Beware the 2.5L 4 cylinder engine!!!
By Eric Banks on
Vehicle1997 Subaru Legacy L 4dr Wagon AWD
ReviewAt first, I loved this car - until it needed maintenance. The repair/maintenance costs for this vehicle are excessive compared to the two Nissans I also own. Also, I have found out what apparently others have also - that the engine is unreliable. I have 97,000 miles on mine, and the dealer says that the 3rd cylinder is shot (less than 1/3 normal compression present), requiring not just replacement of head/rings, but the entire engine at a cost of $5,000!! Absolutely unacceptable for a car that costs what a Subaru does. For sure my last Subaru - back to Nissans/Hondas (they run forever!)
Best FeaturesAll wheel drive a joy
Worst FeaturesPoor cooling Abyssmal engine reliability Fair gas mileage Suspect engine probs due to 4 cyl. engine not sufficient for this vehicle
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