1998 Subaru Legacy GT 2.0 twin turbo petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Unknown at this stage, too early to tell


Just got it a week ago.

Front passenger side speaker stating to crackle under loud music.

General Comments:

This car is a lot more powerfull that my old 92 ford laser!, although I have noticed that I'm only doing 400kms to the tank where I was doing 700kms to the tank with my old laser, I am also using 98 unleaded fuel which is a lot more expensive than 91.

Just wish it could be more economical.

Other than that a very nice car to drive, runs quiet and smooth on the road.

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

Review Date: 21st January, 2008

24th Apr 2008, 02:31

Hi, I've got a 1999 Subaru Legacy GT-B 5spd, and I tried a tank of 98 octane and it drank it in 400kms, so I stick with 95, which gets me 500kms to a tank :)

13th Apr 2010, 15:41

Anyone ever had any problems with alternators?? My step-dad is having a hell of a time, batteries keep dying on him (one after another!) and he thinks it's the alternator. But still needs to be checked out by a mechanic. He has had nothing but trouble since purchasing to be honest. Also, his only takes mini-discs...

27th Oct 2011, 15:56

I know this reply is late, but it's quite possible that the battery is being drained via a faulty starter...

1998 Subaru Legacy 2.5L from North America


1998 Subaru Outback Legacy.

It has a blown head gasket at 130K miles. This is after spending about $3000 on a timing belt, water pump, new right front axle (boot cracked), spark plug wires, and paying to stop an oil leak (unsuccessful). Mechanic says at least $2600 to repair engine, but probably more.

General Comments:

Don't buy a Subaru with the 2.5L engine!!!

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

Review Date: 14th November, 2007

1998 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT 2.5L from North America


One of my favourites!!!


Nothing had gone wrong with the car right up to the day we sent it back.

General Comments:

It is an excellent vehicle.


Reliability, styling, handling, interior comfort for front seat passengers, good size trunk, nice interior materials, AWD standard.


Uses a bit of gas, rear seat not as comfortable as front seat, suspension kind of stiff on GT models.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 2007

1998 Subaru Legacy Outback 2.5 liter from North America


Great Performance, apparent design flaws


My head gasket blew at 144K miles.

General Comments:

From what I have read on this and other forums, Subaru has a problem with their 2.5 liter engine found in 98 Legacy Outbacks, among other vehicles around the same year. Two mechanics here in Seattle that work on Subarus have seen so many of these head gaskets blow that they have recommended a class action lawsuit. I am not a lawyer, but I am interested in pursuing this. If you are interested in being part of such a suit, and have a similar problem, please let me know via email:



Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th December, 2006

1998 Subaru Legacy GTB Wagon 2.0 turbo Boxer from Australia and New Zealand


Quick Big car


Air condition unit failed twice. The unit is very fragile. The first unit failed on the temperature dial and the second unit failed on the OFF/ AUTO buttons. Wind noise and rattle from the back.

General Comments:

The car is brilliant considering the performance and handling. Its very comfortable and spacious too. However, the Air Con unit is just hopeless and very expensive to get it replaced or fixed. I have replaced 2 units since I got it 8 months ago and they are very expensive and very hard to find (because of the high demand?)

The petrol is just alright for its size and weight.

Another problem is the back seat. The middle passenger seat on the back is horrible to sit on especially for long trip.

Overall, if there is no problem on the air con, I will score this car a very high marks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2006

1998 Subaru Legacy GT Limited Sedan 4 cylinder 2.5 liter from North America


The price of a used Subaru is worth the money, no matter the style


Radiator failure at 230,000 mile mark.

1st tune up at 215,000 mile mark.

Wheel kit left front had to be replaced due to wear and tear of mountain and washed out roads.

General Comments:

Great car for all types of weather driving.

Very happy with the longevity of the mechanical parts.

Does not perform well on 87 or 89 octane gas.

Not favorable to use less than high performance tires.

Very good traction control and steering.

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

Review Date: 31st October, 2006

31st Oct 2006, 15:23

So you have to use premium? eew that's a little pricy!!

30th Mar 2007, 15:32

I always put the lower grade regular gas in my '98 Subaru Legacy GT wagon 2.5 engine and it runs perfectly. I bought it used at 44k and have put 50K more on it. It has only needed brakes and tires, nothing else! It is the most reliable car I have ever owned. However, the all wheel drive issue, when one tire unfortunately gets damaged and you need to replace all four tires, was depressing for me to find out about. However, this was not the fault of the vehicle itself, but is more of an all wheel drive issue that I learned about.