1997 Subaru Legacy Consumer Review: Outback after 5 years

1997 Subaru Legacy - Consumer Review

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Outback after 5 years
By TMW on


1997 Subaru Legacy Outback Limited 4dr Wagon AWD


I have had more problems with this car
than I've had with other cars. I'm on
my 4th alternator. The car blew a head
gasket at 85,000 costing $1,200 to
repair. Before that engine seals went
out costing about the same to fix. It
has had several fit & finish things
that aren't that big of a deal, just

Best Features

The four wheel drive system. Good headroom.

Worst Features

The transmission; 1st gear is too high & 5th too low. Engine needs more low- end torque. Gas tank is too small. Improve window seals to last longer and cut noise. Improve heater and heated seats. Use better quality leather, they look cheap. Improve overall quality & reliability.
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