1998 Subaru Legacy Consumer Review: Fun to drive, but the head gas

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Fun to drive, but the head gaskets stink
By pbourdon on


1998 Subaru Legacy GT 4dr Sedan AWD


I've had my LGT for about two years now and overall it's been a great car for me. I love the AWD, and comparing it to the Audi quattro I had prior, I'd take the Subaru any day. The only real gripe I have is as the others have mentioned, the 2.5L motor is notorious for head gasket issues due to its open deck design. However, Subaru has remedied this problem in their newer models. If you run into head gasket troubles, be prepared for a ~$2k repair, but make sure your mechanic installs the new steel head gaskets as opposed to the pressed graphite gaskets that are the original equipment. The steel gaskets will hold up to the wear and tear that this engine design doles out.

Best Features

AWD, sharp handling, cheap repairs (head gaskets not included), decent gas mileage, and a nice manual gearbox.

Worst Features

Give me a refund on my damn head gasket repair costs Subaru!!!! And the cupholders, and seats could be a better design.
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