1997 Subaru Legacy Consumer Review: Affordable reliability

1997 Subaru Legacy - Consumer Review

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Outback Sedan (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 4-speed Automatic)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Affordable reliability
By vermonster on


1997 Subaru Legacy Outback 4dr Sedan AWD


At 120,000 our Outback has had few
problems. Only repair issues (beyond
standard maintenance stuff like brakes,
suspension components, etc) has been ac
compressor. Also, keyless entry and one
of the seat heaters have both stopped
working. Burns zero oil, and has never
let us down. Not super zippy, but gets
you where you need to go. Also, this
isn't a luxury car, so the ride isn't
as smooth as it could be. But, what do
you expect in this price range. I would
categorize this as super-reliable. A
good car at a great price.

Best Features

AWD. With a good set of snow tires, this thing will tackle anything a Vermont winter can throw at it.

Worst Features

Interior controls are lousy. Cup holders obstruct heater/ac controls and radio especially. I hear this has been fixed in newer models. Also, is Subaru the only manufacturer where the electric locks are backwards, ie - up to lock, down to unlock?
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