By Wilsons on
1997 Subaru Legacy Brighton 4dr Wagon AWD
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!
When it drives it runs smoothly and
looks good where other wagons don't.
Cargo space is good. AWD allows you to
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