1997 Subaru Legacy Consumer Review: Beware the 2.5L 4 cylinder eng

1997 Subaru Legacy - Consumer Review

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

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Beware the 2.5L 4 cylinder engine!!!
By Eric Banks on


1997 Subaru Legacy Brighton 4dr Wagon AWD


At first, I loved this car - until it
needed maintenance. The
repair/maintenance costs for this
vehicle are excessive compared to the
two Nissans I also own. Also, I have
found out what apparently others have
also - that the engine is unreliable. I
have 97,000 miles on mine, and the
dealer says that the 3rd cylinder is
shot (less than 1/3 normal compression
present), requiring not just
replacement of head/rings, but the
entire engine at a cost of $5,000!!
Absolutely unacceptable for a car that
costs what a Subaru does. For sure my
last Subaru - back to Nissans/Hondas
(they run forever!)

Best Features

All wheel drive a joy

Worst Features

Poor cooling Abyssmal engine reliability Fair gas mileage Suspect engine probs due to 4 cyl. engine not sufficient for this vehicle
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