1994 Subaru Legacy GT 2.0 twin turbo from Australia and New Zealand
Fun, fast (ish) and practical if you want to spend a lot of money keeping them on the road
A "lukewarm" running fault has never been resolved despite many visits to the dealer and incorrect "fixes" (2 months in garage last time).
5 full diagnostic checks done so far.
All disc rotors replaced 100,000 miles (NZ$1000). Previous first refacing put the original rotors undersized. Pads also replaced.
Transmission rebuilt twice.
4 wheel drive solenoids replaced 4 times.
Front struts replaced.
Driveshaft replaced (NZ$1500!). Incorrectly diagnosed as centre bearing failure by dealer.
Primary turbocharger rebuilt.
Engine has developed a cold idle "knock".
Batteries lasting only 2 years.
Alarm system now does not unlock doors (but locks them).
15mm "factory" deflection in rear suspension.
Front suspension bushings replaced.
Climate air conditioning does not function correctly and has an annoying "gurgle" when operating. Flushed twice.
Apparent need to replace airbags after 10 years.
Nicely appointed, lots of gadgets, comfortable to ride in, looks pretty sharp.
Good performance for a family stationwagon and quite good road holding. Without a speed governor I gather these do 250 kmh. It runs to 190 kmh with no trouble at all. High 14's to low 15's in the 1/4.
Gas guzzler if you press on. Best cruise is 25 mpg UK, usually 18 mpg UK.
These cars have a reputation for being unreliable with very expensive parts. I have found very poor dealer support. Poor service and a bad attitude toward customers. These guys only want to sell new cars.
It is annoying that I cannot repair anything on it at home and have to rely on the dealers.
The value has plummeted since I bought it and I have had no enquiries at all to numerous advertisements. I have lost good money on this car. I will be buying an "old school" low tech non-turbo car I can work on next. Just like I had in the good old days.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th August, 2003
3rd Nov 2004, 18:59
I'm very sorry to hear that. I have exactly the same car from 100,000k and it's given me absolutely no problems (now at 150,000km). It's always run like a dream, sounds like you got a real lemon.
I do hear you what your saying about the poor resale value & service locally here in NZ and I can understand your reasons for wanting to get rid of it!