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.
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.
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!
i also own a 2003 legacy L with the 2.5 4cyl. i noticed that jerking at 35 mph and i thought there was something wrong! thanks to the comments, i now know that that is typical! i just hit 63000 miles, and i do believe my head gasket is blown because of the oil smell after i gun it. over all, i love my car! the AWD keeps me on the road, and its got an impressive sterio!
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