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.
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.
Better gas mileage will be nice in the newer models.
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.
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.
AWD. Towing ability.
Rubber floor instead of carpet. Wind noise from windows.
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!
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
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.