by _herzog on Nov 8, 2013 Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Legacy L AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
I loved this car and would purchase another, because Subaru's are safe and handle amazing. Worse luck though, I had a blown head gasket at just over 100k and that was the beginning of all sorts of engine problems, resulting in eventual engine replacement; and this, despite faithful maintenance from the dealer since I purchased it at 14k.
by barufan on Apr 2, 2012 Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Legacy L Special Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
This car has been rock solid. Over 150,000 miles and counting. The review that talks about the shifting, just drop into 3rd on the automatic in-town; the 4th gear is overdrive for the highway...read the manual! The head gaskets have been an issue, but there is a replacement gasket that permanently fixes the problem. I did mine as a preventative and it is still cheaper to own than many other car brands that I won't mention. I think this is a great car and will buy Subarus forever. Can't wait for the diesel model to hit the US.
by tommchugh on Dec 2, 2011 Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Legacy L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
Bought this car new in 2003 because of manual transmission,wagon&4wheel disc. Until 2006 this was a reasonable car for my wife to drive for errands and commute.
2006 brought out the true character, noticed the clutch slipping at 48K.
Had moved, took it to a dealer in new location, need 3 part clutch and brakes, calipers and rotors for ~$4.2K.
Brakes had never "chirped", pass. front rotor very thin. Subaru after much back and forth did the parts but not the labor ($2.4K) at 48,000 miles.
Fast forward to 2011, front brakes rotors and calipers @ 8 K mi., and today at 88K same for rears + fluid flush because of heat damage.
Called Subaru today, thanked for report. Will NOT buy Subaru again
For 2003, Subaru has added standard equipment and slightly altered available trim levels. The previous Legacy GT and GT Limited models have been consolidated into one 2.5 GT series, with all GT Limited equipment now standard. The new 2.5 GT's optional four-speed automatic now comes with a Sportshift manual mode. To fill the void created by the GT consolidation, Subaru has created an L Special Edition Package that adds several features from the 2.5 GT. Base L models now come with a standard CD player and keyless entry. 2.5 GTs have an upgraded sound system with an in-dash six-disc CD changer. Finally, all Legacys receive slightly freshened front-end styling.