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By Sean Hynes
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2003 Subaru Legacy L Special Edition AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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This car has done a great job. AWD is excellent in the snow, and we get 100+ inches each year. Gas mpg average 23 with a good amount of highway driving. Quality and reliability have been excellent, not one problem in almost 3 years! Could use a few more horses, and interior space is limited, basically a 4 seater.


Best Features

AWD! This car goes through the snow as good as any SUV!


Worst Features

Bigger engine (which Subaru now offers).


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By ajluptak
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2003 Subaru Legacy L Special Edition AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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This is an update to an earlier posting. After 32k miles, the Subie feels much older. Mileage, at 17 mpg city, is still awful for a 4 cylinder, 165hp car. Once again, my wife is primary driver and she is not hard on the car. Car responds very sluggishly to throttle input, almost dangerously so. This car has had all required service done to date. I have taken the car to three Subaru dealers, all of them say the car runs normally. Maybe we got a bad car or one with some issues, but it has soured me toward Subarus. Once again, if you can find a 5 speed manual car, buy it over the automatic.


Best Features

After some small problems, reliability has been good, AWD is still impeccable in bad weather, car rides nicely, road noise is acceptable, and the car handles nicely. If you are looking to buy, resale values are quite good.


Worst Features

I believe many issues have been addressed by the new car ('05 and up). On our dark blue car (and other dark Subies) I noticed the paint scratches and swirls easily. Seats are a bit lacking, they need more bolstering.


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Clutch Problems
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By in NJ
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2003 Subaru Legacy L Special Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

In 3 years our only real complaint is the clutch. From day 1, when you try to shift into first gear when the car has not been run for a few hours, the entire car shudders and bucks like you are learning to drive a manual for the first time. There is another review in here that mentions the same problem. Make sure you drive this car cold before you purchase. Otherwise, we are pretty happy with the car.


Best Features

Styling. Massive cargo space with the seats folded down.


Worst Features

Fix your clutch design. Even though Subaru of America fails to admit it (the only Service Bulletin on this issue is for the WRX), I have heard of plenty of cases where people have had clutch problems on several different Subaru models, not just the WRX.


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By ChetVA
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2003 Subaru Legacy L AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Very handy vehicle for getting around in snow and icy conditions; fairly comfortable on long trips, though not overly roomy inside, especially in the back seat. Gas mileage is ok, but would prefer it to be more fuel efficient; never had a breakdown, and no mechanical problems whatsoever; have had some trouble with replacement wiper blades staying put; also have a lot of wind noise while driving with the windows up; seems like a bad seal in the driver side window; all in all a fantastic vehicle and super to get around in bad weather


Best Features

All wheel drive is the best feature, but love the sun roof too!


Worst Features

Better gas mileage; less wind noise inside.


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Reliable, uncomfortable seats
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By Jaschin
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2003 Subaru Legacy L Special Edition AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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This is our 2nd subaru purchase with no regrets. Handeling and reliability consistent. DYI maintenance is easy to perform. Opted for the spoiler and leather seating to improve the "fun" factor. A little underpowered for the weight but as a daily driver, it fits the bill. No problems what so ever. If you are looking for exceptional reliability for commuting through snow, the balance of price and features (including AWD) if a good value


Best Features

AWD, reliability and reasonably priced maintenance Dealer or DYI. good fuel economy.


Worst Features

Racaro seats!! Racaro seats!! Racaro seats!! the current seats do not have lumbar support and the foam compresses over time. Hey Subaru... CHANGE YOUR SEAT VENDOR!!!


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