1994 Subaru Legacy GT Wagon 2.0 turbo from Australia and New Zealand
Nice cars, but beware of maintenance
Engine block was cracked. "Certified dealer" was out of business by then, but the warranty covered half the cost.
Same time, it had a transmission rebuild.
Ignition needed changing.
Power steering needed a rebuild.
Various sensors needed changing. Knock sensor broke down 4 times, water temperature sensor broke down twice.
CV boots and joints kept breaking every year.
AC stopped working (re gas... this is not something tragic).
CD stacker broke down.
Car itself was not bad. It felt very solid on the road, and it felt good driving it. Plenty of power across the revs. Handling was not bad either. You could feel it is a heavy car, but pushing it into corners, you could get the feel of what it was about to do.
Interior was very well built, with good materials. I don't remember anything breaking inside at any given time. The semi-bucket seats were comfy and solid.
But overall, it needed high maintenance to even be usable. There was always something wrong with it. If it was not electrical, it was mechanical etc etc. Think more money than the car's value was spent on this thing across these few years. Also, the boxer engine is not like any other conventional engines, so you need to know what you are doing if you don't want to pay someone else.
Overall, I would buy another Legacy, but I would pay more attention at what I am buying. These cars are fast, and often are given a lot of abuse by owners. If buying second hand, just make sure it is treated properly, and when you do own it, try not to hammer it every time you see an open road, and it will last. This car was driven by another family member, who didn't really know what to do with it, and how to treat it. Other cars were fine in her hands though.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th January, 2011