2005 Subaru Legacy Review
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Don't have to pay extra for all-wheel drive, generous standard equipment list, top-notch build and materials quality, excellent power in GT models, great highway ride, sharp handling.
- Stability control not available, smaller backseat than most competitors.
Most helpful consumer reviews
2.5 GT Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
This is the most performance for the $ you can possibly have on 4 wheels. Read the reviews - said about that. However, the 05 model and possibly others has a major problem with turbo failure, which is not the fault of the turbo but a design failure by Subaru. This is fact and other buyers and independent mechanics agree - read forums. This a $3000 repair by the dealer but you can usually find used or aftermarket turbos for $500 and have a mechanic install it but it is likely to fail again without modificaitons to the oil tubing. Bottom line is change your oil often <3000mi and buy a spare turbocharger. Out of 115,000miles, this is my only complaint (failure just outside 60k warranty period)
2.5i Limited AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
1st time subaru buyers beware even if you are tight on budget ,my cousin insisted that i should buy a used subaru i went ahead and researched in fact theres so many of them around here but not many older legacies..well after 2 weeks of looking for a affordable one from a private seller who kept the car up to date with all repairs and all receipts since 06 till 13 im guessing well i guess i might have to fix things from the past 5 years car runs pretty well when i test drove and i knew it needed little to be done for the car to be 97% conditions i replaced the rear struts,all brake pads and rotors,spark plugs oil pan gasket both sides,oil change, air and cabin filters,cleaned mass air flow and throttle body, cv axles....now went to dealer to get a recall fixed and then they told me i have a leak on head gasket and need to fix the control arm bushings...labor for gasket repair $2300!! mechanic requires to take engine out for them to acces the gasket... $450 for control arm bushings all this cost more then what i paid for the car! plus it needs balance and/or alingment ...please please please check for that leak even if its not on the ground the drip could be hanging from the oil filter or if the car has way too much oil spots on the bottom just run away as fast as you can. the only good thing i can say about my car runs fine radio is not bad if you still listen to music on cds, driver seat a little stiff but you can set to the right position of your comfort i do love the black leather! and last but not least never jump into a GT they are even worst then the non turbo ones.
2.5 GT Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5A)
Great Car! Bought a 2005 Legacy GT Limited Wagon for my college daughter. 100,000 miles on it, but was well cared for by an adult owner. Interior looks new, and paint is flawless. Turbo engine is powerful and car is fun to drive. Built quality of a Subaru is second to none. Overall, could not be happier. Did know that at this mileage I would need to replace the timing belt/water pump/drive belts and also needs new spark plugs. Cannot complain, as this is normal maintenance items.
2.5i AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
Always felt like this was the right size car for me. It has enough acceleration that made me comfortable merging into traffic. The all wheel drive gave me comfort when dealing with snowy and wet roads. The light interior with a dark blue exterior is a cheerful look and feel. With the sunroof it made it even more desirable.