1993 Subaru Legacy L Wagon 2.2 turbo from North America
A fantastic culmination of Japanese performance, comfort, utility, and reliability
Seat-belt sensor @ 30k (covered under warranty)
Front axle (I suspect just CV Joint went-but I've heard that its cheaper with labor to just replace the whole axle) @ 105k - $350.
Power steering leak (required replacement of whole power steering rack) - $500.
Front brake pads wear more often than expected.
Great, dependable, and very useable car.
The interior is adequate-mostly high quality materials, and very comfortable seats. The only problems I have are smallish rear legroom, and the front seats begin to lose support on very long drives, but everyday they are very comfortable. Cargo room is massive - it rivals the big SUVs of today, and the back seats flip down to make a huge flat floor.
The car rides very smoothly, but there is a lot of body roll as a result of the soft suspension, but the car stays glued to the road and is stable in hard cornering.
The engine is very potent, with a surprising amount of low-end torque, but to truly get the turbo going it requires some revving. The flipside is poor real world fuel economy (I average 20 MPG), on premium (91+ Octane) gas. However, this has to be the most reliable turbo powerplant I have ever known of (turbos are usually plagued with problems), and the engine is very smooth and responsive.
The AWD works great in the snow! It prevents skids from happening very effectively, and when in a skid, it is very predictable and easy to recover from. A handy feature is pushing the "manual" button on the automatic transmission, then shifting it into the "3" selection on the shifter. This locks the differential shifting all power equal to each wheel, and starts the car in 2nd gear from a stop which greatly increases traction from standstill.
Overall this is an excellent car that I plan to keep for many years to come.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th December, 2008