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2003 Subaru Legacy

Subaru Legacy Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Flat 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 165 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Subaru Legacy

  • A capable all-weather sedan or wagon for an agreeable price.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    All-wheel drive, a host of standard features, available as a sedan or a wagon, less expensive than many European competitors.

  • Cons

    Side airbags available only on 2.5 GT models, no six-cylinder engine offered.

  • What's New for 2003

    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.

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Customer Reviews

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Great subaru can't go wrong

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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.



5 of 6 people found this review helpful

Not like previous subarus

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Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Legacy L Special Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

This model was a lemon from the start. First two days discovered there was almost no transmission fluid in the transmission. Dealer blamed us but rescinded when I wrote to Subaru Regional Manager. 70K miles car overheated due to blown gaskets, $3,000+ replacement of heads. Now at 125,000 it is being towed away as a donor as either the rod bearings or main bearings are starting to go. Two previous Subarus (1990's models) are still on the road after we gave them away at 225,000 miles years ago. This is the last Subaru we will buy.




Fooled

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Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Legacy L Special Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

I bought this car brand new seven years ago thinking that since it was a Subaru I wouldn't have to worry about a major repair bill until well after it hit 100,000 mi....I was wrong. This car only has 86,000 mi. on it and the cylinder head gasket is leaking. Cost estimate for repair is $920 to repair the one, and if I want to replace both the estimate is around $1700. Shortly after I bought the car, Subaru had a recall on it to fix something in the transmission. So much for the Subaru reputation for building a reliable car. Another irritation is the heater, it gets my right foot nice and toasty but leaves my left foot cold. On the positive side; it is a comfortable ride.




New subaru

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Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Legacy L Special Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

Seems to be a great car, have 950 miles on it so far. Hope as good as previous Subaru's.




Wagon

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Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Legacy L Special Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

I replaced a Passat and found the subaru less powerful and providing less gas milage than the Passat.The pluses are the all drive and the fa.ct that it runs on low test gas.The superior reliability and better braking are also plusses so on balance I like it better than the Passat.




Great value

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Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Legacy L Special Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

Recently test drove the special edition Legacy wagon. Impressed with the value in the package. Very nice ride and handling. At first acceleration seemed underwhelming but I found out that you have to really floor it to get the trans to kick down and get the engin into the higher rev range. Once you stomp on it, it goes pretty good. This thing is huge inside with the seats folded down. The cargo capacity rivals the much taller Honda CRV. I thought the interior was of good quality for the price range. Exterior styling is understated but it kind of grows on you. Overall, I think it is a great alternative to an SUV.



Full 2003 Subaru Legacy Review

What's New for 2003

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.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
/
  • 26
  • highway
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