This is my second Subaru Legacy, the first one being a 2005 2.5i Limited 5-spd.
Liked the chassis so much I decided to get a Spec. B version, if for nothing else the extremely strong 6-spd tranny and drive train over the GT models.
The Si-Drive allows simple daily driving as well.
The interior is as expected, nav, aux-in radio, heated front seats and soft touch areas where needed.
Turbo'd flat four.
This has to be the show piece of this vehicle, although most would never know about it.
This 6-spd manual is also worth noting, clean and crisp shifts, and very precise.
The steering is light and intuitive.
All who have driven this car have commented about its pickup and how easy it is to drive.
Last, but not least, the pedal placement is fabulous.
Took a little to get used to heel-toe, but now that I got it the placement makes since.
There is one suggestion, the interior.
Bluetooth would have been nice, but not mandatory.
The nav system has some poorly implemented gimmicks.
On the nav, they have a gauge screen that monitors throttle position, average mpg, and instant mpg.
These are fine, but you have this information already within the gauge cluster in front of you.
It would have been much better to have a boost gauge, oil pressure, and maybe a g-meter.
Last but not least, my biggest complaint, the location of the heated seat switches needs to be moved forward!
The Spec B is a great low profile performance sedan. The Euros can't match the performance or reliability for the money. Add snow tires (the stock Bridgestones are summer only) for winter and you have an unstoppable all season sport sedan. Having owned a Mercedes C230 and a BMW 328i, I can say the Subaru is much more fun to drive.
The spec.B is worth the premium over the 5 spd GT; much better handling, better tranny / shifter, better wheels / tires, nicer interior. An "adult muscle car" that will also excel in bad weather. Mileage is right at the EPA of 17 for city cycle after 500 miles of mostly urban commute, and I'm not always easy on the throttle. Performance could be called "stealth": quiet and comfortable until you hamnmer it! After comparing to the G35X, A4 3.2L, Passat 4Motion and Mazdaspeed 6, this car is the clear winner to me with great build quality, performance, balance of ride and handling and the ability to get a 6M tranny vs. an auto.
Great seats. Good balance of power and mileage. Great looks without screaming "look at me!". 6M and engine work well together; minimal turbo lag. Homelink mirror.
Integrated bluetooth cellphone interface; in some states hands-free cell phone use is the law and at this car's price it should be standard equip. Shift linkage seems notchy, more than my old Mustang GT.
Been car shopping for a long, long time. Looked at almost everything out there, MBs, BMWs, Evos, Stis, etc. Saw an 06 LGT spec B and wasn't completely sold on the interior color. When the 07s came out I was disappointed by the blue inserts. 08 rolled around and finally an all black interior! So far with about 500 miles on it I am still happy. With the 6spd I am having problems finding the right gear at the right time (used to 5 spds). 1st and 2nd seem kinda gutless. It's annoying to have keep putting the car into sport sharp.
Nav, outside temp display, sunroof, a sports sedan with some power under $40k that has all black interior. Big fan of auto dimming mirrors. With some mods it should be as fast, and handle as well as I'd want it to be.
Why so many mpg gauges? At least make a boost gauge optional. Why doesn't the US get the LGT tuned by Sti? Needs HIDs and bluetooth. Even the spec B has a little too much body roll for my liking. Car seems to lack power under 3k rpms. At times I almost even feel a shudder (I do run 93 octane).