Used 2004 Subaru Legacy Sedan

2004 Subaru Legacy
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  • Don't have to pay extra for all-wheel drive, generous standard equipment list, available as a sedan or a wagon, costs less than many European competitors, tight build quality.


  • Side airbags available only on GT models, smaller backseat than most competitors, no six-cylinder engine offered.

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Edmunds' Expert Review

Less expensive than a Volkswagen Passat and more refined than domestic offerings, the Legacy sedan and wagon offer a winter-friendly package for those who don't have large amounts of people and cargo to haul.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2004 Subaru Legacy.

Best car for the money
Froggie, 6/15/2010
Great car. I have over 121,000 miles on it now and still not a rattle or squeak. Runs and looks like new. This is my third Subaru, all very reliable. I have had only 2 out of pocket repairs. The head gaskets were replaced at 80,000 miles and new struts at 116,000 miles. Gas mileage is OK at 22-23 Mpg in town and 27-30 Mpg on the highway.
Definitely won't buy another Subaru...
subaru_andrew, 12/26/2008
I purchased this car new in April 2004 and have since put approximately 97500 miles on it. Build quality isn't too good; I have experienced engine knock when cold since 20000 miles. Dealer wouldn't touch the issue, saying it's typical for these engines. Cold (under 20 degree F) starts are painful, sometimes requiring 4 or 5 tries before the engine will stay running. I've had the A/C lose charge twice (dealer and independent shop cannot find leak, so it gets charged once a year) and had the clutch bind and squeak. Dealer replaced the clutch, didn't fix the issue, I found a bad slave cylinder. Rear suspension sags at least 1.5" even with nothing in the trunk. But, I haven't been stranded-yet!
"Bummer" Should have been recalled!
Woody, 9/12/2010
During my 160,000 miles I have had to replace the catalytic converters 3 times and now that inspection is due wouldn’t you know it engine light is on and needs another catalytic converter. Both front windows after 1 year leak air flow sounds like a whistling jet is landing no satisfaction from the dealer or Subaru.
Safe, Dependable and fun
Froggy, 7/27/2008
I agree with the others that the auto trans could be better.A 5 or 6 speed would improve economy (I get 25 overall) and acceleration. Reliability wise, I have over 90,000 on it and I have had only one out of pocket repair. It is still tight as a drum. My friends Honda's and Toyotas have been more problematic, in fact they all love my subie. I think many people just don't give Subaru a look before going to Honda or Toyota. This is my third Subaru and I don't see where the others are any more reliable or better made.
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Features & Specs

19 city / 25 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
165 hp @ 5600 rpm
19 city / 25 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed shiftable automatic
165 hp @ 5600 rpm
19 city / 25 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
165 hp @ 5600 rpm
19 city / 25 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
165 hp @ 5600 rpm
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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver3 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

More about the 2004 Subaru Legacy
Used 2004 Subaru Legacy Sedan Overview

The Used 2004 Subaru Legacy Sedan is offered in the following styles: L AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 2.5 GT AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A), L 35th Anniversary Edition AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A), L AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M), 2.5 GT AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M), and L 35th Anniversary Edition AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M).

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