1997 Subaru Legacy Consumer Review: Reliable all-season transporta

1997 Subaru Legacy - Consumer Review

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Outback Limited Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Reliable all-season transportation
By Gotenks243 on


1997 Subaru Legacy Outback Limited 4dr Wagon AWD


Automatic bought new. Going on 7 years
and 70,000 miles later, it's
successfully braved a number of snowy
winters with excellent AWD grip. The
AWD makes for nice handling in the dry
(and wet) too, though body roll is
pronounced. Considering the car makes
no sporting pretentions, it handles
quite well, and it has enough pep to
keep up with traffic, helped by good
mid-range torque. The sole reliability
issue was a seal right after it went
out of powertrain warranty. I had no
problems before the recalls were
carried out. Fuel economy is an
acceptable 23-26mpg depending on the
city/highway mix and 29 is not out of
reach on long trips.

Best Features

AWD, reliability, handling

Worst Features

Looking forward to the 2005 Legacy. A turbocharged 5spd model should hit the spot. I hope for a sportier suspension with less roll, and a tall 5th (6th?) for a few extra mpg on the highway couldn't hurt.
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