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2008 Subaru Legacy Sedan

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By Skewed
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2008 Subaru Legacy Sedan 3.0 R Limited 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi, VDC (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Looked for a slightly-used Legacy GT, but they're quite rare too, so I researched the 3.0R and bought an almost-new one. Know from personal experience that the 3.0 H6 engine can go 130k miles with no more than routine maintenance. Having owned a 2002 WRX as well as a few Saabs, I can say that the 3.0R feels more like a Saab than the WRX. The WRX felt nimble and light, while the Saabs felt more solid and locked-in while cornering. For the mature driver, there's more sport than luxury but young hotshots will find its reflexes a bit slow. Great for someone who likes both Saabs and Subarus. Not much plush but a lot of function. Learning to use all the controls is worthwhile.


Favorite Features

Value. Multi-mode driveline controls (sI Drive, paddle-shifters, "tiptronic" style shifting.) Ergonomics (but I'm 5'6", 130lb). Bilstein sport suspension: firm but not harsh. Projected durability (engine goes on and on). "What is it?" effect. Interior finish. Design, both aesthetic & functional.


Suggested Improvements

Interior space expansion; already done for 2010, but why the weird wheel arches? Gas struts instead of prop rod for hood. Better hinges and finish for trunk. Tie-down fixtures in trunk. More cubbyholes on dash. Protective options (e.g. rubber covers) for rocker panels and rear bumper.


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By I Stewart
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2008 Subaru Legacy Sedan 3.0 R Limited 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi, VDC (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

While the 3.0R boasts a larger engine and more hp, it actually has less lb/foot of torque than its 2.5GT counterpart; translating to 7 tenths of a second from 0-60. The acclaimed S/I drive is amusing, if not practical. In sport mode acceleration is noticeably boosted from intelligent mode. Paddle-shifting is also available in sport sharp, though its more burdensome than liberating. Paddle-shift levers, S/I drive console, and Navigation system all contribute to the impressive interior. Even after the romance fades, the controls are insightful and convenient. This car may be your best choice if: a. you drive in all-weather conditions b. you purchase used at a discount


Favorite Features

The 3.0R's best feature is not unique. All Subaru's are endowed with excellent symmetrical AWD. The 3.0R offers Subaru's AWD in a more refined and elegant package, setting it apart from other Legacy and Impreza models. The wheels, though not a practical benefit, complete the look nicely.


Suggested Improvements

This car was created to be the best of two worlds: Sport and Luxury. While it contains features from both realms, it excels at neither. Suspension is stiff, almost to the point of discomfort. Sound is average. In Suby's "flagship" I would expect more. Price: 2.5GT is faster and cheaper.


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2008 Subary Legacy 3.0R
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By tdoggydog
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2008 Subaru Legacy Sedan 3.0 R Limited 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi, VDC (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

This is a great car - rides smooth, corners well, sounds great! Can't wait to open her up after the 1K mile break- in period with the Sport Sharp mode. Everywhere I go people are asking "What's that?" and are amazed at not only the style, but the features, performance and out-the-door cost. This is my first Subie and I think I'm going to be a lifelong customer.


Favorite Features

Paddle shifters, navigation, telescoping steering column, mp3 jack in center console, bolstered and perforated leather seats, HUGE trunk, sporty suspension/ride, AWD. Favorite add-ons are the subwoofer, Momo shift knob, sunroof air deflector, mud guards and all-weather floor mats.


Suggested Improvements

Bluetooth, memory seats (as in the spec.B), possibly a non-functional hood scoop to match the spec.B (since there is no turbo), more random storage trays - that's it.


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