1998 Subaru Legacy Consumer Review: Great, reliable car

1998 Subaru Legacy - Consumer Review

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Great, reliable car
By EMM07 on


1998 Subaru Legacy Outback 4dr Wagon AWD


Inherited the '98 Subaru Legacy wagon from my parents, and just got rid of it last month. The car was GREAT in the snow, and amazingly reliable overall. It did seem to have some problems with the alternator/belt, but never to the point that it refused to start or run. Interior cargo space was much appreciated; with the fold-down seats it could hold furniture or an entire dorm room worth of stuff. Even after 10 years and 167000 (fairly hard) miles, the car was still running at ~24 MPG and was in fairly good shape. Had it been better maintained early on, I would still have it now. It would make a great family car or college student's vehicle, especially in a cold-weather area.

Best Features

Interior/cargo space; cold-weather performance; overall reliability.

Worst Features

Alternator/belt problems; cup holders badly-placed and terribly flimsy- caused drinks to spill into control panel and eventually broke off altogether; so-so exterior styling, although I guess you can't expect too much from a wagon.
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