We have driven a 1996 Legacy Brighton 5 speed 120K miles, and just purchased a 2002 Legacy L wagon wi 5 speed. Subaru's strategy has been to make many improvements on a good base car instead of running wi short cycle of major reengineering and redesign. Like VW's strategy of the 60s and 70s, this has allowed Fuji Heavy Industries to spread major design and tooling costs over longer multiyear production runs. The benefits of this strategy, wi modest yen depreciation, reflected in value. Our 1996 Brighton cost us $15300 with self financing. 2002 L Wagon with the improvements and added standard equipment noted below cost us $18500 with 1.9 percent 24 month financing.
As always, AWD and wagon are biggies. Improvements include larger engine wi more torque & hp, more refined interior, better cupholders, improved instrument pod PLUS adding ABS, power locks, power windows, cruise control, tachometer, roof rails and tonneau cover as standard rather than options.
Manual transmission remains a little vague. Shifting could be more fun and easier.
Larger engine comes at expense of fuel economy.
Listen Subaru rocks!!!
I have a 95 wagon LS and i love it
and i'm seriously considering buying
the only problem i have with them is
their high price tag sure you get an
awesome machine but it is a tad
expensive when comparing to others like
toyota matrix for example
But don't get me wrong they have the
best engine out of any car and their
vehicals have guts
We just picked up our 2nd Subaru last
week for only $17,827. For that price
we got ABS, AWD, wagon bodystyle,
AM/FM/cassette, A/C, cruise, keyless,
power windows, power locks, power
steering, power mirrors, and carpets.
Nothing can match the features for the
price. The car feels solid and smooth,
and was delivered with zero flaws.
It's roomy, quiet, comfortable, and was
best in class in IIHS crash tests.
It's fun and practical. Warranty is
better than Honda. Materials better
than average for the class, too.
AWD, ABS, keyless, cruise, power
everything, tons of cargo space.
They should offer the H6 with a 5 speed
and on a more affordable model. Or the
turbo Blitzen models that are available