1991 Subaru Legacy L AWD 2.2 Liter (EJ22) from North America
The Legacy is an extremely well engineered and very reliable car.
Rear Wheel Bearing at 100000 and 130000 (I blame this on faulty install the first time). ($120 for each replacement)
Front Right Half-Shaft (Axle) at 100000 and 150000. ($200 and $120 respectively)
MAF (Mass Airflow Sensor) at 150000. ($25 - used)
Front seats have a little tear from standard wear.
Hood Paint wore really badly (I've never seen this on any other Legacy).
A few of the minor seals are worn out - car leaks a very small amount of oil - maybe a quart in 15000 miles.
This car is great for inclement weather. The AWD (All-Wheel-Drive) system is excellent for snow, rain, ice, etc.
For being a base model, it has all the nice features like power mirrors and locks and cruise control.
Mileage is all right - I can manage about 23MPG in the city and I'm a teenage driver.
That having been said, this car takes any punishment I can deal to it - it's on it's stock timing belt and still drives right up to 6 or 7 thousand RPM without complaining (well, I complain when I get to the pump).
At 151000, it's still running on the stock suspension, which is a little tired. I can still take some corners faster than people with newer suspensions - the 4 Wheel Independent Suspension is excellent.
The engine is flawless. It does not use any oil. Some of the seals are worn so it does leak a little, but the engine drives like it's brand new; it doesn't skip a beat.
The automatic transmission has a small clunk for being 151000 miles old, but once again, it still stands up to my sometimes relentless beating of the car.
The maintenance costs of this car have been extremely low. Over the 10 years we've had this car, the maintenance on it has amounted to no more than $1200 (and that's counting tires and brakes).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th July, 2006