1992 Subaru Legacy Reviews - Page 5 of 7

1992 Subaru Legacy Rally Sport (RS) 2.2 Litre turbo from Japan

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.2 Litre turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 kilometres
Most recent distance45000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

I love this car, very dependable, it is a machine requiring upkeep to keep it up

Faults:

After racing many ,many times, have found that I needed to replace the clutch, but this was a needed replacement anyway, just waited till absolutely necessary to do it... see, the engine needs to be lowered to change the spark plugs, so, I figured I would change to a high performance clutch, platinum spark plugs, improved wires and HKS intake and breather with Blow-out valve...

General Comments:

This car handles extremely well, previous owner I purchased from took very good care of the car... I am going to change to 17" racing rims with low profiles for better grip... this car is very fast totally stock, have raced WRX's in Japan and found it to be competitive, due to bigger engine, but they have more stock mods.. with a few mods and improvements, say lowering a bit, it will surely run the line faster.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2002

22nd Mar 2005, 14:02

It's a pain in the butt and I had to make my own spark plug boot puller, but I didn't have to lower the engine to change plugs. (98 dohc 2.5L) Although It would make things a lot easier :p.

1992 Subaru Legacy GT 2.0 turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 kilometres
Most recent distance78400 kilometres
Previous carNissan Primera

Summary:

Fast value for money car that looks good too!

Faults:

Replaced Platinum spark plugs at 70,000 kilometres - difficult to access so had mechanic replace plugs.

Tyres renewed every 20,000 kilometres

One problem being they are not cheap as they are directional tyres fitted to Subarus.

Tensioners replaced at 60,000 kilometres.

Cam belt and other belts changed at 60,000 kilometres at same time as tensioners.

General Comments:

Has a tendency to catch you unaware when you floor the pedal. Turbo kicks in rapidly around 2,500 - 3,000 revs.

Handles well being a Stationwagon and loves cornering with a bit of speed behind you.

Interior is spacious and appealing to the eye. Generous boot space.

Gas guzzler when you drive with a heavy foot, but not so bad when driven with a bit a common sense.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2002

1992 Subaru Legacy VZ Wagon 2.0 petrol Boxer 4 cam from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Boxer 4 cam Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired205000 kilometres
Most recent distance225000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Has past its best, but it's been a great workhorse!

Faults:

Noisy air conditioning compressor.

Brakes (just worn).

All Wheel Drive centre viscous coupling currently jammed.

Drivers seat padding has collapsed (causing back problems)

Alternator failed, although it has not been repaired it still seems to be operating.

Automatic tranmission seems dodgy: Often thuds on upshift, slurs on downshift and under heavy acceleration seems to jump from 1st to 2nd, back to 1st for half a second and then straight to third!

Original exhaust system is starting to rattle and rust.

General Comments:

Considering the mileage and how it is treated it has been extremely reliable.

It is my work car, and was previously owned by my company, so I know it's had a hard life! We do a lot of rural driving on rough roads.

There is not much room in the front for tall drivers, the drivers seat needs to go back 3 more notches.

Climate control air conditioning has trouble coping with the heat after being parked in the sun. It blows warm air for up to 20 minutes.

The engine has to work very hard to pull around such a heavy car. I try to keep it over 4000 RPM on grades.

Overtaking manoeuvres need to be well planned, sudden bursts of throttle do *not* result it great increases in power!

Fuel economy is shocking! Usually I get 350-450kms from a tank of 40-45 litres of 91 octane.

The engine is nice and smooth (pity about the exhaust system) the transmission is not! Nice enough to drive, but definitely doesn't sparkle in any areas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2002

1992 Subaru Legacy 2000 Turbo 2.0 turbo from Switzerland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired45 kilometres
Most recent distance300000 kilometres
Previous carseveral several

Summary:

Among my 14 cars, the very best

Faults:

During 10 years and 300000 kilometers, no faults at all.

Wear: about every 40000 kilometers new tyres (Goodyear) and new brake-pads.

New brakes at 180000 kilometer. New clutch plate at 100000 kilometers and at 220000 kilometers.

New battery after 6 years.

General Comments:

After 10 years and 300000 kilometers, no reason to change the car. Still performs well, top speed is over 230 km./hour (shortly "checked" by police radar) and "eating" kilometer by kilometer easily at over 6000 RPM.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2001

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 24 reviews