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97 outback wagon
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By doc2
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1997 Subaru Legacy Wagon Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


Review

great all wheel drive, needs more pep.
at 105,000 miles developed minor noise.
took it in and were told a rod or
bearing is lose or broken. $4000 for
new engine. what happened to japanese
reliability? test drove an '05 and it
seems they have addressed the pep issue!
wonder if it will last? seems like
hondas go on forever, hoped the subaru
would too.


Best Features

All Wheel Drive! great in rain or snow! flat engine also allows sport car like handling! throws itself around curves like a expensive sport car, but with ground clearance.


Worst Features

more reliable engine!


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Solid car
Performance
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By csandvig
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1997 Subaru Legacy Wagon Brighton 4dr Wagon AWD


Review

I bought this car new and it now has
75,000 miles on it. It has required no
repairs and requires minimal
maintenance. All I've done is change
the oil and bought a set of new tires
and it still runs like new.


Best Features

Very functional car. Lots of cargo space, great on the highway, very reliable.


Worst Features

Vinyl on dashboard and doors is thin and easily damaged. Don't care for the plastic bumpers, get scratched too easily.


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4 Door Legacy Outback Limited
Performance
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By buffbillsboy
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1997 Subaru Legacy Wagon Outback Limited 4dr Wagon AWD


Review

I bought my stick shift Subaru in
1997. I had problems with the brakes,
the alternator (changed it once), and
the paint on the bottom of the car (it
falls off easily). While those
problems existed, I have enjoyed the
interior space and the way it performs
in snow.


Best Features

Great AWD- In fact, I have out performed some of my friends large SUV's in harsh weather conditions. The seats and space in the car are great. Very comfortable


Worst Features

The car needs more horsepower (I think it's coming). I also think the car had problems because it was the second year of the outback's existence. They were working out the kinks.


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'97 Legacy Outback
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By brian k
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1997 Subaru Legacy Wagon Outback Limited 4dr Wagon AWD


Review

I always wanted an outback. I live in
Cleveland and found one two hours away
in Toledo. It was a 97 limited, with
78,000 mile on, and I saved over three
grand on it. On the way home I blew a
head gasket!! The car was bought as is,
so no money from the dealer. Cost me
$2,500, changed clutch, wires, and
radiator while I was at it! Since then
no problems and I'm planning a cross
country trip. I hope they sealed it
tight.


Best Features

seats, space, snow driving,


Worst Features

cost of parts!!


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Overall OK but room for improvement
Performance
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Fun To Drive
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By JTB
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1997 Subaru Legacy Wagon GT 4dr Wagon AWD


Review

Early troubles particularly with the
windshield having some kind of film on
it.Alternator went at 37000 miles and
was stranded. Had it replaced in New
Hampshire in middle of winter. Car
eventually had recall with alt.nator
replaced again during regular service.
Dealers not so helpful.Had front right
wheel problem at 60000. It took two
dealerships to fix some kind of bearing
problem. Was told by dealer it was good
to have replaced otherwise wheel could
FALL OFF. Oil seals went at 65000.
Overall I love the car.Unstoppable in
winter's worst. Who needs a shovel.
Has lots of dings but who cares about
looks with a Subie!


Best Features

Engine reliable, spacious interior.Durable materials well screwed together. Nobody will steal it either.


Worst Features

Better engine oil seals. Leaked badly at 65000. Expensive to repair. Better dealer needed.


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