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Review Understand this isn't a Mercedes, although this car doesn't offer much in respect to the interior the reliability is outstanding for a four cylinder car. When I purchased my 2.5L wagon it had 190,000 miles on it. It now has 280,000 miles on it and is running no different then when I bought it. From the coast of California to the coast of north Carolina, this car has only needed an oil change here and there! Weather you be a first time car buyer or someone who wants a reliable car to keep miles off there nice car, you can not go wrong with this car. I will say the acceleration is terrible, I know some people have complaints about the head gasket blowing but I have the feeling its because they tried to drive the car to hard. But as long as you keep the timing belt changed and drive sensibly this car will take great care of you. Other notes: I have a 130lb dog she fits fine in there, the seats lay down giving me plenty of storage room; in fact because I travel so much I usually get a memory foam mattress topper and it makes a perfect bed for me and her (im 6'1). This car also eats oil so just be sure you check the oil every 3000 miles or so. Another thing I noticed when I was in the desert it was sitting stationary for about 5 minutes and started to over heat... I turned it off to let it cool and it was all good. Far as the steering goes its defiantly a longer car; ever since ive owned the car if I make a sharp turn at low speeds it shakes and vibrates a lot... im not sure why but its never hurt anything. The seats padding somewhat wears out on the outside and you can feel the wire frame after a while of getting in and out of the car (im not over weight at all im in great shape... its not because im fat) but the fabric is good material and wont rip easily. also the car has a feature where it notifies you if a specific door is open... they tend to fail over time and it may be telling you a door is open when its not.. that's kind of annoying. The tailgate light also miss reads if the rear door is open or not over time, again nothing major but it can by irritating. Far as clean up goes I have a long hair dog and the carpet doesn't trap hair, its actually really easy to clean up. Also if you change elevation quickly such as going through the rocky mnts the oxygen sensor will go off causing the check engine light to come on, just have it cleared after you get back to a more steady elevation. Remember to keep the tire pressure even! this is what caused the rear end to wine when I bought the vehicle; I guess the previous owner neglected to keep the tire pressure in check which resulted in a wine in the rear end. Something else Im not fond of is the cup holders... there to small.
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What options are available on the 1997 Subaru Legacy?
Available Subaru Legacy 1997 Submodel Types: Sedan, Wagon
Available Trims: 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Premium PZEV, 3.6R Limited, 2.5i Limited PZEV, 2.5i, 2.5i Sport, 2.5i Special Edition, 2.5i PZEV, 2.5 GT Limited, 2.5 I Limited, L, Outback, 2.5 I, 2.5i Sport PZEV, L 35th Anniversary Edition, L Special Edition, 2.5 GT, 2.5GT Limited, 2.5 GT spec.B, 2.5 I Special Edition, 3.6R Premium, Brighton, GT, 2.5GT Premium, 3.0 R Limited, 3.6R, GT Limited
Exterior Colors: Twilight Blue Metallic, Crystal Black Silica, Ice Silver Metallic, Crystal White Pearl, Magnetite Gray Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, Venetian Red Pearl, Carbide Gray Metallic, Crimson Red, Satin White Pearl, Graphite Gray Metallic, Dark Blue Pearl, Ruby Red Pearl, Lapis Blue Pearl, Atlantic Blue Pearl, Obsidian Black Pearl, Brilliant Silver Metallic, Steel Silver Metallic, Newport Blue Pearl, Deep Indigo Pearl, Diamond Gray Metallic, Sky Blue Metallic, Azurite Blue Pearl, Seamist Green Pearl, Deep Bronze Metallic, Regal Blue Pearl, Regatta Red Pearl, Silver Stone Metallic, Caramel Bronze Pearl, Mystic Blue Pearl, Quartz Silver Metallic, Deep Sapphire Pearl, Garnet Red Pearl, Glacier White, Harvest Gold Metallic, New White, Quick Silver Metallic, Seacrest Green Metallic, Timberline Green Pearl, Timberline Green Pearlcoat, Titanium Silver Metallic, White Birch
Interior Colors: Slate Black Cloth cloth, Black, Slate Black Leather leather, Warm Ivory Cloth cloth, Ivory, Titanium Gray Cloth cloth, Two-Tone Gray Cloth cloth, Warm Ivory cloth, Warm Ivory Leather leather, Slate Black leather, Slate Black cloth, Off Black cloth, Warm Ivory leather, Titanium Gray Leather leather, Ivory cloth, Taupe cloth, Gray, Taupe/Ivory cloth, Off Black, Ivory leather, Gray Moquette, Taupe
Popular Features: AWD/4WD, Rear Bench Seats, Alarm, Trip Computer, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Aux Audio Inputs, Tire Pressure Warning, Stability Control, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Power Driver Seat, Bluetooth, Heated seats, USB Inputs, Auto Climate Control, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Back-up camera, Post-collision safety system, Sunroof/Moonroof, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Leather Seats, Blind Spot Monitoring, Keyless Entry/Start, Navigation, Upgraded Headlights, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Pre-collision safety system, 2500lb Towing Capacity, Parking sensors, Remote Start, Upgraded Stereo