1997 Subaru Legacy GT 4dr Sedan AWD


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Reading other reviews proves I am not
only one. At 16000 miles had to have
engine replaced due to bad cylinder.
Also the auto antenna sticks
constantly. It is erratic, can't make
up mind whether up/down. Also the ride
is like a truck, very noisy. Mechanic
at dealership says it is the tires
which are original wide tires. It is
VERY good in snow. Design of the cup
holder is extremely poor which has been
changed in the latest ones.


Best Features

The interior is nice with the leather seats and steering wheel. It is stable in rain/snow/ice. The AWD is a PLUS for handling. It compares in looks with the expensive European sedans. Space good for 4 adults, tight for 5. Children space is adequate.


Worst Features

The engine is weak when loaded with passengers and luggage, needs the 6 cylinder. The radio antenna needs to be changed since it is a common problem with this vehicle.


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