1997 Subaru Legacy Consumer Review: Almost bulletproof, but sube d

1997 Subaru Legacy - Consumer Review

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

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By bcnyc on


1997 Subaru Legacy Brighton 4dr Wagon AWD


My 3rd Sube wagon. Subes are great in
NYC, where weaker cars have very short
lifespans (accidents, dings, theft, bad
roads, etc).

Alt dead @ 50K. OEM shocks died @ 35k.
Clutch wore out @ 100k. Heater
lights never worked. Timing belt &
water pump replaced @ 70K. Nothing else

Oil every 4k, plugs every 15k. Now @
140k miles, expecting head gasket
blowout any day. Will probably get a

Dealers very bad for service,
especially w/women - when wife brings
car to shop, they always find long list
of problems, all bogus. She just
repeats "oil change only."

Check Engine light a joke. All my
Subes had it, yet they all passed

Best Features

4WD, simplicity, reliability. Perfect size/cost. Almost anyone can perform basic repairs and maintenance. Bottom line – if you have a local repair guy you trust, these are great cars.

Worst Features

Better service. Better head gasket reliability. Stronger air conditioner. What's up with the hardware? All 5+ yr old Subes have at least one door lock or electric window that doesn't work.
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