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This is the best car I have ever owned
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By MNlovessubies
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2003 Subaru Legacy Sedan L Special Edition AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Extremely reliable - even at 82k miles. The clutch is tight and acceleration with my manual 5 speed transmission is good. I have achieved 30 MPG on highway trips. I take this car on long trips and the seats are the perfect mix of firmness and luxury. I live in Minnesota, so the AWD has saved me numerous times while others are stranded. I honestly haven't had a single problem. I do keep up all recommended maintenance at the Subaru dealership.


Favorite Features

5 speed - sunroof - AWD


Suggested Improvements

Keep up the great work Subaru!


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This car is OUTSTANDING
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By twincities25
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2003 Subaru Legacy Sedan L Special Edition AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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No problems. Great MPG. I have the special edition L series which includes a fantastic sunroof and upgraded wheels. I bought the 5 speed for better acceleration and good MPG. The best MPG I have gotten was 30 (highway). I baby this car and always have the routine maintenance done. I live in a snowy/icy area so the All wheel drive is definitely appreciated. I have never driven a more reliable car. I still get compliments on the car even though it is more than five years old now.


Favorite Features

5 speed, AWD, sunroof, MPG


Suggested Improvements

None.


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Amazing until 100k
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By _herzog
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2003 Subaru Legacy Sedan L AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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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.


Favorite Features

The braking system is amazing in this car. I'm convinced it prevented at least one major accident. The AWD handling is equally amazing and helpful to me, as I often drive in icy, snow conditions when I snowboard--never had to chain up.


Suggested Improvements

First, the shotgun seat has less leg room for some reason, causing complaints by my tall friends. Second, the stereo went out, and I couldn't find a way to replace it with an aftermarket stereo, since the whole console is connected; I wound up replacing it for over $600. Lastly, and most important, build the engine so that head gasket repair is not imminent, or stand by your maintenance plan if it does happen--I had it maintained at over $1,000 a pop, just to have engine problems down the road.


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Faulty Head Gaskets Still - Buyer Beware
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By Faulty Head Gaskets
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2003 Subaru Legacy Sedan L Special Edition AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Clutch shudder 25K miles. Replaced under warranty. Both head gaskets leaking at 89K miles. Fixed at a cost of $2K. Reputation for reliability is based upon pre 2.5L models. These cars are prone to issues by design and are expensive when need to be repaired.


Favorite Features

Handling.


Suggested Improvements

Please do some simple FMEA and permanently fix the design issues.


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Great ideas, but rough around the edges
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By PCtechGUY
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2003 Subaru Legacy Sedan L Special Edition AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Purchased this car about five months ago for the AWD. AWD is great, but does add extra weight to the car. This slows acceleration, but worst of all, you can feel the shifting in the tranny much more so than a FWD. Tranny is the worst part of this car. You hit overdrive at 35 mph, and if you coast at 35-40, it kicks in and out of overdrive constantly for hills, as well as everytime you have to bleed off speed for curves, which makes for a jerky ride. Under normal driving conditions, the car will do a lot of shifting, and the tranny is not the smoothest shifter. Interior quality is good, but could have been a little better. The knobs for the AC and heater feel a little cheap.


Favorite Features

AWD, handling, fog lights, moon roof. Gas mileage is O.K., hitting about 20 mpg in the city, 18 in the country, and 23-25 on the highway.


Suggested Improvements

Needs a five speed transmission, and spread the gears further apart. I hate the car down shifting at every small hill I come to. Not good for long road trips in the w. V. Hills (which is where I live). You have been warned: the transmission will jerk you around!


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