I love this car. 195.8 K miles. It looks good, it is fun to drive and roomy. The leather is nice. The turbo lubrication design is weak. The access to repair is difficult. The bosses on the aluminum block are easily cross threaded. Oil level must be monitored very closely as well as change intervals. Excellent in snow, weather. Once you have AWD you'll never go back.
AWD, turbo, auto, high grade leather, MOMO steering wheel with paddle shifters. One of Subaru's best body styles.
Turbo upgrade, pull out the stent like filters in the banjo bolts, they get clogged then starve the turbo, and burn it up. If you have an accident in this car, it will crush like an aluminum can. The alloy wheels are easily bent on potholes, The rain channels inside the doors are prone to rust. This run of Legacies is now 7-10 years old, if you buy one expect repairs. 2k for a turbo replacement, wheel bearings 500. Timing belt 1k it's a lot of maintenance.
Head gasket needs replacement at 79,000 gentle miles!! $1800! Outrageous. It is apparently a very common problem, despite what ANYONE says about the issue having been resolved from 2005 and newer. I'd expect that from 1979 Chevy Chevette, not a 2006 Subaru
Car is only mediocre at every level. My 1992 Camry (that I kept as a spare car till a couple years ago) did everything better (except for winter traction of course).
Transmission shifts poorly (again, my 92 Camry shifted more smoothly and confidently).
First and last Subaru.
My Toyotas and Nissans have all gone over 250k and never needed a head gasket replacement.
DON'T BUY A SUBARU!!
Ok leather seats.
Great in snow with studded snow tires.
Subaru should have Honda, Toyota, and Nissan supply their engines.
2006 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
Bought my Legacy w/85k mi on it less than a year ago. If you're looking to buy one, this is what you need to know:
The GOOD: AWD offers great stability and makes the car fun to drive, good in snow but won't help you brake better in snow.
THE BAD: The AWD system is delicate, no more than 2/32" difference in tire tread depth.
Which means if you have 1 bad tire, you'll need to get 4 new tires as I have already done.
I've had recurring Alignment issues as did others.
I've had Tire Air leaking issues, as did others.
Engine hesitation/misfire seems to be normal even when bought new.
Gas mileage is not impressive. Used to get 25-27. Now I get 20-24 since the misfire issue got worse.
Had this legacy (wagon) for 7 months now, replaced an 08 GTI for a turbo car with AWD.
Overall pretty happy with it.
AWD is amazing in winter, especially combined w/ winter tires.
However, I find the suspension QUITE spongy. For a sports car more than an acceptable amount of body roll on corners, and squat while accelerating.
Just not as buttoned down as a german car.
Mileage is disappointing, 17-21 MPG with a mix of city and freeway.
The interior is pretty nice, good leather, could use a bit more lateral support on the seats.
Turbo has a nice linear build, not much noticeable lag.
Compared to the GTI though, the 'fun to drive factor' isnt as high up as with the VW.
Turbo, AWD, a great sleeper
TIghten up the SUSPENSION.
Or make a Spec B Wagon.
No stability control on these models either.
Bought new in 2006, just hit 60,000 miles. Still love the car. It's been reliable, drives well, good interior size. It really is a perfect sports sedan. 4 adults can fit comfortably, the interior is simple but well put together. The car offers a very good power & handling. It's just an absolute joy to drive. I love how small it is on the outside, yet you do not feel cramped inside at all, especially compared against IS250, CTS..etc.