1995 Subaru Legacy Reviews

1995 Subaru Legacy L 2.2L 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.2L 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired155000 miles
Most recent distance176000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

Decent 4 cyl car with a rust problem

Faults:

Rust rotted out my gas tank filler neck and suspension.

Transmission sometimes didn't want to shift.

Replaced oil pan due to crack.

General Comments:

I bought this, hoping I got the AWD model, but it turns out it was a front wheel drive model.

I bought this for $500 from a rich person, and used it to commute back and forth to school for a semester. It was a decent car, but had its issues.

The car was from Vermont, so the rust from the road salt they used was eating the poor Legacy alive, and I couldn't afford any more repairs.

Also the car was not very comfortable compared to American cars I've had in the past. The seats wore down pretty badly from the old owner, so I had metal bars sticking into my rear.

However I did enjoy the car, and it never left me stranded, so I can't completely knock it, especially for the price I paid.

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

Review Date: 27th July, 2011

7th Aug 2011, 07:23

A good seat from a wrecking yard is only about 60 bucks. Go get one!

Impreza, Legacy, they all fit, go get one already!

1995 Subaru Legacy LX 2.2 from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired290000 kilometres
Most recent distance330000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

AWD is essential for us, only compared to truck 4x4

Faults:

We bought the car certified and did a small tune up. Just the transmission gasket seal, as anything rubber is susceptible after 15 years, and now a rear bearing. We also bought a fuel pump and changed the belts.

General Comments:

Car is well-designed and able to handle many kilometres. The AWD is a blast, especially when turning. We didn't bother with winter tires.

The wheel bearings seem short-lived to us, and the fuel pump weak.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st April, 2011

7th Feb 2012, 17:44

180,000 miles on a fuel pump is normal. I've yet to ever see one last more than 190,000 miles, and I've seen them fail at 140,000.

If people changed their fuel pumps at 150k even before they fail, they would fend off a lot of trouble.

Heck; timing belts are changed before failure, why not fuel pumps?

1995 Subaru Legacy L Wagon AWD 2.2L SOHC H4 from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.2L SOHC H4 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired154000 miles
Most recent distance159000 miles

Summary:

This wagon is one tough S.O.B

Faults:

Water pump failed (maintenance item).

Rear calipers seized.

Catalytic converter failed.

Rear subframe rotted out, but was easily replaced with a used one from the salvage yard.

General Comments:

I bought the car for $300 with the intention of just fixing the bare necessities, and using it as a winter car, and so far I've done just that.

When I bought it, it had been sitting for about 2 years in a muddy, grassy field. Despite that, it still started right up on the day I bought it without even needing a jump!

The body is in very good shape with minimal rust, and it's never been in an accident. The original owner used it to get him to and from work on the harsh roads of my hometown. He also severely neglected it, using it on weekends as a mudder. The way he treated it would make you think that it's a real piece of junk, but surprisingly, it's not. It's never failed to start, drives smoothly and comfortably, doesn't use a drop of oil, and runs so quiet that if it weren't for the slightest exhaust leak that it has, you probably could barely even hear it.

When I bought it, it needed rear brake calipers, rotors and pads. It also needed a water pump and timing belt. I also changed the plugs, wires, air filter, fuel filter and transmission fluid and filter. The rear sub-frame eventually rotted out and broke right down the middle (which isn't surprising considering it was sitting for so long and was so neglected). Although, it did take about 700 lbs. worth of tool boxes and tools that I was hauling to work to finally get it to break. I have replaced the sub-frame, and continued to drive it.

I'm very surprised with how well-built this car is. The doors shut with a heavy "thunk", and the sheet metal used on the rest of the body is some pretty serious stuff. Trying to get it to even flex in the slightest way is no easy task. The interior is fairly clean, and there isn't a rattle anywhere that I can find (and rattles are something I simply cannot stand, so if there was one, I'd find it).

I haven't really gotten to see how well the AWD works, but with a New England winter approaching, I should find out soon enough.

I very happy with it and so far have no regrets. For about $700 in total I have a nice little beater that's tough as nails.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st December, 2010

7th Mar 2011, 20:46

Original Reviewer with an update.

My Subaru performed flawlessly in the snow. I couldn't find a snow drift deep enough to stop it! I had only one other problem with it, the flexpipe that is now in place of the catalytic converter broke in half, which made it extremely loud.

However, I have since sold the vehicle and made myself some money. I hope its new owner is as happy with it as I was!

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 22 reviews