1998 Subaru Legacy Consumer Review: Big Engine Problems

1998 Subaru Legacy - Consumer Review

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

Build Quality
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Big Engine Problems
By Tyler on


1998 Subaru Legacy Brighton 4dr Wagon AWD


This car's driveability is unmatched for the price range. Excellent 4WD for the winter months, but sporty in the summer. Plenty of space for cargo and family friendly. Androgynous body style with nice curves. Unfortunately, the 2.5L engine has notorious head gasket issues. Had to replace water pump, timing belt, tensioner, gaskets, etc. Otherwise I routinely get 28MPG highway and in town around 22; not bad for AWD. I won't buy another Subaru, due to the engine problems, but a fun car until it busted

Best Features

Cargo room, including roof, style, handling, fuel economy

Worst Features

Cup Holder, Gas Pedal room for foot,
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