I purchased my Subaru Legacy brand new and have loved every minute of it! If there's one thing I don't really like its the road noise - it's very loud. Otherwise I love this car. It has 127,000 miles on it. I have a really good dealership and they are really fair and I've not ever had a bad experience with them.
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.