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she gave us 130K trouble-free miles
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By kat2015
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2002 Subaru Legacy L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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We bought our 2002 Legacy Wagon brand new in 2001. We have put almost 135K miles on her, and now she's burning/leaking about 1 quart of oil every 1000 miles. Mechanic tells us she has a cracked head gasket and unlike older Subarus, where you could simply put a new engine in the thing for about $1500, these models don't work like that and will require repair for about $2000. So we are shopping for a new car. Most likely another (our 3rd) Subaru, as we are addicted to AWD in the unpredictable northwest winters.


Best Features

AWD, Pep (she gets me up and over 2 mountain passes with ease regularly), reliability (we have had no troubles, until now). Great family car. Great for people with dogs.


Worst Features

Better gas mileage will be nice in the newer models.


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Problem after problem
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By kbauman
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2002 Subaru Legacy L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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In the 5 1/2 years since we bought our 2002 legacy we've had to replace the oil pan (60k miles), head gasket (85k miles), and catalytic converters (88k miles). Our maintanence costs on this car are running at a rate of around $4000/yr, which is more than the payment of a new car. It's either a lemon, or Subaru just doesn't build them like they used too.


Best Features

AWD wagon.


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


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AWD is great. 110,000 miles replaced head gaskets $1200. 25-28 mpg. Back oxygen sensor out, would cost $100+ just for the part. Wind noise on driver's door correctable only by wedging paper in between gasket and window. Passenger window has be raised and lowered until perfect to cancel wind noise. Has always started. Seats aren't overly comfortable for long drives. Overall I would get another one.


Best Features

AWD. Towing ability.


Worst Features

Rubber floor instead of carpet. Wind noise from windows.


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Great wagon
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By may ma
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2002 Subaru Legacy L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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If you are looking for a wagon for less than 20K. This is it!


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4th Subaru (better each time)
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By ShawanoJim
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2002 Subaru Legacy L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I got a leftover '02 L-wagon for $600 under invoice w/3.9% financing. I love the car. Great seats and driving position. Wagon has lots of room for luggage/stroller and grocery bags. Everything is solid on the car. A well equipped vehicle for the L (base) model. Subaru’s are the most reliable vehicles I’ve ever owned (as good as my Acura Legend and Toyota X-cab 4x4 Pickup!). Very easy to service for the weekend mechanic. Truly Subaru's have best in class crash test ratings. Glad we had one when someone decided to cross a divided highway in front of my wife w/ her ‘95 Impreza. Have looked at crash ratings ever since!


Best Features

Love the standard ABS (w/disks all around) and the excellent All-Wheel- Drive system The 5-speed shifts like a dream. Best in class crash test ratings!


Worst Features

Wish the window in hatch would open separately. Would prefer to be able to switch between the radio/cassette/CD player without having to eject the cassette or pause CD. Couple more inches of leg room for the rear seat.


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