Subaru Legacy Review from Belgium

1991 Subaru Legacy GL 1.8i

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.8i Manual
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance194000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru DL

Summary:

Very discreet, but hard to kill, and damn fast for its age

Faults:

After 190 000, the gaskets between the transmission and clutch, and several other ones on the oil system, were found to be leaking. Replacement and refill of the oil cost €300.

The attachment of the sun blind in front is not strong enough anymore to support it in the up position. An extra DIY hook solved this.

General Comments:

Never lets you down. Tested the top speed in 2011 (after 20 years): undercarriage shows some vibration between 125 and 150 kmph, from 160 kmph the feeling gets more stable again. At 192 kmph on the dashboard acceleration almost stopped. I guess on a long stretch it would still manage a bit more.

Handling is great, mainly due to the low center of gravity of the engine. At high speeds with strong side winds, the steering needs a steady hand to keep it under control.

Can handle some serious volume and weight. Fuel consumption goes up when doing higher speeds and high load (fuel consumption: highway 8-8.5 l/100 km - city 9.5-10.5 l/100 km).

No failure of any electric gadget: impressive. Electric windows, radio, mirror adjustment, lights, wipers, rear wiper and heating all work flawlessly.

The aesthetics are really neutral and maybe even boring. There is no rust, and no obvious sign of near death.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2012