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| || ||1997 Subaru Legacy Review, Detonator29|
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Subaru Legacy GT Wagon
| ||Model||Subaru Legacy GT Wagon|
| ||What things have gone wrong with the car?||Expensive parts|
Needs a bit more power
Stock headlights are anemic
Unexplained engine head failure
| ||General comments?||Bought in Oct 2000 after wife rolled 87 Accord & broke my arm. Wanted AWD for her for our Canadian winters. Overall have been pretty happy with the car. Had 75,000 km (46,000 mi) when we bought it, now has over 210,000 km (130,000 mi). Body is holding up well, despite 4 winters of road salt. Handles pretty well for essentially a family hauler. Traction in snow, slush and ice is excellent, even without winter tires. With winter tires, it is difficult to break loose even on solid ice. |
Was pretty reliable until this past spring when the left cylinder head warped and siezed for no apparent reason (Had never overheated or run low on coolant or oil). Repaired for $2200 after researching to ensure not a chronic problem. Has run fine since. Parts are a bit expensive, especially when you can't find aftermarket parts. Have had to replace knock sensor, oil pressure sensor, front engine seals and both front wheel bearings. One tip: PUT IN PLATINUM PLUGS! There is not much room between the cylinder heads and the wheel wells. Took me about 4 hours to change 4 plugs. You don't want to do this, or pay to have this done, very often! Other small problems, AC compressor crapped out the spring after I bought it. Rear wipe motor recently died. Motor for raising and lowering antenna died in 2001.
Is pretty comfortable on long trips. We are 14 hours from my in-laws in Indiana, and we usually drive straight through without getting sore butts
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