1991 Subaru Legacy GL 1.8L Boxer engine


GREAT CAR, I'm very pleased!


When I had the car for only 2 days, I had a flat tire. But hey, that also could've happened if I bought a brand new Jaguar! I'm not superstitious, but maybe it's a Subaru Legacy curse, 'cos 4 days later I saw a Legacy SW which had a flat tire, too!

General Comments:

A very nice car indeed! Even though it is already 14 years of age, it still drives OK. Even though I got the car only 4 weeks ago, I do think I should write a review!

I've got the sportsmodel. It has a different rear, and different headlights compared to the regular model.

The 1.8L boxer engine is very smooth, but you really need to crank it if you want to be the quickest. 4000 rpm in first gear will launch you to 30 km/h, changing the gear to second can launch you AGAIN up to 60 km/u and so on. Top speed is supposed to be 186 km/h, but ofcourse I didn't try it. The highest speed limit in the Netherlands is 120 km/h, and I haven't gone any faster than that! The engine does a good job spinning around 3600 rpm in fifth gear doing 120 km/h. 120 km/h is also the end of the fifth gear. Going a little faster, say 125 km/h, brings the rpm-clock very rapidly to 4000-4100 rpm.

The gearbox stick doesn't return to the "neutral" position. So changing gears must be done with attention. Nothing serious, but going from second to third gear takes a little more muscle.

Funny thing about the car despite being an old design, I still get comments from my neighbours saying they find it to be such a nice looking car!

Overall it's a stable driving car with good performance if you need it. Generally very smooth, but I did notice it isn't fond of city traffic.

The suspension is quite firm for a sedan. And the front wheels can really bounce over short humps in the road. But again no complaints, because this means it also corners very nicely!

Then the chairs, very nice AGAIN! They sit very well. And haven't got any sign of wear after 14 years. I think the previous owner took very good care of this car.

Further, this car is LOADED :D! It has: electric headlight adjustment, electric windows, electric mirror adjustment. Even the gas pedal is electric. It has no cable! The central locking system is nice too, although the passenger side rear door isn't unlocking properly sometimes, it always locks. I don't carry many passengers, so I don't mind.

The "hill brake" is nice too. It allows you to release the brake wenn you're standing still on a slope or a hill. Press the brake pedal firmly wenn standing still and release it. The car will hold in place. You won't notice a thing driving away again.

Now it is just wait and see, how it is going to hold up. I can only give one advice: BUY ONE, you won't be disappointed!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th February, 2006

19th Dec 2006, 06:21

Please beware with a 1991 Subaru Legacy. I owned one for five years before the engine tore itself apart. It only had 107,000 miles on it. Near the end, it was burning oil so I had to refill the oil every time that I filled my gas tank. Ultimately, the two bolts holding the piston to the crankshaft came off and now the engine is shot. I looked into getting a new engine, but that's a laugh. The engine costs more than the car is worth. Subaru lost my business because of this car.