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1996 Subaru Legacy

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Future cult car?
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By aimee
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1996 Subaru Legacy Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


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Great car. I live in New Zealand a country with all types of terrain, this grand wagon badged SUV tackles mud, snow, shallow rivers with an ability riviaing the best. Of course on road dynamics excel too. I'm unsure if many owners/admirers are aware of their off-road ability. Reliable, no motor troubles and smooth auto. 87,000km going strong. Brilliant 4WD layout. Added all-terrain tyres, plan to lift suspension 1.5"(37mm)


Best Features

Under-rated off road ability, not bad on gas, total comfort and reliable


Worst Features

Although not designed for really hard core, they could do with a front bumper that allowed slightly steeper approach/decent angles, as this cars ability is somewhat hampered by even the current models over-hanging ones.


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Very dependable
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By Dan C
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1996 Subaru Legacy L 4dr Wagon


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I am at 186,000 miles and have experienced very few problems. Automatic door lock malfunctions have recurred a number of times however. Also, don't let your drink drip or sweat too much or it messes up the neutral-start switch (under the shift console). Have replaced an oxygen sensor and speed sensor; TPS probably next.


Best Features

four-wheel drive, reliability, easy to change oil.


Worst Features

Door lock system, perhaps easier access for spark plug changes and simple repairs.


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White 1996 Subaru
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By L.Lewis
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1996 Subaru Legacy L 4dr Wagon AWD


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I've always loved the Subaru's. The Outback was a change from the Legacy sedan but I was not disappointed in the performance and reliability of the 96 Legacy Outback. I've owned 4 Subarus now and would recommend the cars to anyone.


Best Features

The all wheel drive and over all safety of the vehicle.


Worst Features

Better lighting system for the control panel where the air flow switches are.


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96 Outback Wagon
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By mikesreed
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1996 Subaru Legacy Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


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Bought used and LOVE it. Car is most reliable vehicle I have ever owned in my 37 years. Outstanding in all weather and especially in snow. Subaru value is unmatched in all aspects.


Best Features

Ground clearance.


Worst Features

More power. Newer models available with turbo. Get it.


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Reliable
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By snailster
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1996 Subaru Legacy L 4dr Wagon AWD


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Bought my '96 used with 48k miles on it. Now has 102k and had no repairs except regular maintenance (timing belt at 70k, oil/filter changes, one set of brake pads). The alternator was replaced as a part of a recall. Extremely reliable and ages well! The brake pads last forever, I tend to downshift when braking. Only glitch so far: the light on the climate control is out so a bit hard to adjust at night.


Best Features

Sturdy and reliable. Simple.


Worst Features

Gas mileage about 22-25 miles per gallon. More power would be nice.


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