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1996 Subaru Legacy Wagon

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GREAT Car
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By VoxDrive
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1996 Subaru Legacy Wagon GT 4dr Wagon AWD


Review

Purchased this vehicle as a lease turn-
in. What a GREAT car!!! Fit and
finish are excellent. The leather
interior is quite comfortable and shows
little wear after 8 years and 140,000
miles of ownership. While I have been
fairly attentive to "normal" service
intervals, I would be remiss to say
that this car owes me nothing!! I have
replaced the brake pads all arond twice
and the front rotors once (at Subaru).
Other than that (also changed the
timing belt at 90G as precaution), the
only other service the car needed was a
Thermostat (stuck open) at 136,000
miles. This is my 5th Subaru. I will
drive it until it is dead, and then I'm
going to buy another one.


Best Features

Styling, Performance and Braking. Comfortable and spacious cabin. All controls are easily readable and accessible.


Worst Features

WISH SUBARU HAD NOT STOPPED THE TURBO AT THE TIME. They have since mended the errors of their ways!


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Way better than a gas-guzzling SUV
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By targent
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1996 Subaru Legacy Wagon Brighton 4dr Wagon AWD


Review

I purchased this car used six years ago
at 30,000 miles. It now has 90,000.
Until this week, I had virtually no
problems with it, driving it on many
long trips (including coast-to-coast
several times) and through sand, snow,
and other less-than-ideal road
conditions. Depsite the $900 repair
bill for a new water pump, various oil
seals/gaskets, a tensioner bearing, and
a timing belt, I've been very, very
pleased with the car, especially
mechanically.


Best Features

After having this car, I would never buy a car WITHOUT all-wheel drive. I've been pleasantly surprised by fuel mileage, which is consistently 31 mpg on the highway.


Worst Features

With age, the suspension has gotten a little creaky. Position of cup-holder is bad.


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Great Vehicle
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By thor831
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1996 Subaru Legacy Wagon Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


Review

I'm very happy with this vehicle. The
AWD is great. Goes right through snow.


Best Features

AWD, Comfort, Reliable


Worst Features

Better MPG for a 4 cyl.


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No Toyota or Honda
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By T. Rush
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1996 Subaru Legacy Wagon Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


Review

Subaru has had alternator replaced,
light bulbs in dash burned out and
extremely expensive to replace. No
thought given by Subaru to
maintainability. Paint job thin and not
durable. Second set of tires, still
losing air pressure (since day one, up
to 3 lbs per week per tire).I assume
issues are with the factory rims. Oil
leaks here and there requiring
seal/gasket replacement. Not up to par
with Toyota or Honda in my 30 years of
car ownership experience. Still driving
my 89 Camry All-Trac with 186K miles
and aside from routine maintenence,
have spent less in repairs than I have
on the 96 Outback.


Best Features

Great AWD, handles well, love the heated seats and mirrors, and factory roof rack. Perfect size for hauling boating gear, dog, fishing gear. Looks great.


Worst Features

Subaru has to start building a better quality car. Needs to Design for Assembly and Design for Maintainability. If Honda comes out with an Accord AWD wagon, or Toyota comes out with an AWD Camry or Corolla wagon, many of us will defect instantaneously.


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mediocre...
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By Marco Vera
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Vehicle

1996 Subaru Legacy Wagon GT 4dr Wagon AWD


Review

Great AWD, but then it's not snowing
but 5% of the time even in MN! Awful
clutch, replaced at 78,000mi, had been
slipping for the past 20,000. Below
average fuel consumption, average
performance, and pretty crummy breaks.
Air leak out of corroded front
rims..reminds me of the FIAT I once
owned...
Don't think it deserves it's
reliability reputation!


Best Features

AWD is great, room to spare, great family car...


Worst Features

Please inprove quality! Resign that clutch! Look at rim corrosion!


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