2003 Subaru Legacy Consumer Review: Clutch Problems

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2003 Subaru Legacy L Special Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


In 3 years our only real complaint is the clutch. From day 1, when you try to shift into first gear when the car has not been run for a few hours, the entire car shudders and bucks like you are learning to drive a manual for the first time. There is another review in here that mentions the same problem. Make sure you drive this car cold before you purchase. Otherwise, we are pretty happy with the car.

Best Features

Styling. Massive cargo space with the seats folded down.

Worst Features

Fix your clutch design. Even though Subaru of America fails to admit it (the only Service Bulletin on this issue is for the WRX), I have heard of plenty of cases where people have had clutch problems on several different Subaru models, not just the WRX.
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