I bought this car with 60,000 miles from
a graduating med student and so got an
amazing price. It's a great car and a
nice change from my old ford ranger.
AWD is amazing the engine is peppy
unless the a/c is on then in drags a bit
and has to be punched up a bit to
accelerate. Has no glaring problems.
Windshield does whistle a bit with
crosswinds and it has a strange rattle
noise during low end acceleration
sometimes but still runs perfectly. It
corners like it's on rails .
The AWD and low center of gravity make
for fun driving Next time i'll probably
opt for the 227 or 250 hp version b/c
the 165 is a bit slow when beating
someone off the line. 22-28 mpg with an
automatic AWD car? beats the snot out
of a 14 mpg 2WD ranger that cornered
like a bathtub.
There are many options available
including the cd player and moonroof and
foglights etc. So i guess the
windshield noise and cheaper turbo chargers.
I purchased this car for winter
driving in NJ and it was FANTASTIC
considering the brutal winters for
Some quirks I've noticed are the
occasional burning smell coming from
the vents after bad weather driving
(probably an AWD thing) and a
whistling windshield in high
crosswinds when all windows are rolled
up. Neither of these can be addressed
by the dealer, of course. Through
various internet user groups, it seems
these are common Subaru quirks and
although annoying, are mostly sporatic
and shouldn't deter anyone from buying
AWD is amazing, plain and simple. The
car is roomy, I'm 6'4" tall and have
pleanty of head room.
the burning smell seems to be a common
Subaru complaint, I'd like to see that
addressed. I would like to see a full
folding rear seat. A section of the
rear seat folds down for skis, but not
the entire seat, makes it difficult to
move large objects.
While I've only had the Legacy for a
short time (will review in another year
after another 20k miles) it is one of
the best cars for the money. I bought
mine used for a very fair price. I
compared the Legacy with the Accord,
Camry and Altima and found that price
alone was one of the best features.
Performance in the Legacy surpased all
the above cars. Interior and exterior
design are simple but very appealing.
AWD gives this car it's great
handling. I like the shift lock auto,
nice if you can't get the manual. Ice
cold AC is a plus.
Needs a cruise indicator. Suprised an
01 didn't have a CD player. Otherwise
not much to change.
This is my first Subaru and all I can
say is "WOW"! Since my vehicle was
purchased in September I have grown to
love it more. It handles excellent in
the Northwest rain and snow. It has a
peppy 165 HP motor, not bad for a 4
cylinder! I would highly recommend
getting the auto-dimming/compass
mirror. I bought one after the fact,
installed it myself (piece of cake) and
no more rearview mirror glare from
The All Wheel Drive Traction!
Better gas mileage. Don't get me wrong,
for the amount of horses and
considering it's all wheel drive, it's
not too bad on gas, but 30-35 MPG would
be nice too. :-)
When i was introduced to the car, the
salesman took me to an offroad test
area, and put the car through its
paces. I was shocked at how well the
car drove. Since we purchase this in
Alaska, we moved back to the lower 48
in mid-winter, with the subaru (L
Sedan) pulling a 3,000 Ib trailer down
the Alcan Highway. It performed
great. Since then we have even had to
use it to pull a stuck ford focus out
of the sand at the beach before the
ocean ate it for lunch. My only
complaint would be the tight fit for a
tall person driving.
Power, handling, AWD system.
Increase leg room for driver, even 2"
would be great