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| || ||1996 Subaru Legacy Review, Avkesq|
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Legacy Brighton Wagon '96
| ||Model||Legacy Brighton Wagon '96|
| ||What things have gone wrong with the car?||At 2.2 liters, the engine is grossly underpowered. The newer models with 2.5 liters address that problem; however, due to the AWD, the mileage and acceleration is still not as good as Camry or Accord. (I've heard of Camry's giving up to 34mpg!).|
| ||General comments?||Please see my review of my Legacy Wagon of Nov 2000. This is an update.|
I bought my wagon second hand at 65,000 miles in Jan 1999 and now, 5 years later, it has done 168,000 miles. I have averaged about 20K per year. In that period, I have had to replace the two (front) CV joints, the starter, alternator and also the oil pump. Given the speeds at which I drive and the distances (typically, each long trip is about 2000 miles; daily mileage is 80 miles) I think this car has held up extremely well.
Only now, the transmission is about to die. I believe that this is due to the manner in which the previous owner abused it (it used to jerk a little while shifting from the day I got it), else it would have taken me to 200K, I reckon.
All in all, this car is FANTASTIC. Even though it's not been garaged for the last 3 years, the exterior has held up VERY well - no leaks, rust or other problem; however, I get it premium washed (including underbody spray) every 3 to 4 weeks in summer and every 2 weeks in winter (due to salt on Chicago roads). Paint work is still great. No problems with suspension and engine (2.2 liters, Horizontal 4 cylinders) whatsoever. Engine runs smothly with very low oil consumption even at this high mileage (168K). The exhaust tail-pipe is grayish, not black. I religiously change engine oil every 3K miles and flush the engine every 5th oil change; do all this myself. Works like a charm. Use 10W30 in summer and 5W30 in winter (Chicago). I use Penzoil; don't ever use synthetic for this car - you'll be wasting money.
| ||Previous car||Have driven Camry, Accord, Mitsubishi Galant (great to drive!) and Ford Taurus in this category of cars. Subaru rocks!||