2003 Subaru Legacy Review | Edmunds.com

2003 Subaru Legacy

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Subaru Legacy Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Flat 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 165 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/25 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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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
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  • 25
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



8 years on: many major

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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




Eh... won't do again

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Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Legacy L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Liked it alot when I bought it -but won't do this model again. Many people I know LOVE their Subaru- but, IMHO- it's too much $$ for the bang. Our plan was to buy a new car that we can drive for many years. It's cramped when 4 in the car- and worse if an avg size dog comes with us. Exterior paint stinks-chips easily. Too many blind spots to find during test-drive. (I didn't read the articles for testing- beforehand.) Thought gas would be better- 19-21 is best mileage yet.Don't fall for the brouha-ha... I'm going with Honda or Toyota for my next car- asap.



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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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Talk About The 2003 Legacy

2003 Subaru Legacy Discussions See all Started By

ateixeira
ateixeira
04-11-2002
Suggested topics: Papa Bear's 15 minutes of fame, the NY Auto Show, 2003 Legacy, 2003 Forester, 2003 Baja, and my favorite - "Turbot: grilled or fried?"...


dynamitedg
dynamitedg
07-02-2014
I brought my 2003 Legacy to a mechanic last week with a steering problem. Turns out the hose was dried out and leaking in 3 places and I needed a new pump. I got a call on Friday saying they replace...


feilo
feilo
07-12-2002
Legacy 7/10/02 press release "Subaru Realigns and Refines Legacy Model Line for 2003" (link on www.media.subaru.com) does say that the Legacy GT retains the sports-tuned suspension....



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