A Sad Tale
By Ex-Subaru Fan on
1997 Subaru Legacy Outback 4dr Sedan AWD
This was a great car for 7 years and about 65,000 miles, then the engine problems started: the engine seals leaking, the throttle sensor failing. Same thing the other reviewers experienced. The dealer estimates it needs close to $3,000 in repairs. I took it to an independent mechanic who agreed with the dealer's assessment, but would charge somewhat less to fix it. He said this should not happen to a car with such low mileage, but he said he has replaced Subaru engines because of the problem. Will I fix it? No! Trade it? Yes! BUT NOT ON ANOTHER SUBARU. Never again will I buy a Subaru, and that's a darn shame.
Styling, handling, especially in the snow, general fit and finish, cargo space.
Better brake rotors which always were warped no matter how often machined or changed; trouble free engine.