1996 Subaru Legacy Consumer Review: Poor Suby! It got totaled.

1996 Subaru Legacy - Consumer Review

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Brighton Wagon (2.2L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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Poor Suby! It got totaled.
By Gregsly on


1996 Subaru Legacy Brighton 4dr Wagon AWD


I bought this car as a lease return. During warranty coverage an engine seal went out (about $700). Had one alternator, and a sensor go out. The car has 3 oil leaks which would cost $2,000 to fix, but use only 1 qt/3000 miles, so I opted not to fix them at my mechanic's suggestion. He said that these leaks are endemic in this car and will just return if fixed. Dash lights have failed bit by bit. That said, I loved this car. Great to drive in snow/ice, reasonable power, reasonable economy. It was totaled a couple weeks ago so I'm in the market for another one.

Best Features

AWD is fantastic. Really. Car handles well especially for a station wagon. Mostly reliable (except for oil leaks and alternator). There's something intangible that makes this a great car to drive.

Worst Features

Noise! window and door seals let in lots of air/road noise. This car needs a bigger fuel tank. A bit of work on mechanical reliability, especially engine seals.
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