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Problem after problem
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By kbauman
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2002 Subaru Legacy L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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In the 5 1/2 years since we bought our 2002 legacy we've had to replace the oil pan (60k miles), head gasket (85k miles), and catalytic converters (88k miles). Our maintanence costs on this car are running at a rate of around $4000/yr, which is more than the payment of a new car. It's either a lemon, or Subaru just doesn't build them like they used too.


Best Features

AWD wagon.


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2002 Subaru Legacy L
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By gumbputt
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2002 Subaru Legacy L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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AWD is great. 110,000 miles replaced head gaskets $1200. 25-28 mpg. Back oxygen sensor out, would cost $100+ just for the part. Wind noise on driver's door correctable only by wedging paper in between gasket and window. Passenger window has be raised and lowered until perfect to cancel wind noise. Has always started. Seats aren't overly comfortable for long drives. Overall I would get another one.


Best Features

AWD. Towing ability.


Worst Features

Rubber floor instead of carpet. Wind noise from windows.


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Subaru Legacy
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By eoj88
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2002 Subaru Legacy GT Limited AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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First few years of ownership the car performed as desired. However in the third year of ownership road noise became louder. Car has started to rust in the rear door jams at the seams. The rear quarter panel has developed large rust areas. These days I would expect a car to last more than 5 years before rusting out.


Worst Features

develop a car that will not rust in 5 years.


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Worst car I ever owned
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By thebaaron
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2002 Subaru Legacy GT AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I picked up this car with 30k miles in great shape and right away started having problems with window seals, moon roof seal, O2 sensors, head lights, check engine light, heat shield, clutch, electrical bugs, you name it, I've fixed it, until finally with 70k miles on the odometer, the engine jumped time and bent all the valves costing me $3500. No aftermarket support either, because no one wants anything to do with this lemon. I can't say that I blame them. I can't wait to be rid of this heap.


Best Features

Good looking car. The AWD feels more confident than the Volvo or Audi.


Worst Features

Grossly underpowered engine, sub standard brakes, sloppy feeling 5 speed.


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Great car to drive
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By Gary
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2002 Subaru Legacy GT Limited AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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My car has been very reliable, and the service records (I bought used) show no problems. Acceleration very good for a normally-aspirated H-4 engine and a 3400 lb car. Drove the H-6, but honestly did not think its acceleration and torque were that much better. AWD excellent, handling very good, and no problems with brakes. Interior is nice, but I have leather. Tune-ups are fairly easy. Re: other reviews: V6? Don't expect in Subarus because they use boxer engines. Upgrade interior? A $25K car will never have the tactile feel of a $40K car. There is some wind noise, seats could have more adjustment, but, again, IT'S A $25k CAR. As a package, hard to knock. Most auto reviewers like the Legacy GT.


Best Features

Side airbags, AWD, overall styling, boxer engine.


Worst Features

What is the point? Look at the new 2005 model. Subaru addressed the short-comings: new interior, new exterior styling, turbocharged the 2.5 H-4 engine, sport-shift trans. If I have to suggest something, perhaps fold-down rear seats and a one-touch switch for the sunroof would be nice.


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