1992 Subaru Legacy L AWD Wagon 2.2 from North America


Reliable, economy, spacious


Both the front CV boots went broken at around 120,000 miles. And now the 3rd one.

Some alignment problem in the rear wheel after 130,000.

Nothing else major went wrong in my 8 years of ownership.

General Comments:

This car is extremely reliable and cost very little to maintain.

Internal space is quite good, especially for cargo.

Handling is not too bad for a family wagon. Acceleration is weak compared to newer cars, but still OK for a 1992 mid-size.

Gas mileage is great for a 1992 AWD wagon, about 22/28 in real life.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 12th January, 2008

1992 Subaru Legacy L 2.2L N/A from North America


Great reliability


A/C Needs re-charged

Driver's Side C/V Joint replaced.

General Comments:

I've ran this car exclusively for the past 4 years, and it currently has 178,000 miles on it. It has never needed major engine work. It is in no way a speed demon, but the 130 hp is more than ample for cruising. Cosmetically, the car has began to rust in spots along the rear quarter panels. The interior has taken lots of abuse, but still has no major flaws and is pretty comfortable, although the visors no longer stay up (i hear this is common on this model). Generally, it is a car very worthy of the lost cost at which can be found.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2007

3rd Mar 2007, 19:25

This was very encouraging to hear. After joining the Subaru cult once I experienced driving my 2006 BAJA, I helped my son purchase a 1997 Legacy Outback with 175000 miles. It still handles and drives like a dream. I hope you hit 300,000 miles. Happy traveling.

1992 Subaru Legacy LS 2.2L from North America


Would love to stockpile this model all for myself


The only complaint I have had about the car is the suspension. The air bags in the "Height" system are very costly to deal with any way you look at it. I did have the front air-compressor by-passed because the compressor had seized. The bags in the front are still functional, but I have to manually put air in them, which also makes for adjustable suspension in the front which I do consider a bonus. In the rear there is nothing left of the original suspension and went to struts and springs.

General Comments:

Overall this is one of the best cars I've ever owned. It has required some maintanice and a few good bucks, but in it's 14 years of life it still manages to happily surprise me. Even in the winter it leaves me lost for words on how easy it is to get around.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2006

1992 Subaru Legacy Mi 1.8 boxer from Australia and New Zealand


Good reliable car, a few quirks, but still going great despite its age


Air-con compressor clutch doesn't disengage properly, meaning the engine has to work a tad harder.

Occasional squeak somewhere around the front right wheel when hot, but the mechanic can't find anything wrong!

Driver's seat foam has started to break down - I believe this is common in most 1st generation Legacies. I intend to replace the front seats sometime.

Before I owned it:

CV joints replaced around 80,000k. Premature CV wearing is a common Subaru problem. I think the right front CV joint will need changing again in about six months. It occasionally (but not often) can be heard clicking on tight U-turns. (NZ drives on the left side of the road)

Cam belt replaced at 100,000k as per maintenance.

Some panel and paintwork resulting from vandalism in 1997 (not the fault of the car!)

General Comments:

The car is a Subaru Legacy Mi - a front wheel drive model.

This car has been in the family for ten years. First driven by my mother, then loaned to a family friend (mistake! car came back filthy and smelly, spilt food and dog hair everywhere, interior needed to be professionally cleaned out twice!), then my brother, and now myself.

Some TLC and fresh paint lately has the car looking and feeling pretty good.

The engine runs smoothly, the transmission is okay with the exception of a slight jerk going up from 1st to 2nd, and since replacing the factory steel rim wheels with factory 16" alloys (of a 2001 Legacy B4) the car drives wonderfully. It now corners like a Subaru should even though it lacks the AWD all its newer siblings have. Gear shifting (both when and how) has also improved since changing the wheels, as has power to wheels AND fuel efficiency. These cars are designed to drive on alloy wheels, steel rims coupled with this car's body, engine, suspension and transmission was just wrong!

In some areas this car is showing its age - air-con can smell a bit musty for a minute after switching the compressor off, even after blowing through some car air-con cleaner, the seats were looking quite worn with the vinyl on the headrests of the back seats shrinking and tearing, and the foam degrading on the right side of the drivers' seat (they're now under seat covers). I need to look into whether newer Legacy front seats will fit this car. I discovered wiring for electric seats once when vacuuming it :)

The engine definitely appreciates a few minutes' warm up at the start of the day before driving.

Aside from the air-con compressor not disengaging properly I've had no engine trouble and I don't think anyone in the family has. The mechanics of this car have been well maintained its entire life. This car has definitely benefited from not letting any problems fester once noticed.

I fully intend to hold on to this car for at least another three years (til 2009). After that, well, this car has me hooked on Legacies!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2006

12th Sep 2009, 08:04

I have a 99 Legacy Wagon... Love the car, so much so that I have the wife drive it back and forth on her 100 mile round trip everyday because she can get almost 28 mpg constantly.

Do have that jerk in the tranny from 1st to 2nd.

AC compressor does put quite a load on the motor... but still blows very cold.

The only problem I have with the car is the left hand side front squeak that I am $500 bucks into. Mechanic cannot figure out what the heck it is... And now my wife won't drive it and I am getting worried I am going to damage something!