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2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Limited AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M) 2.5 GT Limited AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Bought mine and started out loving it. You will soon regret that thought. Wheel bearings, turbo, clutch, timing belt, interior plastics, all went to hell after only 60k miles. I replaced th tires one time and they lasted a mere 20k miles. Treated this car like a baby, only synthetic, premium gas and drove it carefully. Seems like check engine light was always on, car was in ecellent condition when I god rid of it, traded it on a new acura, I feel bad for whoever buys the piece of junk. My 2001 BMW 740 is supposed to be high matinance, but this car proved that wrong and now I appriciate my BMW way more. Very dissapointed in Subaru, my $57,000 acura is less to insure than this thing too.
Hopefully the new generation of LGT is reliable.
2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Limited AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M) 2.5 GT Limited AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
I bought this car used in 2009. Now has 76,000 miles. Now, 5 years later the car runs just like new sill. The paint isn't the best but every car now has bad paint. There is only one rattle but only comes once in a long time other wise everyday its quiet. Some people complain about wind noise because of frame less window but I don't hear and I know there is no wind noise unless its 30 mph winds but even cars with framed windows will here that. Seats are comfortable for shorter trips. It doesn't have all the new toys that 2010 cars now have but you don't need it. Like back-up camera, gps, mp3, push start etc. If you can drive without the new toys this is a good car to buy with awd standard
It' a Subaru. manual transmission, Don't see one every time you go somewhere, turbo engine, frame less window, interior styling, seats, pretty much everything
The paint quality is to easy to scratch. Have a auto window up. Have hid headlights standard. Design soda or cup holders not mug holders I don't drink coffee. My soda slides everywhere because if that design
2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Limited AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M) 2.5 GT Limited AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
It's as if other companies are trying to artificially bring down the rating so I felt compelled to give this car a proper review - throughout the last 5 years, it has repeatedly proven itself as a solid, reliable, and fast car at a steal of a price. There is no way around it.
Great for cruising around, but also has the proper preparations when the weather goes to crap. Roomy, safe, doesn't break down like its Euro counterparts, and has a nice turbo kick when you need it. One of the better looking Subaru's.
Gas mileage is meh. Also, I wish the iPod was invented a few years earlier - there's no auxiliary port.
Bought my 05 Legacy GT limited about 5 months ago. I have owned/driven many different make/model cars including Subaru's. This one is a great improvement in terms of looks / performance / amenities compared to older versions. Subaru has been very smart to replace Volvo and Saab, and also sell cars right under the noses of Toyota/Honda/Nissan (Sad, the other 3 brands are suffering from declining quality. I wish made in the U.S. meant the same thing it did 30 years ago. My gripes: As new, it is overpriced. Still, reliability/build quality is below other Japanese cars. Cutting corners in interior / mechanical / material quality is stupid. People are not dumb.
power/performance/comfort convenience/safety options stereo system looks interior/trunk space cold weather amenities (there are many) headlight illumination inexpensive parts/maintenance
use better parts and options brakes (feeling and stopping distance. my 97 camry ce v6 stopped on a dime) occasional rattles coming from the dashboard road noise/insulation
My wife and I have owned this Scoobie for 4 years next month. While we love the car and truly love Subarus this car has had some annoying issues that the dealers can't seem to fix. Our car has been in three times for an annoying rattle in the dash. It apparently disappears when the service techs look at it (rolling eyes). The front brakes squeal when the ambient temperature is above 60 outside. I've replaced everything and they still squeak. Oh, the clutch went out at 38000. My wife and I know how to drive stick well and do not abuse the car. But this one let go at a very young age. Kudos to Subaru though for not stiffing us with the whole $1100 bill.
Love that turbo. Exterior design looks really sharp!!
Seat memory would be nice. Needs a six-speed gear box. Rpm too high in fifth gear. Should have waited and got an '06 spec "b". Note to S.O.A.: Fix the design flaw in the dash causing this rattle problem.
I have had the Subaru GT Ltd for about 9 months. I absolutely love this car, it fits me like a glove and drives like no other car I have ever had. It is classic, conservative, but with an attitude that I can turn on with a little pressure on the gas. I blow the doors off the hot little Hondas and German cars. The handling is tight and I love cruising around in it. However, things came crashing down after taking it thru a car wash. The ECU, bulkhead wire harness, integrated unit have been replaced and who knows what else is needed, certainly not the dealers or the Subaru expert knows why it will not start, or not run for more than 30 min. It has been in the shop for the past 9 weeks.
Turbo charged 4 cyl boxer, love the growl and the power. Handling is tight and responsive with the right tires (no the stock tires). Leather interior is very rich and the sound system is supurb. Manual 5 speed transmission is a must for the full driving experience.
Something has got to be wrong with the fuel/electrical system if when the car stalls in the car wash (nothing unusual was done - like spraying under the hood) and not starting. The diagnostics for trouble shooting leave much to be desired. 9 weeks in the shop is not good for a car this costly.
I bought this car after owning two Acuras (1998 CL and 2002 TL). I like quality, safe, reliable but high performance cars. This Subie has been the best car I have ever owned. It is also a very stealth mobile in that hardly anyone recognizes what this car is and what it can do. It gets decent mileage for what it is (a high performance car). It so fun to drive and is sure-footed in the snow and ice in Kansas City. It climbed up a serious incline on 14th Street in KC during a major ice snow without hesitation while all the other drivers were spinning their tires. My advice if you live in a snowy or icy area in the winter is to have two sets of tires (the stock Potenzas and good snow/ice tires).
Quick car with very impressive acceleration; it's the WTX for grownups. Good handling with AWD. Interior quality and design are great. Good sound system when you add the subwoofer.
Tires. The Potenzas are like ice skates in snow and ice.
This car is roomy, comfortable, has awesome options, accelerates well, has great power no matter where you are, is great in the snow, gets respectable gas mpg, looks so good, the dealer service has been amazing. Nothing is wrong with this car.
Exterior styling, how secure it feels in corners, engine response, gauges.
Steering wheel mounted audio controls, which they have in the new ones, I just wish they were availble in 05.
I just bought my 05 Legacy GT Limited used. So far it is an amazing car. It's much more fun to drive than my previous car (98 Honda Accord 4cyl). The AWD really inspires confidence when taking corners and all-around driving.
Turbo. The turbo is like a super-magic-fun present at 3k rpms. It brings the car's wild side out for some fun.
Interior space. The car is about the size of my previous accord, but the interior room is much less. Also, having the HVAC and CD/radio integrated into one unit basically kills any chance of aftermarket stereos.
This is our 2nd Subaru. Our first Subaru was a tank, we loved it, 100K+ and never had a problem. Unfortunately that was not the case with this car. 30k+ should yield better build quality and better service. Dash rattles and the dealer and Subaru will do nothing. The radio has been replaced twice and still does not work correctly. The homelink mirror failed. The gauge illumination changes by itself. Cruise control fails regularly and the dealership(s) can't find anything. This car could be so much better but now that it is has 39000 miles on it and is out of warranty we are getting rid of it. I don't thing we will ever buy anothe Subaru.
The only issue that I have had with this car is thaat the a headlight will burn out every six months or so. I am not too crazy about the gas mileage, but with the way it can zoom around, I overlooked it. Due to the fact that there aren't that many Subarus around in comparison to the rest of the cars on the road, people always ask me, "What kinda car is that?" I answer, and they return a strange look. I guess some people have a bad view of subarus. All in all, a good car, solid ride, and decently comfortable.
Zoom, corners very well, and carries my baby without disturbing her.
Build a stock arm rest that doesn't cater to those with a height of 5'2" or less :)
Going on two years with our legacy GT LTD. Sweet car, super fast... when I drive our other car, I miss the acceleration. Turbo lag is slightly noticeable, but once the turbo kicks in, it's smile time. Handling is great, acceleration is great, driving it in the mountains is super fun. AWD is great also, but get the snow tires if you live in an icy area... the standard tires don't handle worth anything on ice. Get the short throw shifter, also. This car is a lot of fun for a very low cost compared to the G35 and Acura RL. The gas mileage isn't too heinous, we average about 25mpg, less if you're really thrashing it.
Tons of great features at a low cost, low-key looks (it's the best looking Subaru out there), heated leather seats (a must in the winter around here), and did I mention how fast this thing is? Being able to blow away 99% of the cars on the road rocks.
MP3 hookup (a feature Subaru is adding soon), tires that work on ice, rear seats that fold down all the way, better reliability -- it stinks to have the cruise disabled when the CEL comes on.
This car is great fun if you have a family. The back seat is a little tight, but everything else about this car is awesome. It accelerates like crazy. It has great build quality and well designed layout.
The power, exterior and well designed interior.
Gas tank is on wrong side. The trunk and gas door release are awkward. Gas mileage isn't too great since it is hard to not floor it at every light! ;) Seat memory would be nice. It would be nice to see outside temp and gas mileage at the same time.
Needing a four wheel drive vehicle, but wanting a sedan and not spending a fortune I chose the Legacy GT LTD. I do love driving this car. As a point of reference I do a lot of highway driving up mountains and going uphill I average 28 mpg, 31 mpg downhill, both with A/C on. A recent downhill trip without A/C proved 34 mpg.
Surprisingly good mileage even at speed. Awesome handling.
Adjustable armrests and pedals would be nice. Fold down rear seats would also help.
This car is just great. I don't understand why there are any poor reviews on here. The air conditioning works fine, you just need to learn how to use it.
AWD, turbo, heated seats, smooth ride.
Sirius/XM radio, car has some minor interior rattles, better tires; re92's stink.
The Legacy is awesome. I traded in my WRX for this car. It's not priced all that much more than the WRX, so it's a heck of a value. Given the quality, performance and luxury of this car, it's a steal. Mine is in Satin White. As part of the deal, the dealer tinted the windows. I'm thrilled with the way it looks ... not to mention how it drives.
Quality, performance, comfort, styling, all-wheel-drive.
Telescoping steering wheel, satellite radio, ventilated seats, quicker standard shifter; do away with the "swing-arm" style decklid.
This is my 4th Subaru. With my previous one being the 98 Legacy GT, I can honestly say this is a whole different experience from the traditional Subaru owning experience. I loved my 98, but always wanted a bit more...well the 2005 gives it. Add a few hundred more and it gets better...just add K&N stock replacement air filter and Cobb Tuning AccessPort (you will feel the difference, without getting your hands dirty). Subaru has really stepped up to offer its loyal owners something to brag about other than reliability and AWD.
Improved performance over past models.
More options...might be nice to get sunroof without Limited trim package. Improved engine/turbo tuning at factory. AccessPort tuning reduces lower RPM lags.
I would rather have my Infiniti G35 back. The quality of the Legacy is not there. Also, I rather spend $30,000 on a car with quality and one that holds its value. I have had the Legacy since Nov. 2004 and it is a big negative $10,000. For those who love Subaru, good luck to you but I will never buy another.
Dealers need to sell the car for a more reasonable price like $15,000.
So far it has been excellent. The fit and finish of the interior and exterior have been awesome. I would have liked to have seen the doors close more securely, but overall it is awesome. The power of the turbo is smooth and the shift from gear to gear leaves you breathless. A+. I am glad to see more mods available to date.
The leather interior is very comfortable and the steering wheel made by MOMO is awesome. Looking down the hood scoop and feeling the turbo kick in is a great feeling.
I would suggest the brake pads be replaced with ceramic high performance brake pads that produce less dust on the rims. Otherwise, it is awesome.
The Turbo charged GT model has impressive acceleration. It's my first time with an all wheel drive car with sport car like handling. The Momo steering wheel is pleasing to the grip especially when connected to such nimble and responsive steering. The car has no hesitation and continues the steep climb felt in the 5.7 second 0 to 60. It's just plain fun to drive. On the back roads the all wheel drive just hugs the road. The five speed auto transmission has three settings but in retrospect I'm not sure that I shouldn't have gotten the manual transmission for better control of the powertrain. This car is just fun to drive.
Handling, acceleration, comfort, interior night lights(I love the red color) and the instrumentation. The seats are comfortable even on long drives and I like both front seats having lumbar supports. It has a great look in black with the metal flake blue.
The power should remain on to close the sun roof after the key is off. Navigation option. Stability control in the GT model. Options for upgrade on the sound system.
Love this car. Great performance. Turbo lag is minimal. I compared the GT to Infiniti G35 and I liked the interior of the GT better. More clean. You cannot find another car equipped as well as the Ltd. for the money. Also, surprisingly smooth ride, for a sports sedan. I would like to see a 6 speed manual.
Power/acceleration, high grade materials interior.
Agree with others re subwoofer, somewhat cheesy. 6 speed?
Just leased a black GT limited in manual transmission. Love it! This car is so much fun to drive - especially in the stick. We looked at the 3 series Bimmer, Audi A4, Nissan Maxima, and other sporty sedans and they could not touch this car for power. Might get better handling in a German car but would have to pay several thousand more. I now look forward to my commute.
Acceleration. Cornering. Overall very solid feel - from the "thunk" of the doors to the feel of the seats. Gas mileage is actually not bad, though it does require premium.
Better cupholders / interior storage space. The armrest extension should be standard (though you can negotiate to get it included for free). Sunroof should be 1-touch auto close (currently requires 2 touches). Driver window should be auto-up (currently just auto down).
This car replaced a 2003 Legacy sedan--non-turbo-charged, and is one of 3 cars and a pickup in the family. The difference between the 2003 and the new car is like night and day. The quality of the paint, the fit and finish, ride, comfort, handling, the redesigned steering, and especially the sure-footed all-wheel drive make this an incredible bargain. The Subaru logo makes it a "sleeper." I'll be surprised if it doesn't take the "car of the year" award from some magazine. The interior is well designed and the materials used, including the MOMO steering wheel, have a quality feel. It's not like any Subaru you have ever driven. This car is a true high-quality driver's car; it's the real deal.
Safe passing, due to the sheer power of the turbo-charged four, is indeed impressive. The car's acceleration, braking, steering, and overall handling are all first rate. There is a slight expected delay in the power surge due to normal turbo spool up, but from 3000 rpms on up, it moves.
To be honest, with the exception of a six-speed transmission, and adding a back window wiper/washer (which probably comes with the top-of-the-line model), I can think of no possible way of improving this car. It is closer to perfection than any car I have ever owned.
I bought my Subie for the AWD system because i live in Pittsburgh and winter driving can be tough sometimes. Thanks Subaru for a great all around ride that drives great in the snow; so far an 8 inch storm hit the area and I drove everywhere a slip here and there but never got close to stopping - always going forward.
Heated windshield wipers, heated seats, TURBO/
Larger cockpit. An Avalon size Legacy.
This is the most fun car to drive that I've ever owned. The pick-up is just unbelievable, and the sport shift is the best of both worlds. The interior can't compare to the Acura TL, but I probably saved myself over $5,000 so who cares? Just test drive this Legacy, and you'll want to take it home. Check it out.
Acceleration, handling and the sport shift, allowing both automatic transmission and the clutchless manual.
I don't get more than 20mpg and it requires premium gas. A bit pricey. Also, the interior is just OK. Not a luxury level car.
This my favorite of all the cars we have ever had! (The list includes many BMWs, 2 Lexus, 2 Audis and a WRX.) It is fast, fun, safe, comfortable, and surprisingly well made. Deep reserves of power across the entire rev range. Great steering, exemplary ride/handling balance. If there is a better every day, all-purpose, any road, any weather sports sedan available at any price, I have not found it. Buy the 5 speed. As with Audi turbos, the auto saps the marvelous engine response. The manual is amazingly good in traffic. If you live where there is snow, arrange with a tire dealer to trade in the Potenza tires. Replace them with proper summer tires & a set of winter tires/wheels.
Power, responsiveness, steering, ride, handling, quiet, comfort: just plain addictive to drive! This is what BMWs used to be like. Superior AWD system. Excellent build quality.
IPod i/p for audio system. Current audio system is OK, but I would have paid for more for the option of real, killer audio system with provisions for sat radio and sat navigation. I thought I wanted a stability control system like Audi's, but the AWD has been so good that I have not missed it.
Great handling and pickup. Interior is now competitive with anything in its class. I don't use CDs anymore so the 6 CD player (in dash) is gathering dust (using an MP3 player with FM transmitter). Some complain of the turbo lag but I don't find it bothersome, especially as long as you give it some revs. AT 4k miles, two 8 hour trips and one big snowstorm: very, very happy. I'm in the NorthEast and forgot how much AWD helps all the time. This much HP in a FWD car would be a bit scary, RWD would be almost useless in snow here. Anyway, AWD comes in handy more often than I thought... you just feel it.
Power, 0-60, seats are firm with good lumbar and nice power adjust. Dark blue color is rich. Handling is crisp, no nonsense. AWD is addictive, I'll never be without again.
Shifter is a bit "bulky". I may go for the short-throw option/upgrade ($240 or so). Idle is a bit rough but that may be the boxer's way. Low profile tires, while nice handling, are a bit rough riding. Perhaps go to a slightly bigger profile. Add an iPod dock and leave the CD player as an option
It's hard to wipe the smile off your face while driving the 5 speed manual GT Ltd sedan. Subaru nailed this one- a comfortable interior and a HOOT to drive. My wife likes the dual climate control and heated leather seats with electric adjustment. I like the performance of the intercooled turbocharged 2.5L boxer engine. This car is rock-solid at autobahn speeds. Freeway on-ramps are easy- no more worries about people running you over. Passing- no problem either- but it really performs on the twisty two lane roads. Go ahead and open it up- but just make sure you burn off your speed before the turn and then accelerate through the turn. You'll see that cheesy grin in the rear-view mirror!
Cool looking gauges, leather seats, and thrilling performance. Handles the curves with rock-solid feel. Love to feel the turbo kick in. Excellent safety profile with front, side, and curtain air bags, Large 4 wheel ABS brakes, great OEM headlights, heated mirrors and wipers. Best AWD on the market.
Still a few Subie quirks: cheap net map pocket only behind passenger seat. Somewhat limited storage in cabin. Electric seats and mirrors should have memory for two drivers. Bridgestone RE92 tires should be traded for Toyo Proxes- makes a world of difference. Negotiate this with your dealer.
Everything good has already been said. Irreplaceable problems include horrible sensitivity on key (goes off while in your pocket), the stuttering phenomena (when accelerating from low rpms), inability to replace deck, clutch stink syndrome for beginning mileage. These are minor quibbles however which you can easily get used to and overlook for the brilliance of things like performance, reliability, sleeper looks, elegant interior, and of course the AWD 250 HP Turbo setup. Definitely worth considering as a competitor to 3 series, A4, S40, 9-3, TSX, TL, etc. To me the decision was made not after looking at it but driving it; in terms of performance and joy of driving TSX is only competition.
Excellent features and performance right from the factory, modability (Stage 2=50+whp), durability, excellent interior and amenities, electroluminescent gauges with motorcycle esque sweep on ignition never ceases to amaze me, AWD system is excellent, every time you drive this you will smile happily!
Better audio options (JDM and other countries get the two piece 10 speaker Macintosh setup). Auto up down mirrors for everyone would be nice. HIDs standard, 6 speed, firmer suspension option, DCCD, there are always room for improvements but some things are a must for a 30k car to compete with German cars.
This 2005 Legacy GT Ltd is really a stealth rocket. Probably the most fun car to drive we've ever had. It gets the looks as there is not that many on the road out here in Wichita, Kansas. All wheel drive, 250 horsepower, turbo, leather interior, sunroof for under $30K. Is great value and of course legendary Subbie dependability. I've got to fight my wife to drive it :)
Power. AWD. Superior crash test ratings. Tight and responsive handling. Sport Shift mode. Our insurance rates stayed about the same even though this is a turbo.
No GPS or satellite radio feature.
Excellent ride, very fast, steering wheel shifter. Nice winter package: heated seats, heated wiper blades, heated seats 4 positions. Nice comfortable seats. Drove a Volvo S80 T6. Excellent visibility.
HANDLING, SPORT MODE, STEERING WHEEL SHIFTER, 6 CD IN-DASH CHANGER, HEATED SEATS
AUDIO CONTROL ON STEERING WHEEL, NAVIGATION.
This car has it all. Comfort, safety, and fun. All wheel drive 250HP turbo is unbelievable. I test drove a WRX but realized it couldn't be the family car I needed. The Legacy GT was the answer. I test drove 330's, TL, TSX, 9-3, A-4. Nothing comes close to the fun of the Legacy. The all wheel drive along with the power is an unbeatable combination. You've got to test drive it to understand.
All wheel drive, 250HP, lots of air bags, luxury interior, 6 CD player, 17 inch wheels, short throw shifter. Like the fact that the styling is great, but very decieving. No one can tell by looking that this thing is a WRX for adults. Twin tailpipes, scoop, and wheels come close to giving it away.
Need the arm rest extender if you get the 5 speed. Better gas mileage, but what do you want for 250HP turbo? Why does AC stay on with climate control. Memory seats and navigation system should be offered for those who want it.
I have only one complaint about this car. No mp3 option. That is it. It rides nice, has lots of power and can take a pretty good hit with minimal damage. My wife was rear-ended by a neon traveling 70km/hr, black ice, wrote the neon off. We have only 2 small cracks in the rear bumper and a plastic plate benieth the car for damage, about $900 CAD. My wife had a sore neck for roughly 7 days, but is fine now. I will probably never own another make of car if this one has little to no maintenance issues. So far so good. Average milage to date, including city driving is about 19mpg. These miles were hard ones. It got roughly 25-29mpg on highway trips, averaging 125-140km/hr(75-85mph)
Handling on snow and ice. In a Canadian winter this is extremely important, in all of the cars we test drove; Acura, volvo, mazda 6, Saab 9.3, this was by far the best. I took the same corner at over 25 km faster without losing traction on the ice, whereas the other cars slipped. I love this car!
Winter floor mats are good to have, go aftermarket on the subwoofer, stock subaru model is not very good. I went with a powered Clarion model. Needs an mp3 player. Winter tire option from factory would be nice.
I've driven only 1000 miles and conclude that the level of refinement and performance is probably the best Subaru has ever engineered. I was eager to buy the STi last year, but in waiting for the 2005 Legacy GT sedan, I was rewarded with a car that's at least 80% of the STi's performance with considerably more everyday- driving appeal and utility. Highly recommended -- terrific value.
Chose it over TSX and Mazda6 5dr TSX has Nav and Stab Control, Mazda has functional and sporty hatch. But this has AWD, hood-scoop, great styling. I can't detect the handling problems mentioned in CR at the limits. (Maybe that is an Auto trans problem)
Manual shifter Styling
Nav Stab Control
Well its been about 3 weeks now since I purchased my silver GT Ltd Sedan and not one ounce of disappointment in my decision.I am still very impressed. I have always thought the Subaru made excellent AWD rally racing cars and the WRX/STI models are great high performance cars although with too much of a boy racer look. Take your pick especially with the Big Shopping Cart wings! If only Subaru would make something with similar performance.Well the wait is over and the GT Legacy is a force to be reckoned with now if only they make a STI version with 300+ horsepower that would would leave those with Audi S4's and BMW M3's crying in its wake!!
Great launch off the line in 1 and 2nd gear. AWD traction and great low end torque put this one where it counts..long gone and away from most cars on the road! Touche Subaru!!
I added the Short shifter/linkage option and the shifts are much much crisper and quicker. Subaru should of made it that way from the factory the stock shifter and linkage assembly are ridiculously long!!! Also Im used to highperformance brake with good initial grab. How bout some brembo's subaru?
This four cylinder is comparable to some eights. Acceleration is very impressive.High speed acceleration is very good.All other brands take note or this will be the only car on the road.
STI PLEASE,TWO DOOR MODEL
I first drove it for two blocks, and was almost sold, until I flexed the Scoobie's muscle. It is the grown up version of the WRX: smooth, quiet, soild. I bought it the next day. It keeps impressing me. Great car!!
Let's see.....250 hp turbo, AWD, sticks like glue, exterior looks, interior design, did I say 250hp?
Turbo lag is minimal making it sooo much fun to drive. We had driven the 2.5i but were disappointed by how underpowed it was. This car needs the turbo or it feels like your driving a hyundai (our trade it). Driving position is much more comforable than passenger side unless you're short. Rear seat room is good on driver's side, but not on passenger's bec. of how far back the front seat has to go for good leg room. Dual climate control is great for people who can't compromise on temp. The AWD really hugs the road and allows you to jump out in traffic without a sound. If you want safety AND performance, this is the car. I have some gripes, but not enough of them NOT to buy this car.
tactile leather, feels very solid and stable when driving/riding, moonroof, turbo, dual climate control, 6-disk CD changer, safety feature are great- ABS, side impact bags, reinforced doors, AWD. VALUE- more creature comforts and safety for the money than you'll find in passat or altima.
Shifting is slightly notchy, interior door handles are *cheap* plastic, no rear vents, mediocre gas milage, no steering wheel controls, a few cd controls force driver to reach over shifter, very limited front and rear leg room (cannot put feet under rear seats), moon roof motors slightly noisy.
If you want quickness and speed at the best value money can buy, then this car is for you. I elected to go without the tail, and from behind you can't tell what it is. I have yet to have someone go faster than this car from 0-100.
Quickness and speed
Looking for an under $30K near luxury sport sedan with AWD? This is the car...there's none better. Plenty of power, lovely boxer 4, nice build quality, no boy-racer WRX STI like styling. Flies under the radar...fast! Stereo, even with Subwoofer/amp doesn't have the greatest sound quaility. Surprisingly smooth and quiet. The adult WRX, just nicer, smoother, stronger and faster.
AWD, 250 hp F-4 motor. Sound from engine. Not flashy look but with an aggressive front end. Momo steering wheel. Dash display.
Folding rear seat, better stereo. 300 hp 6 speed manual, bigger tire and brakes STI version...then look out M3 and S4. Missing a few key amenities (audio controls on steering wheel, etc.), but that's just nit picking.
This car is a blast to drive and if you aren't careful a speeding ticket. Short throw shifter is really smooth and fun to drive. Interior with the taupe leather seats is very nicely done. Stereo is pretty good if you get the subwoofer. You can usually take corners at twice the posted speed without any squealing of tires and it feels like you are on an amusement park ride. Just as much fun to drive as a BMW 330Xi, has more room, better acceleration, and is $10K less.
AWD, Cornering, and handling are superb. Combined with the turbo it beats the pants off anything but the BMW M series.
Memory Seats, it can take a bit of time to find your correct position after someone else drives. Should have an option for integrated mud flaps to keep road muck off the side panels. You have to cool the intake vents with the AC if the car is warm.
So after test driving what I thought I wanted ( the VeeDub R32 and Subee WRX STi) , I decided it just wasn't a good value unless I just wanted to overtake everyone at the lights. I always liked the creature comforts in my GTi Vr6 which wasn't offered in the WRX's. The Legacy GT Limited is a GTi for grown ups. Fun to drive, comfortable plus AWD. So much more car for less.
Performance, no turbo lag, interior, trunk space, handling, exterior look.
300 hp perhaps? Mudflaps, standard spoiler.
Love the car. A little sluggish on the upper Colorado mountain roads but except for that the car drives great. Plenty of leg room. Comfortable seats. Love all the ammenities that come standard. Car has great handling capability and is very quiet inside.
Sun roof and allowy wheels.
Great handling, terrific acceleration, this thing is SO easy to get WAY above posted limits... Great interior, goes uo a steep grade (I-70)like it's flat and the 5MT (short throw, of course) makes it a real drivers car. Highly recommend
Turbo power, AWD, handling
Retained accessory power, auto up pass window, telescoping wheel, coin holder (very picky stuff)
I thought my 2000 Maxima SE 5MT was tops for the money. Move over Max, my new Legacy 2.5GT Limited 5MT is a whole lot of car for the price. A blast to drive!!! 1st and 2nd gear feels like you're riding a slingshot. And I'm even babying it for the 1000 mile breakin period. Handles real good, inspires confidence. Good looking, "elegant simplicity". If you have winters like we do in New Hampshire, and you love to drive fast on curvy roads, this is a no-brainer. You gotta try one out.
The turbo 4 cyl boxer engine: smooth and potent. Even economical if you drive that way.
With the GT/Limited trim, I can't think of anything to complain about. I would be nit picking.
While mileage could be better, this is a drivers car in every respect. Rear seats do not fold down, and that would help increase room in trunk area. Rear seats are very comfortable, though. Otherwise, loaded with power and safety and class. A-
Styling and handling are super! Intercooled supercharged all wheel drove is way cool.
Larger trunk...fold down seats. Engine should take regular gas.
I waited three weeks to be able to test drive my '05 Legacy GT Ltd. and it was absoultelym worth it. I had compared this car to the Acura TSX, Audi A4 and BMW 325xi. The Legacy is by far the most sporting of the bunch. Power delivery is typical of a turbocharged car, but there is enough grunt from the 2.5 off-boost to keep it from being an annoyance. the handling is crisp, yet it doesn't punish you over rough surfaces. The interior is first rate, and the only complaints there are the stereo which sounds a little dull, and the cupholder which places large drinks in the path of the driver's elbox when shifting into 2nd, 4th or reverse. Great job Subaru!
Turbo power with AWD stability and traction, and styling that is bold but not "look-at-me".
Better sound systems (you can't change it since it's built into the dashboard) and a revised cupholder design that keeps water bottles from hampering shifting.
I must say this is a car that does it all well. It is a very comfortable and quiet car, it is quite fast and handles well, it has AWD and should do very well in bad weather, and is reasonably priced. It can be very fun to drive or comfortable to cruise in. It even comes in wagon form if you need more space. There's not much more you could reasonably ask for in a car. You can have your cake and eat it too!
2.5L turbocharged intercooled 250 hp 250 lbs torque boxer engine. It's a blast to drive!
Hill holder clutch. I had one on my last legacy and found it very useful especially since I live in a very hilly are. I was sorry Subaru discontinued it.
This car is very sweet. Very fast, well composed, an excellent balance between rougher track handling and a typical sedan. It doesn't have the badge of the status models, but it still makes you feel good everything you step in. Interior is top notch and well laid out. Good materials and build quality. Exterior is very classy and looks like it'll be a timeless design. Few people notice, but those in the know all turn their heads - this is a serious sleeper car.
Fold-down rear seats!!! No HIDs like the TSX, although the headlights are actually quite bright.
This car has it all.It literally flies and is so smooth and quiet.The intrerior is very nice and the handling is very sharp,but the ride is still comfortable.Actually I think the price is very reasonable when you consider the awd and level of performance and refinement.Why get a 330xi or A4?The subaru has more performance at a better price.
The power and ride and build quality
Only gas mileage or if gas prices come down I would say nothing at all.