1997 Subaru Legacy Consumer Review: Breaking my heart
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Breaking my heart
By dosperros on

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1997 Subaru Legacy Outback 4dr Wagon AWD

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My '97 Subaru Legacy Outback wagon was my first brand-new car (after two used Honda Accords), and I loved it. Loved all the room, loved the AWD, thought (still think) it was cute. I ignored the minor inconveniences, like the gas light that stopped working after it was 2 years old. But then, at about 5-1/2 years old the burning oil smell started. Got the front engine seal replaced($500). Now, at 6 years and 105,000 miles, dealer says the gaskets need replacing along with the cam seal (about $700), and maybe some other seal at the back of the engine needs replacing, too ($800 or so). So, fix or trade it in? My Subaru has broken my heart!

Favorite Features

Styling, all the features that came standard, AWD.

Suggested Improvements

Better reliability! Why is the engine falling apart at only 105,000? (And sounds like I was lucky to have it go that long). Car is underpowered, too. Sluggish going uphill especially when fully packed.
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