I didn't plan on buying another Subaru.
We have an Outback, which was great for
skiing and well put together. But I needed
a new car and drove the Hondas,
Toyotas, Golfs, Passats, etc. Great
cars all, but no soul, no real road
handling. Found myself back at the
Subaru dealer test driving a Legacy
sedan. Not the prettiest car -- but what
a great road handling car! I guess its the
AWD that gives it that great road feel.
My only complaint after 22,000 miles is
it is a bit jerky at low rpms. Incredible
brakes, zippy when passing on quiet
country roads and handles so incredibly
well in the corners.
Handles incredibly well, zippy enough that
I have a big smile plastered to my face
after passing, quiet, 29-30 mpg all the
time, great visibility and a thermometer
that tells me the outside temp.
Better computer/throttle controls at low
rpm. If "0" was your foot fully off the gas
pedal and "10" all the way down, there is
no "1" -- just a "0" or a "2". Hard to be
smooth when that happens. I'm
convinced it is something to do with the
computer chip and nothing mechanical.
I bought a 5 speed Legacy L wagon in
August 2001. I had driven a 1995
Brighton for years. I put very few
miles (3100 in almost 9 months!) on the
car as I commute by bicycle most of the
time. In many ways, the 2001 seems to
be more shoddily constructed than
my '95. The clutch is grabby, it has
an odd groan in the steering when
executing tight, low-speed maneuvers,
the paint has a lot of orange peel, the
wheels were unbalanced, the driver's
door really takes a slam to get it to
shut, and the fuel filler door is
Very smooth, supple ride. Good
handling characteristics, AWD when you
Build quality is an issue, it feels
pretty sluggish Also, compared to
our'95 Camry, the interior feels pretty
cramped. Three kid's carseats/boosters
hardly fit. I hate to say it, but I
regret buying it.
Subaru does not stand behind their
product. The glass window on the
passenger side front door exploded for
no reason when my daughter opened the
door one morning. She sustained injury
to her eye - scratched cornea and cut
under the eyelid. Subaru would not
repair the car under warranty. I went
so far as to contact the President of
Subaru of America for help and got
none. They were extremely rude, which
added insult to injury. The next time
I see them will be in court. Save
yourself the hassle - buy a Nissan
Altima or Toyota Corolla.
Subaru needs to learn how to build safe
cars and how to treat customers with
I have not purchase the Legacy, but I
test drove. I enjoyed the suspension
that was supplied on the car. The ride
was very smooth and comfortable. Also,
the 4 cylinder boxer engine produced
enough power to push the car as if it
was a V6. The only problem I had was
the rear seating capacity. There was
not enough room for people who want to
sit in the rear seat.
We were already convinced of Subaru's reliability record with our first used 1993 Legacy L Wagon. It's up to 220,000 miles and the only major repairs we've made were to replace a front axle and a new alternator.
We choose a new 2002 sedan this time around, and have been very happy with through the first 15,000 miles.
Reliability, solid build, good gas milage and road handling, AWD, excellent safety features. (including ABS standard)
The automatic shifting is a bit rough and lathargic, but the engine has plenty of passing power when needed.