1991 Subaru Legacy GL 1.8
Definitely not the slowest, not the fastest though. Nearer to the top than it should be
It needed a new clutch, cam belt and radiator at 197,000 miles. This was after my father used it for courier work, did not service it for a whole 60,000 miles and then left it standing for eight months (he also later admitted to towing a stranded vehicle off a sandy beach and through salty water). £600 later and it was back in business. Bit of rust on some of the body panels (no structural points, just on the bonnet and rear door), more fool me for washing it with Fairy washing up liquid.
Highly Recommend rotating the tires on a regular basis. Subaru also recomend this in their official paper work. It doesn't handle to great with mis-matched tires. Cheap tires are good for general driving, not good for throwing it around country lanes at 100mph plus.
For a normally aspirated engine of a fairly low capacity (for the cars size), it sure does pull. I regularly redline the engine, with regular oil, water, filter, plug changes, etc (every 6,000 miles), it's taken me over 110000 miles, I fear it may last forever. I throw the thing around corners at fairly illegal speeds and it sticks to the road like it's on rails. I only went off the road once. But that was my fault for trying to corner it at 60mph in the snow and trying to get the back end out like Colin McRae does on the TV. The interior is very roomy, with the back seats down it's like a van, I moved house in just 2 car loads! Although I was disappointed that there was not a cup holder.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th May, 2004