1997 Subaru Legacy Consumer Review: engine failure
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1997 Subaru Legacy - Consumer Review

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1997 Subaru Legacy Outback 4dr Wagon AWD

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Bought a used 97 outback only 5 months ago. The car was great at 1st & I was such an advocat of Subaru that I bought another one for my wife. I opted for this car & thought (wrongly) that it was reputed for reliability. I drive many Hwy miles & expect more from Subaru. I had problems around 100k: crankshaft seals, burning oil smell, alternator recall & faulty dash lights! Also had the mass air flow & TPS sensors replaced at $600. At last oil change was informed cam & rear engine seals need replaced for $700. Motor failed 108K. Subaru advised on a new engine at $5700. This car should last longer than this & problems are more than coincidence!

Favorite Features

When it drives it runs smoothly and looks good where other wagons don't. Cargo space is good. AWD allows you to drive safely.

Suggested Improvements

Better engine. Better eletrical system. Better a/c system. Better cup holders. More horse power (sluggish uphill). Mileage is poor. Subaru have some re-engineering to do!
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