1997 Subaru Legacy Consumer Review: Outback after 5 years
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1997 Subaru Legacy - Consumer Review

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Outback Limited Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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Outback after 5 years
By TMW on

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1997 Subaru Legacy Outback Limited 4dr Wagon AWD

Review

I have had more problems with this car than I've had with other cars. I'm on my 4th alternator. The car blew a head gasket at 85,000 costing $1,200 to repair. Before that engine seals went out costing about the same to fix. It has had several fit & finish things that aren't that big of a deal, just anouying.

Favorite Features

The four wheel drive system. Good headroom.

Suggested Improvements

The transmission; 1st gear is too high & 5th too low. Engine needs more low- end torque. Gas tank is too small. Improve window seals to last longer and cut noise. Improve heater and heated seats. Use better quality leather, they look cheap. Improve overall quality & reliability.
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