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Be cautious if buying used
By bm16v on 11/23/11 12:03 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Subaru Legacy L AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Bought this vehicle used and it has not been a great experience. Overall, the car is ok but if you are in the market for this model, go above and beyond to see if the vehicle has any oil consumption issues. My car eats oil like crazy and after researching "oil consumption subaru" I have learned I am not alone. I've switched to a thicker oil and have just learned to live with the issue. I have had several VW's and now appreciate what I had with the VR6 engine. Looking forward to seeing how this thing does in the snow, but I really don't like driving this car. Subarus can be good, but this thing is getting sold in the spring.
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Can't part with it.
By ctgal on 11/13/10 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Subaru Legacy GT AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

Review

I bought my subie because I needed a reliable car to get me back and forth to work every day in the NW CT hills. Through snow, ice, torrential rains, you name it. 120 miles a day. This car never failed me and was fun to drive! Finally, at 150,000 miles and 3 trips from East Coast to West Coast, it needed a new head gasket. There is no rust on this car and the finish looks as good as the day I bought it. There is a little wind noise from the driver's side window but I never felt noise was a problem. Now, with 175,000 miles, the car lives in sunny CA where I hope to put another 75K on it driving back and forth to the Sierra Nevada. Still has the pep of a youngster.
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My Second Subaru
By Sirstinky on 10/20/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Subaru Legacy GT AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

Review

I bought this with 69k miles and so far I put a little over 1000 on it. My 1991 has 190,000 miles on it and still runs good so I got another one. So far so good. This is a very good-looking wagon. I love the awd. Good brakes and handling. It's not too loud inside (there's the common Subaru wind noise) and the ride is smooth. So far no head gasket issues, but the engine has a noisy lifter now when cold and the transmission could be better. Jerky shifts when cold, and it upshifts/downshifts slowly when you need it to. The interior looks good and is solidly-built. Not many squeaks or rattles for 70K miles. Gas mileage bad in city driving 19-21 mpg.
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Clutch issues
By krussell on 07/21/10 17:02 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Subaru Legacy L AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I had to replace the clutch in 2008 and now am told I need another clutch! Quoted price is $1000 this seems ridiculous to me. HELP!
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Wonderful car
By Ownedlotsofcars on 05/19/10 20:29 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Subaru Legacy GT AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

Review

I bought my 2002 Subaru Legacy wagon used in 2006. It has been sensational, reliable, fun to drive, easy to handle, just a fine automobile. Things I've had to repair: cooling system has a minute leak somewhere that was stopped with additive; moon roof stopped popping up but the sun roof (yes it's a double moon/sun roof!) works just fine, so the moon roof pop up hardware just needs to be re- engaged. I'm going to have to replace the head gasket soon, but I'm putting it off and putting up with the small leak stain I have in my garage. For a used car, though, it's hard to imagine a better buy. I'm a pretty assertive drive. I drive the crap out of this thing and it has never let me down.
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I will never buy another Subaru
By trs1997 on 05/17/10 14:42 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Subaru Legacy GT AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

Review

I bought my 2002 Subaru Legacy GT Sedan Automatic used (36k). Since then, I have had every service performed, including oil changed every 3500 miles. At 92k miles I had to replace the head gaskets (both sides) $1800. At 120k miles the moon roof computer went out (probably used 3 times a year $500) At 126k miles it spun the #3 Rod Bearing and damaged the Crankshaft. ($4300) - the dealer stocks the short block which tells me they are having LOTS of problems with this motor. This car has never been neglected or abused and always had factory parts as replacement. I am very disappointed in this purchase and now I have no car because it's motor blew and it's at the repair shop with no money to fix it
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Best w/ a little help.
By Wreckreation on 12/20/09 09:30 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Subaru Legacy GT AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I bought this car new. Upgraded from '98 legacy. Added cold air intake, computer mod and short throw shifter. Short throw shifter best addition yet. Intake and computer brought HP to 200! Great power in 25k-55k RPM. Superior in blizzard conditions with 4pp, Snowbaords and gear. Almost 100k w/ no issues. 26mpg in city driving, now in FL and AC is cold as ice, and it turns heads. Black ACR rims w/ chrome strip, adds wonderful cornering capabilities.
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Piece of junk, NEVER again
By Mike Kelly on 10/18/09 17:05 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Subaru Legacy GT Limited AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

Review

This car seemed like a good purchase when my wife and I moved to a hilly location in NW NY. After putting on $600 snows it was only ok in the snow. Soon after, the car began excessively smoking and subaru of north america was absolutely no help at all. Apparently this is normal in these piece of garbage cars. Now with 120k on the car we have had problems with almost everything- right down to the clear coat starting to peel. I have had many subarus and they all had their problems but nothing near this. Never ever again will I go anywhere near this company and I have absolutely nothing good to say about them. It is unfortunate because I truly believed they produced a good product.
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Reliable all-weather performer
By ttran on 06/06/09 15:43 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Subaru Legacy GT Limited AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Bought mine at the tail end of winter in MN. Wish I bought it earlier! This thing plows snow like a champ, especially with the Blizzaks. Truly a vehicle of choice in the winter. Now that it's summer time I'm starting to notice the noise. I don't get any wind noise but the engine and road noise is definitely noticeable. I'm hoping my next set of tires will solve the road noise but I'm not sure what to do about the engine noise. Very buzzy. Handles well but could use more power. I give this a 10 during the winter and a 6.5 for the summer.
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Subarus are over rated
By mr.z on 01/09/09 20:17 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Subaru Legacy GT AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I was very excited when I ordered my Subaru. That all ended after two weeks of ownership thats when the steering started going in and out. I never had a road noise issues it was the wind blowing through the window that never closed proper after two years that I had issue with. That was fixed four times it never lasted more than two weeks. At three years old the car started rusting (body and brake lines), the ABS was no longer working at this point. Maybe I expect to much when I pay $27k car. Last thing I had flat once and the jack broke. I sold this car with over 59k on it.
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