1996 Subaru Legacy Consumer Review: Skip the 2.5...go for a stick

1996 Subaru Legacy - Consumer Review

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

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Skip the 2.5...go for a stick 2.2 outbac
By amc62 on


1996 Subaru Legacy Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


Many of the problems associated with
the outback are due to the 2.5 liter
engine option...1996 was the only year
you could get a 2.2 with a manual in
the outback. on the other hand, the car
has a poor clutch (still grabs fine,
just shudders and squeaks and chirps).
Also, be aware that a used outback that
has had mismatched tires is hard to
determine until you get the
characteristic transfer case binding. i
have heard of miracle cures for the
automatic transmission-equipped cars,
but good luck with the manuals. seems
you have to buy an entirely new viscous
coupler to solve the problem (subaru
didn't design the coupler to be

Best Features

appearance, snow drivability.

Worst Features

better AWD system and better clutch
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