1996 Subaru Legacy Consumer Review: After 275k miles, still a grea

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After 275k miles, still a great car!
By Jim on


1996 Subaru Legacy Brighton 4dr Wagon AWD


My Legacy Brighton was purchased new in 1996 and has remained in my family since then. It has been subjected to hard driving and New England winters and still looks and runs great! After 275,000 miles, I have had minimal repairs except for the transmission, which has been rebuilt each 125k miles (approx.). Can't beat the all-wheel drive for the snow and body integrity is excellent - just one spot of rust after 8 years. I will definitely buy one again! Too bad they've become pricey in recent years - I guess the secret is out.

Best Features

Incredible reliability. Smart, simple design. Strong body (has been in several fender-benders and still looks great).

Worst Features

Seats are uncomfortable on long drives -very little lower back support. I hear that Subaru has addressed this in newer models. Also, gas tank is very small. But then again, it's not so painful to fill up.
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