1997 Subaru Legacy 2.5 petrol non-turbo from UK and Ireland


Great car, best in its class, name a better one, I doubt it!!


Fuse blew a suspension circuit.

General Comments:

This car is very fast, very good acceleration, very good road holding.

Large carrying capacity, finished in met silver, still in fantastic condition, not a sign of rust.

Will keep this for the rest of its life, only drawback is frugal mpg on petrol, you can't have it all.

Having lost the owner's manual, finding it difficult getting a new one in english, can anyone please help???

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2010

1997 Subaru Legacy Brighton Wagon 2.2 from North America


Dependable - Inexpensive - Functional - Winter Warrior


Timing belt replaced at 160k.

Passenger side, front wheel bearing at 170k.

Starter at 190k.

Engine light frequently on due to EVAP sensor - ethanol induced benign issue.

Wagon hatch door handle spring was busted when I bought it at 155k. But it wasn't really a problem if you knew to push the handle back into position before closing it.

Wagon hatch door lock was finicky when I bought it, and stopped working at about 190k.

Rear window wiper motor burnt out at 200k.

Passenger side headlight had an electrical issue around 200k. A peculiar issue that I never resolved because the headlight still worked when brights were on (see below).

Other than that, only regular maintenance.

General Comments:

Fantastic car. Manual trans Subarus are fun to drive.

The AWD handles beautifully in the northern states' snow, ice, and rain. Only times I've gotten stuck (including Winter off-roading), have been because of the vehicle's low clearance. And I never used snow tires.

Before the ubiquity of ethanol in gas, this Legacy made 31 mpg on the highway. Post-ethanol it became 29 on the highway, 24 in the city, and 27 in the country.

Amazingly hassle free vehicle. Excluding gas, oil, and tires, I spent less than $1000 in three years and 65k miles. $300 of that was the timing belt. And the work I did myself - brake pads, rotors, starter, headlight housing - was about as simple and intuitive as you could ask even for a complete novice like me. Even with a little rust here and there, nothing was too frozen that it wouldn't turn.

Speaking of rust - very, very little considering this car spent nearly all its life in Wisconsin, and many tens of thousands of miles on the interstate. Body rust was only one golf ball sized spot over rear driver side wheel well.

The rear seats fold down nice and flat for plenty of hauling capacity, and just long enough for my six foot height to sleep in comfortably. I even lived in this car for a few months.

Here's what I can complain about with this Subaru:

The driver's seat is terribly uncomfortable. Horrible for my back on road trips.

The headlight housings cloud-up far too quickly and too much. This made the lights without the brights on more or less worthless. I had to run the brights as my normal lights, but because of the cloudy housings, oncoming cars never seemed bothered by the brights.

This was the *basic* Brighton model, so maybe I shouldn't complain, but the stereo consisted of two front speakers that blew out pretty fast.

Wonderful first car that suited my low budget needs perfectly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th February, 2010

1997 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5L DOHC from North America


Excellent wagon - Great family vehicle!


The only problems we had with the Outback were the paint on the hood had started to peel, and also the interior leather had a little wear and tear.

Another problem we had was with the window motor. It burned out at around 67,000 miles.

General Comments:

The wagon came equipped with AWD standard.

The wagon handled well in emergency situations as well as on dirt.

This car had excellent get up and go, especially when my other car was in the shop.

Although I didn't always use it as a POV, this vehicle did well on the trips to the station. After awhile, we traded in this one for a 2006 Outback, which has also been a great car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2009