2003 Subaru Legacy Consumer Review: All the bells and whistles

2003 Subaru Legacy - Consumer Review

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L Sedan (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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All the bells and whistles
By Jason Kellner on


2003 Subaru Legacy L AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Coming from an AWD Impreza, I thought
the handling was good. My 03 Legacy GT
far surpasses it. Because it sticks to
the road like glue, I can keep up with
Porsches and BMWs easily on mountain
roads and fly right by clumsy SUVs. I
test drove one with an automatic, and
the complaints about power with this
trans are warranted. I got a 5-speed
and the sluggishness issues were
resolved. I'm averaging 28 MPG in mixed
driving. What's best is the '03
and '04 GTs have every option
imagineable -- In-dash CD changer,
heated leather seats w/side airbags,
heated mirrors,
windshield wiper de-icer, fog lights,
16-inch wheels, moonroof, etc. Very
hard to find a 5-speed.

Best Features

Handling and options.

Worst Features

I'd suggest making it lighter and better on gas, which they did with the '05 (non-turbo) versions. Don't care much for the faux wood grain.
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