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1997 Legacy GT Loveland Co
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By TCJ
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1997 Subaru Legacy GT 4dr Sedan AWD


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Bought new in may 1997; have had all service and maintenance done by dealership where bought. Never have had one problem of any kind with car. This is the most reliable car we have ever owned as well as being sharp looking and fun to drive.


Best Features

Moonroof, 6 CD player, auto transmission with console shifter, all wheel drive, keyless entry w/alarm system, fold down rear seat, power of 4 cylinder, boxer engine.


Worst Features

None---awesome car.


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Great in the snow but...
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By outbackschmoop
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1997 Subaru Legacy Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


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Bottom line, this just isn't a reliable car. Bought the car with 100K thinking that Subarus run forever. I was wrong. Brakes wear down quickly and it seems to always be leaking oil. At 130K the head gasket blew and the cylinder heads cracked. Repair bill ran over $2,500K. Next time I go Japanese it'll be Toyota or Honda.


Best Features

Handles snow effortlessly. Looks great from the outside. Roomy in back.


Worst Features

Reliability. Power. Turning radius.


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Bad engineering on 2.5L engine
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By Troy
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1997 Subaru Legacy Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


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This car is shiny and nice looking at first, and there is a lot to be said about the AWD and room inside, but overall since I bought it, I have not felt really confident in it. in the 5 months I have owned it, I have had a bad water pump, (then another bad water pump Subaru sent to replace that one), blown head gaskets (like most other 2.5L engines), bad thermostat, and a bad knock sensor. In that time, the car has been in the shop for a total of over 2 weeks, and a total of over fifteen hundred dollars. The engine cylinders are not welded to the block very well, which is the reason for the gaskets going out all the time, and I have lost a lot of faith in Subaru.


Best Features

When not loaded with gear, the car has good pep, and the AWD is really well done.


Worst Features

Use some experience to build a better engine. Don't put a hood scoop on a car that doesn't use it. Combine the AWD system with a truly reliable turbodiesel engine, and you will have a car that is worth buying.


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A Sad Tale
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By Ex-Subaru Fan
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1997 Subaru Legacy Outback 4dr Sedan AWD


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This was a great car for 7 years and about 65,000 miles, then the engine problems started: the engine seals leaking, the throttle sensor failing. Same thing the other reviewers experienced. The dealer estimates it needs close to $3,000 in repairs. I took it to an independent mechanic who agreed with the dealer's assessment, but would charge somewhat less to fix it. He said this should not happen to a car with such low mileage, but he said he has replaced Subaru engines because of the problem. Will I fix it? No! Trade it? Yes! BUT NOT ON ANOTHER SUBARU. Never again will I buy a Subaru, and that's a darn shame.


Best Features

Styling, handling, especially in the snow, general fit and finish, cargo space.


Worst Features

Better brake rotors which always were warped no matter how often machined or changed; trouble free engine.


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Not a bad starter car but beware....
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By JRealtor
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1997 Subaru Legacy L 4dr Sedan AWD


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I have owned this car for two years and will FINALLY be replacing it with another vehicle. This isn't an awful car and is really quite durable. I had a minor accident with it that destroyed the radiator, hood and some other parts but it still started even with the car smashed to bits. I repaired it and it still runs very well today. The electric system in this car is absolutely awful and I've seen the a/c heat backlight come on maybe twice the whole time I've owned it. The engine is super reliable and I've never had any problems starting it. The body is still in great shape for a 1997 but the interior is awfully cheap. Excellent starter car but not without its issues. A good budget buy.


Best Features

AWD (Saved me a few times in the snow/rain), reliability, relatively durable exterior and interior, nice trunk space.


Worst Features

VERY cheap interior, poor electrical reliability, slightly smushed rear legroom, slow engine, bland exterior, expensive parts, bulky steering wheel, uncomfortable seats for long drives.


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